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Old December 27 2008, 11:25 PM   #16
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All this talk about Robocop made me realize that I only have it on VHS, and not DVD, so I just bought the trilogy pack on DVD

Don't know if Im gonna watch the third movie when it arrives though, man I remeber that sucked.. But we'll see.

But back on topic.. Peter Weller really made the character Alex Murphy work, I don't know if the new actor can live up to that, but I'll watch the movie with an open mind
I have to admit Robo's big entrance in the third movie is pretty cool, but... that's about it.

As for a new Murphy, it's gotta be some average, ordinary looking guy like Weller was. That's what makes it so cool later when we see him come back as a hulking, cyborg badass and get his revenge on everybody.

Eckhart is too much of a matinee idol to pull that same thing off.
As I understand it, part of the reason Weller was cast in the first place was because he was physically slight enough to fit inside the costume and was a trained mime, so he had the physical discipline to move like a fluid machine. That's somehting the other Robocop actors never got quite right: the walk. Weller's walk isn't nearly as jerky and mechanical as the others and was in fact deceptively elegant. There's an economy of movement involved that is missing from the later performances.
So whomever they cast for the reboot, I imagine it will be another relative unknown with a background in dance, mime, gymnastics or something similar.
Of they could just hire Doug Jones.
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Old December 27 2008, 11:37 PM   #17
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As I understand it, part of the reason Weller was cast in the first place was because he was physically slight enough to fit inside the costume and was a trained mime, so he had the physical discipline to move like a fluid machine. That's somehting the other Robocop actors never got quite right: the walk. Weller's walk isn't nearly as jerky and mechanical as the others and was in fact deceptively elegant. There's an economy of movement involved that is missing from the later performances.
So whomever they cast for the reboot, I imagine it will be another relative unknown with a background in dance, mime, gymnastics or something similar.
Of they could just hire Doug Jones.
Yeah it's amazing to me that the other actors couldn't even come CLOSE to moving like Weller did in the suit. Maybe some of that was just them wanting to bring their own style to it, but whatever the case, it never looked half as good.
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Old December 28 2008, 12:13 AM   #18
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If I were the casting director of that movie I would shoot everyone in the room and then turn the gun against myself while shouting "the original is perfect as is!!!"


BANG!

The original was good I'll admit; pretty much a campy modern day frankenstein.

Who to play Murphey? How about Matthew McConaughey, Timothy Olyphant, Russell Crowe...or Hayden Christensen! I can see it now, Hayden and his bitch voice telling bad guys they are going with him dead or alive.
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Old December 28 2008, 01:15 AM   #19
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Based on the confusion I had when reading this thread title I think Eddie Murphy should play it.
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Old December 28 2008, 03:55 AM   #20
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Kiefer Sutherland: "Dead or alive, you're coming with me. Damnit!"

Christian Bale: "I'm not going to arrest you, but I don't have to save you."

Keanu Reeves: "Whoa, stay out of trouble, dudes and dudettes."

Kevin Costner: "Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law, find out who really killed JFK."

Sylvester Stallone: "I'm a cop. I AM THE LAW!"

Tom Cruise: (Message board poster: He's not speaking with a robosapien accent, and I find that too distracting.)
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Old December 28 2008, 04:15 AM   #21
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I don't know why this idea popped into my head, but:

Connor Trinneer.

They could even work that into the plot: "Officer Murphy is NOT.DEAD."
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Old December 28 2008, 04:37 AM   #22
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Christian Bale:

"GROWL MUMBLE MUMBLE GROWL GROWL"
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Old December 28 2008, 06:12 AM   #23
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Who to play Murphey? How about Matthew McConaughey...
I'm sure he'll demand a scene where he gets to take off his shirt.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:17 AM   #24
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^ They could do it after the gunfight.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:35 AM   #25
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If I were the casting director of that movie I would shoot everyone in the room and then turn the gun against myself while shouting "the original is perfect as is!!!"


BANG!

The original was good I'll admit; pretty much a campy modern day frankenstein.

Who to play Murphey? How about Matthew McConaughey, Timothy Olyphant, Russell Crowe...or Hayden Christensen! I can see it now, Hayden and his bitch voice telling bad guys they are going with him dead or alive.
Hayden does not have the range to play a monotone, emotionless cyborg.
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Old December 28 2008, 07:04 AM   #26
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If I were the casting director of that movie I would shoot everyone in the room and then turn the gun against myself while shouting "the original is perfect as is!!!"


BANG!

The original was good I'll admit; pretty much a campy modern day frankenstein.

Who to play Murphey? How about Matthew McConaughey, Timothy Olyphant, Russell Crowe...or Hayden Christensen! I can see it now, Hayden and his bitch voice telling bad guys they are going with him dead or alive.
Timothy Olyphant is a good choice. I hope that they'd go with him. He's joining Damages I think.
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Old December 28 2008, 07:09 AM   #27
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Faran Tahir.

Then, Officer Murphy will be a true Badass.
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Old December 28 2008, 12:20 PM   #28
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Sylvester Stallone: "I'm a cop. I AM THE LAW!"
Whaaaat? And he will take off the helmet 5 minutes into the film!
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Old December 28 2008, 01:15 PM   #29
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I'll add a vote for Timothy Olyphant.

And I love that clip with the TV version, so bad a lot of the time, but I actually thought replacing "Aw, fuck you!" with "Yeah, for you!" was an improvment.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:59 PM   #30
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And I love that clip with the TV version, so bad a lot of the time, but I actually thought replacing "Aw, fuck you!" with "Yeah, for you!" was an improvment.
My eternal abiding memory of RoboCop was ITV's screening of the heavily expurgated and cleaned-up version during the early evening one lazy Saturday during the mid-90s.

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