Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about "RoboCop"

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In a crime-ridden city, a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.
February 12th, 2014

Joel Kinnaman initially didn't want to be in 'RoboCop'.

The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - admits there is an expectation which comes with being part of a re-make of a film and didn't think the forthcoming film was ''right'' for him when he first entered talks for his role.

He explained: ''There's always this hesitation when you're doing a re-make of a beloved movie, and I felt exactly the same way. When I was first approached by my agents and they told me there was going to be a re-make of 'RoboCop' I told them I didn't think that was right for me. I actually told them I'll see it in the theatres and it's not for me.''

Kinnaman insists he was a fan of director Jose Padilha's previous work and was drawn to the film because of the filmmaker's concept of the story of 'RoboCop'.

He told collider.com: ''Then they told me Jose Padilha's was going to do this movie ... I consider him one of the most interesting directors in the world. His films always have a strong social and political point of view. And he has got a poetic and gritty visual style and the acting is always top-notch. When I found out he was going to do this re-make I knew that there was going to be an interesting idea behind it.

''Honestly, I was amazed that he knew who I was and was honoured that he wanted to sit down with me, so of course I did.

''When he told me the story he wanted to tell by using the concept of 'RoboCop' I was blown away.''