With Terminator:Genysis just around the corner here, we took some time to research the facts and fiction behind the movies. Today it's all about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Entertainment Fact and Fiction: Terminator 3
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 2: Judgment Day (1991).
The gas station at which the Terminator stops for refueling is the same gas station seen in all three Terminator movies. In The Terminator (1984) it was shown at the end where the pregnant Sarah stops before driving to the Mojave Desert. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) it is where Sarah camps in for the night after she escapes from the hospital.
The studios had long wanted to make a sequel to the previous Terminator films, but for a long time Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to do it unless James Cameron was directing. Cameron eventually told his friend to "Just do it and ask for a shit-load of money", reasoning that the character was as much Schwarzenegger's as it was his. Schwarzenegger confirmed this in a talk-show interview, saying that when he asked, Cameron told him to "take the money and run".
Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Earl Boen (Dr. Peter Silberman) is the only other actor to appear in all of the first three "Terminator" films. This film is also Boen's last screen performance; he has solely done voice-over work since.
Arnold Schwarzenegger put up $1.4 million of his salary to ensure that a key scene in which a construction crane smashes into a glass building was shot. The director Jonathan Mostow, was apparently worried that the film was going to run behind schedule and over budget.
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."
Edward Furlong was originally supposed to play John Connor. However in December 2001 it was reported that he had been dropped from the film, allegedly due to a substance abuse problem. Nick Stahl was cast shortly before filming began in April 2002.
For the filming of the arrival scene of the T-X, Kristanna Loken spent one night nude. During the filming, a piece of glass stuck under her foot because of her walking barefoot on the street.
The skulls in the future scenes were made from ping-pong balls.
Kristanna Loken put on 15 pounds of muscle to fit her role of the T-X. She also took a mime class to prepare for her part. Because her character has so few lines, she had to learn to communicate through facial expressions and body gestures.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's fee for reprising his role was $29.25 million, a record at the time. His contract was 33 pages long and written by Hollywood super-lawyer Jake Bloom between June 2000 and December 2001. It was written into the contract as a "pay or play" fee, meaning he would get paid whether or not the movie was made. His "perk package" included a lump sum of $1.5 million for private jets, a fully equipped gym trailer, three-bedroom deluxe suites on location, round-the-clock limousines, and personal bodyguards. He also insisted on, and got, 20% of the gross receipts made by the venture from every market in the world-including movie theaters, videos, DVDs, television licensing, in-flight entertainment, game licensing, and so forth-once the movie had reached its cash break-even point. Such "contingent compensation" is not unusual in movie contracts, but, in most cases, Hollywood accounting famously uses smoke and mirrors to make sure to define "break-even" in such a way that a movie never reaches it. Schwarzenegger also could decide who worked with him. The contract "pre-approval" clause gave him choice of not only the director (Jonathan Mostow) and the principal cast, but also his hairdresser (Peter Toothbal), his makeup man (Jeff Dawn), his driver (Howard Valesco), his stand-in (Dieter Rauter), his stunt double (Billy Lucas), the unit publicist (Sheryl Merin), his personal physician (Dr. Graham Waring), and his cook (Steve Hunter). The negotiation of this contract did not come cheaply. The legal and accounting budget for the movie was $2 million. By the time all of Schwarzenegger's demands were met, the budget of the film had risen to $187.3 million, making it the most expensive independently produced movie in history.
Schwarzenegger gave Claire Danes relationship advice during the making of the film. He saved her from staying in an unwise friendship.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was concerned about his nude scene (a staple of this series) because he knew people would compare it to the other ones in the franchise, especially being 54 years of age.
Nick Stahl had to audition five times and go through three screen tests before he was chosen for the part of John Connor. However, he did turn down this role in Terminator Salvation (2009).
The character of Kate Brewster's fiancé was originally named Scott Petersen. Due to the name's similarity to Scott Peterson (a California man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn child in late 2002 while out fishing) and the plot of his fiancée's kidnapping, the character's name was changed to Scott Mason, although he's still listed as Scott Petersen in the credits.
When Kate attacks the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger told Claire Danes not to hold back, and hit him as hard as she could.
A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X, 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.
T-X's breast inflation scene took several takes because the air bladders underneath Kristanna Loken's bra made by the effects team didn't work properly. Sometimes one of the bladders popped or one would fizzle out.
