Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains How He'll Be Back in 'Terminator: Genesis'

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Happy as many Terminator fans might be to see Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the franchise for the upcoming Terminator: Genesis, there's still the matter of explaining how the 66-year-old actor is going to get away with convincingly portraying the same robot he first played in the 1984 original. Robots don't age, after all...right?

Not so fast. Schwarzenegger recently spoke with MTV about his role in the new Terminator, and explained that just as he seems to age more slowly than a normal human being, so does his onscreen robotic counterpart.

"The way that the character is written, it’s a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger told the network. "It’s this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator’s flesh ages, just like any other human being’s flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."

Seems like sort of a convenient narrative wrinkle to explain a franchise's reliance on its signature star, but we'll allow it -- especially since, as Schwarzenegger went on, he seemed to hint at some sort of Tron: Legacy-style CGI fakery at play.

"Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800,” he revealed, going on to hint that part of the storyline revolves around "what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets a hold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good."

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