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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Joe Morton drew on having suffered a collapsed lung a couple years before to create Dyson's painfully realistic hyperventilating.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Linda Hamilton got a brief outline of the plot from James Cameron, but turned down another movie at once to be able to star in this one.
  • Billing Displacement: Arnold is billed above the title, but the T800 is part of an Ensemble Cast with three protagonists.
  • Blooper: Look very closely on the left-hand side of the screen after the SWAT team officer says "Okay, drop him!" during the Cyberdyne break-in and a random crew member is visible through one of the lobby windows.
  • 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.
    • Robert Patrick's own screams are used for the death throes of the T-1000.
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  • Channel Hop: It already started going from Hemdale and Orion to Carolco Pictures and Tristar Pictures. In home video, Tristar still put the VHS, Laserdisc and first DVD release; and then Studiocanal, who bought the Carolco library after its bankrupcy, made the DVD\Blu-ray have different distributors in the US (first Artisan, and then Lionsgate) and internationally (Universal).
  • 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. What's more is that Edward visibly aged over the course of the long production - looking much younger in the desert for instance than in other scenes. His voice had to be pitched to one level in editing, as it broke during filming.
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    • 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.
  • Deleted Role: The Dysons originally had two children but the only scene with their daughter was cut from the theatrical version, and one of Tarissa's lines mentioning to her was redubbed to remove the reference. The extended cut restores her scene.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A lot, many of which were later restored in the extended version. Among them a dream sequence where Sarah Connor fantasizes a meeting with Kyle Reese from the previous film who is now of course The Lost Lenore for Sarah. Sarah imagines Reese encouraging her not to give up, even embracing her, reassuring her that he'll always love her before disappearing, giving her the ominous warning "There's not much time left in the world, Sarah." Sarah chases after Reese as he leaves the mental institute where she is being held, and ends with Sarah witnessing Judgment Day.
    • Scenes filmed but not included in DVD or Special Edition releases: 1) After a resistance soldier destroys an endoskeleton, another soldier enters into view and picks up the plasma rifle. 2) When the T-1000 asks the location of the Galleria, the two girls giggle in disbelief. He replies, "I am kind of new here." 3) The T-1000 searching John's room by touching things with his fingers, and finding a box of photos. 4) After the Terminator injures the gatehouse guard, John says "Sorry" to that poor bloke. 5) The nurse asks the T-1000 (as Lewis) what he is carrying. He replies, "Just some trash." before dragging the real body into the closet. 6) When the T-1000 arrives at Sarah's cell, Douglas, the guard whom Sarah beat up, is screaming for his release. The T-1000 ignores him, and changes back to his default form. 7) During the escape from the asylum, Sarah asks the Terminator whether the T-1000 can be destroyed. Terminator answers that this is unknown (this shot was in the trailer).
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Linda Hamilton was on a strict training regimen throughout pre-production and filming - learning Judo, weight training and military techniques. She also maintained a non-fat diet and lost twelve pounds while filming. This is one of the reasons she didn't want to come back for the third film.
    • Robert Patrick also trained in a rigorous running regime in order to be able to run at the high speeds - without showing fatigue.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Arnold got the reaction out of the extras in the bar by wearing Goofy Print Underwear.
    • 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.
    • Reportedly, Hamilton learned to pick locks so she could do it for real when escaping the mental hospital.
  • Fake Nationality: Enrique Salceda, the Old Friend of Sarah Connor who guarded her weapons cache in her absence, is Guatemalan. The actor, Cástulo Guerra, hails from Argentina.
  • Follow the Leader: The huge success of Terminator 2 led to many shoutouts, parodies, and imitations in America and other countries across the world.
    • Japan was pretty big in expressing its love for Terminator 2. One of the most obvious parodies that was created there is called "Takaminator" which is a comedy reenactment of the film in a nutshell.
    • Robot is largely seen by the west as "Indian Terminator".
  • Making Use of the Twin:
    • The scene where hospital security guard Lewis dies at the T-1000's hands features twins Don and Dan Stanton; Don is the real guard and Dan is the T-1000 mimicking him.
    • There is a shot where the T-1000 disguises itself as Sarah to try and kill John. Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton-Gearren, plays the role of the T-1000 in the scene. The filmmakers were not aware until production commenced that Hamilton had a twin; the original plans called for complex camera tricks and film editing to achieve the same result. Leslie also plays the "motherly" version of Sarah from her playground nightmare.
    • Gearren is also used in a Deleted Scene, restored in the extended cut, that appears to show the Terminator in a mirror while Hamilton is working on the inside of his head. This was actually a clever set piece, done entirely without camera effects, through the use of an empty mirror frame, the Hamilton twins (Leslie operating on the Terminator and Linda copying Leslie's moves), and a Schwarzenegger dummy with an open robotic skull (with Leslie operating on the dummy while Linda mirrors the movements with the real Schwarzenegger).
