OLDBOY Remake About Art Not Money Says Sharlto Copley
By now, even if you haven't seen the original Oldboy film you should know that it's a bit of a cult favorite here in the U.S. and as a result the remake has its fair share of detractors. However, actor Sharlto Copley says that you should give the film a chance.
"Spike's very cool, man. He's a real artist. You can see why he has the reputation he does. He's a pleasure to work with.
It's such a good story! Something like this only comes along very rarely, and it seems perfectly reasonable to have a reimagining of it. Very often Hollywood will remake something just because thereís a built-in audience, just for the commercial aspect of doing it. Thatís fair enough, I guess. But with this, if you look at the people who have got involved, itís more for the creative drive.
Itís not a massive franchise that youíre trying to reboot or something thatís going to make a gazillion dollars. Itís just a film thatís artistically inspiring to people. Spike is an artist whoís been inspired to do it. The drive behind it isnít a studio or an executive thinking itís a great marketing opportunity. The drive behind it for the producers and the actors and the director, is simply the inspiration of the story. You'll notice itís not a project populated with people who are known for only taking jobs because theyíre commercial..."
It's hard to argue with that sentiment when you have a director like Spike Lee behind the project. Couple that with a talented cast that includes Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson and Oldboy should be a nice change of pace during a fall movie season that will include Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This will also be a much different role for Copley who hasn't been seen in much since District 9 and The A-Team. If the film can strike the right cords its not a huge stretch to see this film generating some award buzz and raising the stock of some of the underrated cast.