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Peter Weller, Training For The New York City Marathon While Filming RoboCop, Hung Out With The ‘Bad Guys’ Because They Were ‘Health Freaks’

Detroit police officer Alex Murphy goes to Hell and back in Paul Verhoeven’s over-the-top sci-fi action flick RoboCop, and the same thing can be said about the Peter Weller, the actor who played the slain officer-turned-cyborg created to wipe the streets clean of crime in a dystopian Detroit.

In an SFX retrospective on the making of the 1987 cult-classic, Weller explained that in addition to having to sit through hours of costuming before shooting each day, he was also in the process of training for the New York City Marathon. But he didn’t turn to any of his on-screen allies for help and support during all this. Instead, he ended up hanging around with all the “bad guys” like Kurtwood Smith, Ray Wise, Calvin Jung, and Paul McCrane, who were all “health freaks.” See, RoboCop’s Boddicker gang isn’t all that bad after all.

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