‘Total Recall’ Featurette: Quaid & His Lovely Ladies

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 9:28 am,

Total Recall Behind the Scenes Featurette Kate Beckinsale Jessica Biel Colin Farrell Total Recall Featurette: Quaid & His Lovely Ladies

By now, the world at large has had a chance to take in the trailer for Total Recall, a re-interpretation of the famous Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” that’s also being billed as a partial remake of the 1990 film by Robocop director Paul Verhoeven, famously starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.

Reaction to Total Recall (2012) has been mixed; some fans like the aesthetic of the sci-fi world director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4) has created, while others are still bemoaning the prospect of Hollywood recycling yet another beloved property. Then there are those (latecomers) who are newly shocked to learn that someone is ‘remaking a ‘classic.” Right.

We here at Screen Rant know too well just what kind of uphill battle the new Total Recall is facing. If you listen to the latest episode of our Screen Rant Podcast you’ll also hear us predict – what is now proving to the actual case of – how Columbia Pictures plans to sell this movie: by putting leading lovelies Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) and Jessica Biel (Blade 3) front and center in promo materials like today’s Total Recall behind-the-scenes featurette. Oh, and star Colin Farrell also gets a little time shine…

Get ready to see more and more of Beckinsale and Biel out there promoting this flick. To provide a signature “Outlaw analogy,” this is kind of like being offered a new drink to try in a nightclub: at first, you’re wary of the prospect; that is, until you get a look at the girls walking around holding that tray of samples. Suddenly, every man in the place wants a taste (of the drink, fellas… of the drink).

In Total Recall‘s case, Beckinsale (taking over Sharon Stone’s role as Doug Quaid’s faux wife) and Biel (taking over Rachel Ticotin’s role as “Hauser’s” girlfriend in the rebellion) are the perfect incentive to make that key male demographic give this film a try… And of course, Farrell is not without his charms, either.

Total Recall will be in theaters on August 3, 2012.

Source: ET

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  1. lol, I never noticed before that they borrowed the name, “Quaid” from the Arnie version and didn’t use the correct name, “Quail”

  2. Best not to compare to the Arnie movie. Just view it as a summer popcorn flick and have a little fun. Summer 2012!!

    • Too late. If you are going to reuse the same movie name and even borrow unique but inaccurate elements from it, then you are asking begging for the comparison.

      I’d even be willing to bet that SR will do a comparison article once this hits theaters.

      • Kind of off topic, but the term popcorn flick makes me wonder. Does the popcorn taste worse at theaters now or have I just gotten used to microwave popcorn.

        As for comparing movies that are remakes, it’s kind of expected.

        • Actually it kind of has. Doesn’t seem to have as much of that wonderful and most likely toxic “flavoring” as it used to have (not to mention being more expensive to boot!)

          What’s funny is the local gas station has better popcorn for a reasonable price.

          • I remember before the big companies took over all the theaters, some of them used to actually pop their popcorn fresh. You actually had to wait sometimes for popcorn so you had to get to a theater early. And that greasy topping, I actually don’t bother with it most of the time now. Lately I have just been going with the nachos, at least the chips are sealed and fresh.

  3. Garbage. Go ahead and waste money on it though, it’s the “oh it’s just a popcorn flick” that enables the Bay types and perpetuates the rest to rehash bad/unecessary reboots/remakes/re-imaginings/adaptations/make me barf.

    Nothing but cgi here and a bad script. Guaranteed.

  4. The P.K Dick story had Dick all to do with Mars.

    Most of Dick’s work is about perception shaping reality or reality shaping perception.

    The original had almost nothing to do with the short story.
    It’s like reading “Do Android’s Dream Of Electric Sheep?” and then watching Blade Runner.
    Sure they said the Blade Runner movie was based on ideas presented in the novel, but Total Recall didn’t even have that.

  5. The mighty Tomato will determine if I see this remake or not. I hope it is good since I love the original but Hollywood for whatever reason can rarely make a worth while remake.

  6. Kate is nice, but who did Jessica Biel tick off in Hollywood? She is not nearly as awful as a lot of other actresses and certainly easy on the eyes.