Schwarzenegger's 'Terminator': From Killing Machine to… Drapery Salesman? (Video)

The character has to “blend in” with humans, he explains

What has Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator been up to since audiences last saw him? Would you believe he’s been working as a drapery salesman? Apparently, even synthetic intelligent killing machines need to go undercover.

Ahead of the Nov. 1 release of the latest in the franchise – “Terminator: Dark Fate” – Schwarzenegger visited “The Graham Norton Show,” where he said that his Terminator character has “been, you know, kind of around… and he’s been terminating things.” (Nice tiptoeing, Arnie.)

Schwarzenegger explained that because Terminator has now lived with human beings that he has picked up a human lifestyle, and that includes getting a day job.

“In order to infiltrate — in order to be like, to blend in — I am a drapery salesman,” he said with a smile, adding that it was James Cameron’s choice of careers for his creation. “That’s actually Jim Cameron’s idea, but I then developed the character a little but more and “improvised some of the lines.”

Check out the segment above.

Later in the show, Schwarzenegger said he wasn’t even sure that he’d be asked back to the franchise.

“I did not know if they would do another ‘Terminator,’ if I’d get asked back or what because, as you know, what happens to the James Bond movies and Batman movies, it was often they just switched him out with, you know, newer people,” Schwarzenegger said. “So I was really happily surprised when I got a call.”

Trump vs Schwarzenegger: 9 Moments in History of Friends Turned Rivals (Photos)

  • Here’s a look back at the long and complicated history between the two celebrities-turned-politicians.


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump were buddy-buddy at first, seen joking around at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, according to a 2016 Politico article. At Trump’s request, Schwarzenegger even moved his entourage from the Mandarin Hotel to one of Trump’s hotels, which irked Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver.

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  • Schwarzenegger had a guest appearance on an episode of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” in 2007, when he was governor of California. He invited contestants into his private conference room in Sacramento. Back then, Trump described the Governator as a “great friend.”


  • Apparently he was such a great friend that a month later, Trump donated $10,000 to Schwarzenegger to help pay off debts from his 2006 re-election campaign. The donation got Schwarzenegger in hot water, as political watchdogs saw it as him using his celebrity status to solve his political problems.


  • In September 2015, NBC named Schwarzenegger to take over as host of “Celebrity Apprentice” following Trump’s entrance into the the presidential race — and after the candidate’s statements about Mexicans prompted NBC Universal to cut its business ties with real estate mogul.


  • During Trump’s presidential campaign, Schwarzenegger would not provide the same support, instead endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary.


  • Even after Trump won the GOP nomination, Schwarzenegger took to social media to he would not vote for Trump…whom he would not refer to by name. “It’s not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty,” he said.

  • Trump struck back a few weeks before his inauguration in January 2017, mocking the low ratings Schwarzenegger was getting as host of “Celebrity Apprentice” while referring to himself as a “ratings machine.” Trump had made similar taunts at Martha Stewart when she hosted her version of the reality show back in 2005.


  • Schwarzenegger responded by wishing Trump luck and saying that he hoped “you’ll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.”


  • In February 2017, President Trump mocked Schwarzenegger for his “Celebrity Apprentice” ratings at the ordinarily serious National Prayer  Breakfast, calling on the crowd to “pray for Arnold.”


  • In response, Schwarzenegger suggested in a Facebook video that he and Trump switch jobs: “You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings. And I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”

President Donald Trump was once the former California governor’s friend and political donor — how quickly things change

Here’s a look back at the long and complicated history between the two celebrities-turned-politicians.

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