Later this year, Linda Hamilton will reprise her iconic role as Sarah Connor when Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters. Hamilton’s involvement certainly has a lot of fans of the series feeling hopeful. The last three Terminator entries failed to match the success of James Cameron’s first two films. Sarah was unceremoniously killed off between Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. But that’s not the reason Hamilton isn’t a fan of the sequels that came after her films.
While speaking with Variety at CinemaCon, Hamilton was asked about the other Terminator sequels. “They’re very forgettable, aren’t they?” replied Hamilton. “I wanted them to be good. You know, you start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”
She also specified that she watched every recent Terminator film except Terminator Genisys. That film attempted to launch an alternate timeline within the Terminator universe à la Star Trek and featured a rare endorsement from Cameron. He retracted that endorsement two years later.
Hamilton previously lent her voice to Terminator Salvation, where she recorded messages for her son, John, on cassette tapes. However, Dark Fate marks the first time she’ll be physically playing Sarah since 1991. Unsurprisingly, she was skeptical about rejoining the franchise after an almost 30-year absence.
“I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it, said Hamilton. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to [and] I didn’t want it to look like a shameless money grab.”
Additionally, Hamilton had reservations about returning to the spotlight in such a high-profile capacity. “I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn’t involve being a celebrity,” said Hamilton. “And you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?”
Despite her optimism about the new movie, it sounds like she’ll need some extra arm-twisting to convince her to return for another installment. “I’m going to fake my own death so I don’t have to do another one,” said Hamilton.
Terminator: Dark Fate is due for release on November 1. You can share your thoughts on Hamilton’s remarks in the comment section below!