SD Comic Con 2012: Exclusive – Sharlto Copley on Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake


Yesterday at Comic-Con I chatted with District 9 star Sharlto Copley about his next sci-fi thriller collaboration with director Neill Blomkamp – Elysium – in which he co-stars with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. I’ll have this interview up on FEARnet soon, but in the mean time I’d like to share with you Copley’s remarks about another film highly anticipated by genre fans – Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s masterful 2003 revenge thriller Oldboy. Here’s what Copley had to say of interest to those who doubt this American remake can possibly retain the uncompromising vision of the original…

“That’s with Josh Brolin and Spike Lee. And I think they, Spike and Josh, are keeping it really sort of dark and gritty, which it needs to be to match what the original Korean movie was about.

“I think it retains most of the emotional intensity of the first one, and it just translates it more to an environment that you may be more familiar with and is maybe easier for you to connect with. That’s what I liked. I think it’s very faithful, and I think it’s good that it’s faithful to that audience. I think the original film was amazing.

“As far as I’ve seen, the compromises to the ending are not happening. The idea is to really not compromise. That’s what attracted me to doing it. Otherwise there wasn’t really a point. Spike’s the guy for that. Don’t compromise – it’s not worth doing if you’re going to make a watered-down version of something cool.”