Paul Verhoeven Says Straight Out That TOTAL RECALL Remake is “Not Good”

You can try to recreate one of Paul Verhoeven's films, but don't even trash it. He'll hit you right back...
You can try to recreate one of Paul Verhoeven’s films, but don’t even trash it.  He’ll hit you right back…
Worst Previews is reporting that during a screening of his original 1990 TOTAL RECALL, Verhoeven answered a few questions from reporters about what he thought of the remake.  The answer wasn’t very kind:
“Arnold being [in the original ‘Total Recall’] made the movie a little light, and I think that’s very important for these Philip Dick stories. I think if it would have been done in a straight way, I’m not so sure that it would have worked – at least, not at that time. And recently [in the ‘Total Recall’ remake], it did not. I get to say that because the producer of the new one said that [the original] was cheesy or something. And Colin Farrell called it in an interview ‘kitschy.’ So I dare to say that his version was not good.”
Ouch…
I have to admit, I do agree with Verhoeven.  While Schwarzenegger may not be the best actor, he infused life into that 1990 sci-fi adventure that the new one just didn’t have (Read my FULL REVIEW HERE).
But don’t feel too bad…after four weeks in theaters, the remake grossed only $134 million globally on a $125 million budget.  So I guess everyone else felt the same way…

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