The "Rich Woman" attacked by the naked TX was planned to have attempted to use an ATM that wouldn't respond, but there wasn't time to film it. If this scene had been included, it would have been one of several indications (Kate's cell phone, the lack of TV reception at the AM/PM) that the computer virus is taking over.
The exact date of Judgment Day is 25 July 2004 at 6:18 PM, according to both the Terminator and the watch he examines in the beginning of the film.
Stan Winston and his team constructed flawless, life-size, fully-operational robotic replicas of Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-star Kristanna Loken because certain sequences involving fire and explosions were too dangerous for them to perform.
Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered a minor hand injury during the filming of the cemetery battle scene. One of the small explosives on the casket exterior, used to simulate a bullet hit, was planted too close to his hand.
Arnold Schwarzenegger showed Terminator 3 to the troops at the former palace of Saddam Hussein.
During the third act, the Terminator reboots itself to rid its system of the corruption caused by the T-X. As it does, we can see in its "Terminator Vision" many items scroll by. These include: "Remote Access", "Sound", "Memory", "Software Update", "QuickTime Player", "Control Strip", "Date and Time", "Multiple Users", "Keychain Access", "Location Manager", "Energy Saver", "Add Application Program", and also "MP3.com". All of these items (with the exception of "MP3.com") are easily recognized components of Apple Macintosh operating systems, most likely Mac OS 9. (See also trivia for The Terminator (1984), in which "Terminator Vision" incorporated assembly code for the MOS 6502 microprocessor, the CPU for the then-current Apple II computer.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger had to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff following an injury on the set. He was in a sling for 3-4 weeks but it didn't delay the completion of the movie.
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Kristanna Loken's most challenging scene was when the T-X was stuck to the particle accelerator. It was difficult because she had to go from running to being spreadeagled in an instant without interruption. And because she had to keep such a rigid posture, she wound up with bruises up and down her arms for weeks afterward.
In an early draft of the script, Lance Henriksen was to reprise the role of Detective Vukovich (from The Terminator (1984)), having the character bound to a wheelchair following the events of the first Terminator. The idea was eventually dropped.
Production designer Jeff Mann admitted that surveillance monitors would probably not be located inside a particle accelerator room. But in order to have Kate and John see the T-X approaching on the monitor, they were put there anyway, hoping that the audience wouldn't care.
During the cemetery scene, as the Terminator's computer display is counting rounds fired and casualties, names are scrolled on the screen. Many of these names are members of the Visual Effects department (Enid, Keiko, James, Rod, Mark, Bryan, and more)
Toyota Motor Corporation provided seven Toyota Tundra trucks to be destroyed in the movie. Toyota also sold a limited edition of Toyota Tundra T3 trucks.
The film takes place from July 24 to July 25, 2004.
Two of the air bases Skynet is shown taking control of are "Moron Airfield" and "Batman Air Base". These are actual military locations. Moron (pronounced More-own) Air Base is located in Spain, and Batman Air Base is in Turkey.
After the T-X has damaged her primary weapon, a first-person view shows her going through different weapon choices. On the right side of the screen one of the weapons is named "Rumsfeld P81 Cauterizer". This is a poke at President George W. Bush's Secretary of Defense at the time, Donald Rumsfeld.
Ridley Scott and John McTiernan were considered for the director's job after James Cameron turned down the offer, saying that he had told the story completely after Terminator 2: Judgment Day
In all three Terminator films the Terminator's definition of "being back" means entering a building by driving a vehicle through it: In The Terminator (1984) he drives a car into a police station after saying "I'll be back." In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) he drives a SWAT van into the Cyberdyne Building after saying "I'll be back." In this film he flies a helicopter into an airplane hangar, steps out and proclaims, "I'm back!"
The climax was filmed in a decommissioned Congressional wartime center located near Greenbrier, West Virginia.
When the Terminator is holding a cache of weapons hidden inside of Sarah Connor's coffin, the coffin was lightweight, but still very heavy; the scene was even more difficult for Schwarzenegger because the weapon he was firing at the time was extremely heavy, even for someone like him. A harness holding it up but digitally erased helped him to film the scene. Another thing that made it difficult was Schwarzenegger's jacket weighed about 40 pounds.
After viewing initial dailies, the director, Jonathan Mostow deemed Sophia Bush too young to play hero John Connor's love interest, and replaced her with Claire Danes at the last minute. Danes started filming immediately and basically learned about her character on the job. Danes later said this may have helped her performance, as Kate Brewster's character was similarly thrust into a strange new reality with no warning.
