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How Much Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Paid For Terminator

The Terminator franchise made Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the most famous action stars of all time, but how much was he paid for The Terminator? While the actor was known for films like Conan the Barbarian, he didn’t earn as much money for the first Terminator movie compared to many of his other hit projects. This set a precedent for the rest of his career and how much he would earn per film he starred in.

Prior to becoming to Governor of California in the 2000s, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in many popular films such as Kindergarten Cop, Batman & Robin, and Jingle All the Way. But his highest level of fame began after appearing in James Cameron’s The Terminator, a film in which he portrays a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son John will go on to save mankind from extinction. The sequels go on to show different variations of his character T-800, one who is an antagonist and another who is a hero. The evolution of the T-800 Terminator over the years may have played a part in killing the franchise for now, but it has become one of Schwarzenegger’s most well-known roles throughout his decades-long career.
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Because Arnold Schwarzenegger had little to no line speaking lines in The Terminator, he didn’t earn very much money for his crucial role. Speaking only 17 lines in the entire movie, he was paid only $75,000. This adds up to over $4,400 per word. Adjusted for inflation in 2022, the $75,000 would be just about $214,000 today. What seems like a measly amount for a starring role is true, but Schwarzenegger helped shape the original T-800 as one of the most iconic villains and characters in the 1980s to today. Unsurprisingly, he went on to make significantly more money for the Terminator sequels and in other films.

How Much Was Arnold Schwarzenegger Paid For Terminator’s Sequels

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Compared to The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a large amount of money for Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The first sequel received a larger budget, and a lot of that money went to Schwarzenegger. He reportedly earned $15 million for portraying the heroic T-800, this time speaking far more. For speaking 700 words, he was paid $21,428 for each word he delivered. The amount of money it took to make the film was around $100 million, so his paycheck was about one percent of the entire budget. Terminator 3 saw even larger earnings for the actor, which saw him bring in $30 million amongst an increased budget of nearly $200 million to make the movie. He also earned an extra $5 million due to the film’s profits. Terminator: Dark Fate’s box office problems created issues for future sequels, however. It isn’t publicly known how much Arnold Schwarzenegger made for Terminator Genisys and Dark Fate. Schwarzenegger’s current net worth is upwards of $400 million, and he typically makes $20-30 million per film. Dark Fate’s budget went on to be one of the largest in the franchise. Therefore, he likely earned a similar sum of money to appear in the final films of the Terminator franchise.

Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Didn’t Return For Terminator Salvation

Christian Bale and Sam Worthington in Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation did not see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. At the time of filming in the summer of 2008, the actor had made a brief career change and was serving as the Governor of California. During his time as governor, Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood role was limited to cameos, and he didn’t get back into acting until after his term ended. Christian Bale went on to replace him as the lead actor as an adult John Connor. He also revealed Terminator Salvation was meant to bring change to the films and not rehash storylines. Bale was right about the Terminator franchise because it ultimately did show something unique. The film was relatively successful, but low critical reception and bad reception of the two sequels caused The Terminator franchise to slow down.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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