Wearing a “Time’s Up” pin and holding his Golden Globe award backstage at the Beverly Hilton, Gary Oldman said that the response to the sexual misconduct allegations that have overwhelmed Hollywood marks an “evolutionary” moment — and that he made a conscious decision decades ago not to work with disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“When the curtain came down on Harvey, I was flabbergasted and shocked,” Oldman said. “Fortunately he was never in my orbit. We met in ’92. He gave me the creeps and I said ‘Let’s not work with that guy,’ and I never did.”
Allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein made in October in reports in the New York Times and the New Yorker kicked off the #MeToo movement last year, encouraging victims of abuse to step forward.
Oldman said of the movement that has risen up to shed light on sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment business and the broader culture, “A wheel is turning. It’s turning a notch in the evolutionary wheel. We’re still coming out of the mists of time.”
Oldman won the Globe for best actor in a motion-picture drama Sunday for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” He likened the current movement against a culture of harassment and assault to Churchill’s stance against Adolf Hitler in World War II. “Words and actions can change the world,” Oldman said, adding, “I look at essential people, people like Washington and Lincoln. That’s who you could compare him to.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 8, 2018