Since its Hollywood consecration and the magnificent revival of Batman BeginsChristopher Nolan has established himself as theone of the most important directors of his generation. Technical rigor, original concepts, obsession with time and non-linear stories, the director’s touch is immediately recognizable.
But among the many qualities of Nolan’s cinema, in-tune castings are certainly one of the most important elements of his success. And the bomb Oppenheimer was certainly no exception to the rule, quite the contrary. A Oscar-winning actor thus came to slip in the middle of the plethora of actors and actresses of talent for just one small, absolutely essential scene, but so brief that you may have missed it.
oppenheimer: the dark hours
Indeed, after playing the iconic Commissioner Gordon in the trilogy Dark Knight, Gary Oldman therefore found Christopher Nolan to lend his features to the 33rd President of the United States: Harry S. Truman. When promoting the series Slow HorsesGary Oldman had revealed to be present in Oppenheimer For “a scene, a page and a half” of scenario. And indeed, the actor, whose presence in the film was not publicized after the fact (easily overshadowed by the mind-boggling cast) is indeed present in one and only scene of the film, but perhaps one of the most important.
After more than 2 hours of sensory tension magnified by the omnipresent music of Ludwig Göransson, the father of the atomic bomb embodied by the imperial Cillian Murphy meets President Truman in a scene of deafening silence. During a tense and disenchanted exchange, Robert Oppenheimer declares that he has blood on his hands to the president, to which the latter responds by handing him a handkerchief, smirking in support. The scientist realizes that his creation no longer belongs to him and that he will have to face the consequences of the choices made so far. The scene ends with Truman in the background declaring that he no longer wants to meet this “whiner”.
Another sensational scene from a movie that has a lot of it
This is not the first time that Gary Oldman embodies a historical figure since he notably interpreted Winston Churchill in The Dark Hourswhich won him the Oscar for best actor in 2018. And just like in Joe Wright’s movie, the actor looked absolutely fabulous, and imposed his talent despite little screen timeduring a momentous scene for the fate of Cillian Murphy’s character.
It is therefore easy to understand why Christopher Nolan chose an actor of this caliber to give weight to a role as succinct as it is essential to the story. One thing is in any case certain, the film should make an impression and establish itself as one of the major works of its director, which is why we strongly advise you to go and discover Oppenheimerin theaters since July 19, 2023.