Josh Brolin has a hell of a role to pull off in Spike Lee's version of Oldboy, based on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, which was previously adapted to film by Chan-wook Park (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst). Brolin knows this well, and had a lot to say when commenting on the film at a press junket for Men in Black 3.
"Oldboy? Literally you say Oldboy and my stomach just goes Grrrr," he said, as he mimicked twisting and turning. "Oldboy will be an experience, man. It won't be like Men in Black, I'll tell you that much."
Brolin mentioned that he wouldn't agree to the film unless Chan-wook Park gave his blessing, and the director did just that.
"I love Oldboy and I'm close with Chan-wook Park and I emailed him a couple months ago, just asking for his blessing to do this movie because if he had said 'No,' I wouldn't have done it," He said. "But I really respect his movie and we'll make a little different movie and this whole idea of a more Hollywood version of it? Whatever. We're just going to make a different version but have respect to the initial story and premise.
"I'm looking forward to it, man. I'm talking about it nervously right now because it makes me nervous."
Finally, a followup question asked what everyone is dying to know: Will the movie contain the infamous hammer fight?
"Yes, by the way," Brolin confirmed. "Yes. And it's a hammer and knife and all that stuff. And then will we keep the octopus, will we keep the other stuff? There's some changes but I think it's really good. It still makes me throw down the script halfway through. Whoa."
Sounds like Josh Brolin's head is really in this one. Do his comments have you feeling better about Spike Lee's version of Oldboy?