10 Secret Facts That Every Robocop Fan Must Know

An intriguing list of 10 super interesting and secret facts about the pop culture phenomenon, the man in the suit; The Robocop.

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10 Secret Facts That Every Robocop Fan Must Know

Robocop’s Themes include media influence, gentrification, corruption, authoritarianism, greed, privatization, capitalism, identity, dystopia, and human nature. It received positive reviews and was cited as one of the best films of 1987, spawning a franchise that included merchandise, two sequels, a television series, a remake, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, and a number of comic book adaptations/crossovers.

The film was produced for a relatively modest $13 million. Honors for the film include five Saturn Awards, two BAFTA Award nominations and the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, along with nominations for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Brace yourself citizen! For here is the list of 10 secret facts that every Robocop fan must know:

10) Movie Was So Violent That It Was X-rated Before The 11 Cuts That Made It An R-rated

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It took at least 11 cuts by director Verhoeven before the film was lowered from an X to an R rating and suitable for theaters. Yes, it could have been much, much more violent.

9) Robocop Was Taken To Stan Lee But He Said No

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In 1984, Neumeier decided to see if he could spin the RoboCop script into a comic book to use as a launching pad for a feature. He ran the idea by Stan Lee; before Lee could commit one way or the other, he and Neumeier attended an early screening of The Terminator, which also had a humanoid as the main character. An impressed Lee told the writer, “Boy, you’re never going to top that!” and passed.

8) The Robocop Gun Needed Special Approval Of The FBI

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The modified 9 millimeter Beretta automatic sidearm that RoboCop keeps in his thigh had to be approved by the FBI for entry into the United States.

7) Weller Wore Walkman Inside The Helmet

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In addition to having a very narrow field of vision and practically sautéing in his own sweat, Weller also had trouble hearing in the suit. For a shootout with drug dealers, Weller decided to set the mood by putting on headphones attached to a Walkman and playing Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain.” Weller called the moment “wildly, psychotically enjoyable.”

6) Some Actors Were Stripped Naked & Painted Blue To Depict Thermal Imaging Scene

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During the scene you briefly see that RoboCop can see through walls using thermal imaging, an ability he uses to sneak up behind the city councilman and donkey punch him through a brick wall.

The crew was initially unsure of how exactly to achieve this effect, since actual thermal imaging cameras were expensive in the ’80s. Rather than cut the scene (which wouldn’t have been difficult since it’s the only time in the movie RoboCop uses the ability) they decided to use a rather novel and low-tech solution: stripping all of the actors naked, covering them in UV paint, and shining a blacklight on them. This was then filmed and superimposed on a shot of the wall RoboCop was on the other side of to give the illusion he could see through walls.

5) Robocop Also Appeared In Korean Commercials

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RoboCop shilled for a Korean frozen food company in the 1980s, terrorizing a housewife before making off with the entire refrigerator. In a noodle commercial, RoboCop can be seen exercising his nonexistent abdominal muscles on a beach.

4) Robocop Made A Cameo In World Championship Wrestling In 1990

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Capital Combat: Return of RoboCop was a one-time professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held under the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) name. The show featured a promotional crossover with the imminent release of RoboCop 2, with RoboCop rescuing Sting from an attack by the Four Horsemen during the PPV.

3) RoboCop Couldn’t Walk Up Or Down Stairs

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As explained in the director’s commentary for the film, the RoboCop mask and suit restricted Peter Weller’s movements so much that he found it exceptionally difficult to walk down stairs without looking like an idiot. As a result, shots of RoboCop using stairs were kept to a minimum or cut where possible because Weller found it impossible to do so without looking like he’d crapped his pants.

2) RoboCop’s Face Is Bulletproof

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A common question posed by fans is to wonder aloud what would happen if one of those bullets hit RoboCop in his face. Apparently the answer to his question is… well, nothing. You see, although it looks like RoboCop has a human face below his mask, below that face is robotic skull that’s just as bulletproof as the rest of his body.

1) The Melting Man Scene Is The Most Popular Scene Of The Movie

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The MPAA hated the scene and fought incredibly hard to have it cut wholesale from the movie, citing that it was neither artistically justified or entertaining due to its excessive gore. This came as news to the producers who had tasked a research group with seeing what test audiences liked best about the movie and found that they near universally cited “the melting man” as their favourite part of the entire film.


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