‘It Was A Mixed Feeling’: Terminator’s Edward Furlong Opens Up About Shooting His Controversial John Connor Cameo In Dark Fate


While John Connor is a character who’s been played by a variety of actors in the Terminator movies and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate was special, as it marked Edward Furlong’s return to the role for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day… sort of. Four months after Furlong’s involvement was announced, it turned out that not only had he simply done motion capture to portray John from three years after the events of Judgement Day (alongside body double Jude Collie), the character was killed off at the beginning of the movie too. The actor recalled what it was like for him shooting this controversial cameo, calling it a “mixed feeling.”

Shortly after Dark Fate’s release, Furlong said he was “bummed out” about his role in the movie, but five years later, he’s more neutral about the whole thing. While appearing on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, the actor talked about he got the part right as he got sober, and when he learned that John Connor was being killed off, not only did it make him go, “Oh shit,” he was confused about how him portraying his 14-year-old self would be pulled off, thinking it’d be like a “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? sort of situation.” He then said:

I went in there and did that, so I knew what was happening. I mean, it was a mixed feeling. It was understanding I wasn’t in a place to shoot a movie right then anyway… I was kind of happy a little bit too… I don’t know if you met Nick, Nick Stahl’s awesome. I think he’s a great guy, but I was glad to get the character just back to myself even if it was for a day. I thought that was kind of dope.


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