Actor Gary Oldman, who features in the film The Book of Eli, is all praise for his co-star, actor Denzel Washington. “It was a good gig. I’m a fan of Denzel and have admiration for him, and it was fun getting to know him a little bit and having a laugh with him. Our connection is the theater. We both come from there,” he said.
The actor, who shot in the desert for large portions of the film, said, “(I carried) lots of lip balm. I dug it. I thought it was a great location, and I’d never really spent any amount of time in that neighborhood. I thought the landscape was great (to look at and for the shoot), and it was a friendly place.”
Talking about his character, Oldman added, “Well, Carnegie (his character) is essentially a dictator. He has built this town through violence and through control of a very valuable commodity—fresh water. But he’s also smart. Given the situation, given the time and where they are and what has happened, I see him as really just a survivor.”