Trivia / Conan the Barbarian (1982)

  • Actor Allusion: Thulsa Doom (as played by James Earl Jones) asks Conan to join him, and that he is pretty much his son now. He even repeats "My son" in a way that makes any Star Wars fan widen their eyes. Plus, the whole dark armor/massive helmet combo.
  • Deleted Scene: King Osiric's death scene was cut from the film. See it here.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When Conan is running from the dogs, Arnold Schwarzenegger was really running for his life, as they were quite unfriendly.
  • No Stunt Double: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sandahl Bergman did their own stunts, as suitable body doubles couldn't be found.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Max von Sydow did this movie for his son, who was a longtime Conan fan.
  • Star-Making Role: Although this wasn't the first film that Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in, this (along with The Terminator two years later) was the role that turned Arnold into the action movie icon he'd remain well into the 90s. And it gave him his second-most-parodied role.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • Producer Dino De Laurentiis initially insisted on an Eighties pop soundtrack for Conan the Barbarian, but director John Milius insisted on hiring his then-unknown school buddy Basil Poledouris instead. Basil proceeded to write one of the most famous classical music soundtracks ever made.
    • If Oliver Stone had his way, the film was going to be a Continuity Reboot set in the far future, with Conan battling mutants in lieu of or in addition to ape-men. Milius insisted on keeping the setting in the Hyborian age.
    • Stone asked Ridley Scott, fresh off Alien, to direct. He declined.
    • A sequel written by original director John Milius titled King Conan: Crown of Iron was written in 2001 and was intended to be a worthy follow-up to the original film (it would have disregarded Conan the Destroyer entirely). The project was moving forward but put on indefinite hiatus when Arnold was elected Governor of California. Eventually the project was canceled.
    • Milius originally wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the narrator. But executives at Universal had problem with Arnold as the narrator, due to his accent and instead Mako was the narrator.
    • The novelization, based on an early version of the script, has quite a few. Conan has a fight scene with the dead king that he takes the sword from which rises up and tries to take it back. Thulsa Doom turns out to be a the last of a race of snake men, with the human form just as magically attained as the snake. His guards are another race entirely with face-obscuring helmets to hide the fact, and all but the top level of his fortress is their ancient home which he took over when he bound them to him by magic.
    • Charles Bronson, William Smith and Sylvester Stallone were all considered for the titular role. A pity, if it had been Bronson or Smith we might have actually ended up with the King Conan movie everyone wants from the start. William Smith did appear in the film as Conan's father.
    • Sean Connery was considered for Thulsa Doom.
    • Sterling Hayden was first choice for King Osric but became ill before shooting began. John Huston was also considered.
    • Jackie Chan was originally pursued for a role.
    • Jack Palance, Joe Don Baker and Nick Nolte were all considered for Conan's father.


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