Adrien Brody flexes muscles in "Predators"

Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:23pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It has been 23 years since "Predator," a commando action film, sci-fi mash up starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, hit movie screens.

Now it's back in a sequel, of a sort, called "Predators" that opens in movie theaters on Friday, but Arnold isn't. He's the California Governor, and in his place is Adrien Brody.

Adrien Brody?

The skinny kid who won an Oscar in "The Pianist" is playing a tough-as-nails monster killer on a par with the muscled-up 1980s action hero Schwarzenegger?

It can't be. Brody works in dramas and portrays characters like the classical piano master and Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman in 2002's "Pianist." When he takes roles in war movies, he does so for a film like Terrence Malick's thoughtful "The Thin Red Line."

"Predators" is a big-budget, shoot-'em-up, summer popcorn flick. Yet, there Brody is, transforming himself into a ruthless killer who hunts down aliens.

"It's surprising to me, sometimes, when people are surprised at my choices," he told reporters at a recent gathering. "And it seems they are more surprised as of late.

"But as an actor it's been a conscious decision to do my best to not repeat myself, so that I keep the process for myself interesting and for the people that have seen my work. I've looked long and hard for an opportunity like this."   Continued...

<p>Actor Adrien Brody poses at the premiere of "The A-Team" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>