UPDATE: Josh Brolin Talks Spike Lee's OLDBOY

Josh Brolin was originally fearful about starring in the Oldboy remake but director Spike Lee and his leading lady, Elizabeth Olsen have the actor singing a different tune now that filming has wrapped.

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By Mark Julian - 12/18/2012

Making press rounds for Gangster Squad, actor Josh Brolin dropped a few tidbits about his collaboration with director Spike Lee on the remake of the Korean film, Oldboy. Brolin confirmed that his work on the film is over and that he was initially had pessimistic outlook on the project thinking, "Uh-oh, this could be a stinker." However, by the end of the project he felt very confident and sung praises for Lee, calling him a "fantastic director", adding that he was "blown away" by costar Elizabeth Olsen and called cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (Shame, Hunger) an “unbelievable addition to the team".

He went on to say that the remake will be similar to the Korean film in "structure" only. Which was in fact the direct wish of the original director Park Chan-Wook, who gave his blessing on that lone condition. So expect the complete story to unfold in a similar manner as the original film but don't expect a shot-for-shot remake as the film is said to be taking its ques from the manga which was incomplete at the time of the original.
UPDATE: More detailed responses from Brolin, courtesy of Collider which appears to be part of the same roundtable interview---

“With Oldboy, look, it’s Spike Lee, its myself, there’s the DP Sean Bobbitt, who’s fucking amazing, man, and me talking to Chan-wook Park and saying, ‘Do you mind if we do this?’ and his only request was just don’t do the same movie and it’s like no were not interested in that. Structurally, as a scaffolding, it’s the same movie, but what we do with is very different. It looks very different.. Spike, about two and a half weeks into the movie cut together this four minute compilation just for me to look at. Not that I needed it, not that I felt like I’m lost, I don’t know what I’m doing. He just gave it to me and said, ‘Don’t look at this until you get home.’ And I watched this four-minute compilation and it looked fantastic. It was a massive, massive inspiration.”

"We did eight minute to eleven minute long takes [in the motel room] where he would just let me go and do whatever. I’d be sitting there naked in the room and he would say, ‘You’ve been in the room thirteen years: go.’ And I would do eight minutes on that and whatever would come up. Some of it was really stupid and unusable. Some of it was really fun and interesting.”


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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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Jollem - 12/18/2012, 3:48 PM
josh brolin for tony stark
Tainted87 - 12/18/2012, 3:59 PM
Trust your instincts...
Shamo - 12/18/2012, 4:08 PM
Brolin for Batman.
superbatspiderman - 12/18/2012, 4:23 PM
I actually think that this could be very good. The original movie is really good and I think an American version could be great as well. Brolin is a solid actorso I think he will do the character justice.
MarkJulian - 12/18/2012, 4:24 PM
@yoss Lol Brolin for Hardy for Fassbender
SaxoWolf - 12/18/2012, 4:45 PM
Brolin for Wolverine!
DioFoRio - 12/18/2012, 5:16 PM
lol@yoss
batesmotel - 12/18/2012, 9:12 PM
Spike Lee is a racist piece of shite
sinsear912 - 12/18/2012, 11:58 PM
Woah! Tell that to spike lee's white wife!
armagedom - 12/19/2012, 12:48 AM
Josh Brolin for wolverine hell yeah
norseman79 - 12/19/2012, 2:02 AM
Spike Lee's wife isn't white. smh...

He's a race baiting tool but I like some of his movies.
LaputaHeir - 12/19/2012, 2:51 AM
1. The day when Black ppl/non-White ppl start directly/indirectly benefiting from and directly/indiretly participating in a system that mistreats White ppl in all areas of human activity, worldwide, that's the day when I'll not dismiss White ppl's claim at "reverse racism" as being total bullshit.

2. White ppl calling Black ppl/non-White ppl racist for calling attention to how White ppl practice racism/White supremacy in the area of activity known as "entertainment", is...again...TOTAL BULLSHIT.
TheJester - 12/19/2012, 10:31 AM
He also praised how awesome Jonah Hexx was going to be as well....this movie will suck balls becasue face it, its Spike Lee, period.

All actors are going to whore the movie until after it flops, then they can say "yeah, I knew it was shit"

TheRabbit - 12/19/2012, 3:57 PM
this will be a good spike lee movie but only because it has white people in it
TheRabbit - 12/19/2012, 4:00 PM
@LaputaHeir its called the united negro college fund
TheRabbit - 12/19/2012, 4:03 PM
happy happy happy
Fogs - 12/19/2012, 5:56 PM
Hmm don't know what to think of this. Unless they bring something really fresh this will be another "the foreign original is 100x better" kind of movie.
yingyangpalms - 12/19/2012, 7:48 PM
Brolin was perfect for Jonah Hex and WB still screwed it up.
Would love to see Brolin do a real western.
@LaputaHeir While I would like to see more blacks in leading roles theres one big reason we dont that you may not consider.
Most comic characters, novels such as Potter or Twilight or screenplays are written by whites. And a person tends to build characters that are extensions of themselves. So if a white person writes a story about a teacher, cop, lawyer, superhero or etc., they almost always use a white protagonist. Sometimes they use their own experience to create non whites as friends similar to their own non white friends.
So if non whites want better parts in film and TV one way to accomplish that is for a non-white to create the next Twilight series or Potter series or sell screenplays featuring non whites or they could create new superheroes featuring non whites.
Instead of waiting for whites to create novels, comics, screenplays featuring non whites, blacks, hispanics, Native Americans and etc., can do what Stephanie Meyer or J.K. Rowling did a write some great stories featuring characters of whatever skin color they choose.
jondoe297 - 12/19/2012, 11:38 PM
If this is going from the manga then we are in for a treat
SunfireUrA55 - 12/20/2012, 5:07 AM
Why would anyone watch a remake when the original is there?
siggisuperman - 12/20/2012, 6:44 AM
Idris Elba for Josh Brolin
duncboy - 12/22/2012, 7:29 AM
Isn't this the movie where in the end the main character finds out he's been having sex with his own daughter? If this movie is anything like the original, I'll pass. Rape and incest are 2 things that don't belong in any sort of entertainment medium.
Logan5 - 12/24/2012, 3:10 AM
@LaputaHeir

Your quality control purge fraudulent bullsh!t, is just that, period. Try growing up in a city or a real location, before you pass judgement. I've lived in murder complexes(in the muder capitol of the year; not proud) and have scars and bills to prove it. Come correct, I'm no troll, just the purist most honest form of hit manipulation by those hosting that could come to fruition. Stop it. The one real guy on here you're once again utilizing.

James Brolin for Josh Brolin
Logan5 - 12/24/2012, 3:14 AM
*Josh kicks ass, by the way and am glad he plowed on and made it through the childstar BS. I worked with people from NCFOM and Brolin is totally believable and a great actor! He does some pro grade impersonations.., too, hell watch MI3. I just suggested MI:3: officially old. :-P
Logan5 - 12/24/2012, 3:16 AM
*MIB3

ugh, like so whatever, omigosh!
Logan5 - 12/24/2012, 3:17 AM
Ben Foster for Will Smith

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