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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Back in Hollywood With ‘Terminator Genisys’ Premiere

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for the fifth time.

Schwarzenegger was joined by stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee and Dayo Okeniyi at the premiere of Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Director Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) said fans of the “Terminator” franchise will relive the original films through homages to James Cameron’s first two movies, while also watching the robot world take on a life of its own.

“We started off quite consciously in the script replicating scenes from the original to say, ‘You’ve seen this before, you think you know where this is going,’ and then we wrench off in a new direction,” Taylor said.

“Genisys” jumps into the robot universe when John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance movement against the Terminators, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). When he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

The fifth film in the “Terminator” franchise brings a fresh take on character John Connor, who first appeared in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Clarke said he drew inspiration from the original movies when creating his own take on Connor.

“I saw them all in the cinema and then I went back and watched them again,” Clarke said. “You think about making the connection, lining up your dots in terms of what went before and where we decided to pick it up at.”

After the screening, stars and guests walked Hollywood Boulevard to the Hollywood Roosevelt for the after-party. Under spotlights and palm trees, a few hundred people filled the Tropicana pool cafe. Schwarzenegger smoked cigars in a private bungalow with his buddies; his sons were also in attendance. His old co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Tom Arnold also came out for support.

Okeniyi said working with Schwarzenegger was a joy during filming, but it got intimidating at times. While on set in San Francisco, the two went to the gym at the same time.

“I walked down to the gym to work out and there’s Arnold, working out,” Okeniyi said. “As somebody who obsessively watched his Mr. Olympian videos, it was just crazy to me. I didn’t work out because I’m not going to be embarrassed by some 70-year-old guy.”

Lee, who plays T-1000, a shape-shifting assassin, said he grew up fascinated by the franchise.

“It’s been a legend since the 1980s,” Lee said. “I think ‘Terminator’ is one of the most important action films in action history.”

Larry Ellison and Megan Ellison came to support Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg‘s first foray into the “Terminator” franchise. Also on hand were Paramount’s Rob Moore, Marc Evans and Frederick Huntsberry.

Par releases “Terminator Genisys” July 1.

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