CHIBA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 24:  A general view of T- 1000 Costume (Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. Model) from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Carolco, 1991) is displayed during the press preview for Tokyo Comic Con 2022 at Makuhari Messe on November 24, 2022 in Chiba, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Broke His Own Sequel Rule To
Star In Terminator 2
As recently as 2015, Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed distaste for sequels, blaming studio greed for not hiring “the right cast, or the right director.” Fortunately, none of that was the case with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” as James Cameron was given all the money he needed, and Arnold willingly went against his aversion to sequels so he could reprise his role as the titular cyborg.
Schwarzenegger’s distaste for sequels is longstanding, as in a 1987 interview, he said, "We are putting together a second 'Terminator,' a sequel to that, which should be as good if not better than the first one. But usually I stay away from sequels because I don't want to really be known for building and making my career with sequels just to play it safe.”
While Schwarzenegger was trying to avoid sequels in the '80s, the prospect of working with Cameron again was too much to resist. He praised Cameron’s script, stating, "To come up with this idea to make the Terminator become a protector that hangs out with this kid… Here's Terminator all of a sudden not the killing machine, but a protector, what an interesting spin."