Arnold Schwarzenegger was on Reddit last week and someone asked him about his classic actioner Commando and if he knew it was hilarious (in a great way) at the time of filming. Arnie retorted with a great story about a scene he wanted in the movie which sadly never made it into the final cut.
As soon as I carried a thousand pound log with one arm I knew it was funny. But let me share the scenes you didn’t see that I tried to get in.
I wanted to cut off a guy’s arm and kill him with it. This wasn’t in the script. He would throw a knife at me and after he missed, while his arm was still extended, I chop it off at the shoulder with a machete and beat him to death with it. Needless to say, I was asked by the head of the studio, Larry Gordon to come to his office. And he said “what the fuck is the matter with you? Do you want to make money with this movie or an x-rated movie?”
I said “you’re right” and he said “get the fuck out of my office.”
He does cut someone’s arm off but he didn’t him to death with it; didn’t they do that in Deadly Prey? God, I miss the days of those Arnie blockbusters.