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13Jul/15

From The Vault: TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES

FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.

In this episode of FROM THE VAULT, J Bryant and AngieBee revisit TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, and David Andrews.

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THE PLOT 2

A cybernetic warrior (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter (Nick Stahl) and his future wife (Claire Danes) from an advanced robotic assassin (Kristanna Loken) and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

THE REVIEW 2

USELESS KNOWLEDGE

> 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.

> 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".

> 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.

> 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'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."

> 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.

> 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.

> 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.

> Just for sh*ts and giggles, here's the infamous "Sgt. Candy" deleted scene from TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES:

> All of the above USELESS KNOWLEDGE was provided by IMDB.

Posted by J. Bryant

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