Gary Oldman reveals he was paid 'a sandwich and a bottle of pop' for David Bowie video role

The actor starred in the promo for 2013's 'The Next Day' single

Gary Oldman reveals he was paid 'a sandwich and a bottle of pop' for David Bowie video role

Photo: Press

Actor Gary Oldman has spoken out about his role in the video for David Bowie's 'The Next Day', which he starred in last year, playing a priest opposite Marion Cotillard.

He revealed that he was paid "a sandwich and a bottle of pop" for his part in the video, and no money changed hands. Speaking to the Daily Mail's Event magazine, Oldman added that Bowie asked him to take part via an email. "Dave just shot me an email, out of the blue, saying, 'Do you want to come and play a priest for a day?'" said the actor. "It was all done for a sandwich and a bottle of pop. We actually shot it in a place that's about 10 minutes from my house. There was no money in it."

'The Next Day' was the third single to be taken from Bowie's 2013 album of the same name. The video was directed by Floria Sigismundi, who also directed Bowie's 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' video.

Alongside Oldman, Marion Cotillard - who won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf - also starred in the promo, which took place in a pub with a cast and crew of religious characters. Bowie played a Christ-like figure, Oldman portrayed a priest and Cotillard a saint-like character, whilst a Cardinal handed out cash and a nun prayed. "People can make what they want of it, that's the point of a video like that. He's an artist, he makes you think," said Oldman of the controversial video.

Bowie and Oldman previously joined forces in 1995, when they recorded a duet of Bowie's 'You've Been Around' for guitarist Reeves Gabrels' album 'The Sacred Squall Of Now'. They worked together again in 1996 on the Jean-Michel Basquiat biopic Basquiat, with Bowie portraying Andy Warhol.

Read More On This Artist

David Bowie Merchandise
More News
Sly Stone awarded £3.3 million in unpaid royalties
Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford teams up with Lance Armstrong
Skrillex, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs, Duran Duran added to Sónar festival bill
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to release acid house LP
Run The Jewels share 'Lie, Cheat, Steal' video - watch
Everything Everything: 'If you put out a record this year and it's all smiles, then...
Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley
Sinead O'Connor withdraws application to join Sinn Fein
Sleaford Mods back crowdfunded documentary 'about the band and state of modern Britain'
Björk on 'Vulnicura' album leak: 'There's no way to say how you'd...
Drenge on new album 'Undertow': 'One song just screams 'Fleetwood Mac'
Liam Howlett confident ahead of new Prodigy album: 'I've been feeling these new...
Taylor Swift tells hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her: 'you got nothing'
Noel Gallagher: 'new album is is full of songs that make you punch the air while crying'
Carl Barât says he 'needs therapy' now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty is clean
The Cribs say new album is 'their poppiest record since 'Men's Needs, Women's...
Sam Smith responds after US DJ Howard Stern calls him a 'fat ugly motherfucker'
Tom DeLonge says Blink-182 'haven't talked in months'
Carl Barât & The Jackals announce one-off UK show
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus confirms conversations about replacing drummer Travis Barker did...
Faith No More announce release of new single 'Superhero'
L7 announce reunion and European gigs

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM