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Spike Lee explains Samuel L. Jackson's hair in Oldboy, plus new images

Aug. 21, 2013by: Alex Maidy

I am excited for Spike Lee's OLDBOY if only because it gives me the chance to talk about Park Chan-wook's masterpiece all over again. While this remake is being looked at by many with disdain, I am interested to see how much it keeps in line with the original and how much it deviates. From the trailer we can already see many similarly shot sequences including the prison cell, the steam trunk, and the hammer fight, but there is a lot that is unique as well.

For instance, Samuel L. Jackson's character appears to be a larger role than it was in the original. The character is an important one in that it sets Josh Brolin's protagonist on the path to solving the mystery of his imprisonment. In the Korean film, this character was there but didn't stand out as much as Jackson does with his blonde mohawk. In fact, Spike Lee spoke about that hairstyle choice in the brief video below.

For an actor as prolific as Samuel L. Jackson, the guy never phones it in. Each and every part he takes he makes his own. Having a storied career with Spike Lee, it seems Jackson feels comfortable enough to try something totally different. From the looks of the trailer and these new images, it may just be working.

As for the other new images below, I am definitely curious about the girl with the yellow umbrella. Is she a manifestation of the fractured mind of the main character or an actual person in the story? As for the goth punks, I assume those are henchmen working at the prison. Either way, this looks very different than anything Spike Lee has done before and that alone piques my interest in the movie.

OLDBOY starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley opens November 27, 2013.

Source: Film District

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1:55AM on 08/22/2013
Nothing will quite beat Samuel L. Jackson's hair in Jumper. Or in Unbreakable. Or in Django Unchained.
Nothing will quite beat Samuel L. Jackson's hair in Jumper. Or in Unbreakable. Or in Django Unchained.
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12:11AM on 08/22/2013

Original

I haven't seen the original but hope to catch this one, visuals look good. Hope it has a strong script as well.
I haven't seen the original but hope to catch this one, visuals look good. Hope it has a strong script as well.
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12:01AM on 08/22/2013

Getting less enthused the more pics I see

I love Josh Brolin, but I also like remakes/reboots that Do Their Own Thing.
It looks like this will be doing all that was done before.
I love Josh Brolin, but I also like remakes/reboots that Do Their Own Thing.
It looks like this will be doing all that was done before.
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6:48PM on 08/21/2013
Agree with megatrontom. I love Oldboy as much as the next guy (probably a whole lot more) but I'm getting really tired of people bitching about this remake. Personally, I always view every remake as a stand-alone film (as far as that's possible). If it's good, great. If it's bad, too bad. Either way it doesn't take away a shred from the original movie, so what's the problem?
Agree with megatrontom. I love Oldboy as much as the next guy (probably a whole lot more) but I'm getting really tired of people bitching about this remake. Personally, I always view every remake as a stand-alone film (as far as that's possible). If it's good, great. If it's bad, too bad. Either way it doesn't take away a shred from the original movie, so what's the problem?
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6:21PM on 08/21/2013

Ok fellow schmoes...I'm taking 1 for the team...

Anticipating any or all "How I Met Your Mother" jokes w/ this mysterious appearance of the girl w/ the yellow umbrella...I propose that my comment get a thumbs down every time one is made.

And FYI, I don't hate the show (it's funny in it's own PG kinda way)...just like calling attention to awkward, genre franchise crossover pics on the strikebacks.
Anticipating any or all "How I Met Your Mother" jokes w/ this mysterious appearance of the girl w/ the yellow umbrella...I propose that my comment get a thumbs down every time one is made.

And FYI, I don't hate the show (it's funny in it's own PG kinda way)...just like calling attention to awkward, genre franchise crossover pics on the strikebacks.
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6:14PM on 08/21/2013
Spike Lee can eat a big bag of small dicks.
Spike Lee can eat a big bag of small dicks.
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7:10PM on 08/21/2013
Why not a small bag of big dicks?
Why not a small bag of big dicks?
9:18PM on 08/21/2013
Hmmm. Touche!
Hmmm. Touche!
5:58PM on 08/21/2013
As much as I despise the very notion of this remake, Lee is an accomplished director and the cast is stellar, so I'll reserve my judgement till I see it. Regardless, it'll never surpass the original or reflect the same shock value.
As much as I despise the very notion of this remake, Lee is an accomplished director and the cast is stellar, so I'll reserve my judgement till I see it. Regardless, it'll never surpass the original or reflect the same shock value.
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