Actor Edward Furlong is best known for starring in James Cameron’s 1991 science fiction blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day as teenager John Connor, the human resistance leader-in-training who teams up with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time-traveling cyborg. But Furlong almost did’t get the part as a new documentary, T2: Reprogramming the Terminator, reveals.
“Eddie was found by [T2 casting director] Mali Finn,” says Cameron in a just-released clip from the doc. “He didn’t come in through an agency, he’d never been in anything, she literally just went out to find raw untried talent.”
“I was in a place called the Pasadena Boys Club,” recalls Furlong. “She says, ‘Can I have you come and audition for a movie? I can’t tell you what it is, but take my number down, and call me.’ The first time I auditioned I had no script, because I was just supposed to be yelling at Mali, because she was like, my mom… Second audition, not so good. [James Cameron] told me, like, I didn’t do so well on that… She came over to my house and she said, Jim almost wrote you off the list, but you’re gonna get another chance. And I took it very seriously and I just went b—s to the wall. After I did my last audition, Jim, he was like, ‘Don’t tell anybody this, but you got the movie’ — and that was awesome.”
T2: Reprogramming the Terminator is a bonus extra included on a new Blu-ray and digital HD release of Cameron’s groundbreaking blockbuster, out Dec. 26. Terminator 2: Judgment Day will also be available to buy in 4K Ultra HD for the first time from that date. Other bonus features include a pair of commentaries, a featurette called The Making of T2, and two deleted scenes.
Watch that clip with Furlong and Cameron, above.