Colin Farrell was 'dubious' about Total Recall

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A remake of the 1990 sci-fi action film of the same name, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel & Ethan Hawke. Like the original, this reboot is inspired by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. For factory worker Douglas Quaid (Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.
July 23rd, 2012

Colin Farrell was ''dubious'' about appearing in a 'Total Recall' remake.

The 36-year-old actor - who plays the lead role of Douglas Quaid, originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the new film - admits he was nervous about taking on the role until director Len Wiseman showed him the differences.

He said: ''I loved Arnie in the original 'Total Recall', which I was when I was 15 or 16. There were some funny one liners, there were some great action sequences and really fun performances from Arnie and Sharon Stone. So when I was approached about a new version I was dubious.

''But although the characters exist within the same story frame and are battling with the same conceptual elements, they're very different characters, and for me that was a relief.''

Even Len wanted to avoid making comparisons to the first 1990 film, admitting he had ''no interest'' in simply remaking the movie with modern effects.

He added: ''I had no interest in just remaking Paul Verhoeven's film with updated effects.

''And I didn't want to do another version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.''