Michael Fassbender Thinks Playing RoboCop "Could Be Kind of Fun"
11.14.11 by BJSprecher
When Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) casually threw out Michael Fassbender's name when discussing the type of actor he could see playing the title character in his Robocop reboot during an interview with Globo 1, it's unlikely he had any idea how quickly the news would proliferate on the internet and how often his statement would be misconstrued as confirmation that Fassbender was a lock for the role. At the time he made the statement, Padilha had yet to even contact Fassbender about the movie, a point he attempted to clarify when asked about the "casting news" in an interview conducted a few days later. Padilha said that casting was "difficult" because of the need to work around actors' schedules, but that he would "know in ten days," which would have been the first week of October.
Fast foward a month and we've yet to hear anything from Padilha or anyone else about who will play cop-turned-cyborg cop Alex Murphy in the new RoboCop or when the movie will go into production. If the project was in trouble, we would have heard something to that effect, so it's likely that Padilha has simply been too busy with promoting his new movie, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, which opened in limited release this weekend and is Brazil's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Academy Awards. As for Fassbender, he recently told Collider that he has yet to read the script for the reboot or sit down with Padilha, but said that he is "up for anything" and that it "could be kind of fun" to be RoboCop.
You know, I’m always open. I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It’s not definitely like, "Oh, I’ve got to play RoboCop before I retire." I don’t have that about anything. I don’t go, "I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet." I don’t really think like that. I just wait and see what comes up, and I’m always open to it. If I react to the script, then I’m up for anything. ... It could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind, for most of the film, too. That sounds kind of appealing.
Other than Fassbender, the only other actor mentioned by name in connection with the role of Alex Murphy is Chris Pine, the young actor who returned James T. Kirk to the big screen in director J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek prequel-reboot. Pine was said to be MGM's "top choice" for the role back in July — Padilha also mentioned his name in an interview — but it's unclear whether Pine was ever approached for the role or if he was simply on the studio's wish list.