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Arnold Schwarzenegger [17]


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Born:July 30, 1947 (71)
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IMDB Rating:6.69 / 10
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Terminator [1984](37) => The Terminator
Predator [1987](40) => Dutch
Twins [1988](41) => Julius Benedict
Kindergarten Cop [1990](43) => Detective John Kimble
Total Recall [1990](43) => Douglas Quaid / Hauser
Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991](44) => The Terminator
Dave [1993](46) => Himself
Last Action Hero [1993](46) => Himself / Jack Slater
Junior [1994](47) => Dr. Alex Hesse
True Lies [1994](47) => Harry Tasker
Batman & Robin [1997](50) => Mr. Freeze / Dr. Victor Fries
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003](56) => Terminator
The Rundown [2003](56) => Bar Patron (uncredited)
The Expendables [2010](63) => Trench (uncredited)
The Expendables 2 [2012](65) => Trench
The Expendables 3 [2014](67) => Trench
Terminator Genisys [2015](68) => Guardian

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Predator [1987]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger lost over 25 pounds before filming began in order to better fit the role of a special warfare operative, who would be lean as well as muscular.
  • Due to health and safety regulations, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not allowed to light his cigar inside the helicopter near the beginning of the film. As a result the glow was added optically in post-production.
  • Two of the actors portraying commandos besieged by the Predator have been elected to state governorships: Jesse Ventura (Independent) was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) was elected Governor of California in a hotly-contested recall election in 2003. In addition, Sonny Landham (Republican) ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Kentucky in 2003.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger noted that filming the climatic fight was made difficult by the fact that the late Kevin Peter Hall, who played the Predator, couldn't see through his mask.
    Predator 2 [1990]
  • The plot underwent a few changes in its earliest stages. Gary Busey's character, Keyes, was actually intended to be Dutch, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character from the first film. Schwarzenegger was very outspoken against the sequel's concept, feeling that taking it into the city was a bad idea, and declined the role.
  • At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to co-star in the film, but chose to do Terminator 2: Judgment Day instead.
    Predators [2010]
  • The original script contained cameo appearances by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover), the protagonists of the previous Predator films. However, these appearances were ultimately cut out.
  • Nimród Antal specifically chose Adrien Brody for the main protagonist: "It was a challenge in finding a balance. When we cast Adrien, there were a lot of people going, What? But at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic." He also felt the soldiers should be portrayed as wiry tough guys, not burly men like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    AVP: Alien vs. Predator: Unrated Version [2004]
  • In an interview, director Paul W.S. Anderson said that Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to reprise his role as Dutch Schaeffer (from Predator) at the end of this movie as a cameo, but only if he lost the election for California governor.
    AVP: Alien vs. Predator [2004]
  • In an interview, director Paul W.S. Anderson said that Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to reprise his role as Dutch Schaeffer (from Predator) at the end of this movie as a cameo, but only if he lost the election for California governor.
    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem [2007]
  • At the cemetery sequence, the man with a gun stands in front of a tombstone with the name "HAWKINS" on it. Hawkins was one of the soldiers of Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) on the first Predator movie, played by Shane Black, today a screenwriter ([Lethal Weapon] franchise) and director (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).
  • Steven Pasquale's character "Dallas Howard" shares his name with Tom Skerritt's character from the original Alien movie - Dallas was the captain of the Nostromo. Moreover, he says the line "Get to the chopper!", which was also said by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Predator. Perhaps a coincidence, he also shares his name with actress Bryce Dallas Howard who does not appear in any of these series.
    Batman & Robin [1997]
  • Joel Schumacher once said in an interview that if Arnold Schwarzenegger had not wanted to play Mr. Freeze, Sylvester Stallone was his second choice.
  • In an interview the cast members were asked what item from filming they would like to take home with them. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he would be taking Mr. Freeze's armor home, Uma Thurman said that she wanted Ivy's floral throne, and Elle Macpherson said that she just wanted a cap or something with the "Batman & Robin" logo before anyone else. When asked, George Clooney said he wanted Elle Macpherson.
  • One of three movies to feature two future United States Governors acting in the same film. Jesse Ventura, elected Governor in Minnesota in 1998, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, elected Governor of California in 2003. (The other two films were Predator, and The Running Man. All three of these movies featured Ventura and Schwarzenegger.)
    Last Action Hero [1993]
  • The video Christmas in Connecticut (directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger) is visible in the video store.
    The Rundown [2003]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's cameo was filmed the same day he filmed his appearance as the Terminator for the Super Bowl. It was completely unprepared. He happened onto the set that day and was asked to make a quick appearance in the film. Fans and movie enthusiasts often cite his saying "Have fun" to Dwayne Johnson as a passing of the torch to an action hero of the next generation.
