56 Things You Didn't Know About the Terminator Movies

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!

  • There Was a Scene Too Dangerous To Shoot, But Cameron Did It Anyway

    Pilot Charles A. Tamburro actually flew the helicopter under the overpass in the final chase scene of Terminator 2. Due to the danger involved, the camera crew refused to shoot it, so James Cameron shot it himself with the help of the camera car driver.
  • Schwarzenegger Bulked Up to His Former Weight for T3

    Before shooting Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger worked out for six months straight, three hours a day. By the time they were rolling, he was at the exact same weight and muscle measurements as he'd been twelve years earlier on the set of T2!
  • This Gas Station Should Look Familiar

    The gas station the Terminator stops at for gas in Terminator 3 is the same one from the previous two films. In 1984's Terminator, it's where the pregnant Sarah Connor stops before driving through the Mojave. In T2, it's where she camps for the night after escaping from the hospital.
  • Arnold and James Cameron's Friendship Kept New Terminators from Coming Out

    Arnold and James Cameron's Friendship Kept New Terminators from Coming Out
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to return to the Terminator franchise without James Cameron directing. Eventually, he agreed to do T3: Rise of the Machines after James Cameron said, "Just do it, and ask for a sh!#-load of money." 
  • 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.