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Karl Urban on challenge of playing Dredd


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Karl Urban on challenge of playing Dredd

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Comic book lawman Judge Dredd is back on the silver screen after Sylvester Stallone’s much panned 1995 film, in Dredd 3D, directed by Pete Travis and starring Karl Urban in the title role.

Dredd is the ultimate judge in the violent metropolis of Mega City One, ruled by criminals. The judges are cops, with the powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.

New Zealander Urban said he tried to understand Dredd as a character: “It was kind of important for me, wherever possible, to find that humanity (of the character) You can see that in the way that he reacts, you can see that in the way he reacts to the massacre of innocent women and children.

“There’s a gear shift within the character at that point in time and you can also see that in the humor and there’s also a sort of a weariness about the character so, but we were definitely challenged to communicate to the audience without the use of your eyes.”

Dredd is charged with ridding Mega City One of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug called Slo Mo, that slows down reality for users.

Urban explained how he tried to shape Dredd: “You know the physical aspect of the character took on a hyper-importance. There’s a lot more focus on that and obviously the voice and Dredd’s voice was described in one of the comics as sounding like a saw cutting through bone. So that’s kind of, that was sort of the basis of where I started and I was also sort of cognizant of the fact that in our movie Dredd also uses his voice as a weapon.”

Dredd 3D has just opened in the UK.

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