Many are looking forward to seeing Dredd later this year because it represents a chance at big-screen redemption for the character after the much-maligned 1995 Sylvester Stallone film. Most comic book devotees aren't shy about showering Stallone's version with hate—but when Dredd star Karl Urban was asked what he thought of the flick, he was a bit more ... careful.
Speaking at a London press event to promote the new film, which opens in September, Urban shied away from saying anything really negative about the previous movie at all. He didn't address its faithfulness (or lack thereof) to the comic book source material, or the helmet removal, or even Stallone's performance. At least, not really.
"I personally actually found [the previous adaption] quite handy to look at that film to see what worked and what didn't work," Urban said. "It really helped me to inform me, as I was approaching the character, about choices I wanted to make and choices I didn't want to make."
Well, at least that seems like an acknowledgment that something wasn't working in Stallone's flick, but Urban definitely didn't seem to want to say what. Granted, press events like this often aren't considered the time or the place to go off on another movie star's rendition of the character you're playing (especially, perhaps, when the star in question also played Rambo), but it's doubtful that too many people would have disagreed with Urban if he had.
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(Via Comic Book Movie)