Billy Idol Was Set To Play The T-1000 In Terminator 2, According To Robert Patrick


But the singer had a motorcycle accident.

Update of May 11, 2022: While James Cameron is again in the heart of the news, with the release of the first trailer forAvatar 2: The WaterwayCStar is rebroadcasting one of its most popular films: Terminator 2. To wait until 9:05 p.m., here is an anecdote that allows you to see this cult film differently. So try to visualize Billy Idol instead of Robert Patrick in the T-100 costume!

News of August 18, 2017: The T-1000 could have had Billy Idol’s face instead of Robert Patrick’s. This is the revelation made by the actor of Terminator 2 in the pages of HollywoodReporter, while James Cameron’s cult film is about to be released in 3D in cinemas in September. “Billy idol was supposed to do the role of the T-1000, as far as I know. I can tell you that I saw Billy’s photo when I went to see Stan Winston (Editor’s note: great make-up specialist who notably worked on the Terminator franchise) after getting the role. Unfortunately, he had a motorbike accident and broke his leg, so he physically couldn’t do what the role demanded.“. Exit the peroxide blond singer.

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Robert Patrick also recounts the recruitment phase and his meeting with the casting director of Terminator 2 : “My agent had sold me to Mali Finn as a mix between David Bowie and James Dean“, he says, laughing. “So I was trying to create a strong presence while I was with Mali. I had that intense gaze, that she liked“.

He explains that he worked with the team on the movements of the T-1000 “close to an insect” and remembers the screen test with James Cameron himself. And for the purposes of filming, he obviously had to prepare physically: “I trained four times a day” to be up to the task. Robert Patrick also had to learn to run like mad without ever showing any sign of exhaustion: “JI did it like a sprinter would: I had my eyes on the target so that there was no unnecessary expenditure of energy. Once it was done, I clenched my jaw, not breathing through my mouth, only through my nose, and without any facial expression because the character didn’t have to look like he was trying.“.

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And the actor was so focused and prepared that he even ruined a take by easily catching John Connor, played by Edward Furlong. “For the first supermarket chase scene before I took the truck, I caught up with John! And I was like, ‘What do I do now?’ And James Cameron said, ‘God damn it! How fast can you run?’ I did not know. So they had to increase the speed of John’s motorcycle“.

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