Supanova Perth 2022: Terminator star Michael Biehn, who played Kyle, says nobody thought Arnie could act

When The Terminator was released in 1984, it wasn’t exactly an instant success.

The reviews were mixed, and the box office return was solid but far from spectacular.

It ended the year in 21st spot on the US box office earnings list, below Revenge of the Nerds and Splash, and very far below the biggest films that year – Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

But the film found new life when it was eventually released on VHS, and quickly rose to cult status, where it remains to this day.

Michael Biehn on stage at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
Camera IconMichael Biehn on stage at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Credit: Ewan Ly

Michael Biehn played the pivotal role of Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future, who was sent back in time to stop a Terminator (arguably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s greatest performance) from killing Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the future baby mumma of the leader of the human resistance in the robot apocalypse.

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