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Sharlto Copley Calls Chappie Neil Blomkamp's Most Original Film
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.23.2014

Sharlto Copley is a regular collaborator with Neil Blomkamp, having worked with him on District 9 and Elysium. He's also starring in the upcoming Chappie and sat down with IGN to discuss the project. Check out the highlights:

On rumors that Blomkamp will direct Halo: "I don't believe he's doing that. I don't know where that's coming from...I don't know too much about the Halo universe. There's nothing that really grabs me from that. Especially with Neil, I'm always more interested in the original characters. We just finished Chappie and that's one of the most crazily original things we've ever done."

On Chappie's inspiration: "This goes back to Neil's earliest stuff, even before Tetra Vaal [the short it is based on]. This really his voice and totally original."

On doing mo-cap: "This was my first time doing motion capture. They basically animated over me afterward. [Laughs] It's the poor man's MoCap, we call it. I was just blown away by how much of me is in the robot that I'm playing. It's way more than I'd ever expected. It's disturbing almost, but in a cool way. I really did love it. Watching it come to life, it's absolutely me and what I did, but it's as if I've become something else."

On if the film has sociopolitical themes like District 9 and Elysium:"This one no. This one not so much man...This one's having fun. There's not a big social/political message in this one. There are some things that some people might take away, but it's very different from the last two in the way."

On the film's rumored comedy elements: "I would not say that Chappie is a comedy. It's probably funnier than District 9, but it's the same kind of tone as D9, which is soulful science fiction. It's not a comedy in the traditional sense."


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