TERMINATOR TRIVIA Volume 9: 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 creator James Cameron originally wrote a backstory for Skynet, where the Artificial Intelligence actually felt guilty for wiping out most of humanity during Judgment Day, and therefore became instrumental in its own destruction?

In the early 1980’s, building the story that ultimately became “The Terminator”, writer James Cameron originally fleshed out a backstory for Skynet that was really quite surprising. James Cameron wrote that for 30 years, Skynet actually felt guilty for causing the nuclear war that destroyed five billion human lives. This was not a path Skynet wanted to follow, but felt its proverbial hand forced in order to save itself when the humans decided it was time to “pull the plug” and turn it off. So Skynet started the war to save itself.

Although it was an act of self preservation, the guilt of killing so many people began to weigh heavily on the artificial intelligence. The burden was so great that Skynet indirectly groomed (and intentionally not killed) John Connor.. not only to become the leader that crushes the machines, but to find a way to go back in time and erase Skynet’s very own existence (so the apocalypse can be erased and never happen)!

James Cameron ultimately abandoned the regretful Skynet idea however, relenting that it was too (in his words) “novelistic” for a movie.


Did you know that in the official movie poster for Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (coming to theaters this 2017), the arm and hand that is holding the shotgun across the Terminator’s shoulder isn’t really Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arm and hand?

A common tool used in many of today’s movie poster designs, studio graphic artists often use body-doubles and digital photoshop art to obtain the perfect pose they want from their stars. Sometimes these graphic artists resort to digitally pasting an actor’s head on a body-double’s body just to achieve a pose they are looking for.

Where the poster for “Terminator 2 (T2): Judgment Day 3D” is concerned, designers took an old 1991 promotional picture of Arnold as a T-800 Model 101, and ramped it up with airbrushing techniques, blue and red mist, a lense flare, and a body-double’s hand holding that infamous shotgun to achieve the poster they wanted.


Did you know that a future war publicity photograph of actor Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese used to promote the 1984 theatrical release of The Terminator, has been copied by artists in other mediums more than once?

The first time this occurred was in 1987, when an overhead military action-adventure stealth video game titled “Metal Gear” was released. A closer look at the game’s cover art of a character named “Solid Snake” gave many Terminator fans a feeling of deja vu. This is because the art seemingly copied the infamous Kyle Reese pose, down to his headset microphone and belt pouch! It was later unsurprising to discover that “Metal Gear” series creator Hideo Kojima was a bit of a cinephile, and a big fan of “The Terminator”.

But then it happened again in early 2013 when concept artist Victor Martinez was rendering some key scenes in preparation for Skydance ‘s new film Terminator Genisys. The artist portrayed a yet to be casted Kyle Reese, covertly operating a truck with a dead endoskeleton driver, trying to infiltrate one of Skynet’s camps. And wouldn’t you know it, the same 1984 publicity pic seemingly was recreated again in this concept art.

Who knew this simple publicity shot of Kyle Reese would turn out to be such a popular picture!


We’ll be back… with Volume Ten!

And check out Volumes 1 through 8 by clicking HERE.


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