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Josh Brolin dishes on how Oldboy makes him feel and if there'll be a hammer fight

05.04.2012

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The original Korean telling of OLDBOY was one of the first films which I watched and then immediately made other people watch. Not because I love it or because it's my favorite movie, but simply because I was so struck by what I had seen and felt that I couldn't help but wish to share the experience. I even set someone up with the Korean original on Netflix Instant Streaming with the intention of then leaving and not going through that experience anew, but of course I ended up watching the whole damn thing.

So while I don't have any problem with OLDBOY being re-adapted from the manga and made new by Spike Lee, I'm certainly keeping a close eye on all creative decisions and behind-the-scenes workings.  Ain't It Cool News recently spoke with Josh Brolin at a MEN IN BLACK III roundtable, and here's what Brolin has to say:

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"OLDBOY? (Laughs) Literally, you say OLDBOY and my stomach just goes [mimics violent churning noises]. OLDBOY will be an experience. It won't be like MEN IN BLACK, I'll tell you that much. I'm really happy about it. We've got amazing actors. We've got [Elizabeth] Olsen, who I think is fantastic. We've also got Sharlto Copley from DISTRICT 9, who I think is going to be unbelievable. He just wrote me an email, it was like, "Look, I've got to get this out of the way: dude, GOONIES is my favorite movie." Which I thought was really sweet. "And now I'm going to make twenty years of your life miserable." I love OLBOY, and I'm close with Chanwook Park. I emailed him a couple of months ago to ask him for his blessing to do this movie - because if he'd said no, I wouldn't have done it. But I really respect his movie, and we'll make a little different movie. This whole idea of the more Hollywood version of it... whatever. We're going to make a different version, but have respect to the initial story and premise. But I'm looking forward to it, man. I'm talking it about it nervously because it makes me nervous."

Will there be a hammer fight as brutal as the last? "Yes. And it's a hammer and knife and all that stuff. And will we keep the octopus and will we keep the other stuff? There are some changes, but I think it's really good. It still makes me throw down the script halfway through. [Mimics recoiling from the script in horror.] Whoa!"

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So what do you think? Is Brolin's attitude where it needs to be when it comes to tackling this particular project?

Extra Tidbit: Brolin was brilliant to me in Oliver Stone's W.

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10:01PM on 05/04/2012
His comments have subsided some of my concerns, but I am still not sold on Spike Lee for this project.
His comments have subsided some of my concerns, but I am still not sold on Spike Lee for this project.
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9:31PM on 05/04/2012
I wonder if Brolin has the same respect for Oldboy as he did for Jonah Hex.
I wonder if Brolin has the same respect for Oldboy as he did for Jonah Hex.
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4:07PM on 05/04/2012
I love Josh Brolin, I wish him nothing but the best and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. These comments seem really genuine, too. But I seriously just don't have a good feeling about this movie. I dread its release.

The Sharlto Copley story is adorable, though.
I love Josh Brolin, I wish him nothing but the best and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. These comments seem really genuine, too. But I seriously just don't have a good feeling about this movie. I dread its release.

The Sharlto Copley story is adorable, though.
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4:00PM on 05/04/2012
Still not completely on board for this, but after Dragon Tattoo, I guess I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Still not really keen on Spike Lee directing this. I can't really see him delivering the kind of dark grittiness that this film needs, but I could be wrong.
Still not completely on board for this, but after Dragon Tattoo, I guess I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Still not really keen on Spike Lee directing this. I can't really see him delivering the kind of dark grittiness that this film needs, but I could be wrong.
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12:42PM on 05/04/2012

screw this movie

and screw him and everyone involved in this travesty. The original was a classic and I will drop everyone involved down a peg, this is totally unnecessary.
and screw him and everyone involved in this travesty. The original was a classic and I will drop everyone involved down a peg, this is totally unnecessary.
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12:33PM on 05/04/2012

Hmm...

Those comments seemed very genuine and not PR-ey like usual, but I can't help but remain extremely skeptical about the project. We've just been burnt too many times before on these things. But...there's always THE DEPARTED, which everyone loved, and was a remake of a great movie
Those comments seemed very genuine and not PR-ey like usual, but I can't help but remain extremely skeptical about the project. We've just been burnt too many times before on these things. But...there's always THE DEPARTED, which everyone loved, and was a remake of a great movie
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12:00PM on 05/04/2012
Bad idea from the start and still just as bad now. F*ck you Spike Lee.
Bad idea from the start and still just as bad now. F*ck you Spike Lee.
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8:06AM on 05/04/2012
I loved Brolin in W. as well, and am looking forward to his 2 hour-long Tommy Lee Jones impression, but am frankly too scared to watch Oldboy - either the original Korean version or the remake. By all accounts however, Sharlto Copley sounds like a really sweet, ascended fanboy kinda guy. Nice that he did that for Josh.
I loved Brolin in W. as well, and am looking forward to his 2 hour-long Tommy Lee Jones impression, but am frankly too scared to watch Oldboy - either the original Korean version or the remake. By all accounts however, Sharlto Copley sounds like a really sweet, ascended fanboy kinda guy. Nice that he did that for Josh.
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8:04AM on 05/04/2012
Better eat an octopus, mo'fucka.
Better eat an octopus, mo'fucka.
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7:54AM on 05/04/2012
I will wait and see what comes of this. I am like you, I was urged to watch the film by an ex-gf and was stunned by it. I have shared the movie with those close and they have all felt it power.

Not sure if the octopus scene or anything like it will be in the new movie due to the animal welfare organisations. Unless CG is employed but that'd be just plainn silly.
I will wait and see what comes of this. I am like you, I was urged to watch the film by an ex-gf and was stunned by it. I have shared the movie with those close and they have all felt it power.

Not sure if the octopus scene or anything like it will be in the new movie due to the animal welfare organisations. Unless CG is employed but that'd be just plainn silly.
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7:52AM on 05/04/2012

Wow...

I am really excited to hear how much respect that Brolin has for the original, and how much is going to stay the same. I hope this all turns out okay because everything I'm hearing about it seems to be in the right direction. Also, anyone else psyched about the logo? It's really urban, but in a good way. It'll definitely be helpful if they decide to use viral marketing.
I am really excited to hear how much respect that Brolin has for the original, and how much is going to stay the same. I hope this all turns out okay because everything I'm hearing about it seems to be in the right direction. Also, anyone else psyched about the logo? It's really urban, but in a good way. It'll definitely be helpful if they decide to use viral marketing.
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8:00AM on 05/04/2012
Sorry to break it to you, but that logo is actually from a poster for the original Korean version. A Russian poster, I believe. Though I agree that it is a good one indeed - hopefully we'll get something similar.
Sorry to break it to you, but that logo is actually from a poster for the original Korean version. A Russian poster, I believe. Though I agree that it is a good one indeed - hopefully we'll get something similar.
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