    Superman: The Movie [1978]
  • Numerous actors were considered for the part of Superman/Clark Kent: Warren Beatty, James Caan, Kris Kristofferson, Nick Nolte, Robert Redford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Voight, with the front-runners being Nolte and Voight after the role was turned down by Beatty and Redford. Among the unknowns tested for the role were Ilya Salkind's wife's dentist (footage of the dentist testing for the part of Superman can, in fact, be seen in the supplemental section of the DVD). Eventually, the Salkinds cast an almost unknown actor they kept coming back to from earlier in their search - Christopher Reeve (who had only one other film and a television soap opera to his credit).
    Superman: The Movie: Expanded Edition [2000]
  • Numerous actors were considered for the part of Superman/Clark Kent: Warren Beatty, James Caan, Kris Kristofferson, Nick Nolte, Robert Redford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Voight, with the front-runners being Nolte and Voight after the role was turned down by Beatty and Redford. Among the unknowns tested for the role were Ilya Salkind's wife's dentist (footage of the dentist testing for the part of Superman can, in fact, be seen in the supplemental section of the DVD). Eventually, the Salkinds cast an almost unknown actor they kept coming back to from earlier in their search - Christopher Reeve (who had only one other film and a television soap opera to his credit).
    The Terminator [1984]
  • The original treatment by James Cameron included the detail that the Terminator needed to eat periodically in order for his human flesh to survive. A scene is included where the Terminator eats a candy bar, wrapper and all. This detail was incorporated into the script for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, with the Terminator selecting Arnold Schwarzenegger's favorite Austrian chocolate wafer. When fans learned that a scene had shot where the Terminator ate chocolate, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative and the scene was omitted.
  • The beginning of production was postponed for nine months, due to Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to Conan the Destroyer. During this time, James Cameron wanted to be working but didn't have the time to do a whole other film so he took on a writing assignment; this turned out to be Aliens.
  • There is only one time that Michael Biehn and Arnold Schwarzenegger are in the same frame together. It is when Kyle blasts The Terminator the second time at Tech Noir. When they finally meet in the factory, it is not Schwarzenegger, just a metallic puppet.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'.
  • One afternoon during a break in filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realized all too late that he was still in Terminator makeup - with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burned flesh.
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991]
  • According to a biographical documentary, Arnold Schwarzenegger only agreed to do the sequel if his role is more family-friendly, hence the "No killing" rule written for his character.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's young daughter screamed the first time she saw her father's face made-up to show the robotics appearing underneath the skin tissue.
  • The Terminator says "I need a vacation", which Arnold Schwarzenegger previously said in Kindergarten Cop. This was not in the script, but ad-libbed.
  • Michael Biehn was the first choice for the role of the T-1000, in a complete reversal of roles with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was now a hero. But this idea was abandoned as it was judged too confusing for viewers.
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003]
  • A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X (originally called the T-1G and alternatively considered male), including Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Famke Janssen, and former WWF wrestler [?] Chyna ([?] Joanie Laurer). Laurer's name came into the mix when she was recommended for the part by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself during an interview prior to filming.
  • Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only other actor to appear in all three Terminator movies is Earl Boen who always played the character of Dr. Silberman.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature line "I'll be back" is not uttered in this film. Instead, he says two paraphrases: "She'll be back" and, later, "I'm back."
    Terminator Salvation [2009]
  • This is the second franchise that both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale have both been involved in, without ever appearing together. They have both also appeared in the [Batman] films.
    Total Recall [1990]
  • Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick and Richard Dreyfuss were each considered for the role of Quaid. Christopher Reeve was offered the role but turned it down. Patrick Swayze was signed to play Quaid when the movie began preproduction in Australia with [?] Bruce Beresford as the director. However, early in preproduction, [?] Dino De Laurentiis' company went bankrupt. After Arnold Schwarzenegger heard about this, he persuaded Carolco to buy the script for him.
  • The concept of Quaid being a physically-buffed construction worker was suggested by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. In the earlier drafts of the script, Quaid (originally named Quail) was originally described as an average-looking accountant-type person. Because of this detail, when the movie was originally going to be produced by [?] Dino De Laurentiis, he was adamant about not letting Schwarzenegger audition for the role of Quaid. It was only after Schwarzenegger convinced [?] Mario Kassar to buy the script rights from De Laurentiis (whose production company went bankrupt) that the later drafts were re-written to change Quaid's character into one more suitable for Schwarzenegger to play. Schwarzenegger said that he felt this helped the story even more, giving a much stronger contrast to it by turning a character who is otherwise powerful physically into a character that becomes vulnerable after having his mind stolen.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed by how much dedication Sharon Stone had in training for her character role, that he even referred to her as the "Female Terminator". Stone was even inducted into the Stunt Woman Association as an honorary member.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally going to play the title role in RoboCop but problems with the costume caused producers to drop the idea. After Schwarzenegger saw RoboCop, he expressed that he loved the movie and wanted to work with director Paul Verhoeven. When he and Verhoeven heard about Total Recall, they decided to work on that.
