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.
  • The Cast Showoff: Van Damme's trademark leg split actually has a point on this movie, which also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome. When Gibson is being followed through a dark, almost lightless sewer and is being slowed by an unconscious Nady, he seems to realize he's not going to be able to successfully outrun the pirate chasing him, so he sets Nady down, uses the leg split to suspend himself above a narrow point, and waits. When the pirate passes underneath... well, just watch it for yourself.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the 1980s, Cannon Films was planning on making both a Spider-Man film and a sequel to Masters of the Universe. 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 $2 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 up 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 and 24 days of frenetic shooting and editing later, Cyborg was finished.
    • Albert Pyun's first cut of the filmnote  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 to star Jean-Claude Van Damme's strenghts. Pyun oblidged, and made a second cutnote  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 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 it with a prop knife. Pinckney sued Van Damme in a North Carolina court and was awarded $485,000.
  • What Could Have Been: