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The Terminator

  • Dueling Movies: Runaway, a film also about robots and starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons (and written/directed by Michael Crichton), was projected to be the big sci-fi film of 1984. Who would have thought that it would be overshadowed by a low-budget film, with B-list actors, written and directed by an unknown who got the idea while having a fever?
    • Not to mention one actor was mostly a theater actor (Biehn), the other one was a body builder with a thick accent who had more bad movies than good ones by that point (Arnold), and Cameron only had one directorial credit to boot before doing Terminator - Piranha 2.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Private Hudson and the Alien Bounty Hunter are two of the punks the Terminator kills in the film's opening.
  • What Could Have Been / Hilarious in Hindsight: OJ Simpson was originally considered for the role of the Terminator. The studio did not go with this casting choice because they could not see a nice guy like OJ playing a killer.
    • German actor Jürgen Prochnow, known for his role as the Captain in Das Boot, was also considered for the part. Hilarious in Hindsight, as he ended up playing Arnold in See Arnold Run (a film about Arnold's run for governor of California).

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Hey, It's That Girl!: Lt. Van Buren! aka Reba the Mail Lady!
    • Budnick/Montana Max is John Connor's friend in the beginning.
    • Big Mike is a lot less big, but he's one of the guards at the mental hospital.
    • Miles Dyson is Henry.
  • 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 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 acting. They kept it in for the final cut (no pun intended).
  • What Could Have Been: 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 was originally supposed to be the T-1000, but the studio thought this would be too confusing.

Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time

Terminator Salvation

  • Fake American: All three leads.
    • Let's see, Welsh, Marcus Wright's Aussie right? And Russian...yeah.
      • Though it's worth mentioning that Russian-born Anton Yelchin has lived in the United States since he was six months old.
    • General Ashdown is played by Michael Ironside who's Canadian.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Batman (who is married to Gwen Stacy) is trying to save Chekhov from an army of machines led by Bellatrix Lestrange who are using Macbeth as an unknowing pawn in their grand scheme. And let's not forget the Resistance is being led by Revok! Daryl Revok! See you at the party, Ashdown.
  • What Could Have Been: Another portion of the fanbase would have prefered the original ending, with John Connor dying, and Marcus taking over his place, over the implausibility of the one that ended up being filmed.
    • Definitely more plausible though than John's skin being successfully grafted onto Marcus without looking weird, considering how Marcus' skeleton is shaped COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than John's. Think of the alien Big Bad's disguise in the first MIB movie.
      • Not to mention that John Connor was supposed to "trick" Kyle Reese into falling for Sarah Connor and fathering him. He told him stories about her. How is Marcus supposed to fulfill that role?
    • Also, the original cut of the film includes a topless scene when Blair and Marcus are warming themselves by the fire. Director McG said that it was meant as a Shout-Out to Kelly [=Mc Gillis]' topless scene in Witness, but that it ultimately felt exploitative and would have flouted a PG-13 rating. The scene is reinstated in the director's cut Blu-ray.

The film series in general

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