‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Gary Oldman to direct Jack White webcast
Gary Oldman has a long, impressive resume and now the star of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “The Dark Knight Rises” can add directorial credits to his name.
Musician Jack White has now tapped Oldman to direct an online stream of a concert he will perform on April 27 at Webster Hall in Manhattan to promote the April 24 release of Mr. White’s solo album “Blunderbuss.”
“It just fell from the sky,” Oldman told the New York Times. “Occasionally you get calls and they just drop in. I didn’t have to think very quickly about it. I just said, ‘Yeah, that sounds very good.’ ”
Oldman discussed being a fan of White and his band The White Stripes and said an e-mail exchange worked out the details of the project.
“These are not extensive e-mails. These are one-liners, two-liners. A question and then he writes back and says, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.’ I think he probably uses it reluctantly, out of necessity. I don’t think he has a cellphone.”
Then Oldman described the event:
“It’s very much a collaboration. It’s not just me sitting in the driving seat – you’re dependent on a lot of people for this to really run smoothly. But we’re all driven by vibrancy and the energy of Jack White. He’s the man at the helm, so to speak.”
The concert, which will be shown online at 9 p.m. Eastern time on April 27 at www.youtube.com/JackWhiteVEVO, is the latest entry in the American Express Unstaged series.
The Academy Award-nominated star wrote and directed the 1997 film Nil by Mouth.