Exclusive ‘RoboCop’ Trailer Shows Off a (Literally) Hot New Robo-Suit
Joel Kinnaman in 'RoboCop' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
One thing's for sure about the upgraded Crime Prevention Unit on display in the rebooted "RoboCop": the guy can move.
If you were a kid who grew up in the '80s, chances are you physically imitated Peter Weller as RoboCop at least once. Weller's movements as the resurrected Officer Alex J. Murphy were stiff and specific — he moved like, well, a robot, due to the restrictions of the extremely cumbersome costume he had to endure day in and day out. Jack Black even made a bit out of it in Michel Gondry's valentine to the VHS era, "Be Kind Rewind."
Well, the wardrobe limitations of 1987 are long gone as the new "RoboCop" showcases a suit that simultaneously gives homage to Weller's classic get-up and improves upon it, specifically in the freedom of movement it allows. The new trailer for the film shows our Robo for the 21st century (Joel Kinnaman) engaging in a training exercise that has him running, jumping, twisting and turning about as he makes short work of his targets.
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It's a far cry from the bulky nightmare donned by Peter Weller, who recently spoke about his experience with the suit to Ain't It Cool News' own Harry Knowles.
"It took three hours to put on the inner suit, and another seven hours to put on the outer suit," said Weller about his first time putting on his Robo costume. "I lost my mind."
Weller soon discovered that he could barely move at all in the get-up, which effectively destroyed all the "serpentine, liquid sort of movement" that he and mime Moni Yakim had developed together before the suit had been completed.
The extreme limitations of the suit caused a lot of tension between Weller, director Paul Verhoeven, effects supervisor Rob Bottin and screenwriter Ed Neumeier, which caused Orion exec Mike Medavoy to consider shutting down production. Luckily, Yakim was called back in, and after the suit was stripped down some, he and Weller developed a new way of moving: very slow and big, which Weller admits at first felt "phony" and "like bad opera."
Cut to 26 years later and Joel Kinnaman is allowed all sorts of movement in his Robo-suit, which starts off with a blocky, silver look that resembles the original before getting a slick, trimmed-down, and all-black upgrade. This RoboCop costume allows for speed and agility ... even though it's apparently a little stuffy in there, as revealed in an interview with the cast at Moviepilot.