Did you know that in a cut scene from “Terminator 2”, the T-800 played by Schwarzenegger gave a small smile? Return on an unprecedented moment of complicity between the robot and John Connor.
“Hasta la vista, baby!” “No problemo!” “Stay cool, m **** bag!”
In Terminator 2, best opus of the saga directed by James Cameron in 1991, many are the scenes which present us a true complicity between the young John Connor and the ruthless robot played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Beneath its impassive and unperturbed airs inherent in its nature as a killer machine, it would indeed seem that the T-800 is finally able to experience some form of emotion.
Evidenced by, for example, his thumbs up in the air when he sacrifices himself at the end. But also a new sequence, absent from the classic version of the film, which can nevertheless be found in certain special editions. As we can read in the script of the film, relayed by the site Hope Of The Future, the scene in question occurs when John and the T-800 refuel with weapons and ammunition from their hideout.
As they manipulate huge Vietnam War cannons, the future resistance leader asks the Terminator if he is capable of feeling fear, or any other emotion. The robot tells him no, and that he is only concerned about the success of his mission. Yet, as he grabs a machine gun, he can be seen sketching a smile.
Deemed to be incidental to the film’s plot, the footage was ultimately not kept, but echoed another cut scene, in which John could be seen teaching the Terminator to smile, after instilling some of his favorite expressions into him.
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