Trivia: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Listed Trivia:

  • Actor Allusion: The T-800 hefting a minigun. "That's DEFINITELY you."
  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • The Cast Showoff: Reportedly, Sarah using a shotgun one-handed was inserted because Linda Hamilton's pre-film training regimen had made her strong enough to work a pump-action with one hand.
  • Dawson Casting: An odd case. Edward Furlong was 13. The early scene when the T-1000 is searching the police database shows that John Connor is 10, but as of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines , he's ret-conned to 13 as of the events of the film. A straighter example with the young man in the arcade who shows the T-1000 where John is. According to Word of God on the commentary, he was a production assistant who looked about 14, but was nearly 30.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Linda Hamilton is a much more physical presence in this movie than in the previous film.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When Sarah is bludgeoning the nurse who assaulted her with a broomstick, that's Linda Hamilton really whacking the actor. Apparently, he was pretty hesitant to hit Hamilton with a nightstick in a prior scene, which caused a lot of takes of a physically demanding sequence for Hamilton (one that didn't even make the theatrical cut and resulted in her falling hard on her knees on a hard floor many times), and she took out some frustration in return.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Pixellation: Oops. Word of God says he received a bill for "digital willy removal" for the arrival of the T-1000. It didn't work.
  • Schedule Slip: The film's DVD debut was originally scheduled for August 26, 1997 (read: Judgment Day) but for some reason (perhaps relating to technical limitations with the then-fledgling DVD format; it was, after all, the first dual-layer disc on the market) got delayed to October 21.
  • Throw It In:
    • The T-800 inexplicably saying "I need a vacation...", but James Cameron found it so funny he left it in.
    • In addition, Sarah Connor knocking out the orderly Douglas with a broom, as well as the resulting injury, was indeed real. She, or rather, the actress, did it out of revenge because in an earlier scene the orderly went a bit too easy on her during the actingnote . They kept it in for the final cut (no pun intended).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Unfortunately for the filmmakers, fashion and music changed radically in a very short time in the early nineties. The grunge and gangsta rap scene replaced the colorful fashions and upbeat music of the early '90s (think hairbands, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice) almost overnight. Through most of the film this isn't evident. But Guns n' Roses had a hard fall by the mid-nineties and the two guys who attempt to help John (and nearly get killed for it) are wearing painfully early-nineties fashions.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When Cameron first told Arnold about a sequel in 1985, he said it would feature two T-800s, one of which would become a metal skeleton. When he actually begun working on the second one in 1990, he decided to turn the evil Terminator into the T-1000 instead.
    • WASP singer Blackie Lawless was considered for the role of T-1000.
    • Shaquille O'Neal reportedly asked for a role as a black Terminator.
    • Michael Biehn, who played Kyle Reese in the first film, was originally supposed to be the T-1000 and Cameron would've wrote around it by saying that Skynet managed to get Kyle's DNA and used it for the T-1000, but the idea was binned by the studio when they thought audiences would get confused by this.
    • Billy Idol was originally slated to play the T-1000, but a serious motorcycle accident in 1990 left him incapacitated and unable to work.
    • Earlier drafts of the script included many scenes that was ultimately left out in the final script:
      • Alternate beginning has an extended battle sequence of the future war, with John Connor as the narrator, who mentions Judgement Day happened in 1999. It also describes many different war machines besides the flying and tank H/Ks. It shows the machines shut down, since Skynet has been defeated. It shows the soldiers breaking into the Skynet complex and sending Kyle Reese into the past. The sequence ends with John Connor looking at a storage area holding the Terminators with human skin, he finds a row with identical appearances (the Arnold model), and looks at an empty case (of the Terminator from the first movie) and the Terminator next to it. Then we flashback to Janelle trying to call John in the garage.
      • A scene which Sarah was forced into shock therapy. She flashback to when she crushed the Terminator in the first film. Then we cut to the scene of the second Terminator's arrival.
      • Sarah's alternate dream after she was forced into taking the pills. After chasing after Reese, she was ambushed by the orderlies, then the Terminator came and grabbed her, and took her outside, to the playground. The nuclear explosion struck and it ends with the shockwave blasting the skin out of Sarah and the Terminator.
      • The Gant Camp sequence. A more extended and alternate version of the Salceda Ranch sequence. Travis Gant was the "ex-Beret guy" John mentioned in the film. Here Gant is married to Yolanda while Salceda is instead one of Gant's men. They all find out that Sarah was telling the truth about the Terminators. After John and the Terminator chase after Sarah, the T-1000 came and killed everyone at the ranch. There's also a scene where the T-1000 was listening to a recorded message from Sarah telling John to go to Gant Ranch; right before he heads there, a couple of cops came to arrest him when they discover he's driving a stolen police car, then we cut to the T-1000 in the motorcycle.
      • Similarly, there's a scene which the T-1000 arrives at Salceda Camp and kills him, but lets his family live after he kindly asked them where John is.
      • Sarah's second dream sequence instead has nuclear missiles coming from beneath the playground, and the blast incinerated the people and Sarah.
  • Written-In Infirmity: The T-1000's damage from the liquid nitrogen (hinted in the theatrical cut but made clear in the special edition) was due to Robert Patrick having injured his leg.

Other Trivia:

  • Linda Hamilton apparently forgot her earplugs for the scene where the T-1000 attacks Sarah, John and the T-800 in an elevator and incurred permanent hearing damage from all the gunshots fired in an enclosed space.
  • Schwarzenegger commented during an interview that doing the one-handed shotgun flip-cock nearly broke his fingers when he accidentally flip-cocked the unmodified gun instead of the prop gun specially modified to be flip-cocked in that shot.
    • This was later confirmed by James Cameron on the DVD commentary for the Extended Edition that, yes, Arnie grabbed the wrong gun and had a near Epic Fail.
  • The biker bar scene was filmed across the street from — and on the night of — where the Rodney King incident occurred.
  • The biker bar set was apparently so realistic that a female passerby walked in (having missed the camera trucks and film equipment), mistaking it for a real bar. When she saw Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing colourful shorts, she asked what was going on. Schwarzenegger replied that it was male stripper night. Hilarious in Hindsight considering where the T-800 got his clothes in the sequel...
  • The scene where the T-1000 disguises itself as Sarah to try and kill John? That's not special effects, that's Linda Hamilton's identical twin sister Leslie playing Sarah's doppelganger. She's also used in the cut scene of opening the T-800's head to flip his switch from "Read-Only" to "Learn."
    • And the scene where the T-1000 assumes the appearance of Lewis, the guard, then kills him? That's also not special effects; that's the work of having Don Stanton play Lewis while his identical twin brother Dan plays the T-1000.

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