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  • Approval of God: James Cameron actually enjoyed the film. Considering what he had to say about another sequel to a movie of his, that's quite an accomplishment. Years later, however, he changed his mind and heavily criticized all the sequels after ''T2'', especially this film.
  • B-Team Sequel: To James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron refused to return, saying he'd finished the story he set out to tell.
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  • Dawson Casting: Nick Stahl was actually 23 when playing 19-year-old John.
  • Deleted Scene: The notorious Sgt. Candy scene explaining the origin of the T-800 series.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Again, this film is one of the three Terminator movies that is completely turned away by James Cameron after Terminator: Dark Fate's production.
  • Doing It for the Art: During the car chase, the T-X attempts to shake the T-850 from the crane's hook by smashing the crane through a building. The studio didn't want to shoot the scene because it was too expensive, so Arnold paid for it himself at a cost of $1.4 million.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he said he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously while shooting the second film.
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    • Kristanna Loken put on 15 pounds of muscle to fit her role of the T-X. She also took a mime class to prepare for her part. Because her character has so few lines, she had to learn to communicate through facial expressions and body gestures.
  • Franchise Killer: It looks that way, but no. A sequel was being primed almost immediately after the release and Nick Stahl and Claire Danes were asked to return. Assorted developments (including the actors passing, feuding producers, and Schwarzenegger's election as governor) led to the Halcyon Company getting the franchise rights and doing a soft reboot, Terminator Salvation.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Arnold Schwarzenegger initially refused to make Terminator 3 unless James Cameron directed it. In the end, $30 million (and reportedly Cameron himself) convinced him to make it anyway. As the Doing It for the Art and Dyeing for Your Art examples above indicate, he definitely earned his paycheck.
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  • Never Trust a Trailer: When the T-X is blasted through shutters and down a lift-shaft, the T-850 says, "She'll be back." In the trailer, he turned back from the shutters to say this. But in the movie, he said it while still peering down the shaft.
  • The Other Darrin: Edward Furlong was originally supposed to reprise his role as John Connor, but he was dropped from the film, allegedly due to a substance abuse problem. Enter Nick Stahl.
  • The Other Marty: Sophia Bush of One Tree Hill fame was originally cast as Kate Brewster but was replaced by Claire Danes a week later as Jonathan Mostow felt that she was too young for the role.
  • Technology Marches On: Cruelly used in the last few minutes. After the heroes arrive to blow up Skynet's mainframe, they discover that due to all the changes they've made to the timeline in previous films, this current iteration of Skynet is actually a distributed computing network spread all throughout the Internet and thus impossible to destroy, just as its military creators intended.
  • Too Soon: Kate's fiancé was originally named Scott Peterson. However, during production, a real Scott Peterson murdered his pregnant wife, so the character was renamed Scott Mason. Despite this, he is still listed as Scott Peterson in the credits.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In early drafts, Sarah Connor was alive and John was working as a computer programmer. The film would have ended with the missiles being launched, but disabled en route, leaving a death toll of only six million.
    • Linda Hamilton was offered to reprise her role as Sarah, but declined after reading the script, in which Sarah is killed halfway.
    • James Cameron was expected to direct the film during the mid 1990s but due to Carolco's bankruptcy in 1995, he lost interest in the franchise and focused on doing Titanic (1997) instead.
    • T-X was originally androgynous. In fact, both male and female actors were offered for the role, such as Vin Diesel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeri Ryan, Famke Janssen, Shaquille O'Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Peta Wilson, Chyna and Lucia Rijker.
    • In an early draft of the script, Lance Henriksen was to reprise the role of Detective Vukovich, having the character bound to a wheelchair following the events of the first film. The idea was eventually dropped.
    • Ridley Scott was asked to direct, but he was busy with Black Hawk Down. Ang Lee was also offered the job, but he was busy with Hulk. Michael Bay, who would direct another movie based on a franchise that revolves around robots that started in 1984, and John McTiernan were also considered.
    • In the original script, in the scene where the T-X attacked the woman to take her clothes, the woman was at an ATM that wouldn't respond, as a way of foreshadowing that Skynet was already taking over. After killing her and taking her clothes, the woman's boyfriend called her on her cellphone. The T-X answered it by imitating her voice. When the T-X was pulled over by a cop, she did not inflate her breasts; the cop was simply taken in by her beauty, tore up the ticket, and asked her out.
    • In the original script, when John was at the bridge in the beginning, he was actually contemplating suicide.
    • In an early draft, the enemy Terminator was a shape shifter like the T-1000, but could also turn into a gaseous form.
    • In the original script, when the T-850 steals the stripper's clothes and then the truck, a bouncer tried to stop him.
    • In the scene where the heroes meet Kate's father, the man was going to be shocked to see the T-850 and mistake him for Sgt. Candy, which makes the T-850 say he is not, but he was made here. The scene wasn't filmed because they decided the audience wouldn't understand it without the deleted Sgt. Candy scene.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Terminator Wiki.


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