Tim Miller says “closet misogynists” will be in for a shock when they watch “Terminator: Dark Fate”.
Miller, who directed the upcoming female-led sequel starring Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes, spoke with Variety about some of the backlash surrounding Davis’ cyborg character Grace.
“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters. If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the f**k out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine,” Miller said. “We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online, the responses to some of the early sh*t that’s out there, trolls on the Internet. I don’t give a f**k.”
But the upcoming flick will still have the original “Terminator” feel with the return of franchise veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger, while focusing on a new generation of female characters.
“It’s a painful life, and they’re scarred and take a lot of drugs to combat the pain of what’s been done to them. They don’t live a long time,” Miller said of the character Grace. “It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others. And from the very first suggestion it was always a woman. We had to look for someone who has the physicality, but I’m very sensitive to actors. I didn’t just want a woman who could physically fit the role but emotionally as well. Mackenzie really wanted to do it; she came after the role. She worked harder than anybody.”
“Terminator: Dark Fate” hits big screens Nov. 1.