TERMINATOR TRIVIA Volume 11: Cool Facts you may not know about the Terminator Franchise!

Did you happen to miss some or all of our latest TERMINATOR TRIVIA postings on our Facebook Page? Well don’t fret, we’ve collected all of these tasty Terminator tidbits into a single volume that you can read here! And who knows, even the most die-hard Terminator Fans might just learn something new about the franchise we all hold near and dear to our hearts!

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THE SNAKE-INATOR?
Did you know the poisonous rattlesnake seen in the beginning of the T-850’s arrival in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was originally supposed to attack the Terminator?

As the time travel arrival scene closes in the final film, it ends with a shot of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s feet stepping out from the jagged shards of glass. However, it was originally written and storyboarded that once the T-850 clears the glass, the rattlesnake (seen earlier slithering through the desert sand) immediately strikes at the Terminator’s calf. But before the snake’s fangs can penatrate his leg, the T-850 snatches the venomous creature in mid-air… and scans it.

Interestingly enough, the Terminator doesn’t destroy the rattlesnake. He instead mimics the snake, making a realistic rattling noise, then chucks the serpent to a safe distance.

Unfortunately, this fascinating Terminator versus snake confrontation never made it to the final film. Interestingly enough, the little of this rattlesnake you do see in the film is not real, but actually 100% entirely computer generated.

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I DON’T WANT IT! ANY OF IT!
Did you know that while filming The Terminator, actress Linda Hamilton did not get along with director James Cameron, and actually portrayed Cameron to be aligned with the Machines?

The genius director that is James Cameron has often been labeled as “difficult” to get along with on his sets. A perfectionist to a fault, overbearing, cold, unrelenting, whatever the iconic director is called.. it’s hard to complain when you see the director’s fantastic results.

But back in 1984, James Cameron had yet to earn all that creative collateral, and actress Linda Hamilton had a major problem with him (as she revealed in a 2009 interview with Daily Motion):

LINDA HAMILTON: “I finished (The Terminator) and said wow that man (Cameron) is definitely on the side of the Machines, not the people. Because he would be terse and quick, and you know. We had a couple of ‘run ins’ and I’ve never actually taken anybody off set and yelled at them, except for Jim Cameron.”

Linda Hamilton revealed that it wasn’t until she saw the finished product, that she later understood his methods and loved him for it.

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL!
Did you know that towards the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when the T-800 surfs a toppled liquid nitrogen tanker truck into a gateway of a steel mill, it was accomplished using miniature effects?

Writer and director James Cameron knew capturing this shot with a real tanker truck would be difficult, as well as insanely dangerous for the stunt men and crew. So Cameron turned to the miniature experts at Fantasy II to accomplish this monumental task.

The Fantasy II team immediately began constructing a 13 foot miniature of the liquid nitrogen tanker truck, made out of fiberglass. Once assembled and painted, the designers followed it with construction of a miniature steel mill, approximately 10 feet in length for the tanker to crash into. Then, for the top of the tanker, the team at Fantasy II created a miniature Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 doll, to ride on top of of it.

If you ever marveled over how realistic this amazing scene turned out, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that (for the sake of realism), the effects crew filled real liquid nitrogen inside the miniature tanker truck, prior to crashing it.

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We’ll be back… with Volume Twelve!

And check out Volumes 1 through 10 by clicking HERE.

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