Schwarzenegger Opens up About ‘Commando’ Fight Scene Deemed “Too Extreme” by Studio Bosses


Arnold Schwarzenegger has lifted the lid on the ultimate action movie scene he wanted to include in the 1985 classic Commando.

Speaking to fans during a Reddit AMA, the 71-year-old action movie legend opened up about a scene he originally envisioned that would have seen him beat someone to death with his own severed arm.

According to Schwarzenegger, he got as far as pitching the idea for the scene to the studio, only to have the head of production shut him down. Which is either a huge shame or a massive relief depending on your capacity for gore.

One thing is for sure, we missed out on a great Arnie one-liner. Something along the lines of “I’ve got to hand it to you” or something to that effect.

How Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commando Was Nearly A Very Different Action Movie

A Classic Arnold Zinger

Let me share the scenes you didn’t see that I tried to get in,” he wrote to Reddit.

I wanted to cut off a guys’ arm and kill him with it. This wasn’t in the script. He would throw a knife at me and after he missed, while his arm was still extended, I chop it off at the shoulder with a machete and beat him to death with it.

Unfortunately, studio bosses weren’t quite so enthused with the idea. Schwarzenegger explained: “Needless to say, I was asked by the head of the studio, Larry Gordon, to come to his office. And he said, ‘What the f**k is the matter with you? Do you want to make money with this movie or an x-rated movie?‘”

‘No Chance’: The Ultimate Action Movie Sequel/Spoof to ‘Commando’

“Get the F**k out of my Office”

At this point, Schwarzenegger conceded defeat and was sent on his way.

I said, ‘You’re right’ and he said ‘Get the f**k out of my office.‘” Despite the scene never making it to film, Arnie did reveal the one-liner he was planning on using for this particular sequence:

Thanks for lending me a hand.

What are your favorite one-liners from Arnold’s Commando (1985)? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!