The “RoboCop” portion of Sony and Screen Gems’ San Diego Comic-Con panel kicked off with a video presentation featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Pat Novak.
He discusses the war machines and robots policing countries around the world. “Why can’t we use these machines here at home?” he asks. “Why is America so robophobic?” The trailer touches on discussions of humanity and whether robots make appropriate law enforcements forces.
More footage shows Kinnaman’s transformation into RoboCop after his car blows up in his driveway. His face and right hand are left intact, but the rest of him is replaced with robotic components. Later in the trailer he rides a motorcycle down an exploding hallway while firing machine guns. It looks action-packed, but the cast says they’ve injected it with plenty of humanity as well.
During the “RoboCop” panel director Jose Padilha took the stage along with Jackson, Abbie Cornish (Ellen Murphy), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellers), and Joe Kinnaman (Alex Murphy/RoboCop).
“[The original] ‘RoboCop’ is a brilliant film,” Padilha says. “We didn’t try to redo the same ‘RoboCop’ because it was perfect the way it was.” He continues, “They’ve taken a similar concept to the original and made it relevant to modern society.”
Jackson’s character is the host of a network TV show. “I like to refer to Pat Novak as ‘Rush Sharpton,'” he says, combining Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton. “A guy who has an opinion, who’s not afraid to state it, and uses every means necessary to get people to agree with him.”
Kinnaman discussed his portrayal of RoboCop. “Over the course of the movie he has this internal battle with the artificial intelligence and his own soul or his own humanity,” he says. “That was the challenge, to portray that, and I think that’s what we were able to do.”
“I had to perfect my jaw acting,” Kinnaman adds.
In the new film RoboCop attempts to retain his humanity while his family wonders if there’s anything left of him. “What’s nice about the Murphy family is it sort of grounds the film in basic humanity,” Cornish says. “It’s how [RoboCop] is affected on a deeper level by his wife and his child.