Hall of Fame: T800
Sometimes it takes a robot to show us humans just how inhumane we can be.
Not many characters have had the same arc as the T800. He started out as a real asshole and then grew to be one of the most beloved heroes in action cinema history. It’s hard to imagine after the release of The Terminator back in 1984 that several years later James Cameron would write the masterpiece that we know as Terminator 2: Judgment Day. And it didn’t stop there. The magic may not have been quite there but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines continued to cast the spotlight on the “nice guy” that we met in T2. I think it was pretty obvious to the studio after the poor reception of Terminator Salvation that the movie not only lacked heart, but it lacked the stone cold, badass performance from Arnold Schwarzeneggar that it so dearly needed. With another Terminator film on the horizon, this one bringing our favorite Cyberdyne model 101 back to the action, it’s important for us here at Bulletproof Action to pay our respects to one of the greatest action film characters of all time.
The amount of amazing lines uttered by the T800 over the course of his first three outings is outrageous. From the first “I’ll be back” to the “Hasta la vista, baby” line, the Terminator was probably more quoted in 1991 than when the Borat movie came out. He is the only character to be listed on the American Film Institute’s 100 greatest Heroes and Villains list. Al Pacino is on both but not for the same character. Now, Arnold can add this Hall of Fame addition to his long list of successes.