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By Jay Hunter – Today, James Cameron celebrates his 62nd birthday. Whilst he’s well known for being a master of sequels and a box-office machine (or Terminator), there’s still many that may surprise you about the the Canadian filmmaker and his record breaking movies.
Here’s 25 things you don’t know about James Cameron’s movies
25. In all his films, at least one character yells “Go! Go! Go!”
24. Credit for directing Piranha 2: The Spawning (1981) was given to James Cameron. Most of the work was actually performed by Ovidio G. Assonitis, the film’s producer and prolific film-maker. Assonitis was dissatisfied with Cameron’s progress after the first week and took over. According to “Dreaming Aloud,” a biography of James Cameron by Christopher Heard, Cameron did do the shooting for this movie, but was not allowed to see his footage and was not involved in editing. He broke into the editing room and cut his own version, but was caught and Assonitis re-cut it again.
23. O.J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. In 1990 (before Simpson’s first trial) Dark Horse Comics printed issues using his likeness.
22. James Cameron originally wanted to direct Alien 5
21. Michael Biehn later said that he almost never got to play heroic characters like Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens (1986), saying that people who look at him must see something wicked in his eyes and assume there’s something wrong with him.
20. The title of Alien (1979) in Hungarian was “The 8th passenger: Death.” Consequently, the title of Aliens (1986) was: “The name of the planet: Death“.
19. Avatar (2009) was the first movie to ever cross the U.S. $2,000,000,000 mark worldwide (and later the U.S. $2.5 billion mark), making it the highest-grossing film in history (not adjusting for inflation).
18. Aliens (1986) is set in 2179.
17. Shots through the Terminator’s vision shows a dump of the ROM assembler code for the Apple II operating system. If you own an Apple II, enter at the basic prompt: ] call -151 * p This will give you the terminator view. Other code visible is written in COBOL.
We’re not saying Steve Jobs saw the world this way, but…
16. Several references to Robert A. Heinlein’s novel, Starship Troopers is used in Aliens (1986): the prominent use of the military; during the orientation when Hudson asks if this is a “bug hunt.”
It didn’t work out too well for those guys, either
15. James Cameron reused the flying piranha effects in Aliens (1986) for the face-huggers.
I don’t care that it’s from Alien, it’s cool
14. Wolfie, James Cameron’s German Shepherd dog, can be seen at the Tiki Motel in Terminator (1984). Wolfie also got a name drop in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
With his new found fortune and fame, he started up an adult entertainment company
13. After finding out that she had to be naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic (1997), Kate Winslet decided to break the ice, and when they first met, she flashed him.
12. Each frame (1/24 of a second) of the CGI scenes in Avatar (2009) took an average of 47 hours to render.
11. Aliens (1986) was voted the 42nd Greatest Film of all time by Entertainment Weekly. They describe it as the “greatest pure action movie ever.”
10. Linda Hamilton learned to pick locks in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) for the scene in the mental hospital where she does precisely that with a paperclip.
9. The concept of “flying piranhas” for Piranha 2: The Spawning (1981) was an idea of a Warner Bros. executive.
And no executive would ever suggest anything, ever again
8. Carrie Henn has said that she (mostly) hates the line “They mostly come at night. Mostly.” (mostly) in Aliens (1986)
7. In Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), the T-1000 has four arms while in the helicopter: two for flying the helicopter and two for firing and reloading the MP-5K submachine gun.
Not original concept art for the T-1000. (Credit monstersketch.blogspot.com)
6. Aliens (1986) was never shown to test audiences because editing was not completed until the week before its theatrical release.
Must. Finish. Movie
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger was given a slightly used Gulfstream III airplane (worth about $14 million) by producer Mario Kassar for accepting his role in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).
But Arnold just played with the box
4. James Cameron’s name remained on Piranha 2: The Spawning (1981) despite being fired as the film was contractually obliged to have an American name cited as director.
3. An alternate ending was filmed, but cut, for Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) which saw an elderly Sarah sitting at the park, telling the story about The Terminator, watching John playing with his daughter and tying her granddaughter’s shoes. James Cameron decided not to use the ending and replaced it with the “unknown road” ending that was used in the final cut.
2. Given Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $15-million salary in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and his total of 700 words of dialog, he was paid $21,429 per word. “Hasta la vista, baby” cost $85,716.
I’m noticing a money trend with Cameron…
1. The teaser trailer for The Terminator (1984) was narrated by Peter Cullen, best known to fans as the voice of the robotic hero Optimus Prime from Transformers.
Cullen went on to do fantastic voice work, in awful, awful movies
Source – IMDb