Trivia / Cyborg

The Film

  • Acting for Two: The number of actors working for the film was extremely limited, so nearly everyone aside from the leads and Big Bad Fender play multiple roles, usually as Faceless Mooks.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: When Fender steals the boat he takes to Charleston, he declares that he can't swim and hates water. The guy is played by a professional surfer.
  • The Other Darrin: Cash is played by Angelina Jolie in Part 2 but a different actress in Part 3.
  • Prop Recycling: See Troubled Production.
  • Shout-Out: Fender does one to Blade Runner by referring to Pearl as a "skin job".
  • Sleeper Hit: The budget was of roughly $500,000. The gross revenue was $29,866,459. Even if one takes in account the two million dollars spent on Prop Recycling, those are healthy numbers.
  • Troubled Production: And how!

    Back on the early and late 80's, Cannon Films was planning on making both a Spider-Man film and a sequel to Masters of the Universe. Albert Pyun was at the helm of both projects, with plans of filming them back to back. However, after more than a dozen re-writes and an investment of two million in pre-production and very early production, Cannon Films began to lose money fast. It eventually lost the rights for both franchises.

    Wanting to recuperate some of the money and time invested, Albert Pyun was tasked to come with a project that could use the production assets like sets and costumes of both failed projects. Pyun came up with the story in a weekend. $500,000 dollars and 24 days of frenetic shooting and editing later, Cyborg was finished.

    Albert Pyuns's first cut of the film note  was somewhat experimental and played more like a war film, being in black and white, containing very little dialogue, and using a heavy metal inspired soundtrack. Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus hated it, and demanded a new, more mainstream version that played off to Van Damme's strenghts. Pyun oblidged, and made a second cut note  changing the soundtrack a little, and adding most of the dialogue and color back. The test screening ended in disaster, only one person liking it from a hundred surveyed.

    Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus tried to convince Jean-Claude Van Damme to allow them to release the movie as it was. Instead, Van Damme convinced both producers to let him edit the film as he had done previously with Bloodsport and asked them for 2 months, after which Cyborg was finally released.
    • Jackson "Rock" Pinckney, who played one of Fender's pirates, lost his eye during filming when Van Damme accidentally struck his eye with a prop knife. Pinckney sued Van Damme in a North Carolina court and was awarded $485,000.
  • What Could Have Been: The script was written with the idea of Chuck Norris playing the lead, but producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus convinced Pyun to cast Jean-Claude Van Damme instead after his success in Bloodsport.
    • Albert Pyun's original vision was going to be a black and white film with little dialogue.