With Jose Padhila’s remake of RoboCop getting ready to begin production, the cast is coming together, and everyone has an opinion on the project. This group includes the original RoboCop himself, Peter Weller. He seems less than enthusiastic about the project, and even less convinced that it can hold a candle to the original.
“I could give a shit,” is Weller’s response when the subject of the remake is broached in this interview.
Weller is a damn madman, and you could listen to him talk about RoboCop all day long. This video comes from Hero Complex, and while he talks at length about the film, he only briefly touches on the upcoming reimagining:
They’ve been trying to make another Robocop for, I don’t know man… 30 years? I don’t know, can they throw a lot of CGI at it… but the morality that’s endemic to the movie you just watched [the original Robocop], it’s hard to replicate. Good luck to them … they’ll never do it.
That last line gets a big reaction of approval from the crowd.
Most of the interview is spent discussing about Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original from various angles. Weller recounts all sort of interesting behind the scenes info. How he worked with a coach to create the distinct movement of his character, the voice—which is different with the mask on than when the mask comes off—and how when the film is dubbed into another language the voice actors never grasp the discrepancy. He delves into the intricacies of method acting, the wicked sense of humor endemic to the script, and the anthropological impact of RoboCop, which he claims will be watched “a hundred years from now.”
The guy is seriously a lunatic, but one hell of an interesting lunatic, and one who isn’t shy about telling you what’s on his mind or rambling on. You should definitely take the time to watch this video.
The RoboCop remake stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie, and starts filming later this year.