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Peter Weller on what made Paul Verhoeven's Robocop so damn good

09.12.2013

It seems like everyone has an opinion on the ROBOCOP remake based off of the recently released first trailer, but one person who hasn't seen it is the original Alex Murphy, Peter Weller. Hitfix talked to the actor at the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray release party and asked him about the upcoming remake. It's funny that Weller hasn't seen the trailer, but his analysis on what made the film a classic and why fans love it so much are exactly the reasons why some people aren't too thrilled with how the remake looks.

My biggest problem is that it looks like the remake completely lacks any of the humor that was in the original. Bullets and blood aren't the only reasons why the 1987 film is considered a classic. I've seen more than one person compare it to the TOTAL RECALL remake, and I also get the same vibe. The remake has the potential to be a good action movie, but I highly doubt it will successfully blend the violence, social commentary and themes that were featured in the original.

Jose Padilha's ROBOCOP starring Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley and Jay Baruchel will be in theaters on February 7th, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Peter Weller does a fantastic job voicing Batman in the animated film THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.
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8:06AM on 09/13/2013
The bird like movements that Weller came up with for the role is another aspect that makes it such an Iconic piece of acting.
The bird like movements that Weller came up with for the role is another aspect that makes it such an Iconic piece of acting.
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4:54AM on 09/13/2013
Thankyou Peter, Thankyou!
Thankyou Peter, Thankyou!
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1:52AM on 09/13/2013
i just think the remake is gonna be flashy and thats about it they keep talking about the man turning into a machine and how he deals with it but i have a feeling its not gonna be fleshed out im just so tired of remakes
i just think the remake is gonna be flashy and thats about it they keep talking about the man turning into a machine and how he deals with it but i have a feeling its not gonna be fleshed out im just so tired of remakes
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9:42PM on 09/12/2013
cool to hear Weller talk about his take on the film. Yeah I see what you mean about the comedy aspect of the remake. It seems from the trailer they completely took out the sadistic comedy of the villian. One part from the original I found to be unnerving but fascinating, was when Clarence Boddicker and his friends shot Murphy to near death. That scene doesn't appear to be in the remake, but maybe it will show up. I hope the remake is good and does add the comedy aspect from the original.
cool to hear Weller talk about his take on the film. Yeah I see what you mean about the comedy aspect of the remake. It seems from the trailer they completely took out the sadistic comedy of the villian. One part from the original I found to be unnerving but fascinating, was when Clarence Boddicker and his friends shot Murphy to near death. That scene doesn't appear to be in the remake, but maybe it will show up. I hope the remake is good and does add the comedy aspect from the original.
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5:29PM on 09/12/2013

Damn

I'd have to practice that answer for 20 minutes even if it was written on paper for me. That guy just gives the answer off the top of his head without fumbling a word. Great fucking mini-interview.
I'd have to practice that answer for 20 minutes even if it was written on paper for me. That guy just gives the answer off the top of his head without fumbling a word. Great fucking mini-interview.
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11:37AM on 09/12/2013

One of the coolest men EVER

First, all his points are spot on. now then, putting aside the fact that he is pulling off eyeglasses that Elton John couldn't handle out of his sheer awesomeness...The fact that he loves his fans, that he is a great actor and director (seriously, the guy's work on Longmire alone is great), that he took on what is probably one of the hardest roles to get right (Batman) in an incarnation that necessitates added pathos and gravitas (The Dark Knight Returns) and KILLED it, that he is a teacher of
First, all his points are spot on. now then, putting aside the fact that he is pulling off eyeglasses that Elton John couldn't handle out of his sheer awesomeness...The fact that he loves his fans, that he is a great actor and director (seriously, the guy's work on Longmire alone is great), that he took on what is probably one of the hardest roles to get right (Batman) in an incarnation that necessitates added pathos and gravitas (The Dark Knight Returns) and KILLED it, that he is a teacher of renaissance art and history at Syracuse, and above all that he is a really nice guy...the man simply rules, that is all
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9:44PM on 09/12/2013
wow didn't know he worked on Longmire. I love that show!! One more reason for me to enjoy it! Let's pray for a season 2!
wow didn't know he worked on Longmire. I love that show!! One more reason for me to enjoy it! Let's pray for a season 2!
6:00AM on 09/13/2013
Hey Solitaire, quick question: I remember watching Peter Weller on some historical documentary about ruins (can't remember if it's in South America or in Egypt) on either Discovery or National Geographic channel. Do you know the title to that documentary? I watched it years ago and I'd love to watch it again but can't remember the title. Thank you in advance.
Hey Solitaire, quick question: I remember watching Peter Weller on some historical documentary about ruins (can't remember if it's in South America or in Egypt) on either Discovery or National Geographic channel. Do you know the title to that documentary? I watched it years ago and I'd love to watch it again but can't remember the title. Thank you in advance.
8:04AM on 09/13/2013
Plus he sent a signed picture of himself to the little boy who made his own Robocop costume and ran around detroit while his dad took pictures

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Plus he sent a signed picture of himself to the little boy who made his own Robocop costume and ran around detroit while his dad took pictures

