17 April 2012

  • Skynet wasn't always evil! It originally was a network of supercomputers that had artificial intelligence. They were created to be able to operate weaponry in order to protect humans and reduce human error, it wasn't until they became self aware and fearing that they would be shut down.
  • James Cameron's agent at the time hated the idea of The Terminator and told Cameron to give up on it. Cameron gave up on his agent instead and fired him.  
  • Maybe a long shot, but there is talk that RoboCop is a long lost ancestor of The Terminator. In 1992, Frank Miller wrote the comic series, RoboCop versus The Terminator where he proposes that the technology that built RoboCop woud eventually be used in the creation of Skynet. 
  • The idea for The Terminator apparently came from a dream that James Cameron had whilst staying in Rome for the release of the well known filmic masterpiece (!), Piranha II: The Spawning. He dreamt about a metallic torso, dragging itself from an explosion whilst holding kitchen knives. 
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous line in The Terminator "I'll be back" was originally in the script as "I'll come back". On the subject of dialogue, he was made $15million for The Terminator 2 for which he had 700 words to say. This meant that "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85.716! 

The Terminator will show at FACT at 6.30pm on 18 April. Tickets are £6 or £5 for members and concessions and can be booked online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.