Call him Gary Oldman, political analyst-cultural police. The titular co-star of “The Contender,” set to open this very night, has opened fire on the film in the newest issue of Premiere magazine, according to a report by Mr. Showbiz.
The character actor, British by nationality and a conservative Republican by choice, is blasting DreamWorks, the studio behind “The Contender,” for manipulating it into a pro-Democrat film.
Specifically, Oldman says that DreamWorks, because of the Democratic leanings of the studios’ top brasses (that’s Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg), had forced writer-director Rod Lurie to change the script to suit their political beliefs.
“There’s no indication to me whatsoever that Rod [Lurie] ever felt pressured,” DreamWorks spokesman Walter Parkes told Premiere. “One only has to look at the coverage of the [Democratic] convention to see that the owners of this company have sympathies with the Democratic Party. Did those sympathies enter into the editorial process … or the decision to buy the movie? Unequivocally, no.”
With that, the battle rages on.