  • Orphaned Reference: Scenes of the T-1000's shapeshifting malfunctions before release. Only one was left in, after he neutralizes the Terminator and a single ripple of silver runs up his body, which confused audiences until the Director's Cut was released and explained what was going on.
  • The Other Darrin: The French dubbing actor of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the first film, Pascal Renwick (who dubbed most of Arnold's roles in The '80s), was replaced by Daniel Beretta, who dubs Arnold in virtually everything since Red Heat with no sign of stopping.
  • 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.
  • Production Posse: Jeanette Goldstein makes her second James Cameron film appearance after Aliens. Michael Biehn too, but only in a deleted scene. Schwarzenegger is also in the second of his three films with Cameron.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The minigun is the same one that appears in Predator.
    • Linda's handgun, a Detonics Combat Master with a barrel extension to give it the appearance of a long-slide 1911, was originally built for Runaway - a film which the original The Terminator competed against.
  • Real-Life Relative: Linda Hamilton's then 20-month-old son, Dalton, plays an infant John Connor in a playground dream sequence.
  • Recycled Script: The film follows a lot of the same beats as the first.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The Cyberdyne plot and the idea of a terminator blending in with the populace were meant for the first film.
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Money: Judging from the opening, the film intended to keep the presence of the T-1000 ambiguous for a while (letting the audience think that Robert Patrick's character was another human sent back to stop another T-800). The trailers, of course, ignored that to show off the then-new and awesome morphing effects.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The T-800 saying "I need a vacation..." was ad-libbed by Arnold, but James Cameron found it so funny he left it in. It gets nicely explained in-universe by his increasing adaptation to human phraseology.
    • In addition, Sarah Connor knocking out the orderly Douglas with a broom, as well as the resulting injury, was indeed real. She, or rather, Linda Hamilton, did it out of revenge because in an earlier scene the orderly went a bit too easy on her during the acting.note  They kept it in for the final cut (no pun intended).
    • Robert Patrick had been undergoing weapons training in preparation. In the scenes where the two Terminators shoot each other in the Galleria mall, James Cameron was so impressed with his performance that he left the footage in unedited - without speeding up the frame rate.
  • Trope Namer: For I Cannot Self-Terminate and In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves.
  • 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. A similar idea would eventually be used in Terminator Genisys.
    • WASP singer Blackie Lawless was considered for the role of T-1000.
    • Shaquille O'Neal reportedly asked for a role as a black Terminator.
    • Denzel Washington turned down the role of Dyson.
    "No offence to Jim Cameron but when I read the script, I thought 'all this guy does is look scared and sweat.' I had to pass."
    • Michael Biehn, who played Kyle Reese in the first film, was originally supposed to be the T-1000. Cameron would've wrote around it by saying that Skynet managed to get Kyle's DNA and used it for the T-1000. However, 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 version of this sequence was eventually used to open the fifth movie.
      • 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 (or Salceda Camp in a later draft); 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. Salceda performs a Heroic Sacrifice by blowing them both, but the T-1000 survives, then he kindly asked the Salceda's family where John is and lets them live. Notably in this draft the family survives, while in the Gant Camp sequence, Jolanda is implied to be killed (and she was pregnant).
      • Sarah's second dream sequence instead has nuclear missiles coming from beneath the playground, and the blast from the launch incinerated the people and Sarah.
      • Dyson had a dream sequence before he died and dropped the device on the trigger. In it he saw a picture of his family before a nuclear inferno turned it to ash. He sees his family running and then a scene of the sun as it pulls back to reveal Dyson's dying eye before he closes it and drops the section of the enlarged chip onto the trigger (Dyson has a copy in his home that gets shot up by Sarah, and the original is shot at the same time as he is by the SWAT Team, thus he uses his creation to destroy it). Scenes of the blazing inferno were ultimately used during the movie's opening credits.
    • In the original script, the initial encounter between John and The T-1000 took place at an amusement park.
    • Originally the Terminator was going to use a MAC-10 to shoot at the police, but Cameron decided to revisit the gun used in Predator.
    • A planned ending would have had an elderly Sarah in the park with a grown-up John and his daughter, foreclosing the possibility of further movies in the franchise. It was filmed, but cut in favour of the 'open road' ending.
      • While it didn't even made it to the early script draft, Word of God considered having the elderly Sarah seeing a carefree, non-jaded Kyle Reese.
      • A flock of birds was also considered to be added as the scene pans from the sky in post-production.
  • 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.

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