Happy 30th birthday to Terminator 2: Judgment Day! The iconic sequel was originally released on July 3, 1991. Many fans of the franchise have taken to social media today to honor T2, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest sequels ever made. There have been many Terminator movies since the sequel was released, but most fans will agree the follow-ups never managed to match up to James Cameron‘s masterpiece.
In honor of Terminator 2: Judgment Day‘s anniversary, The Ringer recently shared an oral history of the film and revealed some fun behind-the-scenes facts about Cameron’s creative process. In fact, John Connor was created in the most surprising way.
“I remember sitting there once, high on E, writing notes for Terminator, and I was struck by Sting’s song, that ‘I hope the Russians love their children too.’ And I thought, ‘You know what? The idea of a nuclear war is just so antithetical to life itself.’ That’s where the kid came from,” Cameron revealed.
You can check out some fan tweets in honor of Terminator 2: Judgment Day‘s 30th anniversary below…
A supremely clever shot from Terminator 2: that’s not actually a mirror, but a window into another part of the set, where Schwarzenegger is sitting with Linda Hamilton’s twin sister Leslie. pic.twitter.com/0adOb6DuMY
— Nick de Semlyen (@NickdeSemlyen) June 30, 2021
James Cameron’s TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY is 30 years old. Gave us a rad Guns N Roses song, Robert Patrick’s unrelenting baddie, Edward Furlong, pioneering special FX & an iconic, buff heroine (Linda Hamilton!). pic.twitter.com/ACxgY8iM5e
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) July 3, 2021
Happy 30th anniversary to one of the best sequels ever, one of the best summer movie experiences ever, and one of the most important movies ever when it comes to the evolution of special FX. Terminator 2, you rule. pic.twitter.com/Cxukrx37A4
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) July 3, 2021