los angeles (reuters) – twenty-two years after the box office success of arnold schwarzenegger’s action flick “total recall,” actor colin farrell is stepping into the big muscle man’s shoes in a reboot, but if he looks like the dream job, Farrell initially wasn’t that enthusiastic.
As flattered as the 36-year-old Irish actor was to be offered the part, he admits “there was a part of me that honestly feared people’s judgement” that appreciated the original film so much.
“Movies seem sacred to some of us and the idea of remaking something seems like an insult to the original when it really isn’t,” he told reporters at a recent press conference to promote the film.
To address his concerns, the actor sat down with director Len Wiseman, discussed the changes in the new movie, and decided it was clear the filmmakers wanted a slightly different story, one with a little less punch and a little more brain.
“While it adhered to the same conventions, concepts, and narrative plot points as the original story, this seemed to stand on its own,” Farrell said.
The first film in 1990 was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Sharon Stone and former bodybuilder Schwarzenegger, who was then at the peak of his action hero form.
The science fiction story was loosely based on a story by writer Philip K. dick and told of a man who goes on a “virtual vacation” in his mind to Mars only to discover that he is being chased, and must fight his way back to reality. “Total Recall” became a smash hit, grossing $260 million at the box office worldwide.
The new film is also based on the Dick story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” and co-stars Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Wiseman’s real-life wife, Kate Beckinsale. Farrell plays the same basic character, Douglas Quaid, who takes a vacation by strapping himself to a chair and going on a “mental trip.”
Just like in the first film, the science goes awry and Quaid soon finds himself chased by the police before teaming up with a female rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) who explains that he’s actually a super-spy working for an underground resistance. .
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key differences include one of his pursuers, a role played by beckinsale is an amalgamation of two characters in the original, and the wiseman movie takes place entirely on earth.
Still, some scenes pay homage to the original. Wiseman said he made a list of items that stayed with him for the 22 years since he last saw the movie, at age 14.
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“The three-breasted woman was at the top of my list,” Wiseman, 39, told reporters, laughing. “I remember the immigration booth where the face opens.”
So, Wiseman decided to take those favorite parts and “twist them up and improve them a bit” for his new version.
The most significant change was the casting of Farrell, whose strong physique bears little resemblance to Schwarzenegger’s massive bulk. and that’s exactly how wiseman wanted it.
“I had absolutely no intention of replacing arnold,” said wiseman, who saw the new version as “an opportunity to do a very different kind of quaid.”
felt that the original dick story had an “element of a man who wants to be more and then becomes a super spy”. In the 1990 film, “You’re looking at a guy that you already feel like he’s a super spy because you’ve seen him in such a capacity,” Wiseman said, pointing to past Schwarzenegger movies like “Terminator.”
“I really wanted someone [the audience] could relate to,” Wiseman said. “I wanted someone who was more of a common man.”
also wanted an actor first, preferring to “make him an action star, rather than take an action star and make him an actor.”