Joel Kinnaman: ‘I Know My RoboCop’

Joel Kinnaman at the "Robocop" premiere
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Joel Kinnaman found himself awash in nostalgia on the red carpet at Sony-MGM’s premiere of “RoboCop” at the Chinese on Feb. 10.

“I saw the original film when I was 9 years old and I was just amazed,” reflected Kinnaman, who’s the lead in the remake. “I’ve seen it 20 times since. So I know my RoboCop.”

Screenwriter Joshua Zetumer was even younger on his first viewing of Paul Verhoeven‘s film in 1987 in San Diego.

“I was born in 1981, and I went with my mom, who must have thought it would be a fun movie for kids about robots,” he recalled. “So it was pretty intense for someone as young as I was.”

Producer Eric Newman recalled that he had seen the original at the Regent Theater in Westwood. “Remakes are not easy, partly because people get very possessive about the original,” he added.

Gary Oldman remembered that the original film struck him as “pretty scary science fiction.” And he was particularly pleased with the sensibility of Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha on the remake.

“I always think it’s interesting to have an international director on such an American film like this,” he reflected. “I think they’re able to bring an accessibility to the material. You saw that in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ which is a very British film, directed by a Swedish director, Tomas Alfredson.”

Also spotted at the after-party at OHM Nightclub were co-stars Abbie Cornish, Aimee Garcia, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley and Michael Kenneth Williams, Sony’s Dwight Caines and MGM’s Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman.

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  1. The Movie Theater let a 6 year old watch one of the most ultra-violent mainstream films of all time because he was with his mom? Doubt it…

    P.S. Robocop shouldn’t run. Or jump. Or have emotions. Or have a hand.

    You’ve Britta’d my favourite movie. Well done, Bin man. Well done.

  2. snake says:

    Calm down Mermaid24. It’s just a movie. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure as an actor I would jump to this role too.

  3. Mermaid24 says:

    he likes RoboCop? he loves RoboCop and nevertheless he agrees to play the role in this rubbish movie and infuriate all the fans. Congrats Joel…you will be the most hated RoboCop ever…

  4. megan says:

    oh nevermind you meant the next guy. I read too fast.

  5. megan says:

    he was not born in 1981, that’s only six years to 1987, and he said he was nine. Plus IMDB says 1979. Was he misquoted or did he actually try to lie about his age?

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