The Heart of a Cyborg: 'Robocop' Rewind
By DAVID WEINER
July 18, 2012
Paul Verhoeven's subversive and highly entertaining Robocop debuted in theaters 25 years ago this week, and we're flashing back with great, vintage footage of star Peter Weller's personal tour of the film's set -- showing how difficult it was to put on that incredibly unwieldy Robo-suit!
"This part, to me, it's a commercial, action, futuristic thriller on the face of it, but at the heart of it … is about the discovery of what it is to be human," said Weller, best known at the time as the star of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! "It's not about a bionic man or bionic woman. It's not about a human-looking thing with mechanics inside, it's about a mechanical thing with a human inside. That's the twist here."
Set in a crime-ridden, near-future Detroit, the satirical sci-fi Robocop finds the mega-corporation OCP tasked with running the city's police force. Introducing a new program with a prototype cyborg cop -- using the remains of downed cop Alex Murphy (Weller) – crime quickly gets swept under the rug by the new "sheriff" in town, but soon Murphy discovers a conspiracy that leads to the highest levels of OCP.
Of course, a Robocop remake is already in the works, but sight unseen, nothing can top the original…