While promoting the release of “The Terminator” on “The Tonight Show,” Schwarzenegger told Johnny Carson that while on the way to the shooting location, he took a little detour. His makeup resembled that of when the T-800 gets run over by a truck, so naturally, he looked like a lumbering bloody mess. A fancy fine dining restaurant was nearby, so Schwarzenegger decided to go in while still wearing all of his makeup.
Upon approaching the restaurant, he went up to the host and asked for a table as if he were the “Terminator.” The funny thing about all of this is that no one knew who this character was yet, so the shock on the host’s face when he looked up was understandably that of horror. Apparently, everyone else in the restaurant started freaking out as well, with a lot of them screaming out of the place. “It was the greatest reaction because the makeup was stunning,” said a laughing Schwarzenegger.
The “Total Recall” star must have gained a taste for this, because it wouldn’t be the last time Schwarzenegger startled unsuspecting folks while dressed in his Terminator garb, albeit under different circumstances.
“The Terminator” is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.