Dallasites are proud of RoboCop, and for good reason.
The Paul Verhoeven-directed movie is "about a gunned-down cop resurrected as a robot who patrols violent Detroit streets that were actually dingy Dallas," as our Robert Wilonsky succinctly puts it. This "sci-fi shoot-'em-up" features Dallas City Hall designed by I.M. Pei -- which just so happened to be a perfect party spot for a celebration of RoboCop's 30th birthday on Sunday night. Hey, even RoboCop star Peter Weller came!
The whole thing was pretty cool. Kudos to Syfy and Alamo Drafthouse for putting together this event.
Before the screening, Weller chatted with Wilonsky about Dallas' sprawl.
"Dallas is a great city, but you know, I wish they would preserve more of it," he said. "Like Fort Worth has, you know what I'm saying? But Dallas was chosen to represent Detroit simply because of the modernization. And I loved it. I loved making the movie there. I rarely got to move through Dallas like I did during the shooting of that movie. But, God, I loved it, man."