The novelization gives us some background information on Kate's relationship with her father. General Brewster was such a workaholic his wife left him. Mrs. Brewster approved of Kate's engagement, but Kate wanted her father's approval too. He granted it, but never met Scott. Kate was an only child. Also, she is not sure about marrying Scott, and he is nervous about meeting her father. Kate enjoys working with animals because you know where you stand with them. When Kate was born, her family was stationed in Germany, at Ramstein. Because she was born as an "Air Force child" it explains why she knows the difference between a real gun and a paintball gun when John pulls one on her.
Near the end of the film, the computer console displays "Blue 478" and John says "Dakota 775". The code numbers actually refer to the Intel Pentium 4's socket design with second generation of P4 processors using Socket 478 and the later one using LGA 775 socket. Another reference is the particle accelerator control room, designated "P4".
Jonathan Mostow has always been nervous about showing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines to his predecessor in the series, James Cameron.
When the Terminator punches his way into Sarah Connor's coffin, Schwarzenegger was punching through plaster. It took five takes to get right.
The then 54-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger took up a 3 month rigorous training schedule to get back into shape to play The Terminator. He stated in an interview with Flex magazine that he tried to obtain the same body physique he had in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
Kristanna Loken practiced at a firing range, she had martial arts training, and he had extensive mime training in preparation for her role as the T-X. She also practiced running in two-inch heels. She fell ill during the filming the cemetery scene because of all the running that she had had to do, but a stuntwoman carried out the jump that the T-X does to the top of the car that the Terminator, John Connor, and Kate are driving away from the cemetery.
The T-X was originally called the T-1G. At one point The T-X was going to be a male Terminator.
Artisan Entertainment, which had the rights to the Terminator series, was at the time owned by the same company that owned Indian Motorcycles, hence the product placement.
When the Terminator is choosing items at the convenience store, he grabs a Manner Schnitten, which is an Austrian sugar wafer. It's the pink package he grabs as he turns a corner.
The T-X's uniform at Edwards Air Force Base belonged to a Lt Hastings before she killed her. The gun she uses is a 9mm Baretta that she took from the base security chief, Captain McManus. She was forced to kill him to prevent him from blowing her cover. These scenes were deleted from the film.
According to the Terminator's computer display, he fires 760 rounds of ammunition during the cemetery scene.
When the T-X's primary weapon is damaged the alternative weapons listed are, in order: P31 Caustic Shells x231 HDE-Predator (333b) Finite Rapid Cluster Gun .45mm Cascader Nano-Disruptor (.222mm) SUBauro Neutralizer (.444) IAD-CHemTech
The attacking robots at the climax were fully functional models created by Stan Winston.
The "Sgt. Candy" scene, which was included in early prints of the film, explains why all the Terminators look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold's character (Sgt. Candy) has a Southern US accent. When one of the scientists questions it, another scientist replies (in an Arnold voice over), "We can fix it." The actor portraying this scientist is Jack Noseworthy. This scene is available as a special feature on the DVD version.
The particle accelerator was a digital matte painting. It would have cost 1.5 million dollars to build an actual one. It took over a year to animate the T-X magnetized to it.
The crane weighed 140 tons, and the building that Schwarzenegger was plowed into took two weeks to build. The scene in which the crane flips over its own length was too dangerous to do in reality, so it had to be done by animation.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) came under fire for being too sentimental when it came to Schwarzenegger being a good Terminator. Jonathan Mostow tried to avoid that by adding some ambiguities to Schwarzenegger's character, e.g. refusing John Connor's orders, being corrupted by the T-X at the climax, etc. Mostow did admit the sentiment was appropriate to the last movie, but not to this one.
A scene was actually written and was left out of the final film because it was incomplete. The scene would take place right after the Terminator says, "She'll be back." In the written scene, General Brewster noticed the Terminator resembling Sgt. Candy (as explained in the famous deleted Sgt. Candy scene) and asked whether he is Sgt. Candy. The Terminator said no, but remarked, "I was made here." (in CRS). The producers had to omit the scene due to an on set problem (an assistant director went missing that prevented Arnold Schwarzenegger from continuing that scene) not to mention with the film running behind schedule. Also, they feared that the audience will not get the idea of Sgt. Candy without this scene, and so they had to remove the earlier one.
One of the headstones at the cemetery has the name 'O Brian' engraved on it. This may be a reference to George Orwell's 1984, which had a character called O'Brian living in a dystopian future, similar to the one we see in the Terminator series.