    True Lies [1994]
  • When Arnold Schwarzenegger rescues wife Jamie Lee Curtis from an airborne chopper, he grasps her by her arm just as the chopper heads out over the water. The woman you see dangling below the chopper skid is no body double, but Curtis doing her very own stunt work. At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle. According to Jamie Lee Curtis, on the TV special promoting True Lies, it was Cameron's idea for her to do the helicopter work; she said, "Oh, yeah. And just where are you going to be while I'm dangling way up there in the air, Jim?" And, according to her, he said, "Hanging out the door filming you with a hand-held camera." So she decided that if he was willing to do that to get the shot, she could stand to do it, too. The stunt was filmed on her birthday.
  • In an interview, James Cameron says that the script was brought to him by Arnold Schwarzenegger who said that he wanted to do it because he thought the Tasker character was interesting. Cameron was shocked because he had never seen Scwarzenegger pick a script based solely on his interest in a character and decided that he saw the same thing and made the movie.
  • During the striptease scene, the part when Jamie Lee Curtis falls was actually not part of the script. She really does fall but she got back up and continued with the scene. You can also see it was not intentional by Arnold Schwarzenegger's sudden reaction to help her when she falls.
    Twins [1988]
  • When Julius visits Vincent in prison, Vincent calls him "Mr. Universe", a title that Arnold Schwarzenegger held for several years, 25 years previously.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Hulk Hogan have all revealed in interviews that Schwarzenegger and DeVito were given the option of doing this movie or Suburban Commando; had the two chosen Suburban Commando, Hogan and Christopher Lloyd would have done this movie.
    Watchmen [2009]
  • Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, [?] Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, [?] Glen Hansard (Rorschach); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren (Dr. Manhattan); Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (Comedian); Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, John Cusack, [?] Joaquin Phoenix (Nite Owl); Nathan Fillion (either Comedian or Nite Owl); Jamie Lee Curtis, [?] Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff (Silk Spectre); Tom Cruise, Jude Law (Ozymandias). In the finished film, Jackie Earle Haley is the only one of the seven primary cast members who was even in the film industry when the movie was first attempted.
    A Good Day to Die Hard [2013]
  • This was the first [Die Hard] film where the original script was explicitly written as an entry in the [Die Hard] series. The first Die Hard film in 1988 was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp where the screenplay had originally been a possible vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sequel to Commando. Die Hard 2 was first written out as a script based on Walter Wager's novel '58 Minutes' with the story of a man having to save his wife when she onboard a doomed passenger flight fused into a Die Hard-based narrative. Die Hard With A Vengeance famously took its basic idea from Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay Simon Says (about a man being targeted by someone he did something terrible to but then forgot existed). And Live Free or Die Hard was retro-fitted from the original screenplay WW3.com (based on the article "A Farewell to Arms" by [?] John Carlin), which was nearly filmed on its own merits before the 9/11 terrorist attacks led 20th Century Fox to put a hold on the project while they figured out how and when a film about terrorism in the U.S. could be viable, if ever.
    Junior [1994]
  • Following Twins and Kindergarten Cop, this is the third film in an unconnected trilogy of comedies directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger's co-stars in this film include Danny DeVito (who also starred in Twins) and Pamela Reed (who also starred in Kindergarten Cop). All three films involve a theme of childrearing.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger spent time in obstetricians' waiting rooms to learn how pregnant women behave.
  • Out of all the films Ivan Reitman has made with Arnold Schwarzenegger, he has cited Junior as his favourite.
    Kindergarten Cop [1990]
  • In most of his films Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a character of Anglo-Irish descent (Quaid, Tasker, Gibson, Brewer, Trench, Owens, etc.) while speaking with his trademark Austrian accent. This movie contains a rare occasion where the accent is acknowledged and explained within the story rather than simply ignored.
  • The script for Kindergarten Cop appealed to Arnold Schwarzenegger after he became a father in 1989.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with Pamela Reed again in the movie Junior. Reed portrayed a pregnant woman with a big appetite, quite similar to her character in this movie.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger had a few conditions before accepting the role of John Kimble; he wanted Ivan Reitman to direct the film, he wanted a physical fitness theme, and he and Reitman wanted broken homes, child abuse and family life written into the script.
  • Owning a pet ferret, like Kimble does, is illegal in California - a ban which former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported.
