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Terminator 2 Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know
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Terminator 2 Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know

Billy Idol was James Cameron's first choice for the role of T-1000

Several actors were considered for the role of T-1000 before the director settled on Robert Patrick, having been impressed with his performance in Die Hard. Billy Idol was Cameron's original choice for the role but, unfortunately, Idol was involved in a motorcycle accident shortly before filming was due to begin, rendering him unable to take on the role. WASP frontman Blackie Lawless was also considered but, at 6' 4”, was considered too tall for a role that required the T-1000 to blend easily into a crowd.

 

It was the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release

The initial projected budget for the film was a reasonably modest $12 million, but by the end of the film's production the budget had swelled to an eye-watering $102 million, making Terminator 2: Judgement Day the most expensive film ever made at that time. James Cameron has since broken his own record for production budgets on no fewer than three occasions – first with 1994's True Lies, then again in 1997 with Titanic, and for a third time in 2009 with Avatar.

 

The bar fight scene was filmed across the street from where the LAPD beat up Rodney King

A particularly dark footnote to T2's production is the fact that the scene featuring the fight in a bar was filmed just across the street from the location where Rodney King was involved in the infamous police brutality incident that would eventually spark the Los Angeles riots. And when we say that, we don't just mean they were in the same place at different times; according to James Cameron they were filming that very same night, although none of the crew or cast realised this at the time.

 

Robert Patrick's penis had to be digitally removed from one shot

What with being androids designed solely for the purpose of killing people, embarrassment doesn't much factor into a Terminator's thinking and, as such, neither the T-800 or the T-1000 are too worried about showing up in a place completely naked. However, Schwarzenegger's birthday suit appearance in the biker bar isn't all it appears to be; he appears in the shot only from the waist up and was actually wearing some pretty garish purple bermuda shorts at the time.

Robert Patrick however wasn't so lucky, since his moment of glory included a full body shot. The actor's wedding tackle needed to be digitally removed afterwards, although it has been noted by a few eagle-eyed fans that the VHS version doesn't handle the digital effects so well, leaving the man a little more exposed than was intended.

 

The film used twins to cut down the special effects budget

The fact that Linda Hamilton has a twin sister turned out to be a very useful money-saving device. Instead of having to digitally splice two shots together in scenes in which two versions of Sarah Connor appear – such as the scene in which she is mimicked by the shape-shifting T-1000 – they simply roped in Hamilton's sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren, to act as her double. The Hamilton sisters weren't the only twins on set though; the scene in which a hospital security guard is killed by T-1000 featured identical twins Don and Dan Stanton.

 

Linda Hamilton turned down a role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Hamilton demurred on the opportunity to reprise the role of Sarah Connor once again because of the brutal fitness regime required to transform herself into the character. For Terminator 2, Hamilton trained with a former Israeli Commando and a personal trainer for three hours a day, six days a week, for 13 weeks to get into shape, as well as maintaining a strict no-fat diet for the duration of filming. Sensibly, she decided to forgo the same punishment for a third time.

 

This isn't the first time the Galleria has appeared on the big screen

The mall in which the epic fight between Schwarzenegger's T-800 and Patrick's T-1000 is actually the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Los Angeles, and this isn't the mall's only film appearance ; the Galleria also features in numerous other films, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future Part II, Innerspace and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

 

Terminator 2 was the first sequel to win an Oscar whose first instalment wasn't even nominated

Plenty of sequels have picked up golden statuettes at the Academy Awards in the past, including The Godfather Part II and The Silence of the Lambs, but in all other cases the first instalment in the series had received at least one nomination. Conversely, 1984's Terminator was roundly ignored by the Academy, yet its sequel went on to receive nominations in six categories, winning in four of them.

 

James Cameron had to film one of the scenes himself because the camera crew refused

The scene in which T-1000 flies a helicopter underneath an underpass wasn't done with special effects, but was the result of some serious flying skills by pilot Charles A. Tamburo. However, the camera crew refused to film the scene because of the risk involved, so Cameron picked up a camera and filmed that segment himself (with a little help from the driver of the camera car).

 

Terminator and its sequels take place in the same universe as The Abyss

There have been a few fan theories over the years about whether some of Cameron's movies take place in the same universe, with some of the more 'out there' theories even suggesting all of Cameron's films are in fact part of one cinematic universe. Things do get a bit tenuous when it comes to films such as Titanic, however, and while we reserve the right to scepticism over the idea that Leo Di Caprio's Jack is a time traveller escaping a future war with the machines, what we do know is that the Terminator films do indeed take place in the same universe as at least one other James Cameron film: his 1989 horror The Abyss.

How do we know this? For one thing, if you look carefully at the shot in Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor is at a gas station, you can just make out the logo of Benthic Petroleum, the oil company that features in The Abyss. In addition, the same fictional newsreader appears on a television in both films.

Cameron himself has never admitted as much, but there are some other interesting links too. The same newsreader appears as a reporter in True Lies, and while the name of the company was changed in the final version of Aliens, the original draft of its Cameron-penned script stated that the android Bishop was manufactured by Cyberdene Systems, the same company that manufactures the Terminator robots. This was changed to Hyperdene Systems in the final version, since Cameron sold the rights to the Terminator franchise for $1 in order to get the first film made.

 

 

 

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