July 24, 2021

Doomsday. 21 things you probably didn’t know

Terminator 2: doomsday, celebrates 30 years of its premiere in theaters today, and we want to pay tribute by telling you some things that perhaps you did not know about the mythical film of the 90s

Terminator 2: Doomsday, is the sequel to the franchise created by James Cameron in 1984, and perhaps one of the most remembered films of the 90s, not only for being a great action movie, but for being innovative in the era of its special effects. The introduction of the T100 blew us away when we first saw it in the theater at its premiere.

The Terminator franchise has had its ups and downs. The first two films are classics and cult films in their own right, but the rest of the films that have followed without the baton of James Cameron have been either passable or bad. So on the 30th anniversary of its premiere we bring you 21 things you probably didn’t know about Terminator 2: Doomsday.

1. James Cameron sold the rights to the series for $ 1.

Cameron sold the rights to the entire franchise for a dollar in exchange for the opportunity to direct the first Terminator movie in 1984. But that didn’t stop Cameron from becoming the third richest director of all time.

2. Easter egg oculto de Abyss

In a scene at a gas station you can see a logo very similar to that of “Benthic Petroleum”, the company that owns the submersible drilling rig in James Cameron’s film Abyss (1989). This same easter egg would be used by the director five years later in Twister.

terminator 2: Benthic Petroleum

3. There is an alternate ending

An alternate ending existed for Terminator 2, which was included in the DVD and Blu-ray releases. It shows the year 2027 in which Skynet, the war and the Doomsday never happened. John Connor is now a senator and has a daughter, who is seen playing in a park.

4. Linda Hamilton’s twin sister appears in the movie.

Linda Hamilton’s twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren, played Sarah when Linda was playing Sarah’s impression on the T-1000.

Leslie Hamilton T2

5. Billy Idol almost played the T-1000

Terminator 2 surely confused audiences when Schwarzenegger’s terrifying T-800, the antagonist from the first movie, returned to protect John Connor and the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick, had to fulfill that mission. But the T-1000 was almost played by pop star Billy Idol, who was unable to do so after suffering a motorcycle accident.

Courtesy Everett Collection
Courtesy Everett Collection

6. Arnold worried about being good in the movie

If before we told you that the T1000 was bad in the movie and Arnold was good, the actor expressed his concern about that aspect. Cameron told Schwarzenegger over breakfast that he would not kill anyone in Terminator 2 . “But Jim,” Schwarzenegger replied, I’m the Terminator “. Eventually the director convinced Schwarzenegger that he would not kill anyone.

Arnold worried about being the good guy

7. Everything really burned

The initial war scene was filmed at a demolished steel plant in Fontana, outside of San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles. Twisted bicycles, burned vehicles and ash are debris from the 1989 Universal Studios fire, when a disgruntled security guard set the rear end on fire.


8. The sequel grossed more than 1984’s Terminator in just two days.

Terminator 2’s budget was $ 102 million, the highest ever. The film earned $ 204.8 million in the United States and Canada alone, and $ 519.8 million worldwide. It was the highest grossing film of 1991, beating out Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The original Terminator grossed just 38 million in the US, but T2 also surpassed the gross total raised by the first film in the 2 days after its release.

The next Terminator movie could be horror

9. Michael Biehn was originally going to appear in the movie

In 1993, the special edition of the film was released, containing 17 minutes of previously unreleased footage, including a scene in which Michael Biehn reprized his role as Kyle Reese.

10. There was a comic from the movie

The film was adapted by Marvel Comics as a three-issue miniseries.

terminator 2 comics

11. S2 3-D: Battle Across Time, the most expensive ride in history

In 1996, James Cameron ran an attraction at the Universal Studios theme park, called T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, which saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong to their franchise characters. At a production cost of $ 60 million, lasting just twelve minutes, it became the most expensive company per minute in movie history. It includes a pretty incredible moment at 6 minutes 25 seconds, where Arnie uses a shotgun as a baseball bat against a mini flying saucer. You can see how it was done below.

12. Robert Patrick and Linda Hamilton had to train really hard for their roles

Robert Patrick trained very hard to appear to be running at high speed without showing fatigue, while Linda Hamilton trained for three hours a day, six days a week for 13 weeks before filming. He learned judo and heavy military techniques and maintained a demanding fat-free diet losing 5 kilos of weight. Due to this experience, he refused to reprise his role for T3.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 6

13. The foundry scene was very cold

The substance used instead of molten steel (which would have been too dangerous to use) actually needed to be kept at a very cold temperature to maintain the correct density. This meant that the temperature on set was cold, so the actors had to be doused with fake sweat for that scene.

terminator 2 casting
Terminator 2: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamiilton, Edward Furlong © 1991 Carolco Photo by Zade Rosenthal

14. Cameron used his dog’s name in the movie

James Cameron once had a dog named “Wolfie,” the fake name of the dog the Terminator uses over the phone to find out if the foster home marriage was okay. “Wolfie” it was short for Beowulf.

wolfie escena terminator

15. There is a link with Gremlins 2

The identical twins Don Stanton and Dan Stanton who played the hospital security guard and the T-1000. They also appear on Good Morning Vietnam and Gremlins 2.

gremlins 2

16. Schwarzenegger wore shorts for his nude scene

For the scene where Arnold Schwarzenegger walks into a biker bar naked, the actor was actually wearing some pretty hideous shorts. A passerby during filming approached the bar in search of a drink. Seeing Arnold dressed only in shorts, Schwarzenegger, without missing a beat, told him that it was male stripper night.

arnold naked in t2

17. Arnold Received A Plane As A Gift

That’s right, Schwarzenegger got a plane as a gift for being in this movie. Producer Mario Kassar gave it to him. The Gulfstream III was worth about $ 14 million.

Gulfstream III

18. Easter egg de Predator

In Terminator 2, the T800 uses one of the weapons that appeared in Predator, a movie that starred good old Arnie.

predator weapon in T2

19. Linda Hamilton suffered hearing loss while filming the movie.

Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shooting because she had not replaced her earplugs after removing them between takes.

Terminator 2 Elevator Scene

20. The T-1000 had more than two hands in some Scenes.

The T-1000 in some scenes has up to four hands in motion when the helicopter is flying.

t1000 helicopter

21. Terminator 2 won four Oscars.

The blockbuster directed by James Cameron won the awards for Best Sound, Best Sound Effects, Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.