Sharlto Copley Was 'Never Set To Star' In 'District 9'

As some of you already know, Sharlto Copley capably carried director Neill Blomkamp's "District 9" like a seasoned vet. It may surprise you to learn however that the newcomer actor was originally going assume a producer's role and nothing more for the summer sci-fi thinkpiece. Copley was a sniper in Blomkamp's "Alive in Joburg" short, on which "District 9" is based, but he never actively sought a spot in the film's cast, let alone the top spot.

"I was never set to actually star in the film," Copley said to MTV's Josh Horowitz during an interview at San Diego Comic-Con. "Neill only actually told me and made me the offer to be the lead guy in it when he said, 'look, Peter [Jackson]'s totally behind this. And we might have some issues from the studio or investors or whatever -- you know, they're going to want a star -- but because Peter wants it, and is really getting behind you, you're going to get it."

In the video below, the likable "D9" leading man has plenty more to say on how he got the role and what the production scene was like. Check it out, then head over to for Christopher Cambpell's full rundown of the interview.