Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about RoboCop

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2014
Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman had initial concerns about being part of the 'RoboCop' re-make and didn't think it was "right" for him when he first entered talks for his role

Joel Kinnaman initially didn't want to be in 'RoboCop'.

The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - admits there is an expectation which comes with being part of a re-make of a film and didn't think the forthcoming film was "right" for him when he first entered talks for his role.

He explained: "There's always this hesitation when you're doing a re-make of a beloved movie, and I felt exactly the same way. When I was first approached by my agents and they told me there was going to be a re-make of 'RoboCop' I told them I didn't think that was right for me. I actually told them I'll see it in the theatres and it's not for me."

Kinnaman insists he was a fan of director Jose Padilha's previous work and was drawn to the film because of the filmmaker's concept of the story of 'RoboCop'.

He told "Then they told me Jose Padilha's was going to do this movie ... I consider him one of the most interesting directors in the world. His films always have a strong social and political point of view. And he has got a poetic and gritty visual style and the acting is always top-notch. When I found out he was going to do this re-make I knew that there was going to be an interesting idea behind it.

"Honestly, I was amazed that he knew who I was and was honoured that he wanted to sit down with me, so of course I did.

"When he told me the story he wanted to tell by using the concept of 'RoboCop' I was blown away."


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: José Padilha
  • Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson
  • UK release: 7 February 2014

When Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is mutilated by a car bomb, wicked OmniCorp turns him into the first man-machine. This latest action-flick remake is well-cast and has some new features but unlike the original, its satire doesn't bite, its premise doesn't chill and its bloodless violence doesn't have any impact.

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