It took a role in RoboCop for Abbie Cornish to finally gain her brother’s respect.
It you’re familiar with the work of actress Abbie Cornish, especially in period dramas such as The Golden Age (2007), Bright Star (2009) and W.E. (2011), you might be surprised to hear the indie darling is starring in a reboot of ’80s action movie RoboCop. But the 31-year-old Aussie makes no apologies.
”I grew up with three brothers, so when I was a kid, we watched the VHS over and over,” Cornish explains excitedly as she sits in a Los Angeles hotel room during a press day for the blockbuster. ”It’s a film that I felt was nostalgic for me, especially because I haven’t really done a film like this before. The closest I got was Sucker Punch [the 2011 action fantasy film directed by 300 helmer Zack Snyder], but I just really loved the original RoboCop and I thought this was such a wonderful recipe for a great remake.”
Cornish grew up on a farm in Lochnivar, in the NSW Hunter Valley, and is a combination of Hollywood chic – today wearing a dangerously low-cut designer black jumpsuit and a layered chain necklace that could weigh down RoboCop himself – and a free-spirited tomboy who loves to hike, ride motorbikes and live with four cats, a dog and a parakeet in her Hollywood home. She proudly admits her role in RoboCop also finally earned her some respect from her brothers.
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