Arnie wanted to change “I’ll be back” line

Argued with Jim Cameron over it

It has become one of the most iconic catchphrases of all time, quoted and requoted time and again, but according to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new memoir, the Austrian Oak wasn’t initially keen on saying “I’ll be back”.

“Our biggest disagreement was about 'I'll be back'," reveals Schwarzenegger, when asked about working with James Cameron on The Terminator. "I was arguing for 'I will be back'. I felt that the line would sound more machine-like and menacing without the contraction.

“'Let's stick with I'll,' he said. But I wasn't ready to let it go, and we went back and forth. Finally Jim yelled, 'Look, just trust me okay? I don't tell you how to act, and you don't tell me how to write.'

“It sounds really weird when I say it with my accent but he said, 'I don't care, let's just say it ten different ways and then one will work.’ And so that's what we did."

Clearly Arnie has made his peace with the line, since he belts it out at least three times in The Expendables 2alone. Still, a blazing row between movie titans Schwarzenegger and Cameron is something we’d pay good money to see…

What's your favourite Arnie one-liner? Share 'em with us, below!


    • TheShamrock

      Oct 3rd 2012, 11:57

      "Only in a re-run - GO!!"

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 3rd 2012, 12:04

      Get to da choppa !!!!!!!!

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    • Popeofchilitown

      Oct 3rd 2012, 12:09

      "I don't tell you how to act..." James Cameron did direct Terminator, right?

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Oct 3rd 2012, 12:21

      Hey, Christmas tree!

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    • thedanieljson

      Oct 3rd 2012, 13:12

      Yeah the 'I don't tell you how to act' bit doesn't really work as that's sort of EXACTLY what a director does.

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    • SiMan

      Oct 3rd 2012, 13:17

      I thought i read somewhere before that Arnie changed it to 'I'll be Back' form the original line of 'I will come back' ? anyone else ever read that?

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Oct 3rd 2012, 13:31

      I saw that in a doc somewhere. I'm sure he was supposed to say to the cop at the desk "I'll come back" but he changed it to "I'll be back"

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 4th 2012, 3:50

      I did nothing the pavement was his enemy.

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