Joel Kinnaman Talks ‘RoboCop’ New Costume, Movement & Tone [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

robocop reboot details joel kinnaman Joel Kinnaman Talks RoboCop New Costume, Movement & Tone [Updated]

[Update: Check Out what Kinnaman has to say about how the new Robocop will walk and move.]

With an official Summer 2013 release date set, a distributor in Sony onboard, and a rising star in the shape of Joel Kinnaman attached to portray its namesake, the impending RoboCop has joined the long list of reboots/remakes that have either become realities, are months away from reaching theaters – or are confirmed to actually begin production in the near future, rather than continuing to struggle on the climb out of development limbo (a la The Crow, Akira, etc.).

Kinnaman has been busy lately, making the rounds promoting the upcoming second season of AMC’s The Killing. Naturally, journalists have been keen to ask him questions about the RoboCop franchise revamping – and the Swedish actor has been fairly willing to oblige with answers.

Here’s Kinnaman talking about the modern science informing the RoboCop reboot (via MTV):

“There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.”

With regards to the general tone and thematic emphasis of the new RoboCop, Kinnaman said:

“[The 'RoboCop' reboot] is going to be a lot more human. The [original] movie is one of my favorite movies. I love it. Of course, [director Paul Verhoeven] has that very special tone, and [the reboot] is not going to have that tone. It’s a re-imagination of it. There’s a lot of stuff from the original. There are some details and throwbacks, but this version is a much better acting piece, for Alex Murphy and especially when he is RoboCop. It’s much more challenging.”

Kinnaman also dropped the following tidbit about the eponymous cyborg police officer’s “new look”:

“It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”

UPDATE: Courtesy of Hit Fix we have this further quote from Kinnaman, regarding the robotic movements that original Robocop Peter Weller’s meticulously studied in order to actually move like a cyborg: 

There’s not going to be any twitchy robot [he mimics very mechanical robotic moves]. Our vision of how a robot is going to be in 2046, it’s going toThe be a very human skin, it’s gonna look very human. I’m going to be able to put my signature on the body language, too….from an acting standpoint, walking around just moving your jaw, it’s not so interesting. So this is going to be an opportunity to really bring a full performance to it.”

These comments by Kinnaman gel with what the RoboCop reboot helmer José Padilha has said in the past, concerning how the film will focus more on the title character’s existential issues – while also updating the ethical and political subtext from director Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 movie. That approach naturally lends itself to a redesigning of the RoboCop visor, so we can better see the character struggle with his humanity.

It’s largely for those reasons that this reboot actually sounds like it could bring something new and interesting to the table.

During a separate interview, Kinnaman also expanded upon how the RoboCop reboot will (and won’t) differ thematically from Verhoeven’s film (via Collider):

“I’m such a huge fan of the original. I think I’ve seen the first ‘RoboCop’, 15 or 20 times. I’m like a kid, that way. And, I love all of [Paul] Verhoeven’s movies. He has a very special tone. I love ‘Starship Troopers’, too. That’s really smart. I think he really could portray fascism in a comedic way. It’s funny because both José [Padilha] and Verhoeven were accused of being fascists for their movies because they had fascist leads. So, [the 'RoboCop' reboot is] not going to have [Verhoeven's] tone, but there’s going to be political satire in it.”

Lastly, here’s what Kinnaman had to say about the content and potential rating of the new RoboCop:

“I sincerely hope they’re going for R ‘cause I can’t imagine how ‘RoboCop’ could be PG-13. That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it. It has to be violent.”

If Padilha’s work on the Elite Squad series is any indication, the RoboCop reboot could be a genuinely gritty and (at times) brutal sci-fi tale, in terms of the portrayal of violence and its futuristic world design. That would indeed be a fitting way to modernize Alex Murphy’s story, while still paying respect to Verhoeven’s classic work – and that quality would indeed qualify this entire venture as a worthy one, under Screen Rant‘s Top 5 Rules for Movie Remakes.

RoboCop is slated to begin principal photography later this summer, in order to make an August 9th, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date.

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Source: MTV, Collider

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  1. I’m with the majority of other people here;

    You can’t change RoboCop’s suit…that suit is a classic. If anything, like others have said, maybe make Robo’s suit darker like RoboCable’s suit in the tv series, and add some upgrades, but unless this “new” suit th director speaks of is just beyond awesome – it will be an epic fail. And what is with the concept of seeing RoboCop’s eyes with a clear visor? Now in Robo 1, 2, and 3 – there were scenes where he sustaine damage in battle and you saw an eye, that is ok. But all this clear visor talk, I think, is a bad idea. Like most who posted here, I was able to see Robo’s conflicts the entire time, with him trying the equal out his duties as a police officer, trying remember himself and his life as Alex Murphy, and empathize with the public when the bigger powers that be were trying to screw the public over. I truly hope the direct has thought this through thuroughly – or this will indeed FAIL horrifically. And my God, I hope it is not as cheesy as that mini-tv series they did on RoboCop with the 4 mini-parts to it. I wonder who thought that was a good idea…to take a good RoboCop 1 & 2 and say, “you know what?…..I think I will make a sh*tty 4 part mini-series with shotty acting that totally pisses on great work of the original movies….yea, I think I’ll do that”….

