Did you happen to miss some or all of our latest TERMINATOR TRIVIA postings on our social media pages? 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!
THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST.
Did you know that William Wisher Jr. was NOT supposed to play the tourist in the Galleria Mall in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”?
A writing partner of James Cameron, William Wisher Jr. has the privilege of being able to say not only was he a co-writer on “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2”, but he cameod on screen in both films as well.
Now ever since the release of T2 in 1991, there has been a great deal of fan speculation that Wisher’s cameo in the mall was actually intentional, a planned reappearance of 1L19 (the police officer that the Terminator battered and stole his police cruiser from in the first film.) But this is not the case.
In our very own comments section, the great William Wisher Jr. posted that he wasn’t even supposed to play the tourist that captured the T-800 on film, that it happened totally by accident:
WILLIAM WISHER JR.: “Yup. Totally by accident. The fellow who was supposed to be the “tourist”, a friend of Jim Cameron’s, missed his flight. Jim called and said “be on set at 6:00AM. You’re the tourist now.””
So today we wonder, how much Jim Cameron’s friend originally designated to play the tourist, regrets missing that flight.
TO BE BAD… OR NOT TO BE BAD.
Did you know that at first, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was not happy with the idea of playing a good Terminator in “Terminator 2 (T2): Judgment Day”?
When writer and director James Cameron first revealed to Arnold Schwarzenegger that he wanted his character refashioned in T2 as a good guy, reprogrammed to protect a young John Connor in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, Schwarzenegger was totally against the idea. Arnold complained “How can the Terminator not kill anyone? He’s a Terminator!”
Schwarzenegger was convinced audiences wanted more of the same, the Terminator mowing down people with machine guns and saying quotable one-liners. Arnold reportedly feared that this change in character was result of studio pressure to make the film more accessible to family audiences (something he experienced before with the tamer Conan sequel “Conan the Destroyer”). The last thing he wanted to do is repeat that mistake.
But apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger just needed some convincing, as well as time to get used to the concept. “I think it took (Arnold) aback a little at first.” Cameron recalled. But after some major selling by Cameron, Schwarzenegger eventually warmed up to the idea.
A HALF TRUTH.
Did you know the infamous T-800 that wielded two plasma guns (one in each hand), seen in the Future War scenes in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, was actually only one half of an Endoskeleton?
Due to the weight of each gun, and the need for the T-800 to turn, lower his guns and fire them independently, Stan Winton’s team felt it was best to create the menacing robotic Terminator on a mobile, hydraulic base. Wired through that base, the practical effects team could remotely control the head, arms and torso, turn, pivot, lower and fire its weapons, as well as simulate walking.
The crew then filmed the dual gunned T-800 Endoskeleton scene in real time, while simultaneously displaying previously shot Future War footage on a screen behind it (a method referred to as rear screen technology).
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