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Published on May 8th, 2014 | by James Lomond

Matt Smith On Terminator: Arnie Won’t Kill Me

You’ll have heard about the casting in the next installment of the Terminator franchise where ex-Doctor Who star Matt Smith will reportedly be playing an ally of central character, John Connor and play an important role in the new trilogy starting with Terminator 5 (subtitled Genesis) in July next year.

Smith commented,

Anyone our sort of age has an affection for those films. It’s like my childhood, seeing Arnold [Schwarzenegger] throw people from trucks. What’s not to like about that?

Coming from a hatchling cluster one solar year after Smith I can verify this as totes the case (what are you, 12? – Ed). Terminator brought the basic timey-wimey paradox to the masses via the medium of leather, shades and be-muscled one-liners. It rocks and will, it seems, repeatedly * be back *…

The interviewer also asked Smith how he’d like to cop-it on the silver screen at the hands of Schwarzenegger himself. Mindful of a chip allegedly implanted in his head that will detonate an explosive charge should he reveal any spoilers (a touch more technological than Moff’s spoiler control) Matt replied,

Yeah but then I wouldn’t be in it any more!

A good point, well made.

Are you looking forward to seeing Matt in the Terminator films? Does dark gritty machismo-filled sci-fi float your time ship or are you more a tea-and-cakes adventurer?

And what think-ye, Kasterborites of all of the US projects our good Doctors are getting involved in (thinking about Tennant in Gracepoint and Matt’s role in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut)? Who is getting a lot of American love these days – might we see more of an American presence in the show? How would you feel about an American actor as the Doctor? A Terminator-Who crossover?!..



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4 Responses to Matt Smith On Terminator: Arnie Won’t Kill Me

  1. avatar Ranger says:

    I am not going to respond to such an obviously provocative question as an American Doctor. Wait, I just did! Damn.

  2. avatar richy555 says:

    The so-called Right-on fans of the series. You know the ones who say every time the good Doctor changes, if the next actor to play the role isn’t black or a woman the series is as good as dead; would all be up in arms saying what a disgrace if they cast an American actor in the role. How could they betray the show’s heritage like this, lol. Not taking into account how there ideas for a leading man or woman would be far worse!. Personally if they ever went down that road they could do far worse than someone like Steve Buscemi. An american Capaldi if you like!.

  3. avatar PhazonEnder says:

    As an American let me state emphatically, that casting an American actor as the Doctor would most likely be a bad idea. I love how Dictor Who has become a global sensation, but at its heart I believe that the show needs to remain inherently British, and that includes its main character.

  4. avatar Rick says:

    I wouldn’t care if the American was Christopher Walken

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