‘Total Recall’ Cast Explains How the Remake is Different from the Original

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:09 am,

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Sony Pictures brought the cast and crew of Total Recall to Comic-Con to talk about their new film, which is a mix of the 1990 science fiction blockbuster that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the original sci-fi story written by iconic author Philip K. Dick.

Before the panel began, Sony presented footage from the new Total Recall and when the cast members arrived, they spoke at length about some of the key differences between this version and the Paul Verhoeven original.  Director Len Wiseman joined stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston for the discussion.

The panel began with some footage from the new film, which highlighted many of the clips we saw in the trailer. But the footage featured a few additional key moments including a scene where Farrell’s character gets caught at a security checkpoint. The trailer showed us the checkpoint, but the footage revealed Farrell’s disguise showing obvious flaws, triggering major suspicion from nearby officers. But overall, the clips mostly served to highlight the story’s focus on how an ordinary man’s life is turned upside down when a visit to Rekall – a company that installs new memories into your mind – makes him realize that his life wasn’t what he thought.

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When the panel discussion got underway, Jessica Biel spoke about the intensive training for the action film. She noted that that she didn’t mind completing it. “I love doing this kind of movie,” she said.

When the topic of this being a remake came up, Beckinsale – who is taking on the Sharon Stone role from the original – said that she didn’t feel like she was replicating the same role. “Our tone is kinda different,” she said, so it felt like a new character. The emphasis on the tonal shift between the 1990 version and this remake was repeated throughout the panel by Beckinsale and the other members of the cast.

Unlike the original version, the action of this film leaves Mars behind and one seemingly-perturbed audience member asked Beckinsale if she was okay with the way the Great Britain – which reportedly plays a large role in the film – is portrayed. A clearly-surprised Beckinsale answered with “I think I am.”

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Later, Farrell was asked about taking on Schwarzenegger’s role in the movie. The actor shrugged it off humorously, noting that he “did think about messing around with an Austrian accent for a bit.” And by a bit, he noted that it was a very very short period of time that he fiddled with the idea.  Later on, he added that he “really liked the script” and that’s why he chose this as his next project.

Biel was later asked about comparing her character to the one in the original film. “You can’t compare it,” she said echoing Beckinsale’s sentiment. Aside from the oft-mentioned tonal shift, the cast also noted that the remake doesn’t have the comic one-liners that Schwarzenegger’s version featured.

An audience member followed up by asking what it was like for Farrell to fill Arnold’s shoes in the role? “Airy,” he said, to laughs from the audience.

Becklinsale later talked about playing a bad-ass in the film and she seemed pleased by the query and noted that she loves being someone who can present such a strong female character onscreen.

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As a futuristic thriller, we can expect a lot of special effects in the new version, but Farrell noted that the sets were invaluable to the process. “They built the most incredible practical sets” for the movie he said, before adding that all of the green screen stuff seemed to always be in the background of the production because of the elaborate sets.

For more information on the sets and the new movie, check out Screen Rant‘s set visit and our interviews with film stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel.


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  1. Really, “Explain How The Remake Is Different From The Original”, seriously?

    Okay first of all these are the things the remake doesn’t have:

    No Arine.

    No pratical effects.

    No gore or is Rated R.

    More CGI than makeup.

    The film is directed by Len Wiseman, instead of Paul Verhoeven who has made lots of classic sci-fi movies like Robocop, Starship Troopers and Total Recall.

    So those are things and also I am not intrested in this remake and this will turn out to be a unecessary remake of a classic movie.

    Thank you, Hollywood.

    • I always found Arnie’s version very B. Its good for what it is. Its a classic. But this new version will be nothing like Arnie’s. It wont take away from it or add to it. If anything the new version will portray the source material much better.

  2. its different from the original because it follows the original Phillip K Dick short story and doesn’t take place on Mars, something Paul Verhoeven didn’t do when making his version.
    As for the original being an R rated film that just means that if you were under 17 you needed to be with a parent or guardian to watch it in theaters, PG-13 is basically the same thing now days as the MPAA has become far more lenient when certifying movies, so relax man!

    • I’m sorry but this movie follows the original movie MUCH closer than the novella it’s supposedly based on.

    • You’ve got to be kidding with this theory. PG-13 movies in the ’80s were far closer to R than today’s. Many PG-13 movies then used the “f” word several times and were very violent. Now the word can’t bu used more than once without an R rating.

      • No kidding I was just telling a friend that there were lots of Nip shots in pg13 movies back in the day. Most 13 year old kids are still on their mommies nip! Captain Ron, the shower scene in the boat top view!! Cant miss that classic PG13 shot lol.

  3. It’s different because the people involved get a paycheck from it…..

  4. I like everyone involved with this, yet Im totally disinterested. The original had legs because of the very slight camp and practical effects. Plus Arnold who cant act but we all love anyway.

    Unnecessary remake, cash grab, bs re-hashed action movie.

  5. The original sci-fi story written by iconic author Philip K. Dick.

  6. I am not sure how this is going to work and be good. I am a big Total Recall fan but just alone. Its an Iconic classic. You need the big buff old school tough guy for this role. I rather watch a digitally remastered version. I would like this to be more or less a new movie not a remake. See if Arnold will be in the new one. maybe he can be in a mental institution from a coverup. They all think he is nuts and escapes. Now he is somehow helping another victim from this company that has been successfully doing this for years controlling the world so to say.

  7. Having read the story way before the Verhoeven movie ever came out I think the biggest difference between the two was Having Arnold play the title character. In Dick’s story the guy’s name is Quail not Quaid and he doesn’t come across as larger than life. He seems like a true spy one you would least suspect as being the guilty party in a lineup. Of course there are other differences in the stories, Mars of course, but all the chase scenes as well as the level of his wife’s involvement. It will be interesting to see if this version uses Dick’s ending for the story, Verhoeven didn’t, which I think made it a very different story than the one Dick told.

  8. I thought this would be considered a 2nd part to the original because during the talk about going one of the workers mentions a guy that went into the program and came out thinking he was prince of mars or something to that effect. Sounded like a reference to the original and since nothing is really the same about this version, I don’t know why they didn’t just consider it as such

  9. He is a total bad ass

  10. You just convinced me to watch this movie :)

  11. definitely seems to be a perfect and good value for money movie