'Chappie' director Blomkamp driven to take risks

March 6, 2015 3:55 PM

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For his third feature, "Chappie," in which gangsters gain custody of a robot endowed with artificial intelligence, the writer-director set out to craft a violent fairy tale about the very meaning of consciousness. And to anchor his South African-set tale, he cast the elaborately tattooed cult rappers Die Antwoord, a duo long on underground credibility but short on mainstream visibility.

"You've got to run equations in your head, not financial equations, but equations of accessibility - at what degree do you think it's too far or it isn't too far," Blomkamp said in an interview in Santa Monica late last year. "The idea of Die Antwoord in a movie, you're on the outer peripheral edge ...

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