Tim Miller Shares New TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Details and Explains Mackenzie Davis Will ‘Scare the F— Out of Misogynists'
I don’t know about you, but I’m actually pretty stoked about Tim Miller and James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate! I love what I’ve seen so far and I can’t wait to see more, which will probably happen at Comic-Con during the film’s panel next week.
While we wait for some new footage to drop, Miller opens up a little bit more about the film, specifically the new character Grace played by Mackenzie Davis. He explained that during their developing meetings it was pointed out that the Terminator films “tend to have a trinity of main characters. One of those is the protector, the Kyle Reese character [portrayed by Michael Biehn in the original, Jai Courtney and Anton Yelchin in sequels].” It’s from this observation that an idea was born that “a new protector from the future is a machine fighter.” He goes on to explain:
“It’s a painful life, and they’re scarred and take a lot of drugs to combat the pain of what’s been done to them. They don’t live a long time. It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others. And from the very first suggestion it was always a woman. We had to look for someone who has the physicality, but I’m very sensitive to actors. I didn’t just want a woman who could physically fit the role but emotionally as well. Mackenzie really wanted to do it; she came after the role. She worked harder than anybody.
He went on to talk about the backlash that the female aspect of the film has received from some fans and explains that Davis will scare the fuck out of misogynists:
“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters. If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the fuck out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine. We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early shit that’s out there, trolls on the internet. I don’t give a fuck.”
I honestly don’t understand this kind of hate for the franchise because Linda Hamilton was a complete and total badass in Terminator 2! She a woman I wouldn’t want to mess with! There’s always been a strong female aspect to Cameron’s Terminator films, so it’s not surprising that that would continue on into this one.
He goes on to talk about Cameron’s involvement with this film, explaining:
“Jim has moved to New Zealand to focus on “Avatar.” I saw him a couple times when I got back from shooting, and I showed him a director’s cut. Jim will come in and provide clarity in key moments about the goals of the franchise. He’s great about looking at things and saying, “This needs to be reinforced.” He’s like a diver into a pool. He dives to the bottom, jumps out and the pool settles. Dives in again. He occasionally cannonballs. But it’s incredible.”
I’m just happy that Cameron is involved with this new Terminator movie. That fact alone gives me hope that the film is going to give fans something completely awesome! When asked how he will win over Hall H at Comic-Con, Miller said:
“If I was a nerd, and I am, I always imagine reading about plot or story and how I would feel as a fan. I can be objective that way, like I did with Deadpool. When I read online when we announced the film, ‘Terminator 6? For fuck’s sake, why don’t they let it die?’ I understand where those people are coming from. If it’s not great, then we’ve had enough.
“After Deadpool there were a lot of projects I could’ve chosen, but I really wanted to see Linda Hamilton come back to personally finish her story as Sarah Connor. Like James Cameron, I always find stories about women are much more interesting than men picking up guns. Jim’s movies are grounded in reality and character and just happen to have time travel and robots. I’m wired the same way. I want to give the audience a story about Sarah and these new characters and make everything else as realistic as possible. I want to sit in the audience and believe that this shit could happen to me. That’s how I’m approaching it.”
Well, we’ll see how the fans react to what he’s created next week during the film’s big panel next week. Terminator: Dark Fate will explode in theaters on November 1st.