Ang Lee was offered to direct the film, but turned it down to direct Hulk (2003) instead.
The elevator shaft the T-X fell into was a digital matte painting, as was the scene in the hangar with dozens of T-1 robots. Only three full-scale T-1 robots were built for the film.
During rehearsals two weeks prior to shooting the crane chase scene, the crane was involved in an accident and was heavily damaged. It was impossible to acquire a new crane, at a cost $1.5 million, so repair crews worked around the clock to have it repaired on time for the shooting.
While shooting the cemetery scene in which the Terminator shoots at the SWAT team, it was impossible for Schwartzenegger to wield the machine gun with one hand. A Steadicam harness was attached to the side of Arnold Schwarzenegger to help him to hold the gun with one hand. The harness was erased digitally during postproduction.
Following box office flops for Cutthroat Island and Showgirls, Carolco went bankrupt at the end of 1995, and its assets / ancillary rights auctioned off to other companies. In 1997, Kassar and Vajna managed to restart their venture under their C2 Pictures banner. Half of the Terminator franchise rights were also part of the auction and they managed buy back the rights at $8 million. The other half of the rights were owned by Gale Anne Hurd who sold her share at $7 million.
The arsenal in Sarah Connor's coffin consists of: a 30-caliber machine gun; several Russian made AK-47 assault rifles with 30 round/7.62 mm magazines; 9.0 mm Glock pistols; a bandoleer of H&W stun grenades used by U.S. special forces; a LAW antitank rocket; a 40 mm MK-19 grenade launcher; four bricks of C4 plastic explosives with acid fuses; a Glock 17 (the gun Kate that draws on The Terminator); a 9.0 mm Baretta; a Stoner 63A.30 caliber machine gun; a RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher with 85 mm shells (these carry a five-pound heat warhead, and those can penetrate one foot of steel armor plate. According to the novelization, John practiced with all these weapons in Baja California. One of Sarah's biker friends from Honduras provided them. John also knows how to activate the accelerator from some of the "geeks" she used to hang around with. He also dislikes air travel.
During filming of the scene in which Scott Mason/Petersen morphs into the T-X, both actors were filmed performing the same motions, and then blended to create the effect. While filming, Mark Famiglietti, who played Scott, had to wear large platform shoes because Kristanna Loken is a good bit taller than he is.
In the script, the name of the woman the T-X stole her clothes and car from was Nancy Nebel. The woman was also wearing a thong, something else the T-X puts on. The T-X also talks to Nebel's boyfriend over the phone, in Nebel's own voice. She links with the Skynet in this era. She also doesn't enlarge her breasts like she does in the film. The name of the traffic cop who pulls her over is called Barnes, and when he saw how sexy she is, he decided to rip up the ticket and ask her out. The T-X killed him in a parking lot.
Kristanna Loken liked the T-X for the way she uses femininity to get what she wants.
When the Terminator promises to let Kate go if she tells him where John Connor is, and then he goes back on his word, the novelization tells us that he wasn't really lying; he will let Kate go, just not right now.
Tedi Sarafian wrote a script for the movie, but since his ideas would have resulted in the movie costing more than $200 million (a scene featured a Boeing crashing in downtown LA and exploding half of the city) his script was refused. Some of his ideas were used, though, (the evil Terminator is a woman, Sarah Connor doesn't appear), so he earned a "story" credit.
Schwarzenegger insisted Stan Winston return to provide the special effects, just as he did in the last two films, and the subsequent one in the series.
The area for Kate in the department store was near to Jonathan Mostow's house. He said on the DVD Director's Commentary it was a selfish reason to film it there.
A week of miniature work and three months of computer graphics work made the Los Angeles of the future appear.
For advertising purposes, the Indian Motorcycle Co. donated eight "Chief" model motorcycles outfitted as California Highway Patrol bikes for use in the film, one of which was destroyed on purpose when it was crushed by a truck during a chase scene.
The role of John Connor came down to Shane West and Nick Stahl. Stahl was cast but almost had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts. West was told that if Stahl were to drop out then he was be cast in the film but in the end, Stahl's schedule was changed and he kept the role of John Connor.
According to an interview with Andrew G. Vajna, Ridley Scott was asked to direct the film, but he had already committed to Black Hawk Down
The lever that John Connor uses to power up the particle accelerator is the throttle control from a Saitek X45 PC Joystick system, painted red instead of blue.
