Schwarzenegger Is The Reason Nine Inch Nails Weren’t In Terminator 2

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During a recent conversation with The Guardian, actor Robert Patrick talked about how he tried to get director James Cameron to include a Nine Inch Nails song in Terminator 2. For those who have not seen the movie, Patrick plays an evil cyborg who ends up battling that of Arnold Schwarzenegger (who was an evil cyborg in the first movie, but is a good guy in the second film).

As he told The Guardian, during the time that Terminator 2 was being made, Patrick’s brother was actually a touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails. Among the band’s songs, one that really stuck with the actor was “Head Like a Hole”; he actually liked the song so much, that he brought the idea of including it in the film to James Cameron. However, Cameron shot the idea down in favor for Arnold’s “preferred” metal band. Here is Patrick providing the details himself:

“When I was making Terminator 2, I used to work out to Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails, because my younger brother, Richard Patrick, was a touring guitarist for them. I took it to Jim Cameron and tried to get him to use it for the soundtrack to Terminator 2, but he said: ‘No. Arnold prefers Guns N’ Roses,’ who went on to record You Could Be Mine, an original song for Terminator 2. It’s ironic because Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails has won a couple of Oscars for his soundtracks now.”

We personally think “Head Like a Hole” would have been a great addition to the film. Something about Nine Inch Nails and action sci-fi just makes perfect sense, you know? If you had to pick between either song – “Head Like a Hole” and “You Could Be Mine” – which one would you pick to feature in the movie? Below are links to other movie related stories you can check out.

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