It’s hard not to love Gary Oldman. With over 70 film credits to his name, including everything from “True Romance” and “Hannibal” to the “Harry Potter” franchise, the man has fantastic range. His role as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films was among the highlights of the entire series. And, to confess a guilty pleasure here, I was actually among the minority of film-goers to find a lot to like in the recent “Robocop” reboot–despite its many flaws– in which Oldman nearly stole the show.
However, that doesn’t mean any of us have been clamoring to hear the London-born actor’s thoughts on modern American politics. But, on the bright side, I suppose if he’s going to join the easily-accessible “Bash Bush” camp in Hollywood, it’s at least somewhat refreshing to hear him slamming Darling Obama as well.
In an interview with the “Den of Geek!” website, Oldman said the following:
“… I live in America at the moment, in California. But you look at American politics at the moment, and it’s one mess after another, one scandal after another. I mean, it’s falling around [Obama]. The empire is crumbling. Right, yeah. And you’ve got footage of him speaking in 2008 and 2009 talking about Bush, and how against the Executive Order he is, and how everything was going to be transparent, and now he’s doing the same thing but on steroids. It’s Bush on steroids.”
It would appear that we’ve got a mixed bag with Gary. He’s certainly no fan of George W. Bush, but something about Obama’s blatant abuse of power these days is rubbing him the wrong way. So, good on him, I suppose. In the end, you have to give entertainers credit when you can. It’s not easy for most in Tinseltown to offer up even tepid criticism of a Democratic president. Let’s let Commissioner Gordon open the door, and see who else in Hollywood walks through. Not that I’m holding my breath.
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