Total Film recently caught up with Total Recall director Len Wiseman, and we took the opportunity to grill him on the differences between Colin Farrell and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In this year’s remake of Total Recall, Farrell takes on the role of Douglas Quaid, made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoeven’s original.
On the difference’s between Farrell and Arnie’s Quaid, Wiseman told us:
“One of the main things that’s different in this version is a vulnerability that I really wanted the character of Doug Quaid to have.
“Colin got himself in wicked shape for this film but I didn’t want the focus to be ‘Who’s going to be the next Arnold replacement?’.
“When it first surfaced, every WWF wrestler was linked to it, and that was the opposite direction of the way I wanted to go.”
When we asked how Total Recall would compare to his other films, Wiseman responded:
“It’s about five times as large. We’ve got something like 1,800 visual-effects shots.
“Even though I still do as much practically as possible, it’s still an enormous visual-effects film. It’s the most ambitious movie I’ve ever done.”
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