RoboCop speaks to Detroit

RoboCop speaks to Detroit
By Mother Brain

What initially started as a joke has turned into a phenomenon. Back on February 7, an unknown person from Massachusetts sent a tweet to Detroit’s current mayor, David Bing, about erecting a Robocop statue the same way Philadelphia has the Rocky statue. Mayor Bing responded by shooting down the silly suggestion. But it wasn’t long before a Detroit citizen named John Leonard started a social networking movement to get the statue built from public fund. In less than a few weeks, Robocop fans all over the world donated a dollar or more to bring the statue to life. As of this writing, the project has pledged close to $64,000!
Of course with all the hype and online press this story is getting, there’s also a ton of curiosity from the people involved with the original 1987 film about their thoughts on the statue, particular the star and true heart and soul of Robocop, Peter Weller. In recent years, Weller had tried to avoid any Robocop references in interviews which created the presumption that he had grown tired of speaking about it. But then on February 28, Funny or Die released a humorous but fan friendly video of Weller responding about his thoughts on the statue. If you’re a major Robocop fan like I am, this very video will make you feel like a kid again!


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"Staten Island, NY native Andre´ Joseph had a love for movies from a very early age. He began his career making short films with family and friends on home video. He attended the New York Film Academy summer program in 2001 where he first gained experience working with 16 millimeter film and later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 2006 where he received a degree in Visual and Media arts. He also interned in television production with VH1 Classic in the summer of 2006. In 2008, Andre´ formed his own New York-based independent film production company, AJ Epyx Productions, LLC. The company’s first feature film, Priceless, which Mr. Joseph wrote, starred, and directed, opened at Tribeca Cinemas in October 2008 and was selected for exhibition at the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival in March 2009. His second feature film, Dishonorable Vendetta, was the official selection at the NewFilmmakers NY Winter Series in 2015. Most recent projects include the dramatic short film Night Stream which was nominated for 4 World Music & Independent Film Festival awards including winner for Best Supporting Actor, the comedic short film Tempted which was the official selection at the Garden State Film Festival, and the short dramedy The Dinner. When not making films, Andre´ co-hosts the movie review web series The Cinefiles for the geek culture site, This is Infamous. He enjoys weight lifting, running, yoga, comic books, wrestling, football, basketball, and an extremely eclectic taste in music."

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