|RoboCop (Peter Weller); RoboCop|
1. Screenwriter Edward Neumeier says he got the idea for RoboCop from working on the set of Blade Runner. It was about a cop hunting robots, which made Neumeier think of reversing it to make a robot cop hunting humans.
2. RoboCop was allegedly inspired by Marvel's robot superhero ROM, and the futuristic British cop Judge Dredd.
3. ROM comic books appear on screen during the convenience store robbery. Another ROM comic shows up in a flashback with Murphy's son.
|Source: ROM Spaceknight Revisited|
5. Peter Weller was hired over other proposed actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rutger Hauer, partly because his thin frame would keep the suit from being too bulky.
6. Peter Weller tried to stay in character on the set, responding only to "Robo," but abandoned his plan after the cast and crew kept making fun of him.
7. Villain Clarence Boddicker's rimless glasses were supposed to make him look like Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler.
8. Even though it's set in Detroit, most of the movie was actually filmed in Dallas. The only real shot of Detroit in the entire movie is an aerial shot in the opening, and that was stock footage.
9. Peter Weller originally wanted RoboCop to move quickly like a dancer, but the weight of the suit forced him to go the opposite direction and slow down his movements.
10. With a construction cost of one million dollars, the RoboCop suits were the most expensive objects in the entire movie.
11. During board meetings, screenwriter Neumeier fantasized about a robot busting in and killing everyone, which inspired the scene of ED-209 shooting an OCP executive.
12. The design of ED-209 was based on a Vietnam Era Bell helicopter and the rear legs of the Zentraedi Battlepod mecha in Robotech.
|Early Concept Art of ED-209|
13. Director Paul Verhoeven acted out some of ED-209's movements himself.
14. Much of Kurtwood Smith's performance as Clarence Boddicker, including the line "Can you fly, Bobby" and spitting blood on the police desk, was improvised by him on the set.
15. The 6000 SUX is a parody of the Pontiac 6000, rival of the Ford Taurus used as police cars in the movie.
16. RoboCop's first Directive, "Serve the Public Trust," was inspired by a fortune cookie.
17. The catchphrase "I'd buy that for a dollar" is based on the catchphrase "would you buy that for a quarter" from a fictional radio show in Cyril M. Kornbluth's short story "The Marching Morons."
18. The "infrared" scene was actually not infrared. The scene was filmed in black light with fluorescent body paint on the nude actors.
19. It took fifty takes to get the shot of RoboCop catching the car keys, because the keys kept bouncing off his hand.
20. The scene where RoboCop wades through water at the steel mill is meant to imply he's walking on water, like Jesus Christ.
21. In the original theatrical trailer, the theme of 1984's The Terminator was used instead of the RoboCop theme.
22. The parody commercials were added late in production to try to lighten the film's mood and distract from the more violent scenes.
23. It took eleven cuts before the film was lowered from an X to an R rating.
24. Former president Richard Nixon was hired to meet Robocop to promote the home video release. He donated the $25,000 he received to the Boys and Girls Club.
|Source: Billboard Magazine|
What do you think of the movie? Did you learn anything about RoboCop? Any other trivia you can share?
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