Iconic “Terminator 2” Locations w/ the T-1000, Robert Patrick | On Location with Josh Horowitz

Iconic “Terminator 2” Locations w/ the T-1000, Robert Patrick | On Location with Josh Horowitz

(upbeat music) – I was the evil cyborg Terminator. It’s the ultimate badass. James Cameron’s a visionary
and he was just going, “You know, we’re making
film history here.” Could you get it, ’cause
that hurt my balls? Wow, look at that, there he goes. (upbeat music)
(laughing) It’s the Terminator. (dramatic music)
(computer beeping) Didn’t you once play a
killing machine from the future? (dramatic music)
(computer beeping) I’m gonna take that as a yes. (upbeat music) Elysian Park, a beautiful
spot in Los Angeles, great views of downtown, a
spot for a picnic perhaps. But for Sarah Connor, this is the nightmare
scene of Judgment Day. You may remember this place
drenched in horrific flames in the opening moments of
the 1991 James Cameron film, “Terminator 2, Judgment Day.” It was the highest
grossing film of the year. And the movie that proved that
sequels can top the original. A true nonstop thrill ride, T2 pushed the technological envelope and became an instant classic. And most of it was shot right here. Yes, the end of the world begins in LA. Let’s see where they did
it and go to the map. (dramatic music) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
big entrance in T2 was shot at a biker bar in Lakeview Terrace. Ironically, that bar, The
Corral, is now a library. Not the best spot for
a Terminator to hang. Over at the Santa Monica Place Mall, the T-1000 trailed John Connor
and tangled with the T-800 before embarking on a memorable chase. Some of T2 ventured outside of LA, including Cyberdyne’s
headquarters located in Fremont, outside of San Jose. And of course, there was the big finale at the Kaiser Steel plant. Back then this Fontana,
California location was abandoned. Now it’s the site of
the California Speedway. But it was at the modest
home of John Connor at Canoga Park where the
T-1000’s epic hunt truly began. And that’s where I’m meeting the man behind the liquid metal, Robert Patrick. (dramatic music) Canoga Park, typical suburban
neighborhood in Los Angeles. But I’m here with the man of the hour, the T-1000 himself, Robert Patrick. What’s it like to be back here, man? Gosh, I gotta tell you
what, it’s kinda spooky. (laughs) What do you
remember specifically about shooting the scene where you interact with the parents here? Was this early in the shoot? I remember the drive-up
was pretty crucial. It’s a static shot, low angle. The car drives in with the “to protect
and serve” logo, boom. And then the door swung
open, I get out, look around. (car door closing) Kinda reintroducing me to the audience and then strolled in to
go and knock on the door. (knocking) What was in my mind, Josh,
was making sure that, I wanted to be human but not too human. I wanted to be a little off. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s off. But you can tell in the scene, something is off with this guy. Yeah, something’s odd about this guy. And, what a way to be
introduced to the world as, you know, the evil cyborg
Terminator, you know. I mean it’s the ultimate badass. What do you remember about
the audition for the T-1000? I remember I was a
struggling actor in Hollywood. My wife and I livin’
at the Hollywood Tower. And I remember getting a
call from my agent saying, “They need you to create
this intense presence. “It’s this film, ‘Terminator 2.’ “James Cameron, he’s a visionary. “Are you familiar with the film?” And I said, “Yes.” And they said, “Why don’t
you go into this room “with Steve Quale, who’s the director.” And he shot footage of me doin’ it. And they kept throwing things
at me like, he’s sense-aware. So I started slowing everything down. And I kneeled down and felt the floor and kinda looked around and just, I started making
everything in slow motion. And my instincts were correct. I think at one point I finally
had Steve put the camera behind me and I snapped a look
back at him, real intense. And that kinda startled him. And that, supposedly, is
what made Jim kinda go, “Wow, this guy’s interesting. “He’s got something going on.” When I think of T2, I
think of your performance. But I also think of
some epic action scenes. Oh, yeah. Let’s go see where some
of them were filmed, okay? Oh really, we’re gonna
say goodbye to this house? Yeah, ’cause there’s a
lot more to see, Robert. Yeah, there is a lot more to see. (laughing) You’re right. But let’s just take it in for a second. (upbeat music) Bull Creek Spillway,
