MICHAEL BIEHN REFLECTS BACK ON ‘THE TERMINATOR’ AS HE PREPARES FOR ‘ALIENS’ TRIBUTE

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss, Tombstone) is returning to his childhood state of Nebraska on Friday night May 24th, for a screening of James Cameron’s Aliens, in which he starred as Corporal Hicks alongside Sigourney Weaver.   Film historian Bruce Crawford is presenting the film in Omaha at Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall as a benefit to raise money for the Nebraska Kidney Foundation.  It will be Biehn’sfirst visit back to the state since he moved from Lincoln when he was fourteen.

Biehn appeared on KGOR’s Mornings with Montez and Shari Show to promote the event and shared stories of making The Terminator  with director James Cameron, a relationship which led to his role in Aliens a few years later.  

“People ask me all the time if I knew The Terminator was going to be a hit.  Actually, it had everything going against it,” Biehnsaid.  “My agent called and said they were going to send over a script called The Terminator.  I asked who was directing and they said Jim Cameron.  I said ‘Who’s Jim Cameron?’ and they said he works with Roger Corman alot, who was known at the time as the King of the B and C movies, and that Jim was the director of Pirahna 2 but had been fired.  I asked who was producing and they said Gale Anne Hurd and I said ‘Who’s Gale Anne Hurd?’and was told that she works with Roger Cormanalot too.  I’m thinking this is not sounding good.  I asked if there were any actors attached to it and was told Arnold Schwarzenegger.  At the time he was nobody.  He was Mr. Universe and he had done Conan the Barbarian.   I asked what it was about.  I was told it was about a man from the future who fights against the machines who have taken over, who then comes back in time to fight a Terminator who is chasing a woman who works at Bob’s Big Boy.  Anybody who tells you that they read that script and told you that they thought it was going to be a hit—it’s just not true.”

Michael Biehn in The Terminator

Biehn ultimately decided to take the part.  “I looked at the character of Kyle Reese and thought I could play it and not get too hurt if the movie was silly.   He was so tough and at the same time he had this heart of gold and there was a nice love story.  I thought if they could pull this off there might be something.

Schwarzenegger’s option for the Conan sequel Conan the Destroyer got picked up which led to a 3-month delay on production of The Terminator.  Biehn got to spend those three months with James Cameron and special effects wizard (and Terminator designer) Stan Winston.  “Once I got down to the studio and I saw how passionate Jim was and I got to see all of the designs—from that point on I knew the film wasn’t going to be an embarrassing as I thought it would be.”

When the film was finally released in 1984, it did respectable box office business, earning around $40 million on a $6.5 million budget.   But it was not in the Top 20 box office hits of the year.   Biehn said he thinks most people discovered it on VHS.  

Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton in The Terminator

Biehn believes that it was the critical and commercial success of Aliens in 1986, and its seven Academy Award nominations,which led people to look back at The Terminator in a different light. “It got pretty negative reviews when it came out.  Siskeland Ebert gave it two thumbs down.  Now if you look on Rotten Tomatoes, it has 100% positive reviews.” 

What was the highlight of making for him?  “Doing the love scene with Linda Hamilton,” Biehn laughed.  “Actually I think that’s one of the reasons the film works so well—it’s got a beautiful love story.  You don’t often see that in an action movie.”

Meet me tomorrow at Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con with Taboo

Am SOOO excited to see Taboo’s collection of geekiness tomorrow! What’s on your must see list for Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con this weekend at the convention center?????

TOMORROW IS Stan Lee’s L.A Comic Con!
We have an amazing show and want YOU to have an awesome time!
But first…some last minute additions!
LET’S GET IT STARTED!

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is coming to LA Comic Con! Taboo will be bringing the debut of Taboo’s Toy Museum, a collection of valuable and collectible toys from the 70’s and 80’s. Come say hi and take a peek at highlights from his own personal collection!

THEY’LL BE AT L.A. COMIC CON… Mostly!

We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance HenriksenMichael BiehnJenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.

 THINK YOU CAN CREATE A TV SHOW?

Our friends at Legion M will be on hand all weekend, taking elevator pitches — the best one could be made into a real television series! Bring your best ideas and pitch it…but you only have the length of an elevator ride to do it!

 THINK YOU SHOULD BE ON A TV SHOW?

Think you have a rare collectible? Want to find out what you’ve got? Then bring it on Sunday to the SyFy Con Stars booth, and maybe you can make it on to the show…and discover what you’ve really got!
IMPORTANT SHOW INFORMATION!

Pick up your badge early! A ticket gets you a badge, a badge gets you in the door!  We are working hard to make sure we can process tickets as fast as possible, but you can never go wrong with arriving early! You can pick up your badge any time during badge redemption hours.

  • Friday badge redemption starts at 9am, and the show opens at 5pmFriday is shopping only. This is the best time to get your shopping done and grab your exclusives! You should also check out Club Comic Con if you are 21 and older with DJ RUFIO (Yes, from Hook, in his costume)! You can get your tickets HERE.
  • Saturday Badge redemption starts at 7am. Show doors open at 9am and the show goes until 6pm. Don’t forget all Saturday and 3-day badge holders who are 18+ get in to our Cosplay Ball at Club Novo at LA Live after the show! So come convention all day and party all night!
  • Sunday Badge redemption starts at 9am. Show doors opens at 10am and goes till 4pm. The Ultimate Kids Trick-or-Treat will start at 1:30pm. All exhibitors in booths will have candy and fun stuff to give out to the kids! The Kid’s Costume Contest, sponsored by Disney’s MOANA, starts at 12:30 pm on the Hot Topic Main Stage. Any child 12 and under can enter, sign up is at 11:00to the right of the Main Stage. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

Read our Survival Guide HERE. The Survival guide is your key to all the info on Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con. Serisously read it and thank us later.

Grab a progam guide! We have free program guides avaliable in the Lobby of South Hall with cover art by Camilla De’Errico. Have her sign it at A26. Program guides have floor plan and panel info. However some changes and new additions have been made so Download the ALLCal app for all the updates or see our website as well.

Autograph and Photograph Schedule! Get prices and signing/photo schedule for all our guests HERE. We try to get prices for everyone but if their price isn’t listed just go to their booth or table for price info

Panels! We have some MIND blowing panels this year!  Plan your show and check for any updates or new additions HERE

PARKING! LA Convention Center has a lot of parking and there is PLENTY of other lots close by as well. We always suggest carpooling with friends to avoid parking fees. If you can take the TRAIN, The PICO stop off the EXPO and BLUE LINE stops RIGHT across the street from the LACC and it’s super cheap.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUNDAY ATTENDEES! Sunday morning is also the LOS ANGELES ROCK N’ ROLL MARATHON in Downtown L.A. Street closures and detours will be in effect — plan accordingly, and come early!