RoboCop remake's villain will be ... Michael Keaton?!?
Michael Keaton can pretty much do no wrong in my book. From 1982's Night Shift's "idea guy" to 2010's The Other Guys, there's really not a movie that isn't better without Keaton's participation. And really, are there many other actors you could say that about? So I'm not exactly bummed to hear that Keaton is poised to play the villain in the upcoming remake of RoboCop.
Cinemablend.com breaks the news (after reading a tweet from Variety) that Keaton will replace Hugh Laurie in director Jose Padilha's film. Other cast members include Joel Kinnaman (as the new RoboCop), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle and Michael K. Williams.
Of course, it won't be Keaton's first turn as a villain. Though we probably think of him primarily as the hero in flicks like Mr. Mom, Gung Ho and The Paper, Keaton played the bad guy a few times over the years. Here are are three favorites.
BEETLEJUICE (1988): Oh, it's hard to call him a real villain here, but essentially he was both the bad guy and funny guy. "Nobody say the B word!"
PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990): His first turn at evil, playing a nightmare tenant to Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith.
A SHOT AT GLORY (2000): Aside from Victory, this is my favorite soccer movie. Keaton plays the American owner of a second-tier Scottish soccer (okay, football) team who is willing to do whatever it takes to make a little extra money, even if it ruins his team's ... yep, shot at glory.