I’d like to know your philosophy towards action choreography. What will your action pieces look like in this new RoboCop?

It’s grounded. It’s handheld stuff. I think the best definition is, it’s grounded. We go in with the actors. When it’s robots, we go in with the air, because it’s CG, but I try to make it as grounded as I can. RoboCop is not Superman, right? He has a certain level of ordinary ability. I mean it’s not … it is grounded because there is a [point] to RoboCop inserting a human brain into [the structure of] a machine. So long as he has that brain, he’s vulnerable, right? If you crash a car, and your brain hits the wall of a car, you’re going to pass out, right? It’s realistic like that.

But ultimately, the existence of RoboCop was supposed to make us all feel safer.

Yes, and that’s the idea. The idea is if we can prove that machines are better for law enforcement, using RoboCop, maybe we can turn minds and people will back up this program, hence the Samuel Jackson character.

What can you tell me about his character?

He’s a media mogul. He’s like the American brass was in the beginning of the invasion in Iraq. Nobody questioned the weapons of mass destruction. Let’s just go do it, alright? This is kind of him with RoboCop.

You said fun, though. I mean, we’re in a position now, we’re all of our blockbusters have to be heavy and dark. I hope your movie is fun. What’s the tone you are shooting for?

Well, it’s ironic. I mean, it’s an ironic movie, like the original RoboCop. We kept that. But it’s also dramatic, because the man is kept inside that machine. He has a wife. He has a kid. How does the kid look at him? He can’t even stay at home because every night … he doesn’t have an immune system, and so every night, they have to clean his blood or else he gets sick. He’s very powerful, but he’s also very fragile.

I like those touches.

And so, how does his wife relate to him? She signed a consent, and now she’s seen him inside his thing and he ain’t happy, right? I mean the difference between our movies, and it’s not even our movies, is the concept of RoboCop. It’s very different than say the concept of Iron Man or the concept of Spider-Man, because Spider-Man and Iron Man are characters who people want to be. Kids want to be Spider-Man. Kids don’t want to be RoboCop. Nobody wants to! Not even Alex Murphy. RoboCop is more like a Frankenstein. So, it‘s a very different movie. It’s not comparable. You can’t compare RoboCop to any of those movies, because it’s just a different thing.

RoboCop will be in theaters on February 7.

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