Arnold Schwarzenegger's words -- We calculate how much the actor got paid, per word, for ''Terminator 2''

By Andrea King
July 19, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

What are 700 words worth? In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s case, about a whopping $21,429 per word. Given his $15 million paycheck from Carolco Pictures for Terminator 2, Schwarzenegger pocketed $85,716 for mouthing ”Hasta la vista, baby.” A few other instances: ”Go” ($21,429); ”I insist” ($42,858); ”I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle” ($192,861); and the now famous ”Stay here; I’ll be back” ($107,145).

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