    Aladdin [1992]
  • The Genie's celebrity impersonations are (in order): Arnold Schwarzenegger, [?] Ed Sullivan, [?] Groucho Marx, [?] William F. Buckley, [?] Señor Wences, Robert De Niro, Carol Channing, [?] Arsenio Hall, Walter Brennan, Mary Hart, Ethel Merman, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Lorre. For release in India, Disney replaced the game show host with a cricket commentator. Some of the Genie's imitations were cut from the film, including John Wayne, [?] George Bush, and [?] Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
    Terminator Genisys [2015]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously while shooting Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • This is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie for Paramount Pictures and Paramount studio's first film in The [Terminator] series. James Cameron had first approached them to do The Terminator and they were very interested. However, the only stipulation was that James Cameron did not direct the film. Since this was Cameron's pet project at the time and he wanted to direct the film, he turned down their offer.
  • This is the first film that Arnold Schwarzenegger is not "Terminator" in the end credits. Rather, he is named "Guardian".
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't dye his hair for the film. It shows his natural gray hair.
  • This is the first film in the series to not feature animatronic Terminators created by special effects artist (and dear friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger) [?] Stan Winston, due to his death in 2008. Instead, the animatronics were created by effects studio Legacy Effects, a company formed out of Winston's former workshop staff.
  • James Cameron gave advice to producers David Ellison and David Goldberg on how they could use a 67 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, by stating that the living human tissue that is grown on The Terminators, giving them their human forms is not actually synthetic, but organic and could therefore age and that they could have a Terminator sent back through time, missed his target and ended up living in society and due to his brain, which is a neural processor (a learning computer) he could actually become more human and went along without getting discovered.
  • Even though most of the cast play characters with American accents minus Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), most of the cast are not American themselves. Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Matt Smith (T-5000/Skynet) are British, Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese) and Jason Clarke (John Connor/ T-3000) are Australian, Byung-hun Lee (T-1000) is South Korean and Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson) is Nigerian. Only J.K. Simmons (Detective O'Brien) and Courtney B. Vance (Miles Dyson) are the only two real Americans in the main cast.
    Minority Report [2002]
  • The film was originally planned to be a direct sequel to Total Recall where Tom Cruise's character was going to be played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Precogs were going to be Martian mutants with psychic abilities (a concept established in the former film).
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017]
  • Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, Alec Baldwin, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro, Michael Biehn, Mel Gibson, and Liam Neeson were considered for the role of Ego. Matthew McConaughey was considered to play Ego, but passed on the role in favor of The Dark Tower.
    Blade Runner: The Final Cut [1982]
  • Dustin Hoffman was the original choice to play Deckard, although he wondered why he was asked to play a "macho character". According to Ridley Scott, Hoffman was interested, but wanted to make it a whole different kind of character. According to [?] Paul Sammon, apart from Hoffman, other actors considered for the role included Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, William Devane, Raul Julia, Scott Glenn, [?] Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall, Judd Hirsch, [?] Cliff Gorman, Peter Falk, Nick Nolte and Christopher Walken. Martin Sheen was offered the role, but he turned it down, as he was exhausted, having come off Apocalypse Now.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered to play Rick Deckard which went to Harrison Ford. Two years later, Arnold starred in The Terminator by James Cameron who wrote and directed Aliens, the sequel to Alien which was directed by Ridley Scott. Arnold later worked with Ford on The Expendables 3.
    The Expendables [2010]
  • Ross (Sylvester Stallone) quips that Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to be President - a tongue-in-cheek reference to real-life California governor Schwarzenegger's political ambitions.
  • In the Church scene, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character says that Mr. Church should give the job to Ross (Sylvester Stallone) because he "loves running through the jungle", an obvious reference to the [Rambo] franchise.
  • In Germany both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the same voice actor ([?] Thomas Danneberg). This, the first movie with both stars on screen, required Danneberg to do the voices for both actors. While keeping Stallone's voice raspy and low, Schwarzenegger's was dubbed lighter, but it's the same voice.
    The Expendables 2 [2012]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger shot his role in 5 days, one week prior to beginning work on The Last Stand.
  • John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years previously, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, in this film says "Yippie Kai Yay", (a reference to Bruce Willis's role in Die Hard as John McClane), after he says "I'll be back", when Bruce Willis steals his line. Arnold was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard along with Sylvester Stallone himself.
    The Expendables 3 [2014]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked a little more than a week on the movie. (On the first film, Schwarzenegger worked half a day, and on the second film, he was on-set for four days.)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger shares the same birthday as Terry Crews. They were both born on July 30th.
    Ready Player One [2018]
  • During the race sequence the marquee of a theater can be seen. It reads "Schwarzenegger Jack Slater III". This is a nod to Arnold Schwarzenegger's film Last Action Hero, also written by Zak Penn. According to Penn the nod was unintentional and was included by ILM staff as suggestion by co-writer Ernest Cline. Penn himself didn't know about it before the release of the first trailer.
    Deadpool 2 [2018]
  • Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Pierce Brosnan and David Harbour were all considered for the role of Cable.