Linda Hamilton trained with former Israeli commando Uzi Gal and with personal trainer Anthony Cortes for three hours a day, six days a week for 13 weeks before filming Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Under both, she trained intensely with weights and learned judo and heavy military training techniques. She had to maintain a demanding non-fat diet even during filming and lost 12 pounds. Because of this punishing regimen, she declined to reprise her role for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She also learned to pick locks for the scene in the mental hospital where she does precisely that with a paperclip (x).
One of the things that bugs me about so many of our female action heroes on both movies and comics being highly sexualized in appearance is the memory of when Terminator 2 came out. I, along with most of my friends, thought Linda Hamilton was damn hot when that movie came out – and there’s nothing overly-sexualized about her at all. She’s 100% badass.
So the next time someone is thinking they have to put their female lead be in a skimpy, sexualized outfit to make sure males will care about a female hero, remember the lesson of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. Just make your lead charismatic and capable and the rest takes care of itself.
Always reblog Sarah Connor & Linda Hamilton