Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about RoboCop

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

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Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman

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 collider.com: "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."

RoboCop

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 121 min
  • 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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