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What could have been: Schwarzenegger's Predators cameo

Jul. 9, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Just yesterday we ran a poll asking if you thought Arnold Schwarzenegger should've come back for a cameo in PREDATORS. A decisive 70% of you said yes but what you might not know is that Schwarzenegger was approached to return for a cameo. (Producers also thought about having Danny Glover reprise his role from PREDATORS 2 as the Laurence Fishburne character.) It obviously never happened but what were the plans for Schwarzenegger? We did some digging to find out.

Some spoilers might exist here on out. It's for a scene that doesn't exist in the movie so not really but I'm warning just in case...

The cameo would've taken place at the very end of the film and was originally billed as an "alternate ending" (I'm assuming with the hope they could convince Schwarzenegger to come back). The human survivors are sitting bloody and beaten in the jungle. The silence is interrupted by a vibration that grows until it sounds like a freight train is bearing down on them. Once the dust cloud settles a Predator ship is revealed.

The door opens and dozens of Predators file out. The humans are screwed now. There's nowhere to run and even if there was, they don't have the energy for any more fighting. The Predators don't attack but part with two single-file lines on each side of the door. Their leader, with armor covered in "trophies," exits and walks towards them. He slowly removes his helmet to reveal...DUTCH. "Not bad kid...not bad at all." SMASH TO BLACK.

As Rodriguez said recently, the Governor's "erratic schedule" led them to scrap the idea for the cameo but hoped that if this version is a success and they have another PREDATORS movie, he'll be available. In the end, while I think it might've been a cool, little addition, it wasn't necessary and the film works without it. What do you think?

Extra Tidbit: If you look close there's an Alien skull on the Predator planet.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:11PM on 07/12/2010

the governator should...

have made time, that would have been bad ass to the nth degree, just as them putting the arnie face in terminator salvation. oh well what will be will be.
have made time, that would have been bad ass to the nth degree, just as them putting the arnie face in terminator salvation. oh well what will be will be.
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10:41PM on 07/10/2010
A cameo would have rocked my world for a week but I'm not giant on the predator trilogy, what if Ripley from Aliens showed up, did you guys think of that, that'd be a little neat.
A cameo would have rocked my world for a week but I'm not giant on the predator trilogy, what if Ripley from Aliens showed up, did you guys think of that, that'd be a little neat.
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2:13AM on 07/10/2010
I just hope that if they make a new Predator movie, they'll explore the Blood Feud between the two different breeds of Predators that Laurence Fishburne was talking about. And if they can fit an Arnold cameo into that film, I'd be a very happy person.
I just hope that if they make a new Predator movie, they'll explore the Blood Feud between the two different breeds of Predators that Laurence Fishburne was talking about. And if they can fit an Arnold cameo into that film, I'd be a very happy person.
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8:12PM on 07/09/2010
Bad idea. Let Predator and Predators feel like different movies.
Bad idea. Let Predator and Predators feel like different movies.
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3:57PM on 07/09/2010
That's really dumb and a detriment to the Dutch character. They negate all the events of the first film with that ending by having Dutch join forces with the creatures that murdered his team in the first movie. I'm glad that didn't happen.
That's really dumb and a detriment to the Dutch character. They negate all the events of the first film with that ending by having Dutch join forces with the creatures that murdered his team in the first movie. I'm glad that didn't happen.
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3:03PM on 07/09/2010

Please read the books

People, you should really read the Predator books, They have HUMAN Predators, that survived the training, and the hunting, and have become Predators. Where is everyone getting there info that there are no human Predators, read Predator: Flesh and Blood, its good.
People, you should really read the Predator books, They have HUMAN Predators, that survived the training, and the hunting, and have become Predators. Where is everyone getting there info that there are no human Predators, read Predator: Flesh and Blood, its good.
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9:01AM on 07/11/2010
Seriously? Is this in the event that Halo novels are out of stock, and my Internet is down and can't read X-Files fan fiction. Honestly, if people are going to strap on Spock ears and start preaching canon in regards to predator - it may be time to pull a Jonestown and call it a life.
Seriously? Is this in the event that Halo novels are out of stock, and my Internet is down and can't read X-Files fan fiction. Honestly, if people are going to strap on Spock ears and start preaching canon in regards to predator - it may be time to pull a Jonestown and call it a life.
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2:18PM on 07/09/2010
While a Dutch cameo would have been cool, not like this. While I understand the Preadators have a mutual respect for those who are able to outhunt them, I just could not see them bowing humans. It just doesn't seem logical in that universe. However, it would be cool to see Dutch in a sequel. One can only hope.
While a Dutch cameo would have been cool, not like this. While I understand the Preadators have a mutual respect for those who are able to outhunt them, I just could not see them bowing humans. It just doesn't seem logical in that universe. However, it would be cool to see Dutch in a sequel. One can only hope.
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2:56PM on 07/09/2010
In AVP, they pretty much bowed to Lathem in the end and gave her a spear, so, i'm pretty sure its not out of charater to show respect when its due.
In AVP, they pretty much bowed to Lathem in the end and gave her a spear, so, i'm pretty sure its not out of charater to show respect when its due.
1:25PM on 07/09/2010

dumb

that would've been dumb. It was dumb to have that chick in AVP join the Predators, and this would've been dumb too. They HUNT us, we don't hang out with them. Ugh. ALTHOUGH it would've been awesome to have Danny Glover be the Fishburne character in this movie...that I could get behind.
that would've been dumb. It was dumb to have that chick in AVP join the Predators, and this would've been dumb too. They HUNT us, we don't hang out with them. Ugh. ALTHOUGH it would've been awesome to have Danny Glover be the Fishburne character in this movie...that I could get behind.
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2:57PM on 07/09/2010
You should read the books, there are human Predators along with "real" predators...
You should read the books, there are human Predators along with "real" predators...
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1:12PM on 07/09/2010

I'm happy with just mentioning the previous events.

