This is a topic of hot debate. When directors re-release their films, should they mess with the original edit of the film? George Lucas caught huge fan backlash when the Star Wars remasters were re-released. It is a risk that filmmakers have to take sometimes. The thing that Lucas changed were borderline ridiculous and served no purpose to the plot, including the ‘who shot first’ scene. James Cameron made one big change to T2: Judgement Day ahead of the theatrical re-release, and you might be surprised what it was!
According to Cameron, he is mostly happy with his final cut of the film, but there is one glaring change he made to the canal scene. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cameron said that he isn’t want to make major changes to the film as George Lucas did. “I’ve changed as an artist,” he said. “Why would I want to second guess myself on what I was thinking back then?”
There is one big change that Cameron did make, and that was in the canal chase scene. When the T-1000 dive through the tow truck windshield it at first falls out, then in the next frame it is miraculously back in place. The windshield also stays in place for the remainder of the film. It is a major editing mistake.
Cameron said, “It just bugged me.” He went on to say that it was the only correction he allowed himself to make to the final cut of the film. Fans of the series will get to see the film in 4K when it comes back to theaters, without the windshield. Cameron digitally deleted it.
Check out the full interview below:
T2: Judgement Day comes back to theaters in 3D on August 25, just short of the 20th anniversary of the film.