“Come on already! Did you forget it’s your turn?!” “I’m thinking! Not easy to do with all your talking! Scheiße!” The air outside is thick as a bayou accent and hot as a steaming bowl of étouffée, but Arnold Schwarzenegger and longtime acting coach Walter von Huene are safely ensconced in an air-conditioned trailer, too rapt in their chess game to notice the faint rapping on the door. “Check!” “You sonofabitch! You cheat every chance you get!” Rap, rap, rap. This time, the knock comes a little louder. Arnold’s right- With that, he lumbers down the trailer steps, out into the oppressive heat of the NOLA afternoon. The Terminator is on a mission. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is a cavernous hangar designed for the construction of giant rockets. This summer, however, it’s home to a giant time machine—the centerpiece of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the series that made Schwarzenegger a household name. With its towering interior walls painted green for EFX work, the hangar is abuzz with dozens of cast and crew members setting up shots, fixing props, studying lines, and generally ensuring that this TERMINATOR GENISYS “Pops” Terminator begs the question: Will experience win out over new technology? hand man, Daniel Ketchell, puts down a freshly made protein shake to answer it. As a young production assistant pokes his head in, a rush of thick, hot air floods the trailer. “They’re ready,” he says. Without saying a word, Schwarzenegger methodically rises from his seat—he’s done this dance three times today already. His hair is ghost-white, and his face is horribly battered. A huge gash figures prominently across his right cheek, and his chin looks as if it’s seen the business end of a cheese grater. He turns to me and raises an eyebrow.

ARNOLD’S TRAINING IS FAST—SURPRISINGLY FAST. HE’S QUICK WITH EACH MOVE AND TAKES ALMOST NO TIME BETWEEN SETS.

With that, he lumbers down the trailer steps, out into the oppressive heat of the NOLA afternoon. The Terminator is on a mission. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is a cavernous hangar designed for the construction of giant rockets. This summer, however, it’s home to a giant time machine—the centerpiece of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the series that made Schwarzenegger a household name. With its towering interior walls painted green for EFX work, the hangar is abuzz with dozens of cast and crew members setting up shots, fixing props, studying lines, and generally ensuring that this $170 million production stays on track, 11 months before its July 1, 2015, release. Arnold enters the hangar with his posse in tow—Ketchell, von Huene, stunt double Dieter Rauter, security detail Leslie Schmidt, and myself. The five men not named Perine have already spent a couple of months together working on the film and by now act as a cohesive unit, with each practiced in his allotted task. For Arnold, that means being the pack leader. “OK, everybody,” he booms to the crew as he strides across a catwalk. “I’m ready. Let’s stop playing around!” The upcoming scene involves the Terminator in a pitched battle that involves several of the film’s stars, lots of blinking lights, and some sparks. With so many variables, multiple takes are the order of the day—sometimes to try a different camera angle, sometimes to fix a misfiring prop, sometimes just to be safe. Over and again, Arnold takes his position in the time machine. Each time, upon hearing “Action!” he channels his inner cybernetic organism, stiffening his body and delivering his lines in that unmistakable accent until director Alan Taylor yells “Cut!” Then, whether the break between takes is two minutes or 20, the Terminator morphs back into the Governator, cracking jokes with a makeup artist, ribbing Rauter, and generally being the biggest presence in a very, very big room. I saw a lot during the two days I spent on the Terminator Genisys set, including some fascinating interplay between the main characters and a few crucial plot lines. But I’ll leave it to entertainment magazines and websites to give you the lowdown on the film. Because I’m the EIC of Muscle & Fitness magazine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is our executive editor, I’d rather fill you in on his TG training— and one particular workout I know I’ll never forget.

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