Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The perennial bad guy

And, speaking of Garry Oldman, I mentioned in the comment reply that I thought his best role was as Stansfield in The Professional. I also said that his maniacal, faux Jamaican character in True Romance was mesmerizing. It was, however, remiss of me not to make mention of the Big Bad, the One and Only - Dracula. Gary Oldman fucking made that movie; he held up Keanu Reeves' end the way Jim Carey held up Matthew Broderick's in The Cable Guy.

Anyway, a little Oldman to lighten up your day:

Mathilda: You killed my brother.
Stansfield: I'm sorry. And you want to join him?
Mathilda: No.
Stansfield: It's always the same thing. It's when you start to become really afraid of death that you learn to appreciate life. Do you like life, sweetheart?
Mathilda: Yes.
Stansfield: That's good, because I take no pleasure in taking life if it's from a person who doesn't care about it.


nuke said...

Yeah, The Professional is a fantastic movie. Did you ever see the mini-films that BMW put out? Clive Owen was "The Hire" - and in one of them he has a drag race with the Devil (Oldman) for James Brown. Anyways, it's less than 10 minutes long, and Oldman goes through all these ranges of emotions in such a short time but with *depth*. It's like watching a wacky burlesque.

But my personal favourite is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The scene with the pots in the garden slays me every time.

MrLefty said...

It is indeed awesome.

Don Quixote said...

Nope, I never did see the mini-films. I wonder where I'd be able to get them. It sounds intriguing.

Nor have I seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - it seems I'm sadly lacking in Oldman.

The Professional marked a first in the way that certain action scenes are shot. I love the dolly shot at the very start of the film.