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Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Role In The Franchise, Ranked

From the moment he appeared on the big screen, audiences fell in love with the world and character that was The Terminator and as such, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most iconic role was born. Since the first film debuted in 1984 all those years ago, there has been a total of six Terminator films, multiple games, a spin-off tv show, and a number of decent Terminator ripoffs that Arnold frequents every now and then to fan’s pleasure and excitement… most of the time.

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The sad truth is, even though Arnold always does come back to the iconic role, over the years, the quality of his character, the T-800, has slowly faded. Blame it on studios interference, lack of ideas, or just unnecessary comedic element, Arnold’s Terminator roles have slowly gone from being the best of the best to some of the worst of the worst. And yet, even after the recent film, one can’t help but know that Arnold will “be back” to add some more roles.



Honorable Mention: CGI T-800: Terminator Salvation (2009)

CGI Arnold in Terminator Salvation

Now, while Arnold has appeared in most of the Terminator flicks, that’s not to say that’s he’s ACTUALLY been in all the films. That might sound confusing but here’s the gist: in 2009, a new Terminator film, Terminator Salvation, came out, one that some people see as being incredibly bad and others believing the opposite. It followed John Conner, the savior of humanity, and a new character, Marcus Wright, in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Towards the end of the film, John found himself facing off against the T-800.
However, while the T-800 had Arnold’s face, it was actually all CGI, recreating Arnold on a stunt double instead of bringing the big man back. No matter the reasons, while Arnold isn’t actually in Terminator Salvation, his CG double does an excellent job taking on John Conner, expressing the same stone-cold silence and malice that the real Arnold embodies. A shame he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) show up.

Pops/Guardian: Terminator Genisys (2015)

Pops attempting to smile

After Salvation came out, there was a lack of time traveling, cyborg assassins going through time until 2015, when not only did Arnold return t0 the role but a new film, Terminator: Genisys was released as a soft reboot to the series. Unfortunately, what could’ve been a return to glory for the franchise was anything but, and it had nothing to do with the spelling of the title. No, the problem came about with Pops.
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In an attempt to recapture the same feel of Judgement Day with a sympathetic Terminator sent back to protect Sarah Conner instead of John, the film instead creates one of the saddest versions of the Terminator. Reducing Arnold to a parody of himself, cracking stupid jokes and sad attempts at “being human” not to mention a half-cocked death and rebirth that really thought a sequel was on the way, this is probably one of the worst versions of the Terminator to grace the silver screen.
Probably a good thing audience didn’t get to see Terminator: Exodys. And yes, that was actually a planned sequel.

T-850: Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)

The T-850 emerges from helicopter crash

Before the disaster of Genisys, there was another attempt at bringing the Terminator franchise back. This was around the time when a lot of classic films that had been given just about perfect endings decided to add a third movie to create an unholy trilogy. Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines was the capstone of such a trilogy. Even after meeting his end in the previous film, Arnold returned as a flawed model T-850, sent to protect John Conner and his future wife.
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Despite the comedy coming through in the previous sequel, T3 was really where the studio tried to push too much comedy into Arnold. While the T-850 as a whole was a decent character who went out with a literal bang thanks to a nuclear core, there was still that poor attempt at comedy that muddied his badass character. From wearing star-studded sunglasses to quotes like “talk to the hand” and even a poor replica of his classic line, the T-850, although somewhat cool, was still not nearly as good as the others.

Carl: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Carl unloading on Rev-9

This may be a bit of a controversial take on Carl. When the Terminator series tried for a third time to revive the franchise just a year ago with Terminator: Dark Fate, audiences were divided on seeing it as a worthy sequel or believing that it fell short of the mark. Some liked the action, the return of Linda Hamilton, and the R-rating while others disliked the plot and some of the characters. One such character, was the return of the T-800, Carl, a terminator who succeeded in his mission and killed John Conner.
While yes, this pretty much made the events of Judgement Day ineffective, the concept of Carl was interesting despite being a little flawed. It showed a different look into a Terminator, one that did complete the mission and had to live in the aftermath of their actions. There’s even a decent amount of epic action that Carl brings to the screen while keeping the goofiness to a minimum and even giving the character a sacrifice almost worthy of T2.
Emphasis on almost.

T-800, Model 101, The Terminator: The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator in action

Everyone remembers where all the names began. The T-800. Model of 1010. The Terminator. It all began back in 1984, with the original movie that truly started it all. The film that followed a helpless woman named Sarah Conner, mother of the savior of humanity and who would become one of action film’s top female protagonists, hunted by a cyborg sent from the future: The unstoppable and brutal Terminator.
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Unlike the other films, where Arnold was either seen as a joke, a savior, or protector, the original terminator, as all fans know, was a ruthless killing machine. Equipped with human skin and an impenetrable exoskeleton made from some of the strongest metal on the planet, The original Terminator has become an icon of both Sci-fi and horror over the years that can’t be stopped no matter what.
Something, perhaps the franchise took a little too literal.

T-800, Model-101: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1992)

The T-800 defends John Conner

If there’s anything better than a fantastic first film, it’s a sequel that raises the bar in every possible way. There have only been a few movies over the years that have pulled this off and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, considered to be one of the best action movies ever made, is such a film. Not only did it offer some truly mind-blowing action scenes, some Oscar-winning visual effects that still hold up in 2020 a new story but it also provided one of the best role reversals in any film.
Instead of keeping the T-800 as a brutal killing machine, the character was made into a protector sent to guard John Conner from the equally nefarious T-1000. The film allowed for audiences to see Arnold’s brutal villain in a new light, allowing for him to try and connect with humanity, be human, and in the end, give a heart-wrenching sacrifice to defend those he cared about in one of the ’90s action films best endings.
Oh, and the epic one-liners like “Hasta La Vista, Baby” helped a lot too to create one of Arnold’s best roles.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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