James Cameron was surprisingly sincere when he talked about the origins of writing a young John Connor for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
“I remember sitting there once, high on E and writing notes for Terminator, and I was struck by Sting’s song that ‘I hope the Russians love their children too,'” Cameron says. “And I thought, ‘You know what? The idea of a nuclear war is just so opposite to life itself.’ This is where the baby came from. “
The sting song that Cameron refers to is called “Russians” from the album “Dream of the Blue Turtles” from 1985. In addition to having a melody inspired by Lieutenant Kijé Suite from the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, the song was intended to cut through the propaganda from the Cold War between the United States of America and Russia.
The chorus to the song reads:
“We share the same biology
Whatever the ideology
Believe me when I tell you
I hope the Russians love their children too “
I “Texts by Sting, “the songwriter discussed the meaning behind the words.” In this political climate, one of my friends doing research at Columbia University in New York had a computer system sophisticated enough to intercept the Soviet television signal from their satellite over North Pole, “he said. On a Saturday night in New York City, we were able to watch Sunday morning programs for the kids in Russia. The shows seemed thoughtful and sweet, and I suddenly felt the need to say something obvious to all this rhetoric: The Russians love their children just as we do. “
As a result of these lyrics (and a bit of ecstasy), Cameron was inspired to help both a Terminator and us see the cost of nuclear war through the eyes of innocence – the rest is film history.