Joseph Baena was seven years away from being born when his father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and James Cameron teamed up once again in 1991’s Terminator 2. The sci-fi blockbuster went on to be a modern day classic, providing the world with countless iconic action scenes as well as a handful of unforgettable quotes. Arnold, as the lumbering and yet, thoughtful, T-800 cyborg created to butcher the human race said he’d be back, and he did come back — in a bunch of unneeded, poorly received sequels. But, for a few short years, everything was perfect for Terminator and Terminator 2 (as long as you didn’t think of the temporal anomalies).
Now, to celebrate T2‘s 25th anniversary, Joseph Baena, Arnold’s 18-year-old son, plays the T-800 sent back to save John Connor and brutally ignore Budnick from Salute Your Shorts.
Here’s the original, classic scene. Be awed at the tribute.
Baena does a pretty good job being a silent robot. It may not be the most challenging role, considering he shares his father’s T-800 exoskeleton DNA, but you can’t deny that the kid nailed it. The verisimilitude employed by the filmmakers doesn’t hurt either. Almost everything is spot on.
Maybe this can spawn a series of Baby Terminator videos. I’d watch.