John Connor with soldiers (Terry Crews)
T4 deleted scene
In a MTV interview, director McG was asked about the cameo scene by Terry Crews:
Q: "Over the last few months, we've heard a lot of "Salvation" talk from actor Terry Crews, but he's not in the film. Where'd he go?"
McG: "He's there; he's just got a bullet in his head. He's lying there dead at the top of the [movie]. There was a beat where he interfaced with John Connor, going into the foxhole. It was designed to be a misdirect [with Crews saying] ó "Are you Connor? The John Connor? The one who was supposed to do this, that and the other?" And you would realize, "Wow, Connor is now leading this mission." But ultimately I felt that it was slowing down the opening thrust of the film. That Terry scene will be on the DVD. "
The cameo by Terry Crews.
The official T4 novel mentions this part:
John Connor regarded the lifeless T-600, waiting to make certain it was good and dead. The damn things had a dangerous habit of simulating death and then leaping up to bite you in the ass. This one, though, was good and demised. He lifted his gaze as another Wathog sputtered past overhead, trailing smoke. He did not look around as the weary but determined figure of Captain Jericho approached.
"Are you Connor?"
Grunting something unintelligible, Connor looked up.
"The John Connor?" Even as he addressed the other man, Jericho was kleeping a wary eye on their immediate surroundings. "The guy who, according to plan, was supposed to land his unit on the ridgeline and hump it in?"
Connor's gaze met the captain's.
"The plan was no good."
Jericho looked as though he was about to say something else, but he was interrupted by the arrival of Connor's unit. Spilling out of a nearby chopper, they assembled behind their leader and focused their attention on him.
"Trouble?" The grizzled trooper who spoke shifted his gaze from Connor to the captain.
Connor let his eyes linger a moment longer on Jericho. Over the last several years of fighting, the term "chain of command" had been transformed into an expletive that had more in common with the traditional SNAFU than with actual militairy procedure.
"No, no trouble. Let's go."
Jericho watched Connor's team joined the others in racing to the rim of the gaping breach the first missile had opened in the ground. There was plenty he still wanted to say. Wisely, he said nothing.
Terminator Salvation final shooting script:
Connor looks down to the dead T-600 beneath his foot. Its pieces try to magnetize back together, but itís seriously damaged. BLAM BLAM BLAM -- Another A-10 is blown out of the air. Connor looks up at it as -- CAPTAIN JERICHO (O.S.) Are you Connor? Connor looks up. JERICHO, one of his superior officers, marches over. CAPTAIN JERICHO (CONTíD) The John Connor? (off his look) ...the guy who, according to the plan, was supposed to land his unit on the ridge-line and hump it in? Stick to the plan. Connor looks at Jericho. Then looks back to his gear. CONNOR The plan was no good. GENERAL OLSEN Make no mistake, men. We donít have a goddamn clue whatís waiting for us down there. So I need a volunte -- Connorís unit spills out of the helicopter -- a motley group, all of them loyal as dogs to Connor. Fernandez bites his tongue. Connor and his men fall into the group of sprinting SOLDIERS as they approach the HUGE OPENING in the ground caused by the missile explosion. EXT. SKYNET COMMUNICATION COMPLEX - BLOWN-OPEN HATCHWAY -5 DAY GENERAL OLSEN, 40s, a good old boy and career shitkicker, is standing at the hole, peering down into the darkness. Before he can finish, CONNOR rushes past him and LAUNCHES himself headfirst into the dark abyss. It takes a second for us to realize heís connected to a SINGLE CABLE. DAVID, one of Connorís men, LATCHES the cable to a heavy piece of AIRPLANE wreckage on the ground. GENERAL OLSEN (to soldiers) Single file! Everyone after Connor! 6 INT. UNDERGROUND FACILITY/CORRIDOR - LATE AFTERNOON 6 A very wide shot reveals the vastness of the underground facility. A tiny figure repels down into the center -- ignites and tosses a FLARE. It falls into the abyss. Tight on Connor taking in the enormity of the situation. Much bigger than he thought it would be.
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