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Who was the early choice to play the role of the Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Lovers and fans of the Box Office record breaking Terminator franchise have always been asking one question over and over again. Who was the early choice to play the role of the Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger?

According to the film director James Cameron, O. J. Simpson was almost cast as the Terminator in his cult classic sci-fi film.

The 63-year-old director launched the acclaimed franchise in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger cast in the iconic role as the killer T-800 cybernetic android sent from the future to murder Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a part he has reprised numerous times and is famous for the “I’ll be back” catchphrase.

Who was the early choice to play the role of the Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger?

O.J. Simpson was originally cast for the role as the Terminator. Simpson was apparently so involved with the original script that James Cameron even drew concept art for the title character modelled after his appearance.

Ultimately, James Cameron decided he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.

Cameron laughed when considering the irony. “We might have reconsidered after he had killed his wife.”

Cameron went onto to direct some of the biggest blockbusters ever made and Schwarzenegger became the greatest action star of a generation before becoming governor of California.

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