Joel Kramer, stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls: “Robert Patrick wasn’t James Cameron’s first pick – Billy Idol was.” When he originally looked at Cameron’s storyboards for Terminator 2, Kramer was taken aback. “I was like, ‘Jim, these storyboards look just like Billy Idol!’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, he was my first pick.’”
In the end, Robert Patrick made an impression on Cameron during auditions as he got the job as one of the most iconic villains of all time. The rest is history. The 1991 film that also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong went on to gross over $500 million worldwide, which adjusted is over $1 billion.
The below Terminator 2 storyboards include some sequences that were too expensive to film, like an extended future war sequence in which we see Skynet’s destruction from the point of view of a wounded soldier.
These storyboards come from 1991’s Terminator 2: The Book Of The Film, which includes the entire movie’s original script illustrated by storyboards and art.