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Bonkers ‘Terminator’ Deleted Scene Shows Arnold Schwarzenegger With a Southern Accent

Bonkers ‘Terminator’ Deleted Scene Shows Arnold Schwarzenegger With a Southern Accent

A painfully misguided attempt at humor nearly derailed the legacy of Terminator, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s accent was at the center of it. Terminator mastermind James Cameron didn’t return for part three of the franchise (directed by Jonathan Mostow), but Schwarzenegger did. In a deleted scene from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, we discover why the T-800 terminators resemble Arnold. However, this scene is beyond painful.

In the sci-fi classic, Schwarzenegger portrays the iconic cyborg assassin. Traveling from 2029 to 1984, his objective is to terminate Sarah Connor, portrayed by Linda Hamilton. Sarah’s unborn child holds the fate of humanity, destined to conquer Skynet, a sinister AI, in a post-apocalyptic era. A soldier named Kyle Reese, portrayed by Michael Biehn, is sent back in time to safeguard Sarah.

Of course, the T-800 ended up being Schwarzenegger’s signature character. He appeared as the cyborg assassin in all six Terminator feature films, anchoring all but 2009’s Terminator SalvationArnold Schwarzenegger headlined 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines not long before becoming Governor of California.

James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong were notably absent in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, released twelve years after the iconic Terminator 2: Judgement Day. However, Schwarzenegger was joined by Claire Danes as well as Nick Stahl portraying John Connor.

While the third installment may not measure up to the brilliance of its predecessors, it’s still a fun ride, something of a B-movie romp.

The Deleted Scene Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains the Origins of the Terminator’s Accent

However, a deleted scene from the film has to be seen to be believed. In the misguided scene, Kate Brewster’s (Dane) father, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Robert Brewster, and other officers watch a video from Cyber Research Systems showcasing their upcoming product line – the “robot soldiers of tomorrow.”

One of these robot soldiers, a humanoid, is revealed as part of Skynet’s design and Cyberdyne’s patent.

The narrator suggests a future where robots replace humans on the battlefield, eliminating the risk to human lives. In the video, Schwarzenegger’s character runs on a treadmill while being observed by scientists. As soon as he speaks, fans are in for a shock.

Arnold’s beaming smile replaces the expected Austrian coolness, and with an exaggerated Foghorn Leghorn accent, he enthusiastically introduces himself, “Hi, I’m Chief Master Sergeant William Candy.”

Notably, it’s not Schwarzenegger himself imitating the accent, but rather a poorly executed dubbing. William Candy expresses gratitude for being selected for the project and proudly presents “the face of the future” – a replica of his own head. “Oh, that’s me!” he exclaims with enthusiasm.

However, that’s not even the kicker of the deleted scene. Later in the footage, an officer expresses uncertainty about the accent. A man in a suit, bearing a striking resemblance to Schwarzenegger, complete with matching haircut, asserts in an Arnold-like voice dub, “We can fix this,” hinting at his voice possibly supplanting William Candy’s comedic tone.

Thankfully, the scene was cut and only lives on as an obscure relic.