In the final moments of 1984 movie, The Terminator, Kyle (Beihn) gave his life to protect Sarah (Linda Hamilton) and destroy the horrifying T-800 machine (Arnold Schwarzenegger) that was pursuing them. The direct sequel to The Terminator was 1991 hit movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The film, which was released 30-years ago today on July 1 1991, introduced a teenage version of John (Edward Furlong) and a good version of Arnold’s Terminator.
Sarah spent a lot of the film lost, as she was drugged and placed in a mental institute for “rehabilitation”.
An axed scene would have given her more of a rounded arc, however, as a moment with former lover and father to her child, Kyle, was originally scripted and shot.
The scene in question came in the form of a dream/nightmare sequence experienced by Sarah.
At the time, Sarah is in the Pescadero State Hospital where she was being held for her mental wellbeing.
Sarah has a vision of Kyle where he explains that Skynet is still coming for her bloodline, meaning John is now the target.
He adds that the future is not yet set in stone and she needs to escape her prison to save her son.
Kyle pushes the character to keep fighting and to never give up, despite the drugs inside her and the bars on her windows.
Sarah is then led outside into a haunting nuclear holocaust scenario – similar to that of the one she experiences later on in the child’s playground.
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James told The Ringer: “I remember sitting there once, high on E, writing notes for Terminator.
“And I was struck by Sting’s song, that ‘I hope the Russians love their children too’.
“I thought: ‘You know what? The idea of a nuclear war is just so antithetical to life itself.’”
He added: “That’s where the kid [John] came from.”
Terminator 2 was a smash hit at the box office, making a staggering $520 million on just $102 million budget.
It was also a critical success, receiving multiple five-star ratings, as well as a number of Academy Awards.
In 1992, at the 64th Academy Awards, Terminator 2: Judgement Day won Oscars for Best Makeup, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.