Joel Kinnaman Talks ROBOCOP Reboot: “I Can’t Imagine How ROBOCOP Could Be PG-13″

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Earlier this afternoon, Collider was invited to participate in roundtable interviews for Season 2 of the AMC drama series The Killing, which premieres on April 1st. While Season 1 was all about questions and red herrings, Season 2 promises to start uncovering the answers while delving into and exploring the notion that everyone has past secrets that are now coming back to haunt them. And, the resolution of who killed Rosie Larson (Katie Findlay) will be answered at the conclusion of this season.

We will run what the actors had to say about the show’s return later in the week, but we did want to share what actor Joel Kinnaman had to say about his upcoming role in the RoboCop reboot, working with director José Padilha, his love of the original film and Paul Verhoeven’s work (including Starship Troopers), how they start shooting in August, and how adamant he is about the importance of an R rating for the film. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

robocop-joel-kinnamanCollider: You’re already pretty famous in Sweden, aren’t you?

Joel Kinnaman: Yeah.

Are you prepared for all of this attention in the States now? When do you start shooting RoboCop?

Kinnaman: I start shooting that in August. It’s gonna be really fun! It’s frustrating when you come over here, especially from a position that I was in, in Sweden, where most people know who you are, but then you come here. There’s also a different financing system with movies here. Mid-range to low-budget movies have to have a name in the lead to get financing for it. So, I was meeting a lot of directors and reading scripts, and I was like, “Well, I’d love to play this part,” but I couldn’t. You’re not able to do a lot of projects because you don’t have a name. I wanted to get my movies to come over that hedge, so that I could do the movies that I wanted to do.

joel-kinnaman-robocopWhat will director José Padilha bring to the film?

Kinnaman: With RoboCop, I couldn’t be happier because it’s such a quality director. He’s a young master. I don’t know if you’ve seen Elite Squad 1 and 2, but if you haven’t, you really should see them. They’re quite incredible. So, he’s a very smart man who’s going to do a very smart movie. If you’ve seen those movies, you know he can portray action.

The original RoboCop had such a specific tone and voice, and it was very satirical. Will this be going for a similar thing?

Kinnaman: I’m such a huge fan of the original. I think I’ve seen the first RoboCop, 15 or 20 times. I’m like a kid, that way. And, I love all of [Paul] Verhoeven’s movies. He has a very special tone. I love Starship Troopers, too. That’s really smart. I think he really could portray fascism in a comedic way. It’s funny because both José [Padilha] and Verhoeven were accused of being fascists for their movies because they had fascist leads. So, it’s not going to have his tone, but there’s going to be political satire in it.

Do you know if you are going to go for an R rating or a PG-13?

Kinnaman: I sincerely hope they’re going for R ‘cause I can’t imagine how RoboCop could be PG-13. That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it. It has to be violent.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the original RoboCop, here’s the trailer:

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  • mee

    for anyone who hasn’t seen the original robocop? shame on you.

  • Sci-fi

    “for anyone who hasn’t seen the original robocop…”

    …kill yourself

    just kidding ;)

  • anthony smith

    I agree with you, Joel. Now, if you gkuys can recover from that horrible season finale…

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  • lovetron

    “It’s frustrating when you come over here, especially from a position that I was in, in Sweden, where most people know who you are, but then you come here.”

    I hate this guy already.

  • HelghestUser

    ^
    What’s the hate for?

    “I sincerely hope they’re going for R ‘cause I can’t imagine how RoboCop could be PG-13. That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it. It has to be violent.”

    Dam Straight!

    • lovetron

      Read the quote. I’ll translate it for you: “I love being famous and being showered with attention, and it sucks when you go somewhere new and no one recognizes you. I have a big ego so I need all that attention to survive. America better get their $hit together pretty quick and recognize how awesome I am.”

  • Raptor Jesus

    ‘Starship Troopers was really smart’. Sorry, this guys obviously not that bright and rarely if ever reads a book.

  • BrandonHeat07

    Damn!! The original Robocop trailers is so badass with that Terminator music in the bkg…

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  • LEM

    He can’t imagine how Robocop would be pg-13? well the studio does because that’s all they want for anything. They only make movies they want to appeal to all demographics and end up appealing to no one.

    • A

      They just want the fukin teen market

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  • Fiz

    He was the best thing about The Killing, so it’s not a bad choice for this film. The question I have is whether his TV show will recover from the huge backlash from the end of last season. I’ve got it set to record, but am not terribly enthused about Season 2 yet.

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  • Tarek

    Kinnaman is a very good actor.
    I enjoyed the season 1 of the Killing. what was wrong with it ? this is all Michael Bay’s fault.

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  • brandon

    I can imagine RoboCop being PG-13… It’s called RoboCop 3.

    • Badmortigan

      Amen! But even Robocop 3′s terrible recasting was better than this guy!
      Aaron Eckhart would have been better.

      Robocop 1 & 2 are awesome! 3 sucked, this reboot no doubt will look nice and be entertaining etc, but you just cant reboot a classic! I’d have accepted a sequel set years down the line with a non Murphy Robocop, and a different story. But not this, and a visor that you can see through? Sounds like a mask to me not a robo helmet.

      • Jazzy Jace

        You’re wrong about Joel, if you’ve seen him in The Killing, you’ll know why he’s the perfect choice as Murphy. Bet you’d wished it was a douche nozzle like Taylor Lautner…go on, admit it!

      • Kristie

        lautner is looking into other movies, I’ll have to check this guy out, he says he’s seen the movie 15 to 20 times , thats nothing, I’ve seen them since they first came out, I guess they want a fresh prospective, and yes the fact is, that no one will be able to cover the movie like Peter Weller didits been 25 years since the first one and they feel that its time to make a remake, damn I wish I was apart of it to be honest,I know the movies like the back of my hand!

  • Diretor

    He is trying to say that Its hard to be an actor that no one knows. You dont get great movies. Dumb fucks!

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  • texasvet

    Starship troppers was a book.

    • Aaron Howell

      and very, very different from the movie.

    • Aaron Howell

      and very, very different from the movie.

  • Charles Bradley Quillen

    I agree with him. I like the satire/tongue-in-cheek social commentary included in both Robocop and Starship Troopers. I also read Starship Troopers…which had a completely different theme and plot from the film. I liked both, to tell you the truth.

  • Charles Bradley Quillen

    I agree with him. I like the satire/tongue-in-cheek social commentary included in both Robocop and Starship Troopers. I also read Starship Troopers…which had a completely different theme and plot from the film. I liked both, to tell you the truth.

  • Charter

    It’s not gonna be rated R. All Hollywood cares about is reaching the widest demographic possible, not making a good movie. It’ll be watered down to a an action flick for kids.

    Instead of Dredd, we’re gonna end up with Total Recall (2012).

  • Charter

    It’s not gonna be rated R. All Hollywood cares about is reaching the widest demographic possible, not making a good movie. It’ll be watered down to a an action flick for kids.

    Instead of Dredd, we’re gonna end up with Total Recall (2012).

  • ThrillHouse

    i think he’s expressing for the frustration of not being able to do movies that he would like to do because he is not known, rather than just saying that he misses the attention that comes with being famous.

  • ThrillHouse

    i think he’s expressing for the frustration of not being able to do movies that he would like to do because he is not known, rather than just saying that he misses the attention that comes with being famous.

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  • Elmos_dad

    I still remember the first time I saw Robocop and I’m kind of envious of the people who haven’t seen it yet

  • Ken Barker

    So….you must be pretty disappointed now eh?

  • Tiberian_Fiend

    Two years later…

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