A Mime Saves Robocop
People often overlook or discount the full range of movement an actor uses to portray a character. Nowhere was this more evident than when Peter Weller was trying to portray Robocop. They had the suit made and the script written, but Weller's walking around looked completely non-robotic. First, Weller worked painstakingly to create an automatic-style movement, but once the suit was on none of his efforts translated into something that would look good on-screen.
So a reknowned mime (is there really such a thing?) named Moni Yakim was flown onto the set. In his own words, "And I worked with Peter and found out that all was in the rhythm, that we had to throw away everything that we'd done, rhythmically, over the four months, and to create the rhythm that would fit that costume," Yakim said. "That, instead of having the bulk as a negative thing, to use it as an asset. So we started to move slower, and to walk slower, the motions were slower. And we worked Peter's body into the weight of the costume, rhythmically. And, after about an hour, I called Peter, Verhoeven, and the guys, and told them to look at what he can do. And everybody got excited, and they started shooting. That's the real story. And it was in the papers, because Peter Weller actually said it that if I hadn't come to the set that day, there wouldn't be a RoboCop"