Back in March this year, we learned how the upcoming Terminator: Genisys would get around the whole issue of a 67-year old man playing a highly advanced robot from the future.
In the end, Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed they out-maneuvered this issue once they realized the T-800's outer 'skin' is organic and not synthetic, meaning, theoretically, it could age. This isn't particularly news to us, but what we have recently found out is that this insight came from none other than the original Terminator director, James Cameron.
Despite having no formal involvement with the franchise reboot/sequel (no one's really sure what it is yet), Cameron did give some hints to the film's producer, David Ellison. When talking to Deadline, Cameron revealed:
I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor, he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.
Although that solves the issue of an 'old' Terminator, it also presents an interesting insight into the story of [Terminator Genisys](movie:34872). Could the Terminator actually be more ingratiated into human society? This direction could make sense, since we've already seen the T-800 go through the process of assimilating into human culture in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Having to go through that rigmarole again is probably unnecessary in a new sequel, don't you think?
Do you like the idea of a more human Terminator?