Joel Kinnaman Talks ROBOCOP, How the Film has a Strong Social & Political Point of View, Working for Terrence Malick on KNIGHT OF CUPS, and More

     February 11, 2014

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Opening this week in theaters and IMAX is director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator.  When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer.   The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city.  The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle HaleyMichael K. WilliamsJennifer EhleJay BaruchelMarianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kinnaman.  He talked about how the film has a strong social and political point of view, the challenge of wearing the Robocop suit, if he was aware of all the set photos being taken while they were filming, what it was like working for Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups (and how he only filmed for one day but had a 17 page monologue), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joel Kinnaman:

  • How I went in with low expectations but the movie is actually really good.  Did he hear from people that they were nervous about the remake?
  • How the film has a strong social and political point of view.
  • Was he aware of all the set photos being taken while they were filming?
  • Talks about the challenge of wearing the Robocop suit.
  • What was it like working for Terrence Malick.  Says he shot for one day on Knight of Cups and had a 17 page dialogue.


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