Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Trivia: The minigun that the Terminator (Arnie) uses in the Cyberdyne scene was so heavy that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only person on set strong enough to lift it.


Trivia: The insert car driver (towing the bike ridden by Eddie Furlong) was warned at the very beginning of the scene where John rides out of the mall and the T-1000 is chasing him, that Robert Patrick could run exceptionally well. The driver confidently said that Patrick wouldn't catch him. However, on the very first take, Patrick ran right up and tapped Furlong on the shoulder. So if this was real life, the human race would be in trouble.


Trivia: While the characters were running around a hot steel mill, in reality the temperatures in the mill averaged only about 40° Fahrenheit. The actors had to be consistently spritzed with water to make it look like they were sweating.


Trivia: When the T-1000 tells a man in the helicopter to "Get Out," this is the same thing the Terminator says in the first film (1984) when he takes the 18-wheeler. It's also used in T3.


Trivia: The scene in which the T-1000 commandeers the police chopper at Cyberdyne and, while still in his liquid metal form, orders the copilot out, was the first time a fully computer generated character in a movie spoke. (01:56:45)


Trivia: Makeup artist Jeff Dawn has said that in order to give the Terminator (Arnold Schwarznegger) a look that set him apart from the other "human" actors, the makeup artists "mixed in a little bit of K-Y Jelly into the straight make-up, to give him that 'I'm different-looking but you don't know why' look...It's a sort of plastic-man appearance."

Phil C.

Trivia: Note that, even when running, T-1000 never breathes through his mouth. Breathing through his nose helped Robert Patrick make his character look mechanical.


Trivia: So that he didn't have to use a split screen, director James Cameron hired twins to play the security guard and his T-1000 double at the hospital. Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was used in the scene where the T-1000 is disguised as Sarah, although as the focus is on the T-1000, in those shots Linda Hamilton plays the robot with her sister playing Sarah.


Trivia: The police computer which the T-1000 uses to locate John Connor's juvenile delinquent record was a functional mobile data terminal on loan from ElectroCom Automation. The prop was the subject of many crew members' inquiries of "Hey, can you look up my record for any outstanding warrants?" They were disappointed when they found out it was not hooked into any actual police databases, but had been programmed to simply display John's record.

Phil C.
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Trivia: When the T-1000 follows them in the helicopter, we can clearly see that he has three arms when he is loading his gun with two arms and steering with the third. (01:58:15)


Trivia: Jim Cameron once quoted "You can do anything to a terminator, but don't break his sunglasses, that really pisses them off."


Trivia: An unknown Edward Furlong (John Connor) who had never acted before was discovered by casting director Mali Finn at a boys' club in Pasadena, California.


Trivia: The film cleverly mirrors the original on many occasions, many of them are featured here but one of the more subtle ones is the way Arnie gets up after being thrown through the window in the mall. It is shot the same way and he moves the same way as when he is on the ground outside the Tech Noir Club in T1.


Trivia: Actors Robert Patrick (T-1000) and Joe Morton (Miles Dyson) would reunite more than 10 years later on Fox's 'The X-Files'. The plot of the episode is eerily similar to that of the Terminator: Joe Morton's character is given a second chance, going back in time one day at a time to stop a murderer from killing his wife, trying to clear his own name in the process. Very interesting similarity in themes.


Trivia: In the shot where the SWAT van skids across the floor of the Cyberdyne main lobby and ends up with its back end against the elevator lobby, the tile floor was so slick that an industrial adhesive was sprayed all over the floor to allow for greater control.

Phil C.

Trivia: The battle rifles carried by the endoskeletons in the Future War segment were created by fitting a fully-automatic Calico 950 handgun, with a 100-round helical-feed magazine, into a fiberglass shell.

Phil C.

Trivia: After the T-1000 throws the Terminator through the window in the mall, a shocked man is seen shooting photos with his camera. This man is Bill Wisher, a friend of Cameron's and co-writer of the script. Wisher also appears in "The Terminator" - he's the cop whose car the Terminator takes after the Tech Noir shootout ("One-L-nineteen"). (00:31:50)


Trivia: Early in the movie after the chase, between Arnie and John (riding a bike) and T-1000 (in the truck), the truck explodes. Arnold then aims his Winchester, waiting for the T-1000, but he does not come out of the fire and Arnold puts the gun down without looking. The Winchester passes so closely from John's head that you can see it brush his hair. In another take, he actually got hit by Arnie - he's said so in interviews. (00:36:40)


Trivia: After the escape from the mental hospital, our heroes hide out at a gas station. The pumps at the station feature the logo of the fictional company Benthic Petroleum--the company that owned and operated the undersea drilling rig in The Abyss. (01:05:25)


Trivia: When the Terminator shoots the last SWAT team member with a gas grenade, you hear him say (moan really) "ohh, that really hurt" in a soft pain-filled voice, just after he hits the ground. While not a mistake really, it is kind of funny.

Grumpy Scot

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the Terminator and the T-1000 are fighting in the corridors of The Galleria, the Terminator has fired multiple shots at the T-1000. When he gets up off the floor, the Terminator throws him into the left wall and the impact hole is already visible before he hits. (00:31:45)

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John Connor: We've got company.
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Sarah Connor: How many?
John Connor: Uh, all of them, I think.

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Question: Why did the T-1000 kill the officer in the beginning and steal his clothes? Later we see the uniform heal so we know he can create clothing.


Answer: He didn't steal his clothes, but copied them. He can only copy things that he physically touches. He had to touch the cop to take on his look. Also since the cop was a witness to this ruthless killing machine, it needed to kill him to protect itself from being discovered too soon. The Terminator is an infiltration unit on an assassination mission to kill John Connor. As advanced as it is, it needs as little attention drawn to it as possible. Having the entire police force chasing him down would not be ideal for his goal to get Connor and would inevitably slow him down and risk allowing Connor a better chance of escape. The T 1000 also is an emotionless machine programmed by other machines that are intent on killing off all humans in the future. It doesn't value human life, and if anything has been programmed to regard them as a pest to be dealt with. The cop was a means to an ends and an obstacle to take out. As well, the cop did also posses a weapon, and was the T-1000's quickest way to get his hands on a gun.

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Answer: While the T-1000 did kill the officer at the beginning (which is pretty much standard behavior for Terminators), it didn't steal the officer's clothes. It merely sampled the officer's appearance as soon as it touched him. However, it did steal the officer's firearm, because the T-1000 could not mimic complex mechanical objects or weapons (it could only mimic stabbing and cutting weapons).

Charles Austin Miller
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