Gary Oldman's apology tour made an unlikely stop at Thursday's opening night ceremony of
, where the actor presented writer-producer James Schamus with a well-deserved lifetime achievement award.
The audience of LGBT filmmakers and friends celebrating Outfest's 32 years of work got to witness first-hand a bizarre follow-up performance in which Oldman proclaimed his longtime love for the gays:
"Such an honor to be here with you all tonight! I thank you--thank you so much for inviting me. I've been a huge supporter all my life. I've always supported the LGBT community and ensuring that equality is had and is experienced by all. My support for your community will continue."
After a reel showcasing Schamus's work ended with shots of Heath Ledger in
, Oldman took the podium again, visibly choked up. "Lovely to see Heath up there," he said, seemingly in tears.
Oldman is a tremendous actor--nobody really questions that--but his mea culpa monologue missed the crucially important emotional note of believability, especially if it was intended to help keep his career on track. Amidst all the crying and the carrying on, it just sounded like a lot of drama.