44 Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Terminator Series.
This article is based on "The Terminator Trivia - IMDB", "Terminator 2: Judgement Day Trivia - IMDB", "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Trivia - IMDB", "Terminator Salvation Trivia - IMDB", and "Terminator Genisys Trivia - IMDB". If you're interested in reading more, check out the links at the bottom of the article.
2/44 For the scene where the nude Terminator walks into the bike bar in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Schwarzenegger was actually wearing a pair of purple board shorts.
3/44 Special effects supervisor Stan Winston and his team created life-size fully-operational robotic replicas of Schwarzenegger and Kristanna Loken for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines because certain sequences involved fire and explosions that were too dangerous for humans to perform.
4/44 Terminator Salvation was supposed to be the first of a new Terminator trilogy by McG but the film's poor box office performance and reception led to McG being fired and replaced for subsequent films. The studio decided to start the new trilogy with Terminator Genisys instead.
5/44 The body of young Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys is actually body builder Brett Azar, who won the role following an open casting call fora Schwarzenegger lookalike. Schwarzenegger gifted the young actor cigars and body-building magazines after his first day of shooting.
6/44 One afternoon during a break in filming The Terminator, Schwarzenegger went to a restaurant to buy lunch and forgot to take off his makeup. He walked in with a missing eye, exposed jawbone, and burned flesh.
7/44 Terminator 2: Judgement Day won four Academy Awards: Best Make-Up, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing but lost.
8/44 Building an actual particle accelerator for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines would have cost $1.5 million so instead they used a painting and created only a small section. For shots where John, Kate, and T-X are running along side it set designers would rearrange the section so that it wouldn't look like they were running beside the same section over and over again. Director Jonathan Mostow used as much footage as possible, cutting away just before the point where the actors would literally run off the set.
9/44 While filming Terminator Salvation Christian Bale famously yelled and swore at cinematographer Shane Hurlbut who was adjusting the background lighting while Bale was acting an intense scene. After footage of the incident was leaked on the Internet Bale publicly apologized for his behaviour and reconciled with Hurlbut.
10/44 Terminator Genisys director Alan Taylor was upset that the trailer for the movie revealed the twist of John Connor becoming a Terminator. He wasn't notified beforehand and didn't approve the trailer. The decision came from the marketing department who wanted to show audiences that it wasn't a reboot of the older films.
11/44 The Terminator is the only character to be listed in the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes and Villains list as both a villain and hero. Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the only actors to be on the list for playing both a hero and villain.
12/44 While writing the screenplay James Cameron was living in his car, having recently fired his agent because he didn't like the story idea for The Terminator.
13/44 Instead of using special effects, Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie Gearren was used as a double for scenes involving two Sarah Connors in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
14/44 Schwarzenegger refused to do a third Terminator film unless Cameron was directing. Cameron eventually told him to, "Just do it and ask for a shit-load of money". Arnold set a fee at $29.25 million, which included a "pay or play" fee meaning he would get paid whether or not the movie was made. His perks included a lump sum of $1.5 million for private jets, personal bodyguards, and other amenities. He insisted on and received 20% of gross receipts from the venture including DVDs and television licensing. His contract's pre-approval clause gave him choice of director for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (he chose Jonathan Mostow) and principal cast. Arnold's fees jacked the budget of the film to $187.3 million making it the most expensive independently produced movie at the time.
15/44 The confrontation with a new Terminator with Arnold's face at the end of Terminator Salvation isn't the real Schwarzenegger. The special effects team scanned his face from a previous film and applied the face to a stunt double, making it appear like Arnold hadn't aged in years.
16/44 Paramount Pictures greenlit two sequels to Terminator Genisys prior to the film's release because regardless of it's commercial or critical success the rights to the series revert back to James Cameron in 2019.
17/44 Most of the car chase scenes in The Terminator were shot at normal speed and sped up in post-production to give the scenes more dramatic effect. Other cars rode along with the main cars with lights attached to them that made it seem like the car was passing multiple street lights and businesses, giving the illusion of moving faster.
18/44 Schwarzenegger was asked to loop his lines "I cannot self-terminate. You must lower me in the steel" in post-production for Terminator 2: Judgement Day because the test audiences didn't understand why Terminator needed Sarah's help in termination.
19/44 T-X's breast inflation scene in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines took forever to film because the air bladders in the bra kept popping or fizzling out.
20/44 Christian Bale was apprehensive about McG taking over the franchise and even told him, "Nothing in your filmography suggests that you have what it takes to do this movie properly." McG argued that he could evolve as a director but after the film's poor reception Bale blamed McG's direction and said he would never work with him again.
21/44 To explain Schwarzenegger's aging in Terminator Genysis it was written into the screenplay that living human tissue is generated and grown on Terminator androids, which makes them age like normal humans.
22/44 Filming for The Terminator was delayed nine months because Schwarzenegger was already committed to filming Conan the Destroyer. In the meantime James Cameroon took on a writing assignment: Aliens.
