Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Whiplash' Actor Teams with Terminator

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Whiplash' Actor Teams with Terminator

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After "Whiplash" was released, Arnold Schwarzenegger complimented his "Terminator Genisys" co-star J.K. Simmons on the film and his performance.

"I just kept fishing for a compliment about my physique because I'd been working out a lot for that movie," Mr. Simmons said with a laugh in a recent phone call. "He finally said he was moderately impressed."

Given that the Austrian-born bodybuilder had been Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia, maybe that's high praise. Or diplomacy.

Either way, Mr. Simmons said, "Meeting Arnold is a trip because he's obviously an iconic guy, and there have been so many incarnations of his public persona, and you don't know what to expect. But the main thing I found really enjoyable was he was just a regular guy who wanted to have a conversation and get to know you a little bit."

The two star in "Terminator Genisys" opening in theaters July 1. "We're not calling it a sequel, a prequel or a reboot. I think the word people may be settling on is a reset because the timeline has changed.

"It loves and respects James Cameron's original two films, and there's lots of sort of subtle nods to that and some not-so-subtle nods, but it's also a modern, stand-alone thing for people who are already not fans of the franchise."

The series holds a special place in the heart of the Oscar- winning star of "Whiplash." He recalls seeing "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" in summer 1991 on what was the first, or one of the earliest, dates with his future wife, actress Michelle Schumacher.

"We were on tour together with a Broadway production of 'Peter Pan,' and we were playing Honolulu for a couple of weeks - which was a pretty nice gig - and we went to see the second movie. . I remember she had been even a bigger fan of the first movie than I was, and remembered the specifics of the first movie better than I did."

"The Terminator," starring Mr. Schwarzenegger as part man, part machine, was released in October 1984 and spawned sequels, a TV show and now a reset with Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke. Mr. Simmons plays Inspector O'Brien, a San Francisco police detective. …

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