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Behind-The-Scenes: Take a look behind the mask of 'Terminator' a classic sci-fi kill shot


We take a peek behind the scenes of the legendary sci-fi action thriller Terminator, starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. Directed by James Cameron the film remains one of the most successful franchises in cinema and still entertains audiences up and down the country.

Although the film didn’t have the dream start to life, as you’d imagine, Cameron had several studios turn down his original script as they didn’t want the young and inexperienced director at the helm. Cameron then sold the rights to Producer Gale Herd for the princely sum of $1, on the condition that was it ever to be made he would be the man to direct it. The film was released in 1985 and Hurd and Cameron were married just a year later.

Many other actors were in line for the role of the Terminator, including OJ Simpson, and Lanc Henriksen before being offered to Arnie. “This movie is not about the hero. It’s about The Terminator.” James Cameron allegedly told Arnie after the Austrian said he wanted the role of hero Kyle. Schwarzenegger was instead cast as the titular role and continued his trajectory into worldwide stardom. During filming Arnie tried to some techniques to make the cyborg feel inhuman. One such technique was trying to avoid blinking whenever in the scenes, as well as having a layer of vaseline applied to his face to make it appear synthetic.

The film sees a cyborg assassin known simply as Terminator travels back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sarah isn’t on her own though, as Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent to protect Sarah. Along with mentioning the impending doom of Skynet also shares that Terminator is coming to kill her. As the mother of the son who will lead the uprising against Skynet the Terminator is in hot pursuit to kill Sarah Connor.

Take a look below at some candid behind the scenes pictures of Arnie, Linda, Cameron and more creating one fo the deadliest sci-fi films ever made.

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