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(1988)

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Schwarzenegger got 20% of the profits, and made $35,000,000 through international sales, video/DVD sales and TV screenings. He earned more money from Twins (1988) than any of the Terminator movies.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has always wanted to do a sequel, called Triplets with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy as a third long lost brother. DeVito pitched script ideas back in 2003 but Schwarzenegger was too busy running for governor. DeVito agreed with his decision but doubted he would become governor. In 2012, however, the sequel was officially confirmed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Hulk Hogan have all revealed in interviews that Schwarzenegger and DeVito were given the option of doing this movie or Suburban Commando (1991); had the two chosen Suburban Commando, Hogan and Christopher Lloyd would have done this movie.
Two real life twins were reunited with their father after seeing him in the scene set in downtown Santa Fe.
Universal needed to know if Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitman were committed very early on because they were under deadline. They made the deal on a napkin at lunch with agents; they signed it and DeVito then had it framed.
The money was not available to pay to the two main stars and the director their normal fees. They decided to split a percentage of the gross profits between the three of them and ended up making more than they would have made taking their fees upfront because the film was such a hit.
Clint Eastwood visited the set the day they shot the scene with Julius singing on the plane. He remarked to Arnold Schwarzenegger "I didn't realize you had such talent."
After the surprise success of the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger started getting comedy scripts sent to him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had been wanting to do a comedy for years after several action movies; Twins (1988) was his opportunity.
Throughout the movie, Julius tells everyone he meets that he is from an island (shown at the beginning of the movie) in the South Pacific 300 nautical miles (350 miles) SSW of the Fiji Islands. Although the island depicted in the movie is fictional, there is indeed a VERY small island 350 miles in the SW/SSW direction of Fiji known locally as Ceva-I-Ra. Ceva-I-Ra (also known as Conway Reef) is an atoll-type coral reef stretching just under 2 miles long with a tiny sand cay (with some vegetation) in the center approx. 2 hectares in area.
The original title was "The Experiment" but it was dropped because of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Germanic background.
'Heather Graham (I)' had an uncredited cameo as young Mary Ann Benedict.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had a lot of fun working on the film. The part he had the most fun filming, was when his character drives Vincent's (DeVito's) car into the supermarket parking lot on two wheels. In the close-up shots of Schwarzenegger, his reaction and the looks on his face were genuine.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitman were all realistic and levelheaded about business and thought Twins (1988) might be a difficult sell. But when watching the dailies they knew the film was a hit after people laughed at six takes of a scene.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito would both later go on to star as Batman villains: DeVito as The Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), and Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito's characters names are Julius and Vincent, respectively. In 1994, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta played Jules and Vincent respectively in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, which Danny Devito produced.
Arnold Schwarzenegger dyed his hair blonde for the film. Schwarzenegger has natural dark brown hair in real life.
Arnold Schwarzenegger went on record to state that the film was the best decision he ever made.
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During production the title was briefly changed to 'Brothers' to avoid confusion with David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988) which was at that time also called 'Twins'.
When Julius goes to his mother's old house and meets up with Granger (one of his and Vincent's six fathers), Granger's grandchildren are played by Jason Reitman and Catherine Reitman -- the real-life children of director Ivan Reitman.
Danny DeVito made pasta, espresso and sambuca for the actors.
Jeff Beck played guitar in the bar dancing scene
On the December 9, 1988 episode of The Tonight Show, Danny DeVito shared that Arnold Schwarzenegger trained with Milton Berle to prepare for the comedic acting in the film.
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In an interview with the Academy of American Television, Danny DeVito said when he was called to make the film, he asked if the other twin had been hired. As soon as he found out it was Arnold Schwarzenegger, he asked: "The Austrian bodybuilder?" When he was confirmed, Danny said: "I am signing. Nobody will believe I am the twin brother to Arnold Schwarzenegger. "
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Even though their characters are supposed to be twins, Arnold Schwarzenegger is actually three years younger than Danny DeVito. Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb's characters are also supposed to be twins, but Webb is six years older than Preston.
Ivan Reitman sat in on test screenings to know what to change.
Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to do the film because he thought he'd be great in a comedy and wanted to go beyond making action movies.
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Danny DeVito later appeared with Kelly Preston's future husband John Travolta in Get Shorty (1995).
In the scene when Julius and Vincent are walking down the street in matching suits, Vincent calls Julius "Mr. Ice" in reference to how cool he looks. Arnold Schwarzenegger later played Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
When Julius and Vincent pass each other outside the cinema. The marquee outside the Grauman's Chinese Theater lists the film Willow (1988). "Willow" was released in the United States on 20th May 1988. "Twins" was released in the United States on 9th December 1988.
Arnold Schwarzenegger later worked again with Marshall Bell in 1990's "Total Recall".
Catherine Reitman (the Director's daughter) has a cameo in this film, she would later go on to play the recurring character Maureen Ponderosa on the show It's "Always Sunny In Philadelphia" which stars Danny Devito.
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Filmed in Los Angeles, New Mexico and Oregon.
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The film was mentioned by Doug Gottlieb on "The Doug Gottlieb Show" (a sports radio show). Gottlieb compared real life twins, Anthony Davis and Antoinette Davis to the film's stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Anthony Davis, a 6'10" forward for the University of Kentucky basketball program, dwarfs his twin sister who checks in at 5'8".
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The idea for the film and it's cast was hastily conceived in a Hollywood bathroom after the writers' initial pitch to an executive for an unrelated project had failed.
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In the central Asian nation Azerbaijan, this was released in a dubbed version titled, Zombi 42: Two Times the Death.
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When the film premiered on BBC1 in the UK in the early 1990s, the scene which Vincent and Julius visit Mitchell Traven. Julius (Arnold) says "For the first time in my life, I am mad!!" and calls Traven a "Slimeball". In the theatrical version, Julius says "For the first time in my life, I am pissed off!!" and calls Traven "Dickhead".
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The sunglasses featured on the promotional material by Arnold Schwarzenegger are not the sunglasses worn in the movie.
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Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa makes a cameo at the beginning of the movie as Julius's martial arts instructor. In the end credits, he is credited as "Oriental Man".
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Steve Reevis makes a cameo as the Indian in the bathroom scene.
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The birthday gift Vincent's sectary gives to Vincent which Vincent tosses in the trash bin is Aqua Velva which is a aftershave.
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The 2nd feature film released in 1988 which Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a man whom goes to the United States and is not familiar and doesn't understanding American culture. The other film is Red Heat (1988) which he plays tough Russian cop Ivan Danko.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted up the back of the car himself for real.
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The song Julius sings on the airplane is "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters.
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When Vincent's secretary gives him a birthday present, there is a poster of Conan the Barbarian behind him, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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