Arnold Schwarzenegger had the best idea for Commando. The actor dropped the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer on social media this morning, which resulted in an impromptu Q&A with fans. Schwarzenegger has been in the news quite a bit lately with the release of the new Terminator movie on the horizon and his recent attack in South Africa, where an unidentified man snuck up behind Arnold and dropkicked him in the back, though Arnie barely registered it thinking he’d been pushed by the crowd. Video of the incident has since gone viral.
While answering fan questions on social media, Arnold Schwarzenegger was thanked by an audience member and reminded of good deeds he has done over the years. Things took a turn towards some humor when the actor was asked if he knew how hilarious 1985’s Commando was when they were shooting it. Not only did Schwarzenegger answer the question, but he also revealed an idea he had for a scene. He had this to say about the unintended comedy in Commando.
“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 tried to get in. I wanted to cut off a guy’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 at the 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.'”
The arm beating scene would have been pretty over the top and would have probably become the hit of Commando. When asked about a possible one-liner after the beating, one fan suggested, “Thanks for lending me a hand,” to which Arnold replied with, “You’re hired.” It’s nice to see the actor having such a good time and having a good sense of humor about himself and his career.
Commando was a hit at the box office upon its release in 1985. The cult action movie was able to earn over $57.5 million against a $10 million budget and it became the seventh highest grossing R-rated movie of 1985. In addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie also starred Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Vernon Wells, Bill Duke, and Dan Hedaya. The movie enjoyed even greater success when it was released on home video.
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Terminator: Dark Fate is hitting theaters on November 1st, so we can probably expect to see a lot more of Arnold Schwarzenegger as he continues to do press for the highly anticipated sequel. Fans of the Terminator franchise are excited to see him back with Linda Hamilton on the big screen and interested to see what Gabriel Luna’s new Terminator has in store for everybody. You can check out the random AMA with Arnold over at Reddit.