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What is the reason that Linda Hamilton didn't reprise the character of Sarah Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines?

Was she busy on another film or had she stated no interest in appearing in the third film?

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Linda Hamilton claimed it was because she felt that her character arc was complete and that the new script didn't offer her much.

Q: Your character went through an amazing arc in the sequel...

LH: How lucky am I? I loved it. I turned down "T3" because I really did feel that it was so complete, that the character arc was completely there and could not be improved upon. And the script that I read proved that to me! But I'm retiring a champ.

Linda Hamilton - Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD

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"They offered me a part. I read it and I knew my character arc was so complete in the first two, and in the third one it was a negligible character," she explained. "She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was kind of disposable, so I said no thank you."

Linda Hamilton confirms 'T4' talks

Apparently she was also undergoing treatment at this point for her (pre-existing) bipolar disorder and it was only a couple of years after a messy divorce so it's certainly possible that she had some personal issues that prevented her from accepting the role. To deal with her absence, the writers dropped a bridge on her by giving her fatal leukaemia.

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    Why is she returning now, then? – Ham Sandwich Sep 3 '19 at 12:03
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    @HamSandwich - I would imagine it's because a) Her career is in the toilet and b) Money and C) Flattery – Valorum Sep 3 '19 at 14:43

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