Edward Furlong, the interpreter of the adolescent John Connor of “Terminator 2”, returned to the failure of “Terminator: Dark Fate” and in particular the fate reserved for his character at the beginning of the film which will have particularly annoyed the fans. Warning, SPOILERS!
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The universe of terminator has been embedded in popular culture since 1984 with the first opus signed James Cameron. A dark film, which sees Arnold Schwarzenegger come from an apocalyptic future where humanity and machines fight each other. The purpose of this human-looking machine is to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)in 1984, to prevent the birth of John Conor, leader of the human resistance in 2029.
Whether terminator launched the franchise, many retain more Terminator 2 (1991), direct continuation with always Arnold Schwarzenegger, but which this time incarnates a T-800 charged to protect the teenager John Conor. A turnaround for the public and obviously the heroine Sarah Connor. We would have liked the Terminator saga to be content with these two excellent films. Only, several suites have emerged for more than mediocre results. Terminator 3 in 2003, Terminator Reborn in 2009 (perhaps the only one we would save) and the forgettable Terminator Genisys (2015) with Emilia Clarke.
In 2019, a sixth film was released on screens: Terminator: Dark Fatereal financial failure. The film, however, marked Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connorand even saw Edward Furlong’s John Connor return the time of a scene (thanks to the CGI). We see it in the first minutes of the film. But after a few seconds, a T-800 appears and kills him with a shotgun. What provoke the anger of the fans, but also of the actor, who, when the film was released, had already deplored this choice.
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The comedian again returned to this event during an interview given to the youtubeur Alex Leyba. The latter was quick to question Edward Furlong about Terminator: Dark Fate and this appearance that will have shocked the fans. The actor then explains that at this time he took a lot of heroin and was in no condition to dispute anything anyway. Nevertheless, he knew that the direction the film was taking was not the right one and was not going to sit well with fans.
I knew it was not going to pass for the fans. Terminator 2 is such an important thing. When they said I was in it and people came up to tell me they were glad I was in the movie, it was awkward. (…) I had the feeling that it was going to annoy people, because people have invested a lot in this character. People my age grew up with him, so I was like, oh my god are you going to take him out with a shotgun? A 14 year old? Really ?
Of course, Edward Furlong does not hide that he would have liked to be in the film longer and to receive a lot of money (which he already declared at the time of the exit). But he remains aware that he was not capable of it at the time and is annoyed above all the screenplay choice made and the fate of his character. A decision that perhaps did not come from director Tim Miller, who also made no secret of his rejection of Terminator: Dark Fate. The director explained that he had to fight constantly with James Cameron (then producer). And, for him, with this film, franchise terminator have one more time”been defiled“…