TERMINATOR TRIVIA Volume 8: Cool Facts you may not know about the Terminator Franchise!

Did you happen to miss some or all of our latest TERMINATOR TRIVIA postings on our Facebook Page? Well don’t fret, we’ve collected all of these tasty Terminator tidbits into a single volume that you can read here! And who knows, even the most die-hard Terminator Fans might just learn something new about the franchise we all hold near and dear to our hearts!


Did you know that when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger filmed the scene where the T-800 Model 101 entered a biker bar searching for clothing and transportation in the beginning of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, he wasn’t nude but actually wearing swimming shorts?

While the Austrian actor did perform nude in his beginning scenes of 1984’s “The Terminator”, director James Cameron deemed the nudity unnecessary for its sequel. That didn’t stop Arnold however from humorously accusing his fellow actors (and even the camerman) of checking out his rear end.


Did you know that when the T-1000 crashes his truck through a bridge wall over a Los Angeles drainage canal in pursuit of young John Connor in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, the footage you’re watching has been flipped horizontally?

Director James Cameron wanted to film the stunt the opposite way. But due to limitations of camera placement space towards the right of the canal floor, as well as the length of road required to build up the proper speed to jump the truck into the canal below, Cameron relented that the stunt had to be filmed from a different trajectory than planned.

Later in post production, in an effort to correct the scene to match Cameron’s original vision, the footage was flipped. Then it was up to visual effects artists from Industrial Light & Magic to correct the “Plummer” street sign from appearing backwards.


Did you know that there was a scene cut from “Terminator Genisys” showing John Connor giving his Father (Kyle Reese) the iconic photo of his Mother (Sarah Connor)?

Along with finally being able to show fans the Time Displacement Equipment and the fall of Skynet, director Alan Taylor was also looking forward to showing fans the key moment when John gave Kyle the photo of Sarah, setting into motion the love of his parents, John’s own existence, and the classic timeloop from the 1984 film “The Terminator”.

But considering the future war scenes only comprised a small percentage of the movie, director Alan Taylor felt the timespan would come across too short a duration for audiences to believe Kyle developed such a strong and powerful connection towards Sarah.

Director Alan Taylor elaborated about it more during an interview with io9: “It was taken out in favor of the idea that we would just sort of refer to the fact that he’d gotten it,” Taylor said. “We would see the more important fact was that Kyle had been carrying it around with him ever since. We realized we needed to help the audience understand that Kyle had this kind of powerful commitment to this woman without having even met her.”


Did you know that “The Terminator” and “The Abyss” films both exist in the same universe?

Long before Marvel Studios revolutionized the concept of a cinematic shared universe, visionary writer and director James Cameron quietly decided to have both “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” realities exist in the same world as the events of his aquatic science fiction film “The Abyss”.

Easily missed by the casual fan, this shared universe was most evident when the same television news anchor (played by actor Joe Farago) covered the one-name serial killings in “The Terminator” as well as oceanfront news in “The Abyss.” Also Benthic Petroleum, the fictional company that owns and operates the undersea drilling rig in “The Abyss” also owns the gas station visited by the T-800, Sarah, and young John Connor in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”.


Did you know that writer and director James Cameron cancelled a date with Sarah Connor in The Terminator?

It was Friday night, and both Sarah and Ginger were looking forward to going out on individual dates that evening. That was until Ginger played their answering machine messages revealing that Stan Morsky, Sarah’s Porsche owning date for the night, called to cancel on Sarah! Stan indicated something had “come up”, leaving Sarah quite disappointed and seeking comfort from her pet iguana, Pugsley. The voice of Stan Morsky heard on the message was none other than “The Terminator” writer & director himself, James Cameron.

Ironically, Stan and Sarah later ultimately had that date… and Jim and Linda Hamilton eventually married in July of 1997.

We’ll be back… with Volume Nine!


2 thoughts on “TERMINATOR TRIVIA Volume 8: Cool Facts you may not know about the Terminator Franchise!”

  1. In your Volume 8 post under “A Familiar Voice” you may want to listen more closely. The voice was that of the anchorman you referred to in the “It’s A Small World” section above.


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