Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to cameo in the film, stating that a brief appearance would be cheating the audience.
The T-800 arrived in 1984 at the Griffith Park Observatory. This is the same place Marcus and Kyle went to get a car in this movie.
During filming in the summer of 2008, Christian Bale yelled and used profanity at cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, who was adjusting the light in the background while Bale was doing an intense scene and got distracted by the cinematographer. Bale's tirade was then leaked on the Internet. After it was leaked, Bale publicly apologized for his remarks and insisted that he and Hurlbut are on good terms.
Helena Bonham Carter lost four members of her family in a car crash. As a result, filming was halted indefinitely so she could return to the UK to tend to her family.
Special effects wizard Stan Winston died during filming, making Terminator Salvation (2009) the last film he provided visual effects for.
In the original The Terminator (1984) Kyle Reese asks the police "What day is it? What year?" And one of the first things Marcus Wright says to Kyle Reese is "What day is it? What year?".
The trick with keeping a shotgun attached around the arm that Marcus shows Kyle Reese, is used by the older Kyle Reese played by Michael Biehn at the beginning of the original The Terminator (1984), after he saws off the butt to shorten the shotgun he stole from the police squad car.
As of 2010, it remains the most expensive independently-financed (non-studio) feature with the budget close to $200 million.
Director McG asked the cast and crew to read the novel "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick - the basis for Blade Runner (1982) - because he wanted them to absorb the bleakness of the world in the novels.
In several scenes, Kyle can be seen wearing Nike shoes. They are strikingly similar to the Nike Vandals Reese wore in The Terminator (1984).
The third Terminator film to have the line, "Come with me if you want to live." In The Terminator (1984), Kyle Reese says it to Sarah Connor at the Tech-Noir club. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the Terminator says it to Sarah Connor when they first meet at the mental institution. In 'Salvation' Kyle Reese says it to Marcus Wright when they first meet. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), a paraphrased version of this line ("Do you wanna live? Come on!") is spoken by John Connor to Kate Brewster when he and the T-850 rescue her in the graveyard. "Come with me if you want to live" is also spoken by Cameron in the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), when rescuing the teenage John Connor from the 'Cromartie' T-888.
To prepare for the role of Kyle, Anton Yelchin studied Michael Biehn's performance in the first movie a few times to get the character's mannerisms and characteristics
Director McG actually went to visit James Cameron who was working in New Zealand on Avatar (2009) to gain insights and respecting the mythology set in the first two films. It was during there that Cameron recommended his art director Martin Laing to work as a production designer and Sam Worthington to play Marcus.
Earlier drafts of the script before rewrites focused a lot more on just Marcus Wright and Kyle Reese, with John Connor making an appearance in the last few scenes. Christian Bale was first offered the role of Marcus but took more interest in the character of John Connor so rewrites took place to give him more of a substantial role throughout the film.
Christian Bale is one of seven actors to play John Connor. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the adult John Connor was played by Michael Edwards, the teenage John Connor was played by Edward Furlong and the infant John Connor (who appeared during Sarah Connor's dream sequence of the nuclear attack) was played by Dalton Abbott. Nick Stahl played the fourth John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Thomas Dekker played John Connor in the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), with John DeVito playing a younger John in a flashback.
Terry Crews was cast as Captain Jericho but his scenes ended up being cut from the final film. However, Crews is still visible in one scene as a dead body left in the aftermath of a battle.
This is the first "Terminator" film not to feature Earl Boen, who played a doubting psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Silberman, in the earlier films.
The river bank used for the napalm strike during Marcus' escape was part of a one-mile man-made river because environmental officials present during the production will not allow them to use the existing river.
Just before Connor sets down his helicopter to infiltrate the research facility, the target camera of an incoming rocket indicates the facilities location to be N36° 17'39'' E117° 15'25''. According to these coordinates the facility is located in China, approximately 350km south of Bejing. (See also Goofs)
Assuming there is small margin of error between the "correct" and "alternate" time lines of the previous films, this installment takes place about 11 and a half years (2018) before the events leading up to the first (2029).
John Connor and Marcus both use a Sony UX which is the small hand-held PDA device they receive information through and use as an interface to some of the systems, this is a micro PC with a 4.5in screen and weighing just over 1lb.
The first recording that John Connor listens to of his mother is an edited version of the recording that she makes at the end of the first Terminator; moments before the picture that he has and eventually gives to Kyle Reese is taken.
Actor Michael Ironside accepted his role in the movie, despite having just broken three vertebrae in a roofing accident. Notice that throughout the movie, he never sits down, because of the intense pain.
Despite prominent billing, Helena Bonham Carter only gets five minutes of screentime.
