It’s a very simple scene, but it took the RoboCop team 50 takes to get it right – that’s how problematic Peter Weller’s suit was.

It’s a very simple scene, but it took the RoboCop team 50 takes to get it right – that’s how problematic Peter Weller’s suit was.
It’s a very simple scene, but it took the RoboCop team 50 takes to get it right – that’s how problematic Peter Weller’s suit was.

Robocop may be a science fiction classic, but its protagonist drove the patrol car in his underwear

Among all the great films of 80s science fictionfew films manage to combine action, social criticism and a visual icon as powerful as it did RoboCop. Directed by the tireless Paul Verhoeventhis film not only as a classic of the genre, but as a fascinating portrait of social and political complexity from his time in the United States. Beyond its action sequences and clever script, the RoboCop suit became an unforgettable aesthetic symbol. But it also a very expensive nuisance for actor Peter Weller and a real headache for the filming crew.

Released in 1987, RoboCop is set in a dystopian future of Detroitwhere corruption and rampant violence dominate society. The story follows Alex Murphy, a mortally wounded police officer whose brain is preserved in the law machine known as RoboCop. Beyond its apparent simplicity as an action film, RoboCop keeps aA scathing critique of rampant corporatism and the loss of humanity in favor of technological progress, themes that are still relevant today.

Impressive, expensive and pretty useless

The design of the RoboCop suit, designed by Rob Bottinwas a technical and artistic feat that consumed a significant portion of the film’s budget. With an approximate cost of one million dollarsthe creation of the seven costumes used involved everything from body molds of the lead actor, Peter Weller, to innovative materials for the time such as polyurethane and FOAM. However, this technical marvel also became a a real problem during filming.

One of the biggest challenges was RoboCop’s helmet, designed to be imposing but severely limited Peter Weller’s vision. He was constantly colliding with other actors and objects on the set. In the scenes where RoboCop had to drive his patrol car, Weller could only wear the top part of the suit due to the bulk of the full suit, which forced him to perform these sequences in his underwear.

The foam gloves also gave a lot of problems. Weller had difficulty holding objects as basic as his gunThe extreme of this situation was that for the scene in which RoboCop grabs the keys to the patrol car in flight The scene had to be repeated up to 50 times. to get a good shot, to the despair of the entire crew. The text should end by pointing out that perhaps these problems make up for having created a cult work, but now it will be difficult for you to stop thinking RoboCop in underwear every time you watch the movie.

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