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Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to change Terminator 'I'll be back' line

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed that he clashed with Terminator director James Cameron over the movie's iconic "I'll be back" line.

The former politician admitted in his new memoir that he fought to change the dialogue due to concerns about how it sounded in his Austrian accent, Yahoo! reports.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'The Terminator'
James Cameron

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"Our biggest disagreement was about 'I'll be back'," said Schwarzenegger. "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, OK? 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."

Schwarzenegger has used variations of the catchphrase in several movies since the 1984 sci-fi classic, most recently in The Expendables 2.

Watch a trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography below:

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