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56 Things You Didn't Know About the Terminator Movies

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When it comes to film franchises, Terminator is one of the best. From the original, all the way through to Terminator Genysis, action film fans can't get enough of the Schwarzenegger series. But how much do you really know about the Terminator movies? Sit back and get ready for learning, because we've dug up the most interesting and surprising trivia, facts, and Easter eggs, covering all things Terminator, through the making-of and beyond.  

Whether Michael Biehn or Anton Yelchin is your Kyle Reese, and whether Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl, or Christian Bale is your John Connor, there's no denying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the one, true Terminator. He's back (GET IT?!) for Genysis, and fans couldn't be happier!

Do you know what script James Cameron wrote during his downtime on Terminator (1) and why it was delayed? How about which singer they originally wanted to play the iconic T-1000 in T2? What did Arnold receive as a gift for signing on to Terminator 3? What nods did they make sure to include in the fourth film, tying it into the first?

All of this and much more awaits you below, so scroll down and vote up the Terminator behind the scenes fun facts you were most surprised to learn!
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's Training Was Intense

    Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with guns every day for a month to prepare for the role. The first two weeks of filming, he practiced weapons stripping and reassembly while blindfolded until the motions were automatic, like he was 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. Schwarzenegger practiced different moves up to 50 times.

  • The Biker Bar Scene and The Rodney King Beating

    According to James Cameron, in T2, not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from the Rodney King beating, but they were filming the night OF the beating, March 3, 1991. 
  • Casting Swap

    The studio originally wanted Arnold to play the role of Kyle Reese, as did Arnold himself. Cameron, however, insisted that Schwarzenegger play the Terminator - and that the film in fact be about the Terminator, not about Kyle Reese.
  • Sneaky Foreshadowing in The Terminator

    Photo: Orion Pictures

    In the beginning of the the first movie, The Terminator drives over a toy semi-truck. Towards the end of the movie, The Terminator is run over by the same model of semi.