Blast from the past

Yup! Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman did starred in a movie together


Yup that’s right. This year’s Academy Award winners in the best leading actress/actor category Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman has been knowing each other for almost 30 years.

And not just because they run in the same circles, and because they are both working actors roughly at the same age. Or perhaps because they’re two of the greatest living actors working right now. That’s all true but NO. Back in 1989, they both starred in Chattahoochee, a Mick Jackson directed biopic/drama.

The film is based on the real-life experiences of Chris Calhoun. An American hero of the Korean War who attempts to commit suicide, first by provoking local police and then by shooting himself in the chest. After his recovery, he is sent to the Florida State Hospital, an institution in Chattahoochee, Florida, where he fights against doctors and staff who are terrorizing and torturing their patients. His efforts eventually led to sweeping reforms in the Florida mental health system.

Oldman played the main character Emmett Foley- a fictional character based on Calhoun and the movie also had Dennis Hopper, Pamela Reed and Ned Beatty in the rest of the cast.

This past weekend, Gary Oldman won his first Academy Award ever, for his performance in The Darkest Hour, and McDormand won his second Oscar for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Check it out.


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