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“It would be the end of his career”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Warned That James Cameron’s Movie Would Ruin His Hollywood Dreams

“It would be the end of his career”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Warned That James Cameron’s Movie Would Ruin His Hollywood Dreams

Released in 1984, The Terminator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie is a timeless classic directed by none other than James Cameron. The movie tells the story of a cyborg sent from the future to kill a woman to avert human resistance in the future, and even in 2023, the movie is loved by fans for its epic action scenes, gripping plot, well-written characters, and sharp dialogue.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

However, The Austrian Oak would not have played the Terminator if he would have listened to his manager to turn down the role as the role would put a black stain on his career.

Also Read: James Cameron Was So Confident After the Terminator’s Success He Spent More Than $6.4M on Just Terminator 2’s Opening Sequence – More Than the Entire Budget of Terminator 1

What did Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Manager Feel About The Terminator?

When Arnold Schwarzenegger started his acting career, his manager warned him that the ‘promising role’ could end his career before his journey in Hollywood even starts. The Terminator accepted the role despite his manager’s warnings as he believed that the movie’s inconspicuous status would not affect his stardom. When one of the actor’s friends asked if he’d be wearing a pair of boots in the movie, Schwarzenegger replied “some shit movie I’m doing.” 

Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator

Moreover, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not too thrilled with being the antagonist in the movie, he was keen on playing the hero. Moreover, James Cameron, the director of the movie was unsure how the movie did so well at the Box Office.

“Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger as our Terminator, on the other hand, shouldn’t have worked. The guy is supposed to be an infiltration unit, and there’s no way you wouldn’t spot a Terminator in a crowd instantly if they all looked like Arnold. It made no sense whatsoever. But the beauty of movies is that they don’t have to be logical. They just have to have plausibility. If there’s a visceral, cinematic thing happening that the audience likes, they don’t care if it goes against what’s likely.”

Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger’s manager was against the decision, the actor listened to his gut, and the character has been Schwarzenegger’s most iconic character.

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The Film That Started a Franchise

The Terminator is one of the major sci-fi franchises, that began with the movie in 1984, and it gradually became one of the most iconic and influential franchises it is known for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic character, and short dialogues such as “I’ll be back”, “Hasta la vista, baby”, and many more. The first two movies, that is The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) is the most popular movie in the franchise and are considered prime sci-fi action movies by the fans of the franchise. The franchise has a number of other movies such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys all of these movies did fairly well at the Box office and received mixed reviews from the critics as well as the fans. 

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A still from The Terminator

Terminator: Dark Fate was the most recent film in the series, the movie was released in 2019, and this film was supposed to be the sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The sequel featured Linda Hamilton in the role of Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role of The Terminator, the film received was loved by the fans and received positive reviews from the critics but it was a failure at the Box Office.

Some fans of the franchise have argued that the quality of the films has degraded over the years, but they would agree that Arnold Schwarzenegger had nailed his role as The Terminator and made the film one of the most beloved action movies, leaving a lasting impression on the people.

Also Read: “Don’t worry about killing all these people”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Never Wanted to be the Terminator Before Hour-Long Conversation With James Cameron

The Terminator (1984) can be streamed on Hulu.

Source: Chillopedia


Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.