Having a cameo would be amazing but I dislike forced cameos that ultimately ruin a storyline. I'm glad Arnie didn't cameo in the way mentioned above. Would've been terrible.

There's a difference between watercooler fanboy ideas and kick ass talented logical director/producer ideas. Rodriguez, especially, should know the difference.
Having a cameo would be amazing but I dislike forced cameos that ultimately ruin a storyline. I'm glad Arnie didn't cameo in the way mentioned above. Would've been terrible.

There's a difference between watercooler fanboy ideas and kick ass talented logical director/producer ideas. Rodriguez, especially, should know the difference.
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1:08PM on 07/09/2010

My Idea

I'm not crazy about that particular idea. Why would he be hanging with the Predators? But if they had taken the ship back to Earth I thought it would be cool for a one month later thing and they walk in this room and Arnold is there prepping an attack on the planet with a group of soldiers. I hated the AVP films, but they could have tied the end of AVPR in with this one that way and hopefully got the ball rolling in the right direction.
I'm not crazy about that particular idea. Why would he be hanging with the Predators? But if they had taken the ship back to Earth I thought it would be cool for a one month later thing and they walk in this room and Arnold is there prepping an attack on the planet with a group of soldiers. I hated the AVP films, but they could have tied the end of AVPR in with this one that way and hopefully got the ball rolling in the right direction.
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12:43PM on 07/09/2010

Err, WHAT!!????

I have to agree with the people that Hate this idea!! I'm not a massive Predator geek (although Arnie's film is one of my all-time faves!), but why the f**k would They let Dutch become one of them? Alright, They allowed Danny Glover to stay alive, but that's because he won the battle.. But they didn't say to him
"Hey, y'know what? As you're better than one of us, why don't you hop on our ship, and come be our boss!?"

If they get him back, then have him be 'dropped in', like they were.. That
I have to agree with the people that Hate this idea!! I'm not a massive Predator geek (although Arnie's film is one of my all-time faves!), but why the f**k would They let Dutch become one of them? Alright, They allowed Danny Glover to stay alive, but that's because he won the battle.. But they didn't say to him
"Hey, y'know what? As you're better than one of us, why don't you hop on our ship, and come be our boss!?"

If they get him back, then have him be 'dropped in', like they were.. That would be hella better
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12:21PM on 07/09/2010
It might have been a good scene to have at the end of the credits.
It might have been a good scene to have at the end of the credits.
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12:15PM on 07/09/2010
Oh man that's corny as hell! I'm so glad they didn't go with that. It sounds like the ending to a really bad fan fiction.
Oh man that's corny as hell! I'm so glad they didn't go with that. It sounds like the ending to a really bad fan fiction.
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11:53AM on 07/09/2010

Dumb.

Danny Glover idea as well. Maybe they could've added Jesse Ventura's hat. Or Bill Paxton's golf club.
Danny Glover idea as well. Maybe they could've added Jesse Ventura's hat. Or Bill Paxton's golf club.
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11:29AM on 07/09/2010
Fucking idiotic shit, on a par with a Terminator "becoming" John Connor at the end of 'Salvation'.
Fucking idiotic shit, on a par with a Terminator "becoming" John Connor at the end of 'Salvation'.
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3:07PM on 07/09/2010
I didn't interprete that from the ending, I saw a Terminator give his Human heart to a dying John Connor.
I didn't interprete that from the ending, I saw a Terminator give his Human heart to a dying John Connor.
10:59AM on 07/09/2010
seeing how arnold wasn't in any other predator, not that predator vs alien crap, i am going to have to agree with spraragen88. i would like to see him defeated..lets see that arnold skull hanging somewhere in the movie....hell throw in the terminator skull as well...yeah i said it terminator vs predator
seeing how arnold wasn't in any other predator, not that predator vs alien crap, i am going to have to agree with spraragen88. i would like to see him defeated..lets see that arnold skull hanging somewhere in the movie....hell throw in the terminator skull as well...yeah i said it terminator vs predator
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10:58AM on 07/09/2010

Like I said yesterday...

EDIT: Ah, never mind. Apparently nobody agrees with me.
EDIT: Ah, never mind. Apparently nobody agrees with me.
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10:53AM on 07/09/2010
I would rather see his head as a trophy...
I would rather see his head as a trophy...
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10:49AM on 07/09/2010
Coulda been a neat idea, him and his team taking the fight to the predators all over the universe...not sure how old Arnold would fare though..

Also for the extra tidbit, I was looking for one but I missed it...hopefully screen caps will show up
Coulda been a neat idea, him and his team taking the fight to the predators all over the universe...not sure how old Arnold would fare though..

Also for the extra tidbit, I was looking for one but I missed it...hopefully screen caps will show up
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10:39AM on 07/09/2010
I like the idea of having a cameo by him but that idea sounds a little corny
I like the idea of having a cameo by him but that idea sounds a little corny
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