Arnold Schwarzenegger has been thrust back into the public limelight, thanks to the combination of his new Terminator: Dark Fate trailer, and as the subject of a viral video (more on that below). The renewed interest in the action icon and former governor led to a recent AMA on Reddit, which turned up an interesting piece of movie history trivia!
Fans of Schwarzenegger's 1985 cult-hit action flick Commando will get a kick out of hearing this one: apparently, one scene cut from the movie would've featured Arnold Schwarzenegger beating a bad guy to death with his own arm!
Somehow, the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer posted by Arnold on reddit turned into an AMA and someone asked about Commando.... pic.twitter.com/vetmz06QzA— Mohammed Abdullah (@Mystic_Mile) May 23, 2019
This is what Schwarzenegger shared with fans, after being asked if the team behind Commando knew how funny the film was, while filming it:
Schwarzenegger: "As soon as a carried a thousand pound log with one arm I knew it was funny. But let me share the scenes you didn't see that i tired to get in.
I wanted to cut off a guys's arm and kill him with it. This wasn't in the script. He would throw a knife at me and after he missed, while his arm was still extended, I chop it off a tthe shoulder with a machete and beat him to death with it. Needless to say, I was asked by the head of the studio, Larry Gordon to come to his office. And he said 'what the [f*ck] is the matter with you? DO you want to make money with this movie or an x-rated movie?'
I said 'you're right' and he said 'get the f*ck out of my office.'"
If that isn't good enough for you, this next bit makes this would-be scene of gore and violence even better: When asked what the one-liner for that arm-beating moment would be, Schwarzenegger dropped this gem:
"Thanks for lending me a hand."
What?! That's some classic Schwarzenegger right there, and we were all deprived of it. Criminal.
In all seriousness though: it's almost hilarious to think of a scene like that causing such uproar at a studio back in the 1980s, while John Wick 3 has shot, stabbed, and beaten its way to box office supremacy. What constituted an X-rating back then, is certainly much different now, to say the least.1comments
What do you think of this Commando scene that didn't make it?
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1st.