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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 14. The Terminator

"I'll be back." The Terminator

Played By: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Film: The Terminator

Why He's On The List: In an act of latent irony so thick that even Alanis could appreciate it, O.J. Simpson turned down the role of the titular cold-blooded, glove-wearing killer robot in James Cameron's cheapo sci-fi, prompting the director to turn to an Austrian bodybuilder. Best move he ever made, for - thanks to a combo of Big Arnie's implacability (he taught himself not to blink when gunfire was going off), that granite-hewn Austrian accent which invested sparse dialogue with a sense of genuine menace and, of course, that physique - he made The Terminator utterly terrifying and convincingly unstoppable. Hard to imagine Cameron being King of the World, or Arnie King of California, otherwise.

Finest Hour: The cop shop massacre, during which Arnie's T-800 shows that he can't be reasoned with or bargained with. He doesn't feel pain, or pity, or remorse.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 14. The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator

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