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14 Fun Facts About The Terminator

From our pal Today I Found Out, here's the new FlickFacts YouTube channel that promises to bring fun facts about some of your favorite movies. The first video is this one: 14 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Terminator.

For example:

... According to James Cameron, the idea for the Terminator came to him in a nightmare while he was directing the little known budget horror movie Piranha II: The Spawning. In the nightmare, Cameron claims he was chased by a mechanical skeleton, the image of which became the basis for the T-800 and the plot. [...]

Cameron was [...] hesitant to hire Schwarzenegger to play the film’s hero because at 6 feet 2 inches tall with the body of a Greek god, there were few actors in Hollywood Schwarzenegger wouldn’t tower over. Cameron actually planned to turn Schwarzenegger off the role by intentionally antagonising him over dinner and then going back to the studio to claim they’d clashed over “creative differences”. According to Cameron, the last thing he said to his roommate before leaving for lunch that day was “Do I owe you any money? Because I have to go pick a fight with Conan.”

Thanks Daven!


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Given his amount of research, reading, and exposure, I sincerely doubt Cameron's story. But I'm not a megamillionaire so he'll always win with his "story".
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As the video says, it was Ellison's Outer Limits script "Soldier" that Ellison claimed was ripped off, not Must Scream. Cameron has always denied that he got the idea from Ellison, and it was the studio who settled and put the credit in the film.
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Weird, because I thought the idea came to him via a story collection written by Harlan Ellison. Odder still that he'd say it came to him in a dream since the film credits Ellison and specifically his story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream".
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