Terminator is still widely regarded as one of the best action movies of all time, but there are a few small plot holes in the movie. Specifically, we are left wondering how Cyberdyne Systems came to be in possession of the microchip that is placed inside Terminators.
A deleted scene would have given that away, essentially showing Terminator 101 to be the “father” of Skynet, in the same way that Kyle Reese is the father of John Connor. The film’s producer, Gale Ann Hurd, explained why the scene was not included in the final cut.
“Terminator financier John Daly of Hemdale Films had a production deal with Orion Pictures, but hadn’t been successful yet (that changed with our movie and Platoon). They insisted we use financier friends instead of actors on this one.” scene, which ruined it for us,” Hurd wrote.
“They were paid as actors, through the TaftHartley law. I think he insisted they appear in the film because the financiers had been promised a return on their investment and hadn’t received it yet.” Daly never thought the movie would be a hit.”
So, as usual, a movie scene was ruined by people trying to finance it. It’s not an unusual story in Hollywood, but it’s still interesting that no one thought Terminator would be the hit we all know it to be.