When Brazilian director José Padilha was asked who he wanted to play Officer Alex J. Murphy in his upcoming reboot of the “RoboCop” franchise, he spoke openly that he hoped to cast one of Hollywood’s most-wanted actors, Michael Fassbender.
At the time of the interview, no one had approached Fassbender about the role, and news soon spread across the internet about the director of “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” which just hit theaters, and his intentions for the reboot.
Collider got the chance to sit down with Fassbender and discuss his two upcoming films, “A Dangerous Method” and “Shame,” and during the interview they touched on Padilha’s choice for RoboCop and how Fassbender would feel about the role.
Fassbender still had not spoken with Padilha or seen a script but said he would be interested nonetheless. “You know, I’m always open. I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation,” he said. “It’s not definitely like, ’Oh, I’ve got to play RoboCop before I retire.'”
He told Collider that that isn’t how he chooses his roles, preferring to take them more on a case-by-case basis. “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,” Fassbender said. “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.”
He’s even up for wearing a huge metal helmet for the majority of a film, which is presumably what RoboCop would entail.
“It could be kind of fun,” he said. “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.”
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