Before leaving on his mission to rescue Kyle Reese, John Connor (Christian Bale) tells his wife, "I'll be back." This line was used by the T-800 Terminators (both played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Schwarzenegger's T-800 uses a variation of the line: "I'm back!"
In early 2008, Paul Haggis was brought on to polish the script. After he was done, three weeks before filming, Shawn Ryan was asked to rewrite the script, and he took "a pretty big whack" at it. However, he later had to return to television, and the filmmakers "subsequently brought in one or two other writers to continue the work," most likely Anthony E. Zuiker and Jonathan Nolan. So extensive were the rewrites that Alan Dean Foster decided to rewrite the entire novelization after submitting it to his publisher, because the compiled shooting script was very different from the one he was given beforehand.
Bonus Facts, Everyone Loves Extra ContentThe first Terminator film to receive a PG-13 rating (the previous films were R).
At one point, the film carried the subtitle "The Future Begins." Coincidentally, the film Star Trek (2009) (which opened weeks before Terminator Salvation (2009)) used the same saying as a tagline. Actor Anton Yelchin appears in both films.
The film's look is based on Technicolor's OZ (Olson-Zacharias) process, which adds three times more silver to the negative film stock, making it milkier without affecting the grain structure. Although the process was tested in pre-production, it wasn't actually used. Instead, its look was mimicked in the digital intermediate process.
In the opening scene, Marcus is executed by lethal injection using a very accurate prop based on the execution machine developed by engineer Fred A. Leuchter Jr.. As of the release date, this system is only used by four states, mostly due to problems adapting the drug delivery rate for different individuals.
Each Terminator film has been produced under a different company. The Terminator (1984) was produced by Hemdale and went through Orion, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) went through Carolco and Tri-Star (which was owned by Columbia), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) was produced by C-2 Pictures and distributed through both Warner Bros. (Domestic release) and Columbia Pictures (international release), and Terminator Salvation (2009) was produced by The Halcyon Company and distributed through both Warner Bros. (Domestic release) and Columbia Pictures (international release).
Helena Bonham Carter replaced Tilda Swinton shortly before filming was set to begin. She filmed her role in 10 days.
Josh Brolin was asked to play Marcus Wright, but he turned it down.
The appearance of the clown mascot for the abandoned toy factory is based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who entertained children as "Pogo the Clown."
This was originally intended to be the second half of the two Terminator movies developed back to back by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna. It was originally titled Project Angel (seen in some computer screens in Skynet during sync sequence with Marcus) and was to be written by David C. Wilson for release in 2003 with the events to start immediately after the first-half, which was Rise of The Machines. However, actor commitments including Arnold Schwarzenegger's office term as Governor of California prompted the script to be rewritten, including moving the time line by credited writers, John Brancato and Michael Ferris, to be supervised and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The project was delayed because in 2006, Kassar and Vajna decided to end their partnership and the movie rights was sold to Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek.
The character name of Helena Bonham Carter's character is derived from Serena Burnes, a character in the novel 'T2: Infiltrator', written by S.M. Stirling.
The silver-looking machine where the nuclear fuel cells are stored at the Skynet factory is actually a piece of equipment from a semiconductor manufacturing plant, an SVG 90-S coater/developer for silicon wafers.
Was intended to be the first of a new Terminator "Future War Trilogy", all done by McG, but the films poor performance and reception led to McG being fired and replaced before the next two films ever came to fruition. Instead, a new trilogy is planned to begin with Terminator 5: Genisys.
Marcus Wright was born on August 22, 1975.
The consent form Marcus Wright signs reads "Cyberdyne Systems Genetics Division San Francisco, California Donor Informed Consent Willed Body Release".
Christian Bale later stated that before the film, he expressed the same concerns to McG that the Terminator fan-base was expressing. Bale: "Nothing in your (McG) filmography suggests that you have what it takes to do this movie properly." McG ultimately convinced Bale to give him a chance so he could "evolve" as a director, but as of 2014 admits that the film "didn't work", insinuating that it was ultimately McG who blew it, and stating that he would never work with McG ever again, though he wishes him well.
Near the end of the movie, there's a confrontation with a newly-minted Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger's face. However, Schwarzenegger didn't shoot anything for this movie; the effects team scanned his face from a previous film and applied the result to the stunt double. The result is a character with a much younger face than Arnold possesses today.
The scars that appear on post Judgment Day John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) are a direct result of the final climactic scene in this movie which the molten hot T-800 scratches John Connor's face in their confrontation at SkyNet Central.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
PG-13 | 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 May 2009 (USA)
In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted?
Writers: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin