Thursday 14 November 2019

Karl: Dredd can never remove helmet

Karl Urban says filming in his Judge Dredd uniform was not very comfortable
Karl Urban says filming in his Judge Dredd uniform was not very comfortable

Karl Urban has revealed he would not have agreed to star in Dredd 3D if he had been asked to remove his helmet.

The Star Trek star plays the iconic comic book cop in the new film which was scripted by The Beach writer Alex Garland and directed by Pete Travis. He admitted it was hard to act with your face hidden, but he wouldn't have done it any other way.

Karl said: "I was a fan of Judge Dredd as a teenager and when I read the script I was very pleased to see that Alex Garland had been faithful to the original concept and the fact that Dredd didn't remove his helmet.

"I took a meeting with Alex and Pete in Los Angeles and they said, 'Look to be clear Dredd keeps his helmet on the entire movie,' and I said, 'I would not be taking this meeting if I read the script and found scenes where he wasn't wearing it.' It was implicit."

He added: "It was a huge challenge of how to communicate with an audience without the use of your eyes.

The voice takes on an importance and the physicality of the role. It was important not to try and play the icon, but to play the man."

But the Lord Of The Rings star admitted it wasn't very comfortable.

"Comfort isn't necessarily an adjective I'd associate with any of the uniform. It was a challenge - we shot in Cape Town in the middle of the South African summer and I'm wearing a full leather motorcycle outfit, and body armour and a helmet. It was moist. It was important to keep hydrated!"

Dredd 3D is released in cinemas on September 7, 2012

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