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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Commando'

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Though Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting legacy will forever be cemented by his title-character role in 1984's The Terminator, his follow-up one year later established the archetypal character he would portray in numerous films to follow. In 1985's Commando, Schwarzenegger used his massive physique to dish out generous servings of pain as retired United States Special Forces Colonel John Matrix, just as he had done as The Terminator's T-800. Commando, however, was simultaneously an action film and a humorous romp, helping Schwarzenegger make the leap from muscle-bound combat hero to bonafide superstar. 

The film also inspired contemporary filmmakers to pair exaggerated combat action with comedy, as seen in later films such as Lethal Weapon and The Predator. At a time when most movie stars employed stunt performers and stand-ins for the dirty work, Schwarzenegger proved his dedication and merit by performing all of his own stunts in Commando. He also proved so adept at comedy that lines were written for him on the fly throughout filming.

Despite these groundbreaking elements, the movie was rife with issues from the very beginning and was eventually fast-tracked by a new studio head who considerably reduced the production budget. Commando would likely have been another candidate for the burgeoning direct-to-video movie market were it not for the charisma of its lead. Thanks to Schwarzenegger's growing star power, we not only have the film but also these amazing behind-the-scenes stories from the making of Commando.

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