    There needs to be some sort of way for interested parties to provide their opinion to the producer/director, as we do here in the blog, to not screw with RoboCop/Murphy’s suit or visor unless they truly (and I mean truly) know what they’re doing. Little details like that could ruin the film for them.

  2. If you change the suit as drastically as not having visor or a see thru visor, then it is not Robocop! its like having Superman without the S shield on his chest. Its not Robocop, its just a name hopping onto a classic movie. And Kinnaman! Paul Weller managed to show the inner conflicts and make you believe he was a mans mutilated torso unwillingly fused inside a Robotic body with great physical acting technique and without his eyes showing!! If you aint man enough for the job , maybe step aside and let someone else do it! same goes to the director!.

  3. I want action figure toys and vehicle toys for the RoboCop reboot movie. Also I want their to be a new RoboCop suit.

    • you are a fool

  4. The actor wants face time, that’s all. Just like Topher Grace as Venom in ridiculous Spiderman 3. It’s not about the character, it’s about the actor. They also want a cyborg that you can’t tell is a cyborg? That just sounds lazy. Everything about this sounds terrible.

    • indeed, every film forum ive been on appears to agree that this film sounds liek dogshit already

  5. Ok. This version seems like its going to completely miss the point of Robocop and it seems like the actor playing Robocop has done the same.
    Firstly addressing the most important part as I see it, the charactor of Alex Murphy/ Robocop himself. This new actor is saying that that Peter Wellers acting and portraying of a 1 tonne titanium cyborg was “twitchy”! Peter Weller spent weeks coming up with the most plausable way to approach the charactors movement. When he was moving it was slow and deliberate! not twitchy!The scene in Robocop 2 where he comes face to face with his wife and he has what can only be seen as a robot sulk was genius! You could tell that the charactor was struggling to deal with the fact he had totell his wife that he was now nothing more than a machine. Further more there are such clasic scenes in Robocop 1 where he faces his fromer partner and is told he is fact a human not just a machine. Even though his face is covered Peter Weller pushes his emtions through the mask and you actually see his loss and confusion, his realization that he is Alex Murhpy coupled with a feeling and of a new reality and painful future.Lets not forget the dream scene which of course speeks for itself Now thats acting!!!! He displays a great fluidity when in his fight scenes as every movement flowed from one to the other.
    Peter Weller made us believe that a machine that was designed to punish criminals was more than that. With such a heavy and covering suit his charactors emtional struggle came through. Thats what made it and Mr Weller so amazing.
    Now onto a couple of things I feel havent been mentioned( im not going to mention the suit because lets face it, theyve already ruined it completely)
    Robocop was a stab at everything corrupt in society today. I wouldnt say the writter was a facist or anything, but he did see what was wrong in the modern corporate world and he was able to fore-see the privatisation of the military, how much political power a business can have and how even though on the surface our streets are bocming birghter , cleaner and safer, there are still many areas that arent and that all we are doing is adding a fresh coat of paint to a broken, chipped wall.
    They seem to brush over the plot point about the corruption of the business world and again I feel this new actor is missing the point of his charactor. Robocop symbolises something built by a corporation to enforce its laws and its way of thinking. But by picking the perfect candidate in Alex Murphy( ref Robocop 2, Alex Murphy was a dedicated cop and family man which made him perfect to have a mental stable platform on which to inrpint thier new programing. Where the reason why the other Robocops went nuts and killed themselves is because they were too egocentric)it also made him something they could not control. Human. This would lead to him fighting for the people his creators sought to oppress. He bacame a Hero
    As there any mention yet about his gun? Will he still use the iconic ” Auto 9″ Bassed on the Beretta?
    Robocop was and still is ahaead of its time. Why remake something that is still ahead of our time?

  6. Wayne, you have just made my day. You have managed to sum up everything that is wrong with this new film. Thank you.

  7. first and foremost i love the robocop franchise even the mini tv series with robocable (hey it wasnt that bad was better then robocop 3) i read everything and i agree with everyone here. this new reboot is going to blow up like hulk 2003. i say there not really fans of the original if there willing to almost completely change everything that made the first movie as good as it is today. why do this knowing after the first view of the movie hearing how bad the movie is from fans how much its nothing like the original we all grew up loving. the rest of the fans wont go near it for the rest of the 3-4 months its in theaters. why do this they aint going to make any money and about the suit they should just stick with the first silver suit they showed us because that black one will make people not want to see this even more he’s too thin he looks like a robo-ninja if he does any ninja flips ill leave even at the beginning. if he does anything thats not robocop like i will leave and ask for my money back. i dont think ill be the only one that will do this.

  8. i think there should have an robocop 4 instead of an robocop reboot.

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