I admit I got a little misty-eyed after hearing this wonderful news. Fans of the 1987 movie Robocop, one of Kurtwood Smith’s finest roles, have been petitioning the city to build a RoboCop statue in honor of the movie. For those of you who are wondering what the dad from “That 70′s Show” has to do with all this, check out this clip for some awesomeness. (Highly NSFW!)
The movie was set in the near future when crime was rampant in the city and corporations were greedy and sat back like they didn’t care about the common person. So basically scriptwriters had a magic 8 ball and hit the nail square on the head.
The RoboCop statue is a perfect tribute to the city. An underground movement set forth to raise $50k for the statue reached its goal this week. So now you have a reason to visit the Motor City other than to go by some of the best crack rock in the Great Lakes region.
The movie came out over 20 years ago and was flagged by critics for being overly violent and having a stupid premise. My rebuttal was the critics were poopy heads. So who’s laughing now? The city is violent and crime ridden and you can buy a house for like $1.48 but get mugged and killed before ever living in it. Even though this RoboCop statue isn’t a living entity, it will exist and stand in the city. Just like the movie predicted.
I have been told that sadly the statue will not reflect RoboCop on a unicorn.
For the record, RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven also directed “Starship Troopers” so since this movie got the future right you might start preparing for the bug invasion.