Things You May Not Of Know About The Terminator Franchise

Thursday, May 28, 2009

So a franchise just might be dead. With the critical failure of Terminator Salvation we might just not see another bad-ass robot trying to kill those pesky little humans. But it was a fun ride filled with catch phrases and bad makeup. Do you know all there is to know about the Terminator films? I did some research on IMDB and found out some things you just might not know about the Terminator movies.

(The Terminator) O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. (If they only knew).

(The Terminator) Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone both turned down the role of the Terminator.

(The Terminator) Lance Henriksen was originally considered for the role of The Terminator. Writer/director James Cameron even made early sketches showing The Terminator looking like Henriksen. The original concept was for the character to be able to blend into a crowd. Cameron approached Arnold Schwarzenegger and wanted him to play the role of Kyle Reese, but after their meeting, Schwarzenegger and Cameron both wanted Schwarzenegger to play the title role, so Henriksen was cast in the role of Det. Vukovich. Curiously, Henriksen later got to play the part of a humanoid cyborg when he played Bishop in Aliens, also directed by Cameron.

(The Terminator) In the final auditions, Linda Hamilton beat Geena Davis and Rosanna Arquette for the role of Sarah.

(The Terminator) Shots through the Terminator's vision shows a dump of the ROM assembler code for the Apple II operation system. If you own an Apple II, enter at the basic prompt: ] call -151 * p This will give you the terminator view. Other code visible is written in COBOL.

(The Terminator) Near the beginning of the movie, when Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) receives a message on her answering machine breaking her date, the voice on the machine is James Cameron's. Years later, Hamilton and Cameron got married and subsequently divorced.

(The Terminator) Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'.

(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) Most of Edward Furlong's voice had to be re-dubbed by Furlong again in post-production because it changed during shooting. His young voice is left intact only in the scene where he and Terminator are talking about why people cry, because James Cameron wanted it to sound dramatic and thought it was better if left intact.

(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren was used as a double in scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (i.e., when the T1000 was imitating her), and in a scene not in the theatrical release (but on the DVD) as a mirror image of Linda.

(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) The Terminator says "I need a vacation", which Arnold Schwarzenegger previously said in Kindergarten Cop (1990). This was not in the script, but ad-libbed.

(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) According to James Cameron, Linda Hamilton suffered a permanent hearing loss in one of her ears during the elevator shootout because she had not installed her ear plugs after removing them during a trip to the restroom between takes.

(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) Lead singer of heavy metal band WASP, Blackie Lawless, was considered for the role of the liquid-metal T-1000, although his height proved to be a problem. The role of the original Terminator had been written for a man of average stature, who could easily blend in to a crowd, and James Cameron wanted to apply that original concept to dramatic effect for the T-1000. In an AOL chat, Lawless explained: "Probably the biggest regret that I have, though I didn't turn it down, was a part in Terminator 2 that Robert Patrick got. Schwarzenegger wanted me to do the part, but when he found out I was 6'4", I couldn't. I regret not being able to do that."

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X, including Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Famke Janssen, and former WWF wrestler Chyna (Joanie Laurer). Laurer's name came into the mix when she was recommended for the part by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself during an interview prior to filming.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Aside from creating the characters, James Cameron had nothing to do with this film.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Ang Lee was offered to direct the film, but turned it down to direct Hulk instead.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only other actor to appear in all three Terminator movies is Earl Boen who always played the character of Dr. Silberman.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Ben Curtis (aka "the Dell Dude") auditioned for the role of John Connor.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) When the Terminator is rebooting after destroying the Jeep Cherokee, among other things loaded is a "Quicktime Video Codec".

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) Linda Hamilton was initially approached to reprise her role as Sarah Connor but turned it down. A line in the movie instead has John Conner saying that Sarah died of leukemia in 1997.

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) The character of Kate Brewster's fiancé was originally named Scott Petersen. Due to the name's similarity to Scott Peterson (a California man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn child in late 2002 while out fishing) and the plot of his fiancée's kidnapping, the character's name was changed to Scott Mason, although he's still listed as Scott Petersen in the credits.

(Terminator Salvation) After Claire Danes declined to reprise her role as Kate Brewster, Charlotte Gainsbourg was once attached to star before pulling out due to a scheduling conflict with another film. She has been replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.

(Terminator Salvation) Helena Bonham Carter replaced Tilda Swinton shortly before filming was set to begin. She filmed her role in 10 days.

(Terminator Salvation) Josh Brolin was asked to play Marcus Wright, but he turned it down.

(Terminator Salvation) Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to cameo in the film, stating that a brief appearance would be cheating the audience.

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