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McG Talks ‘Terminator’ Ending + Schwarzenegger and Hamilton Cameos

terminatorsalvation-042009It looks like there may be some disappointment at the ending of Terminator Salvation.  Director McG told MTV Movies Blog that because the ending leaves things open for the planned sequels, it’ll more than likely divide the audience:

The ending is indeed elliptical. And it challenges the audience. It’s not a happy little bow of an ending at all. The ending is tough and requires reflection, and in some degrees it bifurcates the audience. You walk back to the car and one person thinks it means this, and the other person thinks it means that.

McG also discussed the much-rumored confirmed/unconfirmed cameo from Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The director insists that Terry Crews’ assertion last week that the current California governor was confirmed to be in the film is wrong, telling MTV “[t]he jury is still out” on whether he’ll return.  Then again, the T-800 will stay play a heavy part in the film regardless of the Arnold cameo:

“This film is largely about Skynet collecting human tissue in the interest of creating lifelike tissue for the T-800, which is the Schwarzenegger character,” McG explained. “And if you think about it, we had to go through a lot of lab rats to get to the polio vaccine. Skynet has to go through a lot of human beings to get to that realistic T-800. Kyle Reese always talks about the T-600 being easy to recognize — a rubber skin, prosthetic look. We’ve got two T-600s in the film, but it’s [about] the coming of the T-800, which represents lifelike human flesh being grown in order to get to that level of proficiency.”

More after the jump.

And finally, here’s what McG had to say about the now-confirmed Linda Hamilton cameo:

“Everyone knows she instructed her son how to survive and how to fulfill his destiny via audio tapes. There is a great deal of listening done to those audio tapes done in hope of guidance. There’s some scenes with Christian being inspired by the character Linda played.”

You can watch some of the interview in the video below.