Spike Lee’s remake of the Korean cult classic “Oldboy” has had a rather tumultuous development with Colin Firth turning down the role of the villain and Clive Owen recently exiting. But when 2011 breakout star Elizabeth Olsen signed on to star opposite Josh Brolin, things began to look up for the film.
MTV News’ caught up with Olsen while she was promoting her new “one-take” horror film “Silent House.” While she seemed excited about the upcoming project, she remained extremely tight-lipped about the details of Lee’s next film.
“I don’t know if I can talk much about it, expect for the fact that the Korean film is one of my favorite movies,” Olsen said.
Chan-wook Park’s “Oldboy” was based on a Japanese manga of the same name and tells the story of a man who is held and subsequently released from a private prison after 15 years. The action of the film follows that man as he tries to piece together the mystery of his captivity and find those responsible.
Olsen wasn’t about to give up the details of Lee’s take on the Korean film, but she did say why she loved the original. “It’s just one of those films that gets under your skin and surprises you in so many different places,” she said. “It’s just a story with twists and turns that you would never expect.”
Those familiar with Chan-wook Park’s “Oldboy” know that it goes there, especially with the shocking conclusion. When it comes to an Americanization of the story, fans wonder whether the more sensitive US audiences could stomach the finale and whether the new version will take the same twists.
(Warning: spoilers ahead!)
When asked about the final twist, which reveals an incestuous relationship, Olsen became very protective of her version’s secrets. “Don’t! No! You’re not allowed to use that. Absolutely not, we’re not going there,” Olsen said. “Well, [if] you don’t talk about it, it will happen. Do not. Do not!”
(Okay! Spoilers are over!)
Olsen was able to share her excitement about working with a director of Lee’s caliber. “He’s one of the most talented directors today, and I think he is a genius,” she said. “’25th Hour,’ for some reason my brother made me watch that when I was in elementary school, and that was one of my favorite movies that Ed Norton’s ever done.”
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