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What If Terminator 3 Had Cast Vin Diesel As The T-X?

What If Terminator 3 Had Cast Vin Diesel As The T-X?
Vin Diesel was seriously considered for the role of the central Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines villain, the T-X, and this casting would have reshaped both the actor’s career and the future of the franchise. The history of cinema is filled with near-misses that could have changed entire franchises and redefined the careers of their creators. For example, before Johnny Depp made the character an instant icon, Matthew McConnaughey almost played Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

However, the Terminator franchise is particularly famous for its many rejected, unrealized, or scrapped plans. As proven by the fact that the Terminator franchise has rebooted its timeline four times now, the series is not afraid to toy with the expectations of viewers. However, this can sometimes be a problem for the Terminator movies, with each new Terminator movie feeling like it belongs to a separate series.

This issue began in earnest with the arrival of 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a belated sequel that immediately upset fans by unceremoniously killing Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor offscreen. While the viewers’ discontent was perhaps somewhat unwarranted, considering that two versions of Sarah Connor appeared in later movies (one played by Hamilton and one not), this was only the beginning of the problems with the messy plot of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

The sequel also made Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-850 a goofier, more comedic presence (complete with infamous disco shades), and introduced the first divisive villain of the franchise, the T-X. Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s T-1000 was always going to be a hard act to follow. Despite Kristanna Loken’s best efforts, the T-X failed to make a mark as an unforgettable franchise villain. However, after the success of The Fast & the Furious, there were discussions about making the T-X a male character, so that Vin Diesel could take on the role.

How Vin Diesel Almost Played The T-X

Before over 10,000 women auditioned to play the T-X, there were talks about making the villain another male Terminator model to capitalize on Vin Diesel’s emerging stardom. The actor had an undeniably impressive blockbuster streak from 2000-2001 and his work in Pitch Black and The Fast & The Furious convinced the Terminator franchise producers that he could be a worthy opponent for Schwarzenegger. While Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines eventually went with Loken and a female T-X after all, it is tough to tell which of these options was the right call and whether Diesel playing the T-X could have improved the lukewarm reception of the sequel.

How Vin Diesel Would Have Changed The T-X

There is a good chance that the already middling reception of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines would have been even worse with Diesel in the role of the T-X. While he has proven himself to be a talented comedic performer too, Diesel is primarily seen as a taciturn, stoic action lead a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. As a result, Diesel’s version of the T-X could have felt too similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s original Terminator. This was exactly why the producers sought out a lithe, more diminutive star like Robert Patrick to redefine what a Terminator could look like in the first sequel, and was why Cameron’s idea of a female Terminator model was such an intriguing one for the second sequel.

How Diesel’s Casting Could Have Effected Terminator 3’s Tone

That said, while Diesel and Schwarzenegger’s screen personae could have clashed due to their similarities, the awkward tone of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines might have been salvaged by Diesel’s casting. This could have resulted in the R-rated action movie about the end of the world taking itself a little more seriously, since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines appeared to take Loken’s casting as an opportunity to adopt a jarringly broad, cartoony tone. Although the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines cut scenes indicate that earlier drafts of the sequel were more self-serious, (through no fault of Loken’s) the choice to make the T-X a female villain resulted in corny gags, like her inflating her breasts to get out of an interaction with a police officer. This was the sort of broad, tension-deflating humor that the original darker Terminator movies didn’t indulge in, and the sort of joke that Diesel-led iteration of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines may have been less likely to attempt.

How Terminator 3 Would Have Affected Vin Diesel’s Career

While starring in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines would likely have had a net negative impact on Diesel’s career due to the above-mentioned similarities between him and Schwarzenegger, this would not have necessarily spelled disaster for Diesel’s future. While director Tim Miller’s later, darker Terminator reboot Dark Fate was relatively well-reviewed but failed to win over viewers, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines didn’t do as well with critics as the earlier outings had, though the sequel did succeed at the box office. Diesel had a few critical flops around the same time (such as The Chronicles of Riddick and The Pacifier), but he has never been a critical darling before or since and these poorly-reviewed outings didn’t adversely affect his popularity with audiences.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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