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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: James Cameron used a trickier method than trick camera work to have two Sarah Connors in a scene in Terminator 2.
We’re all well accustomed to the common practice of using split screens to depict the same actor/actress playing multiple characters in the same scene.
This practice was the basis of The Patty Duke Show (where Duke plays “identical cousins”)…
You can see it, too, on the TV series Friends, where Lisa Kudrow plays twin sisters Phoebe and Ursula…
The trick, of course, is that Kudrow is filmed twice – once as each character – and then the two shots are edited together to make it appear as though it is one shot.
And for close-ups, you do the ol’ “back of the other character’s head” shot…
Well, when Terminator 2 came out in 1992….
the bad guy had the ability to take on the appearance of other people.
So when audiences saw the following scene, where the bad guy (the killer robot T-1000) takes on the appearance of Sarah Connor…
clearly, everyone thought “Sure, split screen.”
But it’s not.
You see, for this shot (AND another shot in the movie where T-1000 takes on the appearance of a mental hospital security guard….
) director James Cameron actually used the TWIN of the actor in question for the shot!!
In the security guard scene, it was twins Don and Dan Stanton.
In the Sarah Conner scene, it was Linda Hamilton and her twin sister, Leslie!
Pretty darn clever usage of what was available to him by Cameron!
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