How to shoot the film "RoboKop"

Even the greatest epic can begin with a simple idea. And such an idea occurred to Ed Neumayer when he was only 25! And it was like this: the guy helped on the set of the film, where in the future the cop-man chased the robot criminals. Having slightly twisted the initial data, Ed gave the following idea: what if in the future, on the contrary, a robot police officer will chase after human criminals ?! So the misadventures of Rick Descartes and became the inspiration for RoboKopa. Work has begun on the script.
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The finished manuscript for Neumeier’s authorship fell into the hands of the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who had recently arrived in Hollywood (“Basic Instinct”, “Star Troops”). After reading the story, he threw it into the trash with outright disgust. But the wife of Verhoeven read it and persuaded her husband to give "this slag" a second chance. He listened to the advice.
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So, Paul still decides to try his luck with RoboKop and zealously proceeds to casting. In the title role, he wanted to see either Arnie - well, of course, he's Iron; or Rutger Hauer - the director started working with him in Holland and even shot him in his Hollywood debut “Flesh + Blood”.The studio arranged for both candidates. But when it came to trying on a draft version of a robocop suit, it turned out that Rutger, and especially Arnie, was too large. And in armor will look like they noticed then, like a Michelin man
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Despite the fact that Paul gave Arnie a turn away from the gate and continued his search, in a certain sense Schwarz’s “spirit” was present in the RoboKop universe: Orion Studios used the theme of its previous film, Terminator, in the movie trailer. The same canonical theme sounds in the game RoboCop for consoles-consoles NES-Nintendo Entertainment System.
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In general, the theme of music is a separate topic. The soundtrack was written by the famous Basil Poleduris, who used both “live” instruments and synthesizers with other electronic lotions. Thus, the composer wanted to emphasize the inconsistency of the “man-machine” image and, as if in a mirror, reflect the opposition of a person against a machine.
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But back to the casting. Soon Peter Weller appeared on the horizon. Verhoeven found it ideally suited for two parameters. First: the expressive lower part of the face, with which he could convey the entire palette of the cybernetic senses of his hero.Well, just like Mr. Wayne at night! Secondly: sufficient plasticity and athleticism, thanks to which it was possible not to be afraid that Robocop would look fat and cumbersome ... So, the hero has found his face, but what about the antiheroes?
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The choice of actors on the post of bad guys is no less interesting. So, the ominous boss from the powerful Corporation OuSiPi had to portray Ronnie Cox. The director explained his choice by saying that Dr. Cox had played some kind of dad before, and there was such a great opportunity for reincarnation. A couple of years later, Verhoeven gladly stole him into his next project, and Chancellor Kohegen from the legendary “Recall All” re-emerged just beautiful. And bug-eyed ...
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But if Ronnie Cox portrayed such a puppeteer, then the direct opponent of the robocop was to play another “good guy from the screen” - Curtwood Smith. Creating an image, the director broke up in earnest and supplied him with rimless glasses: this had to give a certain touch of outrageousness; and then, the bespectacled looks smarter, which means such an enemy is more dangerous. By the way, Heinrich Himmler loved the same glasses, if that ... As in the case of Mr. Cox,here, too, there is no trace of a positive reputation, but the piggy bank of villains has been replenished with two new Values.
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Well, with mummers, we decided. Next, the studio has allocated a million dollars to create a costume for Weller. The task was decided to be set before Rob Bottin: an amazing animatronic in a masterpiece “Something” - his handiwork. Bottin is also famous for his work on such legends as "King Kong" (1976), "Seven", "Mission: Impossible", "Fight Club" and the mentioned "Recall All" ... In total, Bottin created as many as six armor: three ordinary-everyday , and three with different damage.
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Obviously, the Detroit cop did not appear out of nowhere: the formation of the image of RoboKop was significantly influenced by other lovers of asshole criminality and flaunting in armor. These are Judge Dredd and the cosmic knight of ROM from the Marvel universe. After 10 months of painstaking searches and work, the costume was ready. For its production were used as the molds from the body of Weller, and the clay model in full growth. After receiving the costume, Peter began to actively “master” it - he had to do everything that the movements were organic and smooth.
