'Terminator: Dark Fate' wanted to soften up Sarah Connor but Linda Hamilton wouldn't have it

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Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount)

It's pretty unlikely that the years of dogged cyborg hunting would have softened up the edges of Terminator's Sarah Connor.

But apparently, the makers of Terminator: Dark Fate, the latest in the veteran sci-fi series, wanted Linda Hamilton's character to be a bit less spiky this time around.

So she told them where to shove it.

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She told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m not usually that actress that goes, ‘Oh my character!’. I have never been that actress, but I was a little bit on this film because I am the authority on Sarah Connor.

“In terms of approach, [director Tim Miller] wanted her ‘relatable.’ That was the word he used.

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“And I was like Sarah Connor has never been relatable! She was relatable in the first movie as a nice waitress, but what do you mean ‘relatable’? You are trying to make her softer?

“I just knew that with the time that had passed and as her situation changed, she ain’t relatable… But I would go, ‘Nope, I am not saying that.’ And a couple of times I was like, ‘I am not saying that. That’s stupid.’

“I have always been empowered to say those things but I just have never been that person. I just care so intensely about this character that I had to step up and toe the line about what felt right and what didn’t feel right.”

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Hamilton plays the mother of future resistance fighter John Connor for the first time since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, with news emerging last week that she is joined by Edward Furlong, who played John Connor in T2.

But Furlong's appointment has been met with some controversy, due to his string of arrests for domestic violence.

Also starring Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie arrives in the UK on October 23.