Arnold Schwarzenegger says the role of The Terminator was down to him and O.J. Simpson, but no one could see O.J. as a killer.
· Jun 6, 2023 ·

In an interview given for the new Netflix docuseries "Arnold," Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down with "The Terminator" director James Cameron to look back at the iconic film.

In one particularly comical revelation, Cameron revealed that Schwarzenegger's competition for the part was O.J. Simpson.

"I had been told by Mike Medavoy that the movie was all cast. 'I got this all worked out. O.J. Simpson and Arnold Schwarzenegger,'" Cameron recalled. "I said, 'Well, which is which?' Those two names just sounded so wrong to me."

Schwarzenegger then revealed that no one was sold on O.J. playing the part because no one thought he could pull off playing a killer.

"During our conversation, it became clear no one was hooked to O.J. Simpson playing Terminator because he could not be sold as a killing machine," said the actor.

And while Arnold made a pretty good fictional killer, a decade later O.J. was on trial for the murder of his wife Nicole Simpson…a crime he was infamously acquitted of.

I guess the folks at Orion were right; the jury couldn't see O.J. as cold-blooded killer either.

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