To prepare yourself for Terminator: Genisys, the fifth instalment in the series out next week, here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about the four progenitors
1) The Terminator (1984) cost an estimated $6.4m to make but it made an impressive $4m just on its opening weekend in the US when it was first released back in 1984. It went on to make $38m just in the US.
2) In The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous line ‘I’ll be back’ was originally written ‘I’ll come back’.
3) It could have all been so different. Mel Gibson turned down the role of The Terminator.
4) Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) actually broke her ankle just before production began, and had to have her leg wrapped every day so she could do her chase scenes. Those scenes were also moved towards the end of the shooting schedule.
5) In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), production took so long that Edward Furlong (John Connor) actually aged during the shoot – he is clearly much younger in the desert, for instance, than he is in the other scenes. His voice began to break and so it had to be pitched to one level in post-production.
6) For T2, Special F/X guru Stan Winston and his team studied hours of nuclear test footage in order to make Sarah Connor’s “nuclear nightmare” scene seem as real and credible as possible. In late 1991, members of several U.S. federal nuclear testing labs unofficially declared it “the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional motion picture”.
7) Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the first Hollywood film to ever have a production budget of over $100m. It went on to make an amazing $519m worldwide
8) The petrol station at which the Terminator stops for refueling in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is the same petrol station seen in all three Terminator movies. In The Terminator, it was shown at the end where the pregnant Sarah stops before driving to the Mojave Desert. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it is where Sarah camps in for the night after she escapes from the hospital.
9) Apart from creating the characters, James Cameron had nothing to do with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
10) Helena Bonham Carter replaced Tilda Swinton in the role of Dr Serena Kogan just prior to filming on Terminator Salvation (2009) was set to begin. She filmed her role in an impressive 10 days.