Edward Furlong, the kid who first uttered legendary action-movie cliches such as "Hasta la vista, baby," "Eat me, dickwad" and "no problemo," is returning to his roots. Daily Variety says the 23-year-old actor will reprise his role as John Conner in the James Cameron-less "Terminator 3," which is now in the works.
Furlong -- at the fertile age of just 12 -- blasted into Hollywood in his maiden role in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." With no previous acting experience whatsoever, the Southern California kid was literally plucked off the streets of Los Angeles and put in the 1991 sci-fi blockbuster.
Furlong now has 13 films under his belt, and he has been pretty indie-minded during his career, shunning big-budget beasts in favor of smaller projects such as campmeister John Waters' "Pecker" (1998), "American History X" (1998) and the 1970s proto-metal homage "Detroit Rock City" (1999).
"American History X" But even though Furlong hasn't exactly set the world on fire as an actor , he has nonetheless amassed a dedicated following. Ray Gun magazine says he's among the 20 actors "who matter" in the year 2000, and Vanity Fair bestowed a similar honor upon him in 1998.
Meanwhile, Furlong can be seen this year in "The Animal Factor," playing an inmate opposite Steve Buscemi and Willem Dafoe.
And for anyone who cares about the latest "T3" goings-on, it's been widely reported that Ah-nuld is all game and ready, even though directorJames Cameron has declined.
Linda Hamilton, who played Furlong's psycho-badass mom in the last film, won't reprise the part unless Cameron returns.
Slated for a 2002 release, "T3" is reportedly about the world's first battle with Skynet, the evil corporation responsible for the invention of the terminator cyborgs. There are rumors that Schwarzenegger will battle a female villain, but no other details of the plot are available yet.
But the burning question is: Will Furlong get a set of newly minted action-movie cliches to spout? We can only hope.