The forthcoming RoboCop reboot has managed to attract quite a bit of top talent, including Samuel L. Jackson.
Jackson is part of a cast that includes sci-fi icons like Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Keaton (Batman) and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), as well as rising stars like RoboCop himself, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). That cast, plus the involvement of acclaimed director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within), has made the film one of the most intriguing potential blockbusters of 2014. We caught up with Jackson at San Diego Comic-Con to chat with him about the film, and learned a bit more about what part he has to play in the RoboCop saga.
"I play a character by the name of Pat Novak, who's sort of a combination of Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton, if you can combine those two people. So I refer to him as Rush Sharpton," Jackson said. "He has one of those shows that's an opinion show, and his opinion is that automated policing is a good idea, so he's a proponent of RoboCop."
A character like Novak will hopefully add an intriguing mass-media layer to the film, which will also deal with the role of corporations in society and how the use of drones affects humanity, and someone with Jackson's screen presence can definitely sell an opinionated media personality in ways few other actors could ever hope to.
Check out the full interview below for more on why Jackson agreed to do the film, and why he considers it a "credible" remake.
RoboCop is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2014.