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‘Terminator 2’ co-writer reveals where “Hasta la vista, baby” came from

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One of the most iconic pieces of movie dialogue in history is when Arnold Schwarzenegger says “Hasta la vista, baby” in Terminator 2. It’s either that or Blade saying “Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill.” It’s a close call, anyway.

Of course, the meaning behind Blade’s quote is obvious, but what on earth does “Hasta la vista, baby” mean, and why was a giant cyborg made to say it?

Well, taking it literally, it loosely means “See you later” in Spanish, but according to a new featurette accompanying the 3D re-release of T2, it was simply included as an offhand joke. Co-writer William Wisher mentions in the doc that it was purely something him and James Cameron used to say all the time:

“[It was something we] used to say to each other when we were talking on the telephone, as we were hanging up... neither one of us ever had any idea that that line would become an iconic piece of dialogue.”

Of course, as he mentioned, it did, and ended up pretty much defining the film – you hear that line and you think of Terminator 2; you think of Terminator 2 and you hear that line.

Well, that line and “I’ll be back”.

Yes, it was originally uttered in the first film, but Robo-Arnold does repeat it again in the sequel. Only in real life, Schwarzenegger wasn’t too keen on the line, and wanted it changed to “I will be back”.

Why? It was down to his accent.

“I say every goddamn line wrong, because of my accent. I had difficulties with ‘I'll be back’.”

Thankfully, they kept it in and forced poor old Arnie to learn how to say it, and the rest is movie history. He should be thankful they didn’t try and get him to say “Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill” – what a scene that would’ve been.

Anyway, if you fancy checking out the new THREE DIMENSIONAL WWWOOOAAAHHHHH version of Terminator 2, then there are still a couple of showings left around the country. Head on over here to grab some last minute tickets. Imagine hearing “Hasta la vista, baby” in 3D!

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Gary Ogden

Shortlist writer and "the least woke person in the office", Gary Ogden, likes horror movies, Cheestrings, tapping his leg under the desk, "having a drink", PDAs, not having eczema anymore, hiding from responsibility, screaming into the mirror whenever he is alone, and assorted other things. Mainly the eczema thing though. @garyblogden

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