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Terminator 2 with Wine at The Mockingbird

Thanks to everyone that joined us for Terminator 2 with Wine.

You'll be delighted to know we managed to get back through the portal safely and into the battle, fighting for your future against Cyberdyne and the machines, thanks to your ticket money.

As promised, here are all the wines selected by our T801 Sommelier Model Terminator, a run down on all the trivia and our gallery from the evening below.

Hasta Winelista Baby

Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa - Majestic £16.99 (or £14.99 as part of a mixed case of six)

This Brut Rosé is made using the same laborious method as Champagne. But because it's from South Africa, you pay a fraction of the price. Elegant. Fruity. Fresh. Expect creamy red-fruit aromas, a rich mousse and a brioche-laden finish.

Alasia Gavi, Piemonte, Italy - online £11.50

Aromas of citrus fruit and white flower with a touch of white spice. The palate has more citrus characters with hints of orchard and stone fruits. Crisp, refreshing acidity balances underlying minerality.

Blueprint German Dry Riesling - Waitrose £8.49

This dry, elegant Riesling is made from specially selected grapes from the steepest slopes of the higher Mosel valley

Johann Wolf Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), Pfalz, Germany - Waitrose £10.99

This Pinot Noir has bright juicy cherry fruit flavours and is aged in barriques to give smoky depth and fine tannins. An excellent, approachable red wine.

Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy - Waitrose £10.99

Nero meaning black, d'Avola - from the town of Avola in South East Sicily.

Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola is one of Italy’s appassimento, or dried grape, wines made from older vines. 20% of the grapes are picked up to two weeks early and dried while the rest of the grapes are harvested. These dried grapes are reunited with the freshly harvested grapes at the time of pressing.

Resistance Gallery

Terminator 2 Data Files

First movie to break $300M in US box office and the only Terminator movie nominated for an Oscar, winning four from six.

The original Terminator in 1984 scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, T2 91%, T3 70%, Salvation 33%, Genysis 26% and Dark Fate 2019 70%.

Adjusted for inflation, T2 is the top grossing R Rated action movie ever produced, taking just four days at the box office to eclipse the original movie.

Given Arnold Schwarzenegger's US $15 million salary, and his total of seven hundred words of dialogue, he was paid $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716.

When the project was first announced in late 1984, the projected budget was $12 million. The final budget was $94 million. Despite initial studio concerns that the movie might be unable to recoup its costs, due to lucrative distribution deals, the film had already earned back its budget before it played on a single screen.

Production took long enough that Edward Furlong's growth caused the production team to have to make certain adjustments during the shoot. He is noticeably younger in the desert scene than in other scenes. His voice began to break and had to be pitch adjusted in post-production. He had also grown quite tall over the months that, for one scene shot late in the production schedule, he had to stand in a hole in the ground in order to maintain continuity in height difference with Linda Hamilton.

Edward Furlong immediately got along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the young actor had grown up without a father figure, and Schwarzenegger could fill that role both in front and behind the camera. Linda Hamilton joked that she experienced excruciating moments when she was forced to listen as Schwarzenegger gave Furlong advice about women, and stated that they did so well together because they were "emotionally the same age".

For the Los Angeles River sequence, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in pain because he could not wear a glove while cocking the gun, so his fingers would get stuck in the mechanism. He tore the skin from his fingers and hand many times before he mastered it, and he frequently hit Edward Furlong with the gun while doing it, one time almost knocking the young actor out. He had to achieve all this while trying to act and control a Harley at the same time as James Cameron told him where to look. He could not dart his eyes either because it would have ruined the shot. Shooting the gates also took weeks of practice because he had to also "act cool" while doing it.

A female passer-by wandered onto the biker bar set thinking it was real, despite walking past all the location trucks, cameras and lights. Seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger standing in the bar dressed only in boxer shorts, she finally asked what was going on, only for Schwarzenegger to reply that it was male stripper night. Whether it was a coincidence or not, in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), the Terminator (played again by Schwarzenegger) actually steps into a bar during male stripper night.

An alternate ending was filmed, which showed an elderly Sarah sitting at the park, telling the story about the Terminator, watching John playing with his daughter, and tying her granddaughter's shoes. It also showed John Connor working as a Congressman. Director James Cameron decided not to use this ending, and replaced it with the "unknown road" ending.

Director James Cameron asked Stan Winston to direct a teaser trailer. Cameron did not want the trailer to just be early footage, and so with a budget of $150,000, Winston created a trailer that showed a futuristic assembly line churning out copies of Terminators, all of which looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron was pleased with this trailer, as he had fears about audience reactions to trailers showing Schwarzenegger returning as a Terminator (after the Terminator in the first film was clearly destroyed). The teaser ran over a year in advance of T2's release and was shown before another Schwarzenegger hit film, Total Recall (1990).

Linda Hamilton turned down a part in another movie after hearing a simple outline of the plot by James Cameron. Her only condition was that Sarah Connor's character should have evolved, no longer being a meek and feeble waitress; she wanted to "be crazy".

The liquid-metal T-1000 was actually intended for the first film: Skynet was supposed to send the liquid killer as soon as it learned that their first assassin, the T-800 played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, had failed its mission. Even Skynet was reluctant to send the T-1000, as it was experimental and could potentially cause more harm to the timeline than good. James Cameron briefly considered clay-animation in dark surroundings for the shape-shifting effects, but quickly realized that it could not be done, due to budget constraints and the limits of technology at the time. After finishing The Abyss (1989), Cameron felt that computer-generated special effects had become advanced enough to animate the T-1000. Still, it was a major gamble, as the T-1000 was integral to the story and much of the visual effects software had to be created from scratch.

Linda Hamilton received weapons training from former Israeli commando Uzi Gal and personal physical training from Anthony Cortés for three hours a day, six days a week for thirteen weeks before filming. Under both, she trained intensely with weapons and weights, and learned judo and heavy military training techniques. She had to maintain a demanding non-fat diet, even during filming, and lost twelve pounds. After training, she was able to impress director James Cameron by hitting every mark with a machine gun on a shooting range despite having no weapon experience beforehand, and she got a special compliment from Arnold Schwarzenegger (a former bodybuilder) on the first day of filming for her ripped physique. Because of this punishing regimen, she declined to reprise her role for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Ironically, her identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was only required to "hit the gym" for a few hours a week, and the difference is noticeable in the two scenes in which they appear together.

James Cameron and Linda Hamilton got into a relationship during the making of the movie, while Cameron was still divorcing Kathryn Bigelow. They married in 1997, but divorced 2 years later after Cameron had started an affair with Suzy Amis, another actress he had met on a set (of Titanic (1997)). Hamilton would later name her bipolar disorder as one of the reasons why they had grown apart. They remained on good terms though, with Hamilton returning to the franchise in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) which was produced by Cameron.

Denzel Washington turned down the role of Miles Bennett Dyson - "No offense to Jim Cameron, but when I read the script, I thought: All he does is look scared and sweat. I had to pass."

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Goodbye from John, T:0NY and the Wine Events Co Crew


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