It’s one of the most iconic catchphrases of all time, being endlessly requited in various media decades after it was originally uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but ‘I’ll Be Back’ wasn’t really the line the Austrian actor wanted to use, according to his new memoir.
“Our biggest disagreement was about ‘I’ll be back’,” reveals Schwarzenegger, when asked about working with James Cameron on The Terminator. “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 okay? 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.”