In what could be considered a shot to the heart for many fans of the award-winning actor, Gary Oldman revealed during WonderCon that sci-fi just isn’t his bag.
During a panel featuring the entire cast and director of the upcoming film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , Oldman was asked if he was a fan of the genre. His response surprised many; “No, not really. I mean, I liked ” Planet of the Apes ” growing up. I have to say, and I know this is sinful of me. Blasphemous even, I can’t watch, I just don’t get ” Star Wars .” It’s just not for me. I never read “Batman” comics. I’m not into wizards. I haven’t thought about ” Planet of the Apes ” since I saw it as a kid…I guess it’s not that I dislike it. I just don’t, I don’t know.”
Obviously this is a bit of a shock, as Oldman has appeared in some of the most iconic sci-fi and comic book films of the last decade. He just appeared in the recent Robocop reboot, along with being known for roles in The Fifth Element, Lost in Space …and of course…his iconic stint as Commissioner Gordon in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
Unfortunately, Oldman would go on to emphatically state that he just doesn’t have a fanboy bone in his body (as some parts were taken out of the sheer lack of anything else to do). “I didn’t read comics…I don’t have a great deal of time to read and when I do, I like to read something real. Then I find myself in these films like ” The Fifth Element ” and ” Lost in Space .” I’m a working actor. You’ve got to put food on the table and pay the mortgage. They say they want you for ” Lost in Space ” and you go, “Well, what else is around?” “Nothing.” “All right, I’ll do that, then.” He says.
Gary Oldman stars in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , coming to theaters this July.