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By the way, due to the fact that Weller had to be in a suit for a long time, the temperature of his body rose to +38 C, and during the shooting day he could lose more than a kilogram of weight. At first, they managed to blow it off with fans, and then completely connected the suit with the separate air conditioners. And another thing: since the production of the costume was delayed for 2 weeks of a fixed period, the shooting began without him, when only the so-called plush, soft version of the costume was available.
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Not to mention one bright character of the picture, which became the ED-209. It was created by Craig Davis: he took the legendary cinema helicopter “Huey” Bell (as in “Predator” or “The Matrix”) and figures from the Robotech series based on the anime '80s for the basis. A voiced ED-209 producer pictures John Davison.
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Perhaps, one of the make-up tops was the work done while creating the scene of the fight between the head-man and Robot, after which the villain turned out to be scalded with acid: his flesh began to literally "fuse" from the face and hands ... Rob complied with this Bottin. With his unsurpassed work, he paid tribute to the film “Molten”, or rather, Rick Baker, who worked on it, without whose skills and talent neither “American werewolf in London” nor “People in Black-3, -2, -1” , neither “Alien”, nor “Star Wars”.
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Another curious scene was the episode of saving the girl from rape by RokoKop. According to the scenario, Murphy shot an adversary through a girl (of course, nothing vital would have been offended). But at the rehearsal, Verhoeven noticed that the victim girl, behind whom the villain hides, has wide-spread legs. And Paul decided that Murphy would shoot through his long skirt between his legs, right at the rapist's genitals!
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Interesting and history of devices. For example, the famous huge gun Murphy. Initially, the hero wanted to equip the barrel of the Desert Eagle, but he was rejected because of ... insufficient size! Replaced by Beretta 93R. True, she had to tinker with her: well, the gunsmith lengthened her trunk in order to achieve the necessary proportions with the brush, Murphy had the longest
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Well, what a cop without an iron horse. For this role, the new Pontiac 6000 was predicted, but Verhoeven focused on the Ford Taurus model. By the way, the failure in the casting still backfired for Pontiac. In the film there is an episode with the advertisement of a new car, which is called 6000 SUX!
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As for the location and time of filming. The team did not fit between August and October 1986. But what was happening, consider, at the beginning of the film, the scene of the murder of police officer Alex Murphy was filmed last, in January 1987.Cityscapes filmed among the high-rise buildings of Dallas (Texas); the headquarters of OuSiPi turned the city hall, which is in the same Dallas. But the scenes at the steel plant were shot as much in Pennsylvania. Well, of course, Detroit City of Rock - where can you go without it?
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After completing the shooting and finishing with the installation, Verhoeven sent a copy to the MRA agency to assign a rolling rating. Frank scenes of violence led the commission to horror! The film was threatened by category X, which put a fat cross on the success at the box office. As a result, the director still achieved the favor of the officials and gave the tape the strictest rating - the R. rating. And then, only after 11 (!) Rewiring.
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Began a large-scale promotion campaign. In the promotion of the film, President Richard Nixon took an active part! He listed his fee for this responsible work for charity.
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After the release, RoboCop started the triumphant march across the screens: collecting both an impressive cashier (one of the three leaders of 1987 with the best collections for the weekend) and substantial awards (2 Bafta, 5 Saturn and Oscar nominations). By the way, with a budget of $ 13.000.000 for the premiere weekend alone, the film collected $ 8.000.000 !!
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But the film is famous not so much for cash and prize achievements, but for its deep-seated metaphor and imagery. For example, impressionable citizens blame the picture for bulging and admiring violence; followers of left-wing ideas rightly call RoboCop propaganda of fascist ideas, while feminists criticize for demeaning the role of women. They are disgusted by those who point to a veiled criticism of the consumer society, with its abandoned industries and unemployment.
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But perhaps the most delightful interpretation is attributed to Paul Verhoeven himself, a great lover of Christian symbolism. RoboCop, in no way less, appears in the image of the modern Christ: he also experiences a horrifying death, then resurrects; and in the final scene at the factory, when Robo marches through a puddle, an illusion is created that he walks through the water like a dry land.
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