First Look: Gary Oldman in Hughes Brother's Book of Eli

March 13, 2009

First Look: Gary Oldman in Hughes Brother's Book of Eli

Just yesterday we wrote another article about Tom Waits, and a handful of others, joining the cast of the Hughes Brother's The Book of Eli. We know a lot about it and who's in it, but we don't really know what it looks like, until now. We've already seen a photo of Denzel Washington as the lead character Eli, but another actor who appears in the movie is Gary Oldman. He plays a character named Carnegie, who is the despot of a small makeshift town that's determined to take possession of the book Eli's guarding. Thanks to a this blog, we've got some new photos, including a few of Gary Oldman, that can be seen below.

The Book of Eli Photos

The Book of Eli Photos

The Book of Eli Photos

I included the two other photos to give you a better idea of what the production looks like. It really is a true "post-apocalyptic western," as you can tell, with Denzel adding a bit of futuristic grit to it. They've been shooting The Book of Eli in a small town called Carrizozo, New Mexico, which is where these photos come from. I'm really liking the way this looks and how it's all coming together. Great cast, great locations, I can't wait to see some fights! If you remember (see this poster), Denzel's character actually carries a samurai sword on his back. He doesn't seem to have it in any of the photos, but he does have a lot of guns.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


looking forward to this a lot more than Pelham 123

Christopher M on Mar 13, 2009


I'm waiting for more on this movie before I make up my mind, but I love gary oldman in almost everything he does

Bo on Mar 13, 2009


I like Oldman as a villain. I'm definitely looking forward to this.

Chuck Norris on Mar 13, 2009


It's been ages since Gary played a villain (I know he's sick of being the villain, but come on Gary, you know you're great at it, haha). Looking forward to seeing him shine in a more prominent role again.

Movie Fan on Mar 13, 2009


I really hope to see Gary Oldman getting some Oscar recognition in the near future!

SR on Mar 13, 2009


Oldman has always been a badass as a villain and will always be.

Fisherr on Mar 14, 2009


what a funny movie

Scott McHenry on Mar 14, 2009


Cannot wait for this...I think (I hope!!) it's going to kick box-office ass. I can never get enough of Gary Oldman...or Denzel for that matter 🙂 Hmmm...any coincidence that the lead character is an African American dude who has something important in his possession...the answer to humanity's ills...? Nah! ;-D

afishcalledwanda on Mar 14, 2009


sound like anyone we know of...?

afishcalledwanda on Mar 14, 2009


Sounds like a good film! I saw the previews and they were OK. Samuel Jackson or Michael Jai White would have been a better chouce because of the physicality of the movie. I looked at Denzel Washington's fight choreography and it lacked dynamism. sufficient body extension and cinematographic acuity in the action sequences. Even the "pan" short were exhibited too close to show any skill in the former allowing for, I guess, short cutting (alot I suspect) to portray a "lone warrior". Next time, perhaps the arts of Kali and escrima could provie more realistic short and long hand sequences to widen the expertise of the actor and incorporate into the film!

edouard on Sep 30, 2009

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