This was intended to be the first of the two back-to-back Terminator movies developed by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna back in 1999. It was to be originally written by Tedi Sarafian, while the second-half, codenamed Project Angel by Warner Bros (eventually became Terminator Salvation) was to be written by David C. Wilson due for a 2003 release which is to take place immediately after the events of this film. Had there been no script revisions, the film could have been released in 2001. After the film's release, actors work commitments, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's term as Governor of California prompted the Project Angel script to be rewritten again from scratch- including moving the time setting by writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris under Jonathan Mostow's supervision. However, by 2006, Kassar and Vajna decided to end their business relationship and sold their rights to Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson. The original idea for the fourth film was ultimately scrapped.
The first scene filmed was when the T-X is pulled over by a traffic cop. The first scene that Schwarzenegger filmed was the fight between the Terminator and the T-X in the parking lot. It was also Stahl's first scene.
The first week of photography was the scene in which the Terminator crashes the truck into the T-X on the exterior of the veterinary clinic. The last day of photography was the scene in which the T-X appeared through the time portal.
Claire Forlani auditioned for the part of Kate Brewster.
Carrie-Anne Moss, Peta Wilson, Jeri Ryan, and Lucia Rijker were also considered for the role of T-X.
The climactic battle between the Terminator and the T-X was slightly expanded in the novelization, in which she also uses a cutting saw on him. The Terminator's skull at the very end of the movie is intended to be Schwarzenegger's.
The car chase scene at the cemetery was a collaboration between the first unit and the second unit. The T-X on the roof of the car was all digital.
The two Terminators in the climactic scene were a mixture of actors, puppets, and CGI.
David Walton and John Krasinski auditioned for the role of John Connor.
When the Terminator is rebooting after destroying the Jeep Cherokee, among other things loaded is a "Quicktime Video Codec".
Obviously, the unstable fuel cells that the Terminator removes from his stomach which is damaged by the T-X, which creates a big explosion, which the Terminator uses to destroy the T-X as well as himself, is an upgrade. Between 2029 and 2032, the year The Terminator was sent back through time to protect John and Kate, the T-101 Terminator androids were upgraded. If The T-800 Terminator in the original film had an unstable fuel cell, when The Terminator blew up the Terminator with a pipe bomb in the factory scene, the explosion would had been big enough to also kill Sarah.
The most expensive "R" rated film of all time, unadjusted for inflation (as of January 2015).
Among the weapons the T-800 takes from the weapons cache in the cemetery are the Glock 18 pistol with full/semi modes as well as the Heckler and Koch G-36 and UMP45 designs.
Chris Klein auditioned for the role of John Connor.
Ben Curtis (aka "the Dell Dude") auditioned for the role of John Connor.
Michael Bay was considered to direct the film.
Actress Moira Sinise and actor Nick Stahl had previously worked together in the underrated Disney film "Tall Tale" (1995), as mother and son..
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jonathan Mostow wanted to make the new Terminator more robotic than the previous Terminator in the previous film "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", whom became more human, due to his CPU when coming into contact with humans and John teaching the Terminator to be more human than robotic.
John asks The Terminator "Do you even remember me? Cyberdine? Hasta la Vista, Baby?". In the narrative, John thinks this new Terminator is the same Terminator whom became through time to protect him from the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator and had forgotten that his previous Terminator protector sacrifice his life by having Sarah lower him into molten steel. The Terminator replies that that Terminator was a different T-101 and that they are not same Terminator and confirms and answers John's question of if they all come off an assembly line. The T-101 Terminators that are built by Skynet are all the same prototype and all look like Schwarzenegger.
The storyboards for the Judgement Day scenes near the end of the film were much more graphic than what was seen in the film, and included images such as the Statue of Liberty melting, the Hollywood sign going up in flames and even Dr. Silberman being incinerated by a nuclear blast. However, the VFX team were told that it was "too soon after 9/11" to show such graphic destruction, and that only a single nuclear explosion should be seen, and that it should actually be of relatively poor quality compared to what was seen in the second film.
Kristanna Loken speaks all of her dialogue in the first 25 minutes of the film. The T-X's only other dialogue comes when she is impersonating Scott Mason and later Kate Brewster; these lines are spoken by Mark Famiglietti and Claire Danes respectively.
It took six months for the VFX pioneers to develop the method to simulate the final sequence, in which T-X's liquid exterior is magnetized to the point of peeling off, revealing her alloy endoskeleton.