ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — We've seen the teaser trailer and, more recently, the full-length trailer. So it's clear that in next summer's "Terminator Salvation," we'll see a new world in the "Terminator" universe — one that's harsh, stark and clearly post-"Judgment Day."
We were invited to the New Mexico set for "Terminator Salvation." Through a tour of soundstages, storyboards, wardrobe rooms and "Terminator" pens, we figured out pretty quickly that director
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Talking about the devastated world shown in the trailers, Worthington said, "The audience gets to see how gritty and sh--ty it actually is and, in the process, see that this could have happened. This post-apocalyptic world could have gone on. Every day is excruciating. It's a 'Terminator' movie; it's not 'Pride & Prejudice,' " he laughed. "So you get blown up, drowned, shot at by guns, napalmed, atomic-bomb explosions going on ... it's a war zone."
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In talking about how McG's installment differs from the original three, which always seemed saturated in cool tones, Yelchin observed, "There's no blue light. We also have the advantage of being in the apocalyptic landscape that they only vaguely mention or show in 'T1' for, like, three, four minutes. So we have this advantage of being, like, 'This is what they couldn't accomplish in the '80s,' 'cause they just didn't have the technology. So we can really do it. We can say, 'These are all the machines. This is how people lived.' We almost have the right to make it different, because you're seeing something you've never seen before."
As Marcus Wright, Worthington has the unique challenge of playing a man who begins the film on death row and wakes up to find the entire world has gone to hell. "He's looking for answers of how he got here and, in particular, looking for John Connor and the resistance. John Connor is figuring out a way to kill these machines and fulfill his destiny, and Marcus is trying to figure out ... why he's surrounded by machines. And, in turn, he does realize his destiny.
"In this movie you'll find out how Kyle Reese became Kyle Reese," Worthington continued. "As well as the journey of John Connor becoming a leader and these two men and how they're kind of evolving to become what we saw in the first one. Hopefully this, and if this continues, can solve a lot of questions in the first one."
"I've never been on a movie where there are potentially more [sequels]," Yelchin laughed. "So I guess the key is just to focus on this one. We gotta make this movie really good. But right now, this is all that matters."
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