Actor Logan Marshall-Green has taken a while to earn his rep, going from being seen as ‘that guy who looks like Tom Hardy’ to becoming a star in his own right thanks to well-reviewed titles like “The Invitation” and “Upgrade”.
Recently he spoke about another film, one he was almost involved in almost fifteen years ago – “Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines”. Jonathan Mostow directed the film which was released in 2003 and starred Nick Stahl as John Connor.
Marshall-Green has revealed on the Maltin on Movies podcast (via Nerdist) this week that before Stahl was cast, Marshall-Green was offered and turned the part down to focus on his education:
“I actually went on my first audition and booked it – in school – and I only went on the audition knowing I wouldn’t book it, and I wouldn’t have the deal, and it was for Terminator 3. I think Nick Stahl would play the role, and Jonathan Mostow was the director and they were going through all these machinations of starting a fellowship at NYU under my name if I had to leave early and I told them no.
I wanted to graduate and I come from an academic background and more than anything I was with my fellow classmates for three years, I wasn’t going to just leave in the middle of it. That was a hard thing for Jonathan Mostow to swallow but it set me up, I think, to really only go after what I believe in.”
Edward Furlong, Christian Bale, Thomas Dekker and Jason Clarke have all played John Connor on film or television over the years with the character expected to return in a small way in the upcoming sixth film in the franchise.