Following the news that District 9 star Sharlto Copley will be playing the main villain in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy, the remake’s main actor, Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3), spoke briefly about his casting in the controversial remake. Two important things of note came up during his brief talk with /film.
The first, and most important, is that Brolin actively sought out Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s approval. The quote Collider chose reads:
“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. 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.”
The second quote, which I think is just as equally awesome, is Brolin’s assurance that some sort of homages or pastiches of the long take corridor fight scene and live octopus eating scene will be in Lee’s remake. As always, you can check out the sources for more quotes from Brolin.
As if I wasn’t already curious for the remake, Brolin helped convince me that he’s just as anxious/nervous/excited as I am.[Collider, via /film]