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O.J. Simpson almost played the Terminator

O. J. Simpson as the Terminator?

In EW’s oral history of the 1984 sci-fi classic, director James Cameron recalls his reaction when Orion Pictures proposed the retired NFL superstar as the lethal killing machine from the future. “[Orion chief Mike] Medavoy came to me and [producer Gale Anne Hurd] and he said, ‘Are you sitting down? You must sit down. I want O.J. Simpson for the Terminator. Gale and I just looked at each other and thought, ‘You’ve got to be f- - -ing kidding me. How do we get out of this?” READ FULL STORY

'The Terminator' at 30: An oral history

Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades.”

The movie launched the career of James Cameron, who went on to direct the top two box-office earners of all time, Avatar and Titanic. It also boosted Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose monotone delivery and muscle-bound swagger made a cyborg assassin the height of cool. The actor, now filming next summer’s Terminator: Genesis in New Orleans, took a break to reminisce about his most indelible role. Settling for a landline call after four failed attempts to FaceTime—the former California governor’s favorite mode of communication—Schwarzenegger quipped, “Obviously we need James Cameron to provide the technology to link us.” His Terminator comrades also shared their memories via phone—just like it was 1984 again. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor in 'Terminator' reboot

Emilia Clarke will be trading in her dragons and handmaidens for a boy tank and some guns. The Game of Thrones actress has signed on to star in Paramount’s Terminator reboot to play the part of Sarah Connor. EW confirmed the casting Friday.

Director Alan Taylor, who helmed Thor: The Dark World, had reportedly met with Short Term 12′s Brie Larson and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie for the part as well, but Khalessi won out in the end. Deadline first reported the news.

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