OLDBOY Remake Has Josh Brolin Undergoing Radical Physical Transformations

Actor James Ransone discusses Spike Lee's OldBoy remake, reveals a few details about changes from the original Chan-wook Park film and dishes on the performance by Josh Brolin. The success of this film certainly hinges on Brolin's performance as Oh Dae-su Joe Doucett.

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By Mark Julian - 11/6/2012

Ransone joined the Spike Lee project late, replacing Nate Parker when his schedule was prohibitive of him joining the film. The role in question is that of a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen's character and Ransone describes as 'a nice person.' Below he reveals a bit of what to expect when the film is released on October 13, 2013.



On those that criticize remaking what many consider a classic and important work of cinema:
Ransone: Spike is an actual filmmaker. He’s a uniquely American voice, and argumentative, a polemic. We get along because we’re both antagonistic. There wouldn’t be a point to make it, otherwise. For as antagonistic as he seems in the press, I’ve never worked with someone as loyal as he is, to me. Most of his crew he’s had with him since School Daze. He carries me around like a bag of old dirty laundry.

On working with Josh Brolin who takes on the role made legendary by Min-Sik Choi:
Ransone: Josh, no matter what people’s expectation of the movie is, is really intense. He’s been living with this. He knew he was going to do this for a long time. His A-game is really intense. In the remake, the captivity scenes are longer than in the original. In the remake, they get more in-depth. What Josh did to his body, I’ve never seen an actor do before. He showed up pretty lean, pretty cut, and they shot the scene pretty much in sequence. In the course of nine days, he was ripped, he was fat, and then he was ripped again. He gained 35 pounds in one week, and then he dropped 19 pounds. I think Josh is so talented at what he does, I think there’s no way it’s going to be that bad. I met him for the first time last week. I’ve never worked with him before.

There's a bit more at Entertainment Weekly so feel free to click the source link below if you're curious about the project. There's a few trippy twists and turns in the movie that may not make it into Spike Lee's version of the film which is said to be closer to the manga than Park's adaptation.



An everyday man has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.

Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: October 13, 2013
MPAA Rating: R (likely)
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli
Director: Spike Lee
Written by: Garon Tsuchiya (manga) Nobuaki Minegishi (manga) Mark Protosevich (screenplay)

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Source: EW
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nowtheresaBATman - 11/6/2012, 4:14 PM
Physical transformations? as long as he doesn't resemble Jonah Hex I'm sure it's awesome :) looking forward to this.
Bandrews1 - 11/6/2012, 4:20 PM
I'm assuming that's how he's gonna look before being imprisoned.
jimpinto24 - 11/6/2012, 4:23 PM
Josh Brolin is a good actor. I'm sure Oldboy will be a good movie.
marvel72 - 11/6/2012, 4:56 PM
@ Equinox

i agree total bullshit you can't lose 19 pounds in a week no matter what workout routine or diet you are on.
armagedom - 11/6/2012, 4:58 PM
yeah there is no way he can get ripped in nine days prolly in a matter of a month would be more believable
SmellofDuty - 11/6/2012, 6:36 PM
He obviously is taking meth to lose so much weight. We know all about meth down south.
Lego - 11/6/2012, 6:49 PM
i agree total bullshit you can't lose 19 pounds in a week no matter what workout routine or diet you are on.



^ just take some crack.
CharlesLord - 11/6/2012, 7:02 PM
19 pounds in a week? hes doin some unhealthy shit
Boogie138 - 11/6/2012, 7:13 PM
still not sure how i feel about this
Tainted87 - 11/6/2012, 7:17 PM
Josh deserves better. When I make remarks about the movie, it's not the actors involved, not even the director - just the fact that it is being made. I feel for the crew - I mean the acting in the remake of GWTDT was agreeable enough, I just wish they were in a different film.
jondoe297 - 11/6/2012, 8:52 PM
19lbs in one week yea ot can be done I did it when I wrestled in high school it sucks but it can be done
Scion - 11/6/2012, 9:48 PM
They're going to make him asian?
Sabrex51 - 11/6/2012, 9:57 PM
@Equinox- Dropping 19 pounds in a week can definitely done. I fight in MMA, and have had to drop 17 in one week, and 14 in another. Both times I could have made 19 if I really needed to. Like Kyle12688 said though....it sucks something fierce. That's why I try and keep my walking weight around my fighting weight, so I don't have to keep killing myself.
pepe - 11/6/2012, 10:53 PM
So tierd of Brolin and J.Depp... Bad actors and soooo pretentious....
jimoakley666 - 11/7/2012, 12:45 AM
I personally didn't rate the original adaption. So I'm interested to see the new one. Brolin is a cracking actor. He was brilliant in No Country.
paptschik - 11/7/2012, 6:24 AM
Can we PLEASE stop this nonsense with "the original from Korea"? THAT version, great as it was, already butchered the source material and changed major parts of the story to fit what it wanted to be.
And that part with crossing out the name Oh Dae Su? Yeah, Oh Dae Su is also a name that has no place whatsoever in the ORIGINAL.
If Korea is allowed to take a foreign material, make changes any way they want and, of course, change the nationality of every single character (and with that the names) it's about bloody time people act more accepting when western nations like the US do the same thing.
i'm not a big Lee fan and this movie might suck in the end chances are it won't be any less true to the original than the korean movie. Heck, it might even be CLOSER to the source material. We'll see.
ThatOneDude - 11/7/2012, 7:03 AM
@kyle12688 Ya I did some dangerous shit in wrestling to lose weight as well lol
13echo - 11/7/2012, 7:17 AM
saw the original a few days ago, but i gotta say i saw that twist comin a mile away.....
TheJester - 11/7/2012, 8:47 AM
Dropping 19 [frick]ing pounds in a week? I call bullshit.


Uh, yes, yes you can. 20 in my first week, another 10 the following, 40 in 4 weeks total, 130 lbs over a few months.

It can be done. Yes, the weight is still off. Put the fork down and add exercise, pretty fricking amazing this new found way to loose weight, huh?
TheJester - 11/7/2012, 8:49 AM
Oh, and this movie is going to suck. Name me a movie that Spike Lee has done that was any good....other than Malcolm X....

Don't care. wont see. Wait till netflix, maybe.
AmahlFarouk - 11/7/2012, 12:13 PM
Never remake anything unless you know you can make it better than the original. I have enormous doubts for this film.

@TheJester
"Do the Right Thing" is a truly amazing, nigh-perfect film.

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