Gary Oldman Has Some Advice For Ben McKenzie On Playing Jim Gordon In GOTHAM


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Just the other day it was announced that Fox had found their Detective Jim Gordon for Gotham in the form of Southland and The O.C. star Ben McKenzie. The announcement was met with a very positive reaction online, a rare thing for a comic book project and especially one featuring such an iconic character. McKenzie needs to work on growing his ‘stache out, but he seems to be good fit for what we know about what Gotham is going for. The actor has some big shoes to fill though. Gary Oldman was the last Jim Gordon to grace the big screen in all three of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman movies. The actor who stars in the upcoming RoboCop remake, the new Planet of the Apes film, and possibly Star Wars VII has weighed in on McKenzie‘s casting and offered up a small piece of advice to the young man.

Speaking with Access Hollywood while out and about promoting RoboCopOldman was asked what he thought about the Gotham series and the casting of McKenzie as a younger version of the man he brought to life in the recent Batman trilogy. After getting the premise of the show was explained to him, Oldman only had one question. “A show without Batman?” the actor said with a rather quizzical look on his face.After the initial shock, he offered up a tiny piece of advice for the new guy taking on the role:

I’m sure he’s going to be fabulous. Go back to the comic books. That’s what I did. There’s great stuff about Gordon. He had whole other life.

The comics are always the key to these things, and it’s always nice to hear an actor say they read the source material. Some just rely on the script and it doesn’t always work. I’m sure McKenzie is neck deep in old comics right now prepping for the show that will go directly to series. Things are moving fast as filming on the pilot gets ready to begin. Earlier today we heard about the casting of Alfred and Penguin (which you can read here), so hopefully we hear a lot more about the series soon. What do you think about Oldman‘s advice?

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Source : Access Hollywood