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‘RoboCop’ Director Talks Cast, Characters as New Photos Debut


The RoboCop revolution continues! Right after the first trailer from the film launched, Hero Complex not only scored an interview with director Jose Padilha, but also a series of new images.

“We have similar things in our movie,” Padilha said regarding the original film’s over-the-top violence. “Our movie opens in a sequence in which we see an operation of American robots in Tehran, and similar events take place. So we kept a lot of great things. I really am a total fan of the original RoboCop, and we didn’t try to redo it because it’s impossible. It’s already been done. It’s great. It’s a genius movie. What we did was nowadays, we are so close to a time when the issues tackled in RoboCop are already taking place. Ten years from now, this is going to be a reality. We’re going to have to argue about it, whether we want automatic law enforcement or not, robots can be in wars or not. This is going to be debated in the U.N. So we basically decided to use the concept of RoboCop to talk about that.”

Padilha went on to explain where much of his film’s satire comes from. “Instead of having ads, now we have a right-wing media mogul who is Samuel L. Jackson’s character, who distorts reality to his own purposes, and he talks about RoboCop all the time,” he said. “So he kind of like is the parallel to the ads, but instead of being ads, it’s the media itself. It’s a little bit like in the sense of what we saw before the invasion of Iraq, where all the media was critical, kind of going in the same direction, and this guy tries to stir things in his own way and in his own direction, which is common in the media, not only in America and Brazil and in France, but everywhere. It’s a trait of the media. Only we exacerbate it because it’s RoboCop.”

Opening Feb. 7, RoboCop also stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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  • Michael Aguiar

    This is gonna sound bad but the one naked hand really bugs the F#$k out of me its like go put on a glove or something

  • Happily LS

    I don’t care for the black suit, it feels like an update just for the sake of an update. The original just iconic and badass, why change it?

  • Harry Demetrious

    Maybe it’s something the robot-makers chose to leave uncovered, the other hand being machine: they want Murthy to retain his humanity in one of the most significant places left of his body. I foresee internal conflict.

  • Michael Aguiar

    I dont think they changed it. In the trailer you see him using different color suits I think they’re gonna try to pull an Iron Man and give him different suits since he’s technically alive this time only wheelchair bound instead of half man half machine like the original.

  • Fox

    Would anyone make a suit like the original nowadays? No. That’s the whole point. They make it explicit in the trailer. Robocop is a PR stunt first and foremost. So he has to look “cool”. And cool now is different from cool in the 80’s. Hence Michael Keaton’s character being shown the original suit and going “nice, but make it black and more tactical”. It’s a satire of modern aesthetics.

  • kimberly537

    my stepmother just got a new gold Lincoln MKS Sedan by working parttime off of a laptop… look at here w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • Happily LS

    So making him look like an iPhone is satire? I doubt that, unless it’s meta-satire, where a producer decided having him look like an iPhone actually did look cooler. I’m pretty sure it’s that second one.