At the junket for "Men in Black 3" (via /Film), leading man Josh Brolin was asked for his thoughts on "Oldboy." He admitted that it makes him "nervous," but he wouldn't have signed on board with without the South Korean director's stamp of approval.
"I love 'Oldboy' and I’m close with Chan-wook Park and I emailed him a couple months ago, just asking for his blessing to do this movie because if he had said ‘No,’ I wouldn't have done it," Brolin said. "But I really respect his movie and we’ll make a little different movie and this whole idea of a more Hollywood version of it? Whatever. We’re just going to make a different version but have respect to the initial story and premise. I’m looking forward to it, man. I’m talking about it nervously right now because it makes me nervous."
Brolin said the movie makes him so nervous that just hearing someone mention its title makes his stomach turn. That being said, he's pretty excited to make it. Brolin confirmed the casting of Sharlto Copley as the movie's villain and Elizabeth Olsen as its female lead. He also teased that some fan-favorite scenes would make it into the American take on the story.
When asked if the infamous hammer fight scene would be in the new version of "Oldboy," Brolin responded, "Yes. And it’s a hammer and knife and all that stuff. And then will we keep the octopus, will we keep the other stuff? There’s some changes but I think it’s really good. It still makes me throw down the script half way through. Whoa."
Even though they'll be playing enemies on the big screen, Brolin shared that he and Copley have already started their relationship off on the right foot.
"He just wrote me an e-mail and was like, ‘Look, I’ve got to get this out of the way. Dude, 'Goonies' is my favorite film of all time,’ which I thought was really sweet," Brolin said during the junket. "And now I’m going to make 20 years of your life miserable."
"Oldboy" is slated to start filming in October. The film follows a man (Brolin) who is kidnapped and held in a private prison for 15 years before being released and contacted by the man who imprisoned him (Copley). He then goes on a quest of vengeance to find out the reason for his imprisonment and seek revenge on the people who ruined his life.
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