Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals He Fought With James Cameron Over This One Line From the Iconic Film ‘Terminator’

Published 06/08/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Throughout his career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has given the world many iconic characters. His one-liners from many movies became extremely famous as also his identity over the years. One specific line from his iconic movie The Terminator became one of the most quoted lines as well. However, the Austrian actor fought with the scriptwriter of the film to keep the line in the movie.

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If anyone says The Terminator, Schwarzenegger’s picture automatically pops up in people’s minds. The 75-year-old actor has made a huge comeback on Netflix with a documentary and the series FUBAR. In his documentary titled Arnold, the scriptwriter, James Cameron, opened up about a heated feud between him and the actor on the sets of the movie. Insider reported the confession of the writer as he shared the details. There is a famous line from the film, “I’ll be back”. Apparently, Cameron wrote “I’ll come back” but Schwarzenegger didn’t want to say the same.

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During the filming of the scene, the actor didn’t want to say the same to which Cameron adjusted to ask him to say the iconic “I’ll be back”. But even then, he did not agree with Cameron. He even lashed out at Schwarzenegger and said he was the writer, not the Commando actor. Thus, their disagreement ended up in a fight where Cameron said if he did not tell Schwarzenegger how to act, he really should not teach him how to write.

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However, the FUBAR star did not hesitate to admit Cameron was right in the documentary to go with the iconic line that is still so popular even after all these years. Schwarzenegger was not shy to admit his mistake and give credit to Cameron for keeping the line and hail it ‘absolutely right.’ He continued to add that how the infamous line is the most quoted line in the history of motion pictures. Although it became a tremendous hit, why did the actor want to change the line in the first place?

Arnold Schwarzenegger found the line to be ‘funny’

The 1984 sci-fi film sees Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin. He was there to alter the history in order to change the future. Considering the character, the former governor of California thought “I’ll be back” sounded funnier. As he wanted something that sounded more machine-like to fit with his character like “I will be back”.

However, Cameron did not feel the significant need to change the line because he thought it did not even have that much impact overall. Nevertheless, even after all these years, the line “I’ll be back” has its charm. So, as Schwarzenegger himself admitted, Cameron was right to stick to his decision.

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Nevertheless, the 1984 film surely made history with its box office collection of $78 million against a budget of $6.4 million. Along with the lead actor, who wasn’t the first choice even, Cameron was surprised when critics and the audience loved it.

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His fans are still crazy over this line and frequently ask him to say it as well. The documentary Arnold is streaming on Netflix.

Tell us your favorite one-liner by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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