San Fernando Valley, what do you think of when
we’re standing here today? This is where my semi-truck
goes right through the wall. [Josh] (laughs) Right. Into the wash, in the
pursuit of John Connor, who we saw the house earlier. Arnold’s got the Harley,
he’s comin’ around here. He comes through. – He’s comin’ right here.
– He comes right through here. Interesting to think about. Yeah, it’s 30 years ago. The pursuit of the T-1000
and then how that related to the vehicle and how do we continue to convey that forward, move it, goin’ on. That was what I was preoccupied with. How do I make that in every frame look like I’m in pursuit of this. Being, even if I’m just sittin’ in a truck, driving, you know. – Well, and even if you’re
probably a little terrified. Because, I mean that’s a
scary stunt to be a part of. You have to look like
you’re hugely confident, you know what you’re doing,
and you have one focus. Yeah, and that’s where you relied a lot on the training that I
went through with Uzi Gal, the training that I had. I mean, he really convinced
me that I was the T-1000 and I was capable of doing anything and everything that was expected of me. So Jim would say, “You know, I gotta get
shots of you runnin’.” I’d, “Yes, sir.” “I need you to go over
there in front of the fire.” “Yes, sir.” I went in, the first time
I went into the fire scene I went in there too far. Well let’s talk about, so are you talking about
the fire scene here? Here. So, yeah, so there’s
the end of the sequence is you coming out of the fire. [Robert] The truck wrecking, right. Then it ignites.
Ignites, mm hm. So you think I’m dead. And then he’s standin’ there
with the gun, sittin’ on the– [Josh] Tire rolls out. Harley Fat Boy, the tire rolls out. I remember sitting on the side of here and Jim saying to me, ’cause
I was hugely frustrated, trying to deliver the walkout. Because it was hard, it was me trying to match me trying to understand what they
were trying to convey, the computer was doing with the software, step-for-step, look-for-look. [Josh] Right and this is
all new at the time, so yeah. And you’re going like, you know, how the fuck do I do this? (laughing) And they don’t know and I don’t know. And I remember Jim and
I sittin’ over there. And he was just goin’, “It’s all right, “you know we’re makin’ film history here?” [Josh] (laughs) He knew. I knew it was gonna be a big movie. But did I know it was
gonna be as big as it is? And the answer’s no. I didn’t realize just
how special a film it is. (upbeat music) So the truck was there
and it came in there. None of these were here. And went right through here, right up that sidewalk,
right through here. And right about here’s where
it went right through, boom. So look at how high that is. [Josh] That’s amazing. You know, and it just
endo, right in there. One of the scenes I wanna talk about is when you and Arnold face
off for the first time at the Galleria. Oh my God. Because up until then, we don’t know what you’re capable of. And suddenly we see that this
guy can push Arnold around. Big secret. (laughing) And it was
a big secret to Arnold. (laughing) He, I remember that day, I
think he went to Jim and said, “I wanna pick Robert up. “You know, I wanna pick the T-1000 up “and throw him around a little bit.” (laughing) And I think Jim said,
“No, you don’t get it. “He’s much more dense than you are. “You can’t do that.” If I remember correctly he
was kinda trying to process why he couldn’t do it. (laughing) But you’re
taking all these bullets. But I’m comin’ around the corner. Well, he’s shootin’ with a shotgun. So I’m takin’ these blasts. So you’ve got that sequence. So every hit where it flowered, I had to remember where it was flowering, how to sell that hit as the
T-1000, not a human being, back to the position, boom, boom, boom. That’s happening and then
the Beretta comes up. And the trick with that
was, is how to not blink. This is what I’m sayin’,
you barely blink at all. Yeah, you can’t blink. (laughing) You’re the T-1000, you can’t blink. That was what Jim was sayin’. You can’t blink, I know. So I had to, you know
train with the weapons guys to get to the point where I
could allow the powder to go in. And we figured out a way that
where if I just stared off into the distance and
locked my stare on an X. And that’s what we used all
the way through the movie. If I was running after
something, there was an X on it. Wherever I was going, there was just something for
me to focus everything there. Yeah for you to focus all
your attention on, yeah. And that sequence worked
