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Michael Fassbender says he is “open” to starring in “Robocop”

Michael Fassbender says he is “open” to starring in “Robocop” (photo)

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Michael Fassbender has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most in demand actors. His recent slew of drama-heavy films like “Shame” and “A Dangerous Method” could almost lead one to forget that he just as happily starred in action-packed blockbusters like “300” and “X-Men: First Class.” So it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that he is open to director José Padilha’s idea of casting him as his lead in the upcoming “RoboCop” remake.

“It could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind, for most of the film, too. That sounds kind of appealing,” Fassbender admitted to Collider in a recent interview.

Though Fassbender is attached to Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave” and Jim Jarmusch’s untitled next drama — and of course stars in “Haywire” and “Prometheus” — he said he’d be interested in joining the remake of the 1987 classic. He hasn’t had a look at the film’s script yet, but apparently it’s part of his acting process to give every film he’s offered a chance.

“I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It’s not definitely like, “Oh, I’ve got to play RoboCop before I retire.” I don’t have that about anything. I don’t go, ‘I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.’ I don’t really think like that. I just wait and see what comes up, and I’m always open to it. If I react to the script, then I’m up for anything,” he said.

When IFC caught up with Padilha at Fantastic Fest, he admitted that the Fassbender rumor had sprung from a hasty answer to a casting question the Brazilian director had given earlier that year. A reporter had asked him who would play Robocop, and Padilha had responded, “How about Fassbender?” But there never were any actual discussions to cast Fassbender as the film’s titular character.

“He’s a great actor but there are other great actors that I really love, that could also do it,” Padilha said. “I can give you other names if you like, like Chris Pine; there’s several of them. But I haven’t discussed this film with any actors.”

Would you like to see Fassbender replace Peter Weller in the upcoming “RoboCop” remake? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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