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Gary Oldman slams reality TV

Gary Oldman doesn't like the way music stars portray themselves these days, and isn't a fan of reality TV.

The British screen star is not shy when it comes to his views on the world, and he couldn't help but share his disdain for the current state of TV and music, and the effect it has on youngsters.

Talking to Playboy magazine, Gary revealed he's not overly hopeful about the way society is heading.

"[As for the people] who pass for heroes in entertainment today, don’t even get me started. It’s like the old saying about mediocrity: The mediocre are always at their best. They never let you down. Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay," Gary fumed.

"And what passes for music - it’s all on that plateau. Who’s the hero for young people today? Some idiot who can’t f**king sing or write or who’s shaking her ass and twerking in front of 11-year-olds."

The 56-year-old did admit to being a fan of some new artists though, and cited Arcade Fire as one of the bands his two youngest sons Gulliver and Charlie introduced him to.

After spending more than 30 years in front of the camera, Gary's career shows no signs of slowing down. New movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out next month, with a further two projects in the pipeline.

Playing the role of Dreyfus, Gary admits to being a big fan of the monkey movie franchise which first starred Charlton Heston in 1968.

"Well, it’s hard being around the apes, because they’re basically just actors in weird diving suits with dots on their faces and cameras on their heads," Gary laughed. "Their mannerisms and facial expressions were ape-like, which was fun to watch. But the finished look comes later, through rendering and special effects.

"When I did Dracula and Hannibal I spent hours each morning having the make-up glued and strapped to my face. On Dracula the hair alone was a major tribulation. But making Planet of the Apes I had no idea what my co-stars actually looked like."

Movie making has changed a lot since the original movies were released, with Gary feeling nostalgic of the bygone era in Hollywood.

"I mean, Charlton Heston was filming with the apes. I used to love those behind-the-scenes pictures where you’d see an ape with a great big cigarette holder or a bottle of Coca-Cola in his hand - that old-time movie magic. It’s not like that now," he sighed.

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