really, really great. The clinches and the throws
into the styrofoam wall, hard. You know, Arnold is a very strong guy. [Josh] Of course. Much stronger than I was. But, you know, I was 165 pounds. So he curls that for Christ’s sake. I mean, could he have picked me up and–? Yes, he could have, but
the T-1000, you can’t. We have to talk about the run. Yeah, the run. You have, maybe the most
iconic run, next to Tom Cruise. We worked hard on it. You and Tom Cruise, you got the–. Oh, he took it from me. (laughing) My run was before his run.
This is true. The run is no wasted effort. How do you keep going forward
and make it look effortless? So below the waist is what I said I could have all the motion. And above, I wanted to have my hands ready to turn into weapons. So we had that sort of, you know, have the hands available to become, if you get close enough
(mimics shooting), you know. So that was one of the things about it. One other sequence I have to ask about, the finale at the steel mill. Sure. So you fight with Arnold. I’ve heard that you actually,
you hit Arnold by accident. I did. Was it by accident? Uh-oh. (laughs) Was that confirmed? (laughing) Was it confirmed, Arnold? Do you have a beef with
Arnold, what happened? Did I actually do it
by accident, my friend? I don’t know. Yeah, it was by accident,
I’m just kiddin’. (laughing) It was by accident. How’d he take it? He took it like a man. (laughing) Or a machine. Josh, I’m gonna demonstrate on you. Yeah, please. He had this arm, I
believe, had been mangled. Sure. So this arm was behind him. So now, you’re laying down on your face. And I’ve got this big thing
that I’m wielding this way. And I’ve gotta send it
flatly into the back. So it goes right through, yeah. And there was a mark
that I was supposed to hit. I do it like three or four times. And it was one time while
I did it, I went, “Oh f–.” And in my mind I went, “Oh fuck.” I just really hit his arm and
I had to send it again, right. And he didn’t say anything. He didn’t say, “Cut,”
didn’t flinch or anything. And he just went, “Robert,
that was my real arm.” (laughing) And I went, “Oh f–, this is not good.” (laughing) What do you remember about the summer when T2 came out? It took over, it was a phenomenon, it was the biggest movie of the year. It was unbelievable. And no one can prepare you for that. I remember being down in South Africa, going to see some penguins. And I mean, I’m at the
southernmost part of the world. And I’m thinking there’s
no way in hell, you know. And the guy gave me the tickets, gives me the tickets and he looks at me. And he says, “You’re that guy from the
‘Terminator 2′ movie.” And I went, “I am.” It blows your mind. It’s amazing. Yeah, and it all started right here (laughing) at this little creek. If there’s any doubt in
your amazing acting ability, just look at the guy that
we’re talking to today. Aw, well. There’s a consummate
gentleman with great stories. And the antithesis of the T-1000. Yeah, he was stoic, individual. I’m glad I saw the
real Robert Patrick today and not the T-1000. Well thanks, man. He’s probably less fun to
hang out with, the T-1000. Well yeah, the T-1000’s not
a lot of fun to hang out with. (laughing) He doesn’t do much except stare. No, and what can you do with that? (laughing) (upbeat music) I never saw the T-1000 run up a hill. But if he did, it might
look something like this. (rustling)
(rattling) (laughing) Could you get it, ’cause
that hurt my balls? (upbeat music)

26 thoughts on “Iconic “Terminator 2” Locations w/ the T-1000, Robert Patrick | On Location with Josh Horowitz

  1. Robert looks excellent! Still as study and good looking as he was in the movie. It’s been thirty years for chrissakes! Give the guy a break. His badass character turned on a whole lot of women when that movie came out…hot fantasy material!

  2. I still remember going to see Terminator 2 Judgement Day in the movie theaters on its opening day back in the summer of 1991. The lineup stretched around the block and all the showtimes were sold out. The special effects in T2 were amazing back then, there was nothing else like it at the time. It was the perfect movie, great storyline, cast, visual effects, soundtrack, it had it all. I'll never forget the experience and feeling it left me with seeing it in the movie theaters for the first time.

  3. Nice but you'll just visited 2 locations , you'll should have visited each location & talked about the respective scene in that location but you'll talked about 2 or 3 other scenes in 1 location itself

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