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Exclusive: Joel Kinnaman Says 'Robocop' Will Be Serious & Gritty But Also Contain A Satirical Edge

The Playlist By Jen Vineyard | The Playlist July 12, 2012 at 10:03AM

Joel Kinnaman can shoot you from 135 yards now -- and possibly more on a good day. Not that he would use his newfound skills for that purpose, but the actor has been training with handguns for the "RoboCop" reboot, which requires a lot more action skills and gunplay than his role as a Seattle cop on "The Killing" ever did. "We can put some action hero shit in there for Holder now!" he laughed with glee about his new skills.
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Joel Kinnaman, Robocop
Joel Kinnaman can shoot you from 135 yards now -- and possibly more on a good day. Not that he would use his newfound skills for that purpose, but the actor has been training with handguns for the "RoboCop" reboot, which requires a lot more action skills and gunplay than his role as a Seattle cop on "The Killing" ever did. "We can put some action hero shit in there for Holder now!" he laughed with glee about his new abilities.

Kinnaman told The Playlist while doing the press rounds for the American release of "Easy Money" that he's been taking lessons with "Uncle Scotty" Reitz, the lead firearms and tactics instructor at International Tactical. "Uncle Scotty spent 30 years in the LAPD, and was in the Metro Division and SWAT," Kinnaman enthused. "He's written books on gunfighting," including "The Art of Modern Gunfighting," "so he's the leading expert. I'm in the right hands. I'm learning a bunch of cool stuff, and I would have been happy to save up money to pay for this."

Kinnaman's been learning to hit torso-sized paper and steel targets, and is very proud that the other day, "I actually hit a 190-yard shot on film." The actor is about to phase into higher level physical conditioning, tactical, and Navy SEAL-type training, because "I would like to be able to do as many of my own stunts where I can," he said. "Alex Murphy has one level of skill, but RoboCop handles situations differently, so I need to do both."

Prior to training these few weeks, Kinnaman thought he would have to bulk up as well, but that turned out not to be the case. "I can't gain that much weight, because they already took measurements for the suit," he revealed. "It would be very snug if I gained too much. I mean, I gained a bit because I'm getting strong and working on balance, and doing boxing and martial arts, but it's more about finding a center where I can be in control of my body and open up my movement. So I need to be in very good shape for that."

Although his concentration right now is on the physical side of the action film, Kinnaman said this "RoboCop" -- which will also feature Hugh Laurie, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish -- will be "intelligent and substantial."

This article is related to: Interviews, Joel Kinnaman, RoboCop, The Killing, Easy Money


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