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Last Updated: March 08. 2011 4:32PM
RoboCop actor now pitching for Forgotten Harvest
RoNeisha Mullen / The Detroit News
Detroit —RoboCop has joined a list of celebrities lending their support to fight hunger in the Motor City.
Peter Weller, the actor who played the cyborg crime fighter, has teamed with Forgotten Harvest to raise money
to feed Detroit's needy. Weller appears in a nearly two-minute public service announcement on YouTube
encouraging people to donate to the nonprofit that provides meals for thousands of Detroit area residents.
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"The real story of RoboCop is a message about the
return and renewal of life and it all takes place in
Detroit," Weller says in the video posted today. "A civic
and public emblem of RoboCop might symbolize those
same values for the Motor City."
In February, an online campaign succeeded in raising
$50,000 to erect a RoboCop statue in Detroit.
The campaign was started after Mayor Dave Bing
responded to a suggestion on Twitter about a statue in
honor of the 1987 movie. The tweet attracted national
media attention, and movie fans and art fanatics raised
the funds within six days.
Later that month, donations began pouring in for
Forgotten Harvest after Hollywood heavyweights urged
fans to turn their RoboCop statue fundraising frenzy
toward another cause.
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Weller also has appeared in a FunnyorDie.com video
about the RoboCop statue. Here is the link for that
video:http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/521706ecf7/robocop-speaks-to-detroitHere is the link for the Forgotten
Harvest video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngw2GbqrJ_A&feature=player_profilepage
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