Can you imagine what Terminator movies would be like without Linda Hamilton (again)? Because she can! The 63-year-old star, known for playing Sarah Conner, opened up about leaving the franchise in a new interview.
“[I] would be quite happy to never return,” Linda revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. The last film she starred in was the 2019 action-packed flick Terminator: Dark Fate and, although the movie made $261 million at the worldwide box office, Linda admitted she wouldn’t mind starring in a “smaller” follow-up.
“I would really appreciate maybe a smaller version, where so many millions are not at stake,” she said. “Today’s audience is just so unpredictable.”
“I can’t tell you how many laymen just go, ‘Well, people don’t go to the movies anymore,’” she continued. “It should definitely not be such a high-risk financial venture, but I would be quite happy to never return. So no, I am not hopeful, because I would really love to be done.”
While it sounds like Linda might be ready to move on from the franchise that made her a household name once more, there are some exceptions. She added, “But if there were something new that really spoke to me, I am a logical person and I will always consider viable changes.”
However, the one thing Linda would probably miss most is getting to work with her longtime friend Arnold Schwarzenegger. The duo first shared the big screen together in 1984’s The Terminator and followed that up with 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Once they reunited for Dark Fate, it felt like they hadn’t missed a step.
“I loved working with Arnold. I actually was just pleased as punch when I saw him again,” the Beauty and the Beast alum previously dished to Entertainment Tonight. “It had been a number of years. And I just have this affection for him that is so deep and biting, that just got completely cemented on this film.”
“I loved working physically with him, I loved seeing him in the trailer, I loved toying with him,” Linda gushed. “You know, it’s the very top of a 35-year relationship, and that really means something to me.”