July 30 Arnold Schwarzenegger He turned 75 and continues to show that he remains an undisputed icon of action cinema. The Austrian-born actor has gained worldwide fame by starring in famous films such as Conan the Barbarian (1982), break (1984), commando (1985), predator (1987) to name a few.
To continue celebrating the birthday of the former Mister Universe in a big way, we tell you five facts you might not have known about his Hollywood career.
I want to be the hero!
When James Cameron began working on the Terminator revival in the 1980s, the director had several actors who were very different from Arnold for the T-800 revival. Always with the thought that they should look like normal people so no one would suspect they were cyborgs covered in organic tissue.
Names like Lance Henriksen (yes, Bishop from Aliens), athlete and actor OJ Simpson, Sylvester Stallone, and even Mel Gibson have appeared on the cast lists. The fact is that in addition to these names, the studios wanted Cameron to add Schwarzenegger, but not as a cyborg, but as a human hero.
By this time, Arnold had captured the attention of the public and studios with his role as Conan the Cimmery. Cameron didn’t like the idea of the Austrian being a hero at all, and didn’t even want him for the role of the T-800.
Accepting continued orders for production, James met Arnold and what he thought would be “Thanks, but I don’t want you in my cast“, It was “I need it urgently“. Schwarzenegger He provided many ideas for the Terminator to Cameron, from his movements to his expressions, all because the actor had seen the 1973 movie Westworld with Yul Brynner.
Cameron paid attention to every detail and asked Arnold to join the cast, but like T-800 and not Kyle Reese. The Austrian didn’t want the role of a villain, because his career was growing and he feared being wrapped up in those kinds of roles. The director convinced him and promised that if there was a sequel, he would be the hero.
I will be back!
Terminator One Plus Race Boost Schwarzenegger Gave him one of head phrasesa movie that might be repeated far from the cyborg movies.
After Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and Kyle Reese (Michael Bean) are taken into custody by the police, the exterminator decides to go on an expedition. When he asks about his target, the officer looking after him tells him that the woman cannot receive visitors, which he replies to the T-800, “I will come back later! (I will be back.) That moment was special for both Arnold and the movie, but it could have been very different.
during filming , Arnold He expressed to James his unease about the line, and the grammatical constriction he experienced was alarmed by “I will.” He went so far as to suggest that it would be best to say the whole sentence, without contracting, “I’ll be back!” Cameron is said to have looked at him with a smile and answered frankly: “I don’t tell you how to act, you don’t tell me how to write!”. Arnold complied with the director’s orders and at the time of filming released the phrase. So if it wasn’t for James, that moment wouldn’t have been as big as it is today.
Come on Bennett, let’s celebrate!
Commando (1985) In addition to being packed with action scenes and phrases to remember, it also features Arnold as a literal. The actor had a few accidents during production and one of them came with a sharp knife.
When filming for Mark L. Lester began, Arnold asked knife expert Jack Crain for a knife to stay alive. For those who don’t know, Crain became known for producing the tactical survival and survival knife Sylvester Stallone used in the 1982 movie First Blood (Rambo).
Arnold also wanted his knife and in order not to end up with a knife similar to his friend and let’s say a “competitor” in action movies, he ordered a special blade from Crane. This expert’s work was unique, as the knife used by Arnold on Commando stands out in every shot.
The startling fact is that in the famous gear scene, when John Matrix holds one weapon after another, we can see how he keeps the knife in the sheath. The problem was that the blade was so sharp that it not only pierced the sheath, but also caused Arnold to inflict a deep wound in one of his hands. Nothing won’t fit a few stitches.
Dead or alive, you are coming with me!
After the success of Terminator, robot stories gained momentum in the cinema. Orion Pictures wanted to make their own movie on the same subject, so they acquired the rights to the screenplay written by Edward Newmeyer and Michael Miner, titled Robocop.
The film, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, has become not only a pioneer of action films, but also of the cyberpunk genre. But before Paul Verhoeven got the great Peter Wheeler as Alex Murphy/Robocop, the studio considered several candidates, including Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Rob Bottin, an expert in makeup and special effects, was responsible for creating Robocop. Putin is said to have met Arnold, but when he was face to face he knew the character would be too big. This completely ruled out Arnold’s involvement in the film.
The former Mr. Olympia was disappointed, and much more so when he got to see Robocop, he was completely intrigued. This motivated him to contact Paul Verhoeven so that in the future they could work together. Years later, both will have their chance with the popular 1990 Totall Recall.
Stop, or my friend will do tricks!
Although everyone saw Arnold and Stallone As competitors, they have always been great colleagues and friends. In the 90s, both actors, in addition to having more action films to their credit, added various roles, such as comedies.
In the ’90s, Arnold received a script called Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, which tells the funny story of how a rude police officer deals with a visit from his kind mother while trying to stop a weapons smuggling case.
Arnold didn’t like the script at all, but decided to play a trick Sylvester Stallone. The Predator actor has spread rumors of his keen interest in Stop! Or that mom will shoot and at a certain time, he will demand an incredible amount of money to make the role vacant. So the rumors got to the cunning.
After about a week of all this, he learned that Sylvester had terminated the contract to shoot the movie. The Rambo star hated the movie but did it anyway.
The movie wasn’t a hit, with luck it made it into its budget, but anyway, it’s a beautiful memory in Salé’s career and more so knowing that this was work and thanks to Arnold.
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