Filling Arnold Schwarzenegger's shoes in any capacity is difficult, but it's even harder when you're about to portray one of his most iconic roles. A few months back it was announced that Colin Farrell had been cast in the lead of Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall. Fans immediately began spitting fire on the project, saying that nobody could beat the 1990 Paul Verhoven-directed version. Initially Farrell himself was part of that crowd.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit in with Farrell as part of a roundtable interview and brought up the subject of the Total Recall remake, which is set to start up production in a few weeks. I started by asking about his relationship, which he quickly professed his love for.
It wasn't only the script that heightened Farrell's interest in the project. Meeting with Wiseman to discuss the film, the actor was introduced to some of the concept art , which apparently blew him away. He did, however, mention that a project doesn't always end up the way that it starts.
Further debunking rumors that the story is closer to the original Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," Farrell was adamant that there's plenty more to explore with the characters and the world.
After suffering from over exposure, and reinventing himself with 2008's In Bruge, my faith in Colin Farrell's work has skyrocketed through the roof. While the Verhoven-Schwarzenegger is certainly an awesome movie, there is indeed quite a bit that can be done with the concept and it seems that they are taking advantage of that.
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