ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Thirty years ago today the action/thriller classic that is The Terminator was released in American cinemas - so to celebrate, I've made up a list of 10 things you (probably) didn't know about the film. Check them out below, and tell me in the comments which piece of trivia YOU found most interesting!

1: Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with guns everyday for a month to prepare for the role; the first two weeks of filming he practiced weapons stripping and reassembly blindfolded until the motions were automatic, like a machine. He spent hours at the shooting range, practicing with different weapons without blinking or looking at them when reloading or cocking; he also had to be ambidextrous. He practiced different moves up to 50 times. - IMDB

2: The Terminator's famous line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back"

3: One day during a break in filming, Arnie decided to go into a downtown L.A restaurant for lunch. Once in the restaurant he quickly realized that he still had the terminator makeup on - including a missing eye, burnt flesh and an exposed jawbone!

4: When Sarah Conner (played by Linda Hamilton) receives a message on her answering machine, the voice on the machine belongs to James Cameron. Years later, Hamilton and Cameron got married.

5: Lance Henriksen was originally considered for the role of The Terminator. Writer/director James Cameron even made early sketches showing The Terminator looking like Henriksen. The original concept was for the character to be able to blend into a crowd. Cameron approached Arnold Schwarzenegger and wanted him to play the role of Kyle Reese, but after their meeting, Schwarzenegger and Cameron both wanted Schwarzenegger to play the title role, so Henriksen was cast in the role of Det. Vukovich. Curiously, Henriksen later got to play the part of a humanoid cyborg when he played Bishop in Aliens (1986), also directed by Cameron.

6: Peter Cullen (who is best known for voicing Optimus Prime), narrated the original 1984 teaser trailer for the film.

7: The 'Tech Noir' set was actually just a downtown L.A restaurant, which had been redressed to look like a night club.

8: Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) broke her ankle prior to production, so she had to have her leg/ankle wrapped every day so she could run during chase scenes. These scenes were also moved towards the end of the shooting schedule.

9: The scene in which Kyle Reese throws a grenade under the wheel tread of a Skynet machine took 26 takes to get the perfect shot!

10: The tanker truck that gets blown up near the end is a small scale model, and not a real truck. The shot had to be taken twice, as the first time the wire pulling the model tugged too hard and pulled off the front axle.


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