23/44 Science fiction author Harlan Ellison sued James Cameron for plagiarizing the two episodes of The Outer Limits written by Ellison. The suit was settled out of court and subsequent editions of The Terminator acknowledged Ellison's work. However Cameron admitted that the settlement was forced by producers who said he would be personally responsible for financial damages if he lost the trial.
24/44 Arnold had a $15 million salary for Terminator 2: Judgement Day, meaning he was paid approximately $21,000 per line. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716. Despite the small number of lines he had to learn, he read his lines from a card taped to a windshield for the history of Skynet scene.
25/44 Special effects supervisor Stan Winston died of multiple myeloma at the age of 62 while filming Terminator Salvation. It would be one of the last films he provided special effects for.
26/44 Terminator 2: Judgement Day production took so long that Edward Furlong, who played John Connor, visibly aged to the point that his voice broke. He had to go back and dub his lines in post-production.
27/44 James Cameron got the idea of giving Schwarzenegger less lines in the film from Conan the Barbarian in which Schwarzenegger only had 24 lines. In The Terminator Arnold only has 14 lines.
28/44 Arnold wasn't a huge fan of the original The Terminator draft and only agreed to the film because of the salary and because he thought a contemporary film would be beneficial for his career.
29/44 The bike bar scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day was filmed across the street from where LAPD officers were beating up Rodney King. In the witness' video recording of the incident you can see Schwarzenegger filming on a motorcycle in the background.
30/44 The scene where Terminator restarts after being shut down by T-1000 was added after filming because Cameron was worried audiences wouldn't understand how Terminator would return at the end of the movie. He contacted Schwarzenegger over Christmas holidays and asked him to come back to shoot the scene. Arnold cancelled his holiday with friend Bruce Willis and shot the scene on Christmas Day.
31/44 Schwarzenegger declined to cameo in Terminator Salvation, thinking that such a brief appearance would be cheating the audience.
32/44 Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with guns every day for a month to prepare for the role. He practiced weapon stripping and reassembly blindfolded until he could do them like a machine, and practiced shooting guns without looking while reloading or cocking. He was praised for his realistic handling of guns on camera in Soldier of Fortune magazine, a publication notorious for ridiculing movies for inaccurate weapon usage.
33/44 Pilot Charles A. Tamburro actually flew a helicopter under an overpass in the final chase scene of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The camera crew refused to film because of the high risk involved so Cameron filmed the scene himself with a camera car driver.
34/44 James Cameron used what he called "guerilla filmmaking" to avoid paying for filming permits in certain locations. He instructed the production crew and key actors to quickly arrive at a location, shoot the scene, and leave before the police arrived. As a result most of the "extras" seen in the movie are regular citizens who just happened to be passing by. While filming the final scene a police car did show up. A crew member explained that it was his son's film school project and the police let them continue.
35/44 Residents of Lakeview Terrance protested outside the medical center when it was dressed up as the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, not realizing that Terminator 2: Judgement Day was filming in the city.
36/44 The phrase "Hasta la vista, baby" is translated to "Sayonara, baby" for the Spanish release of the film to preserve the line's humour.
37/44 James Cameron asked special effects supervisor Stan Winston to create a teaser trailer without using any footage from filming and a budget of $150,000. Winston created a a short trailer that showed an assembly line creating multiple copies of Terminators that all looked like Schwarzenegger. Cameron was pleased because he was worried actual footage would ruin Schwarzenegger's reappearance, considering the Terminator was destroyed in the first film.
38/44 Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor, forgot to put her ear plugs back in after a break in filming the elevator shootout in Terminator 2: Judgement Day and subsequently suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear.
39/44 Special effects supervisor Stan Winston studied nuclear test footage to make Sarah Connor's nuclear nightmare scene as realistic as possible. US federal nuclear lab employees said it was the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional movie.
40/44 Studio executive were concerned about the growing budget for Terminator 2: Judgement Day and proposed that Cameron eliminate a few scenes, including the opening biker bar scene. They asked Schwarzenegger to talk to Cameron but he refused saying, "Only a studio guy would cut a scene out like that."
41/44 George Lucas' computer graphics company Industrial Light and Magic grew from six articles to 30+ to accommodate Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It cost $5.5 million over 8 months to produce T-1000, which received less than five minutes of screen time.
42/44 A female pedestrian accidentally wandered into the biker bar set of Terminator 2: Judgement Day thinking it was real. She came across Schwarzenegger dressed in boxer shorts and asked him what was going on. He told her it was male stripper night.
43/44 Schwarzenegger's famous line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back" but Arnold thought "I'll" sounded too feminine. Cameron told him, "I don't tell you how to act, so don't tell me how to write". As an ESL speaker Arnold thought "I will be back" would be more formal and correct, but Cameron insisted that he use "I'll". The line was voted as the #37 movie quote by American Film Institute.
44/44 The forced meditation scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day had to have multiple takes because Ken Gibbel, who played Douglas, wouldn't hit Linda Hamilton properly with his nightstick. Hamilton was furious at Gibbel for ruining the scene so in a later scene she actually beat him with a broken broom handle.
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