You're about to read 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know about Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Here's two things we did know, even before we set about writing this.
1. It was rated a '15' in the UK. And 2. It was released in the UK around about the same time as Suburban Commando.
How do we know this? Because as the members of our family aged 15 and over were enjoying Arnie's sci-fi mega hit, those of us below the requisite age were stuck with Hulk Hogan's "comedy" misfire. Some 24 years later and we're still sulking. Perhaps time to move on...
You can just about make out the lowercase 'b' that rolls into a lowercase 'p' on the pumps in the gas station forecourt. This is the logo for "Benthic Petroleum" the company that owned the submersible drilling rig in James Cameron's The Abyss. Yeah, of course you can buy t-shirts, caps, mugs etc, with the emblem on. Look.
An alternate ending - including some serious dungarees - was included on the DVD and Blu-ray releases. It shows the year 2027 in which Skynet, the war and Judgment Day never happened. John Connor is now a senator and has a daughter, who is seen playing in a park. You can see it here. For some reason the guy in the orange dungarees reminds us of AC Slater. Don't worry, that doesn't count as one of the facts.
Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren portrayed Sarah when Linda was playing the T-1000's imitation of Sarah.
You know the shopping mall in which the two Terminators descend on John? That's Santa Monica Place, the exterior of which was used as Ridgemont Mall in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
The opening war scene was shot at a demolished steel plant at Fontana, on the outskirts of San Bernardino, east of LA. The twisted bikes, burned-out cars and blackened cinders are debris from the Universal Studio fire of 1989, when a disgruntled security guard torched the backlot.
Let's talk money. The film's budget was $102 million, the highest ever at the time. The movie earned $204.8 million in the United States and Canada alone, and $519.8 million worldwide. It was the highest grossing film of 1991, beating Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The original Terminator grossed only $38 million in the U.S. in its theatrical run, making Terminator 2's 434% increase a record for a sequel. T2 actually outperformed the full gross of the original movie within 2 days of release.
In 1993, the Special Edition cut of the film was released containing 17 minutes of unseen footage including this scene in which Michael Biehn reprises his role as Kyle Reese in a dream sequence. Oh and the SkyNet Edition, released in 2009, saw a limited collector's edition encased in an Endoskull. This picture of lines and lines of skull DVD cases is worth a look, for cyberlolz.
The film was adapted by Marvel Comics as a three issue miniseries. Didn't get your mitts on them? Fear not, they haven't exactly soared in value.
In 1996, Cameron directed an attraction at Universal Studios Theme Park, called T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, that saw the return of Schwarzenegger, Hamilton, Patrick, and Furlong to their roles. Costing $60 million to produce, with a run time of only twelve minutes, it became the most expensive venture per minute in the history of film. It includes the rather wonderful moment at 6 minutes 25 seconds, where Arnie uses a shotgun as a baseball bat against a mini flying saucer. You can see that, and all the footage, here.
James Cameron says that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but that they were filming the night of the beating.
Robert Patrick trained with a rigorous running regime in order to appear to run at high speeds without showing fatigue, while Linda Hamilton trained for three hours a day, six days a week for 13 weeks before filming. She learned judo and heavy military techniques and maintained a demanding non-fat diet losing 12 pounds. Because of this punishing regime, she declined to reprise her role for T3.
The substance used instead of melted steel (which would've been too dangerous to use) actually needed to be kept cool to maintain the right density. This meant that the temperature on set was cold, so the actors had to be sprayed with fake sweat.
James Cameron once owned a dog named “Wolfie” (the fake dog name the Terminator uses on the phone). “Wolfie” was short for Beowulf.
Identical twins Don Stanton and Dan Stanton played the hospital security guard and the T-1000 (top). They also appear in Good Morning Vietnam (middle) and Gremlins 2 (bottom).
For the scene where Arnie walks into a biker bar in the nude, the big man was actually wearing rather hideous Bermuda shorts and it's worth checking them out in this shot and this shot. A female passer-by actually wandered onto the bar set looking for a drink. Seeing Arnold dressed only in shorts, Schwarzenegger, without missing a beat, told her it was male stripper night.
Cameron's original pick to play the T-1000 was rock musician Billy Idol, and storyboards had the robot resembling him, but a serious motorcycle accident prevented Idol from accepting the role. Then JC thought of casting Michael Biehn in the role with the explanation that Skynet managed to clone Reese's body and use it for a new Terminator. He wisely dropped this Face/Off-esque idea after deciding the audience would find it too confusing.
The exact same prop. Mind blown.
Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shootout because she had not replaced her ear plugs after removing them between takes.
Ever noticed how the T-1000 has four hands on the go when he's flying the chopper? #Multitasking