HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 30: Actress Nancy Allen attends the Los Angeles premiere of the musical "Hello Dolly" at the Pantages Theatre on January 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Nancy Allen Thought Robocop Was Going To Be Terrible After Reading The Title
When the script for “Robocop” came to Nancy Allen, who went on to star as the loyal partner of the titular character, she assumed the movie would be horrible based on the title. Even the film's eventual director, Paul Verhoeven, was initially not a fan of the title when he saw it either.
As Allen explained in a recent interview, "The script said 'RoboCop' and I thought: 'Oh my God, they've got to change the title — it's terrible!' So I picked it up, thinking it was going to be garbage, but I couldn't put it down. It was smart, funny, political, and told the hero's story with heart and soul. There was no doubt in my mind it was going to be a really good movie."
However, Allen’s shift in opinion wasn't just about the movie's quality, but about what the character of Anne meant to her. Allen grew up around police officers, so the subject matter held personal meaning, she also wanted to portray a female officer as being as tough and brave as any other man on the force.