Josh Brolin Transforms in an 'Oldboy' Behind the Scenes Featurette

Thursday, 24 October 2013 07:51 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Josh Brolin Transforms in an 'Oldboy' Behind the Scenes Featurette

"Intensity" is the name of the game in a new featurette promoting next month's Oldboy remake.

Specifically, the intensity that leading man Josh Brolin is bringing to the role of Joe Doucett, a man who is truly put through the ringer.

Spike Lee's latest is based on Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean masterpiece Oldboy, which is itself based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegisha and Garon Tsuchiya.

As with past iterations, this one follows a seemingly normal guy who, after a night of drunken carousing, wakes up imprisoned in a meager cell decorated like a chintzy little hotel room.  With his meals arriving through a slat and pretty much no human contact, Joe then spends two full decades locked up, utterly cut off from his life and the world at large.  When he's suddenly released without any explanation, a radically changed Joe sets out to find out who imprisoned him.  Unpleasantness ensues.

Everybody always loves it when an actor gains or loses weight for a role, and this Oldboy featurette goes behind the scenes to explore Brolin's approach to playing the loutish early Joe, as well the version who burns the fat off his soul over twenty years in solitary confinement.

Oldboy has had a pretty strange little trip to Americanization.  Some years back, before he turned the Fast & Furious franchise into a blockbuster powerhouse, Justin Lin was set to direct an Oldboy remake.  When Thor and I Am Legend co-writer Protosevich came aboard the project, though, Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were circling as director and star.

That didn't work out, obviously.  Both Spielberg and Smith seem very, very wrong for this material.  Lee and Brolin, on the hand, could very well deliver a movie that won't result in immediate dismissal as yet another remake that doesn't live up to the original.  Fingers crossed.

With Brolin carrying most of the film's burden, supporting roles fall to the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, Rami Malek, Michael Imperioli, and Max Casella.

If you missed the recent first-look image revealing District 9 star Copley in character, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Oldboy is set to open nationwide on November 27th.  We'll see you there.

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