Terminator 2 star Robert Patrick said he lobbied for Nine Inch Nails to appear on the film’s soundtrack, but explained why Guns N’ Roses appeared instead.
Patrick – who played the T-1000 liquid metal cyborg who took Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s T-800 in the 1991 film – said he had a specific song in mind and a reason for suggesting it to the director james cameron.
“When I was doing Terminator 2I used to practice on ‘Head Like a Hole’ by Nine Inch Nails, because my younger brother, Richard Patrick, was a touring guitarist for them,” the actor said. The Guardian in a new interview. “I took it to Jim Cameron and tried to get it used for the soundtrack… but he said, ‘No. Arnold prefers Guns N’ Roses”, who then recorded “You Could Be Mine”, an original song for Terminator 2.”
He noted that “it’s ironic because Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has now won a few Oscars for his soundtracks”.
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Patrick – who landed the intended role for Billy Idol – opened up about his passion for rock music elsewhere in the article. “I vividly remember driving my Stingray bike to Kmart in Kettering, Ohio to buy Hendrix in the West – the live album of jimi hendrix – and master of reality by Black Sabbath, both in the early 70s, with the money I had earned doing heavy carpentry work. I went home, listened to one after another and was blown away.
He added that he knows all the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and that the song “comes to mind almost daily,” while naming “Turn! Round! Tour!” and Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Wooden Ships” as the best songs to play at a party. He also said he wanted Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” or Springsteen’s “Missing” to be played at his funeral.
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