This time, we’re taking a look at one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unheralded blockbusters with The 6th Day and in this entry we discuss - 1) how Arnold consistently finds himself waiting to do another Terminator film, 2) did this film actually predict the resurgence of the XFL, and 3) what our thoughts are on cloning a beloved pet. Let’s dig in……
The 6th Day (film) Cast and Crew
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode: The British director doesn’t have a ton of credits to his name, but he directed the late 80’s comedy hit Turner and Hooch that starred a young Tom Hanks pre-Academy Awards. Prior to directing The 6th Day, he took a turn directing a James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, and while no one will say that it is the best Bond film ever made, having one of those belt under your belt certainly grants you some prestige. He actually took a pass on directing the next Bond film, and decided to direct this film instead.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Adam Gibson: We’re not going to dive into Schwarzenegger’s career in great detail as that’s been previously covered on our episodes on our Terminator suite of episodes that led up to the recently released Terminator: Dark Fate. Schwarzenegger’s career was beginning to fizzle out at this point in 2000. He hadn’t been in a profitable blockbuster for years and his recent role as Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze in the much maligned Batman and Robin, really left Hollywood with mixed feelings towards the legendary tough man. While Schwarzenegger will not win an Academy Award any time soon, he does a good job of carrying the film at times.
Tony Goldwyn as Michael Drucker: Goldwyn’s career really began to take off following his supporting role in the movie Ghost opposite Patrick Swayze and in 1999, voiced the character of Tarzan for the film of the same title during the Disney Renaissance so Goldwyn was a hot commodity at the time. He certainly plays a more conniving villain than initially given credit for but he gets lost in the shuffle with the film’s other assassin’s that are pursuing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character.
Michael Rapaport as Hank Morgan: Rapaport had a minor role in the shark attack film Deep Blue Sea and fans of the show Friends will recognize him as Phoebe’s cop boyfriend who takes the guys on a ride along. Rapaport has a distinct New York accent so odds are if you don’t know him by name, you do know his voice. According to Chris, he’d be the ideal actor to portray former NBA player Brian Scalabrine in a sports biopic.
Robert Duvall as Dr. Griffin Weir: As our hosts point out during the episode, casting an actor of Duvall’s caliber in this film seems out of place. Duvall is clearly outperforming his colleagues in his scenes and seems to
be acting like he’s in a different. Perhaps an actor like J.K. Simmons would’ve been better suited in the role but we’ll never know.
- Michael Rooker as Robert Marshall, Sarah Wynter as Talia Elsworth, Wendy Crewson as Natalie Gibson, Rodney Rowland as P. Wiley, and Terry Crews as Vincent (his feature film debut)
The Not-So Distant Future
Thanks to several title cards at the beginning of the film, we are told that this film is set in the future, but it is never explicitly mentioned where in the future the film takes place. In a behind the scenes documentary, Schwarzenegger says the film is set in 2015, but no indication is given to this at any point in the film. Since the film came out in 2000, the filmmakers assumed that the next fifteen years would be a banner year for scientific advancement and invention.
For starters, the technology is advanced even by today’s standards with the prominent example being cloning. Dolly the Sheep was only cloned in the mid 1990’s. So, to assume that humanity would be able to clone humans in 20 short years following this is a massive leap. The history of Dolly and a brief overview of cloning will be covered below, but much like with artificial intelligence,