Josh Brolin Confirms He Almost Signed On For ‘Terminator Salvation’

It’s hard to imagine how 2009 could be a bigger year for Josh Brolin than his awesome ’08. Between “W.” and “Milk” he’s banged out two performances that could very conceivably earn his Oscar’s attention. So how do you follow it up? Well you probably strap on some guns for “Jonah Hex” as Brolin told us the other day. And you very nearly star in the latest “Terminator” movie apparently.

Way back in February “Terminator Salvation” director McG made an interesting aside in an interview about the casting of his new flick that got a lot of us talking here and around the web. When asked who would make his ideal Terminator in the new film, McG said “Josh Brolin is a very exciting actor – we’ll see.” Brolin of course wasn’t cast but now it’s clear from my recent conversation with Josh that it did indeed almost come to be.

“Yeah. I talked to Christian [Bale] for a couple hours,” he said. “I really liked the script though I hear that’s not what they filmed. The one I read was very interesting and dark. Ultimately though I didn’t think it felt right.”

One would guess that Sam Worthington ended up in the role meant for Josh. Brolin told us that he’s curious along with the rest of us now about how it all turned out. “I saw [Bale] recently and I asked him how it was and he said, ’it’s alright.'” he laughed.

Did Brolin make the right call or should he have gotten his Terminator on for McG’s latest? What do you think?