The makers of Terminator Genisys have done the impossible: get James Cameron to say something nice about their movie.

The Terminator and T2 director, who wasn’t involved in the making of Genisys at all, didn’t just say something nice about it, he actually endorsed the upcoming sequel as the real continuation of his first two entries in the series.

“I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance,” Cameron says in an exclusive video you can watch on Yahoo Movies, and continues on saying, “In the new film, which in my mind, I think of as the third film, we see Arnold take the character even farther.”

Schwarzenegger has gone on record as a Terminator: Salvation hater, telling ABC News earlier this year, “It sucked,” but Cameron previously echoed the fan opinion of T3 and T4 in his Reddit AMA. “I’m not big fans of the films,” he said, “I think that the big ideas of the first movies - I didn’t make the second film until I had an idea as big as the first film, and it had to do with the moral complexity of the story, and asking the audience by the end of the film to cry for a Terminator. I don’t think that the 3rd or 4th film lived up to that potential.”

This new video is a small miracle considering they got Cameron to stop making his handful of Avatar movies for a second to sit down on camera and approve of a Terminator sequel he didn’t direct. 

This major coup is also an interesting, lucky turn for Terminator Genisys, which has ridden a deluge of bad buzz (even by us ever since the clumsy first trailer debuted during the Super Bowl. See if Cameron is telling the truth or was replaced by a robot sent from the future to kill him when Terminator Genisys is released in theaters on July 1.

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