How did Arnie get to be the Terminator?

August 5, 2009

No, I’m not talking about Hollywood casting. Interestingly though, the studio originally wanted the Schwartz to play the Reese character in the 1984 James Cameron film. One can only shudder at the thought of him droning “I came ahcrozz time fohr uuuu, Saraah.” during the love scene with Linda Hamilton. But no, I’m talking about the look of the Cyberdyne Systems model 101 Termination machine.

Did you ever wonder about stuff like this? Well, I do. Now you know what I think about when I’m stuck in my apartment and the cable is out.

Anyway, about the Terminator. Somehow the SKYNET computer system had to find a blueprint for the fleshy exterior for that particular machine. A body image, or style or whatever. And since we know from the T2 commentary that all of the 101’s look like Arnie, the machines have to have his body type on file somewhere. But where did they get it?

The answer? Straight from the Predator film. Go with me on this one. Remember Predator? In that one Arnie played a character named Dutch who was a Major in the U.S. Special Forces. He and his team go into the jungles of Central America and get sliced and diced by the stealth tech armed title character. It’s the only film I’ve ever seen that has two U.S. Governors in the cast. The film also included such memorable lines as “If it bleeds, we can kill it” and my personal fave – “GET TO THE CHOPPER!”

So this Major Dutch is a government employee, right? That means that the Pentagon has his records on file. So, when SKYNET was ‘hooked into everything,’ as Reese put it, it instantly had access to all Pentagon files. SKYNET found Dutch’s medical records, and determined that his body style would be able to support the 800 model endoskeleton and Bingo! An automated factory begins a production run of the 101 model.

When you add in the facts that the late Stan Winston did the effects for both films and Jim Cameron helped in the concept of the Predator, there is plenty of connective tissue between the two films.

Course that’s just what I think…what do I know?

Blood Clots:

• Ridley Scott has signed on to do an Alien prequel. – Really? I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, given the state of the last few Alien sequels…

• Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is set to come out on August 28th. – (Sigh) The plot of this film is “try to find the plot of the first film”…All I can say is “GET TO THE CHOPPER!”



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