Simpson - Film Bosses Wanted O.j. Simpson For Terminator

Subscribe to Terminator alerts

Disgraced sportsman-turned-movie star O.J. Simpson was movie bosses' first choice to play the Terminator in director James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi blockbuster.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film as part of an Entertainment Weekly feature, executive Mike Medavoy admits he wanted Simpson to front the film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the movie's hero.

Schwarzenegger eventually landed the Terminator role and Michael Biehn was cast as hero Kyle Reese.

Medavoy recalls, "At the time, O.J. Simpson had one of those commercials for Hertz where he jumped over a counter and ran to get a rental car. It was all of that athletic stuff, which I thought the Terminator should have."

But Cameron was far from sold on the idea.

He says, "This was when everybody loved him... He (Simpson) was this likeable, goofy, kind of innocent guy... (but) I wasn't interested in an African-American man chasing around a white girl with a knife."

A decade after the film came out, Simpson's role as a likeable celebrity turned upside down after he was accused of killing his wife and her friend in a jealous rage. Simpson was acquitted of the crime.

He is currently serving time behind bars for his part in an armed raid on a memorabilia dealer's Las Vegas hotel room.


Tags: Terminator - James Cameron

Subscribe to Terminator alerts

More Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Back In Action In 'Terminator: Genisys' [Teaser Trailer]

It's finally here! The trailer for 'Terminator: Genisys' has now been unveiled with Arnold Schwarzenegger as badass as ever, not to mention Sarah Connor, and...

Christian Bale Admits 'Terminator: Salvation' Didn't Work, "I Know the Reasons"

Terminator Salvation was a disaster. We know that, you know that, everyone knows that. In fact, it's a miracle that Warner Brothers managed to pull...


Schwarzenegger Reveals Name Of New Terminator Movie

The upcoming fifth instalment in the Terminator series is to titled ‘Genisys’, according to the franchise’s iconic star Arnold Schwarzenegger.Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reprising his...

Paramount’s Judgement Day: Is Arnie Back As Terminator, Or Is It Hasta La Vista, Baby?

Terminator will be returning in 2015, Paramount announced on Tuesday (26th June 2013), the script is already in the development. Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and...

10 Of Our Favourite Movie Robots

What with Jake Schreier's upcoming movie 'Robot & Frank' scheduled for release in the UK on March 8th 2013 and talks of 'Star Wars: Episode...



Terminator Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Terminator

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All