Westworld’s Biggest Reveal: Dr. Robert Ford Hates Donald Trump
WARNING: The following post contains spoilers for the HBO show Westworld. Also, spoilers for The Walking Dead and Vikings -- the latter two shows which have nothing to do with the post, it's just that we're awful bastards.
We'll have our usual Westworld review on Tuesday, but we just couldn't keep our paws off of the biggest reveal in the HBO series so far. Bernard, as it turns out, is really a host. I took this news the same way I reacted when author Philip K. Dick announced that Harrison Ford in Blade Runner was really a replicant: with a comical spit take. The clerk at Best Buy was quite annoyed.
So Westworld takes us down another rabbit hole and blows our minds yet again, leaving one to wonder, what could they possibly be planning for season-ending episode 10? I expect nothing less than dinosaurs.
Jeffrey Wright, who plays the role of Bernard Lowe, stopped by Vulture to give his thoughts on his big moment, which included the murder of Theresa (Why Couldn't It Have Been Lee Sizemore?) Cullen.
But the centerpiece actor here is and presumably always will be Anthony Hopkins, aka Dr. Robert Ford, who built Westworld and controls everything in it. In the interview released this morning, Wright (Bernard) gave his thoughts on being a robot, and what it's like to get to know Hopkins when the cameras weren't rolling.
Turns out that Hopkins is not what one would call a Trump fan.
VULTURE: You get a ton of screen time with Anthony Hopkins, and other cast members I’ve interviewed have lamented that they don't get as much as time as they would like. You’re a lucky man. What was your first conversation with him like?
WRIGHT: When I know that I have to work with another actor for an extensive amount of time, my primary concern is whether or not we'll work well together. It has less to do with the concern of engaging on camera as it does off camera. [Laughs.] So I was just curious about that, and I don't recall the details of our first conversation, but I realized that he's a wonderful guy and a fascinating thinker. Half the joy for me of working with him was talking to him when the camera wasn't rolling. Largely about politics and the social disaster that is Donald Trump's campaign and Trump himself.
VULTURE: Shooting the breeze with Anthony Hopkins about Donald Trump. That’s a rare pleasure.
WRIGHT: Well, yeah. He’s a guy who survived World War II as a kid. He takes such movements very seriously.
VULTURE: On the other hand, what’s a lighthearted memory you have of conversing with him?
WRIGHT: Oh, that is lighthearted for us. [Laughs.] He's got a very healthy perspective on our business, and some of the trappings and superficialities of certain aspects of Hollywood that I quite appreciate.
VULTURE: A fellow cynic?
WRIGHT: Well, a cynic about things that deserve cynicism. He sees with relatively clear eyes, which is not a presumption that is healthy to make of all folks in our line of work.
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