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1:01PM on 09/19/2013
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11:31AM on 09/12/2013
Damn, for an off-the-cuff question Weller dropped an A+ analysis of the movie on the fly.
Damn, for an off-the-cuff question Weller dropped an A+ analysis of the movie on the fly.
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11:28AM on 09/12/2013
The original Robocop is an outstanding flick. I think that it still holds up today. Story & effects. Well, effects to a degree. ED-209 would look better with today's graphics, but for when the original was made it looks pretty dang good. All of the bloody death scenes are about the same. They'd look awesome with today's advancements, but still look great for the original. Personally, I'm looking forward to checking out the new flick. In my opinion it's not a remake. It's not following the
The original Robocop is an outstanding flick. I think that it still holds up today. Story & effects. Well, effects to a degree. ED-209 would look better with today's graphics, but for when the original was made it looks pretty dang good. All of the bloody death scenes are about the same. They'd look awesome with today's advancements, but still look great for the original. Personally, I'm looking forward to checking out the new flick. In my opinion it's not a remake. It's not following the original screenplay or even the main ideas as it appears this new version of Alex Murphy doesn't die. I consider it a reboot. A new take on an old character. I like the part in the trailer where Oldman's character says that the computer is tricking his brain into thinking his actions are choices. The illusion of free will. I think that this is going to be a completely different kind of social commentary. In today's day & age of people & corporations spending huge amounts of time & billions of dollars trying to get people to conform to their way of thinking, I think it'll be very relevant.
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11:22AM on 09/12/2013

Spot on

Nice comments.
Nice comments.
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11:14AM on 09/12/2013
Peter Weller has such an amazing voice. I really loved seeing/hearing him in Star Trek in to darkness. It would be great to see him in alot more, I'd think he'd be great in a pixar movie playing a baddie or superhero.... cough, cough..... the incredibles 2.
Peter Weller has such an amazing voice. I really loved seeing/hearing him in Star Trek in to darkness. It would be great to see him in alot more, I'd think he'd be great in a pixar movie playing a baddie or superhero.... cough, cough..... the incredibles 2.
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11:13AM on 09/12/2013
Peter Weller is right. He made a very good point. Right at the very end when Robocop replies his name as "Murphy", OCP can do whatever it wants to do with him but you can't beat Murphy's soul. Well put, Mr. Weller. You're the man!
Peter Weller is right. He made a very good point. Right at the very end when Robocop replies his name as "Murphy", OCP can do whatever it wants to do with him but you can't beat Murphy's soul. Well put, Mr. Weller. You're the man!
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10:49AM on 09/12/2013
Right on Peter Weller!

There are two guys who need to check themselves in at the crazy house. See below comments.
Right on Peter Weller!

There are two guys who need to check themselves in at the crazy house. See below comments.
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10:00AM on 09/12/2013

D:

The original Robocop wasn't that great.
The original Robocop wasn't that great.
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10:43AM on 09/12/2013
No downvotes necessary, I completely agree. I don't understand why it's supposedly a classic... I thought it was terrible.
No downvotes necessary, I completely agree. I don't understand why it's supposedly a classic... I thought it was terrible.
11:01AM on 09/12/2013
You both are going to movie jail, lmao.
You both are going to movie jail, lmao.
11:38AM on 09/12/2013
I think you two are getting the first one confused with the second and third one. Honest mistake, just don't let it happen again.
I think you two are getting the first one confused with the second and third one. Honest mistake, just don't let it happen again.
12:25PM on 09/12/2013
I love Peter Weller (see Naked Lunch), but I will never understand the love for Paul Verhoeven. While the themes are apparent in most of his movies, to me they were never executed properly. Most of his movies look like 80's movies that will stay in that little 80's movie box. As for Robocop, one of my biggest complaints is that it looks like an A Team tv show with a slow moving robot in it. The story is fair, but the execution isn't. It's actually more of a comedy to me than anything.
I love Peter Weller (see Naked Lunch), but I will never understand the love for Paul Verhoeven. While the themes are apparent in most of his movies, to me they were never executed properly. Most of his movies look like 80's movies that will stay in that little 80's movie box. As for Robocop, one of my biggest complaints is that it looks like an A Team tv show with a slow moving robot in it. The story is fair, but the execution isn't. It's actually more of a comedy to me than anything. It's not some brilliant masterpiece that everyone is pining over. It's Robocop.
9:33AM on 09/12/2013
It was a movie that had a lot to say and hid that beneath layers of groundbreaking special effects work, a very affecting lead performance by Peter Weller and a scary, crazy villain in the form of Kurtwood Smith's Clarence Boddicker. I'll admit to not being the biggest Verhoeven fan, I think he indulges in excess too often, but RoboCop was social commentary at its most supremely entertaining and exciting. The story goes that Verhoeven threw the script on the floor in contempt when he saw the
It was a movie that had a lot to say and hid that beneath layers of groundbreaking special effects work, a very affecting lead performance by Peter Weller and a scary, crazy villain in the form of Kurtwood Smith's Clarence Boddicker. I'll admit to not being the biggest Verhoeven fan, I think he indulges in excess too often, but RoboCop was social commentary at its most supremely entertaining and exciting. The story goes that Verhoeven threw the script on the floor in contempt when he saw the title, thinking it was silly, but his wife advised him to give it a read and he eventually saw more to it than the name "RoboCop". Re extra tidbit: oh yes, he was a brilliant Old Bruce. I also really liked David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, he sounded remarkably like an (even more) aged-up Bob Hastings.
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9:23AM on 09/12/2013
To outsiders, Robocop certainly looks like a B-movie actioner, but it is a helluva lot more. I'm actually rooting for the remake though because I think the set-up still has a lot of mileage and plenty of more contemporary societal woes that would fit.
To outsiders, Robocop certainly looks like a B-movie actioner, but it is a helluva lot more. I'm actually rooting for the remake though because I think the set-up still has a lot of mileage and plenty of more contemporary societal woes that would fit.
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