Showgirls, Basic Instinct, Robocop, Starship Troopers… Verhoeven looks back on his quite impressive career.
Re: the Robocop reboot:
If you don’t understand the style, you can’t make a good movie.
After I did “Hollow Man,” I felt like I was doing the bidding of the studio. I couldn’t even put a personal touch to it. I fell into that trap.
“Starship Troopers” was not. It was trashed by the media as a fascist movie. They didn’t realize the movie’s essence: That your heroes are fascists. Certainly Robert A. Heinlein had militaristic attitudes in his book. We wanted to attack that, in fact. So we transformed the book by doing it and criticizing what we were doing at the same time.