What exactly is the significance of this strange symbolic pairing off of Keanu and Oldman as light and dark representations of the Dog Star is difficult to say but a brief exploration into the particulars of how this Sirius symbolism manifests in their films can provide us with some good clues. Again the details of the many ways that Sirius shows up in Keanu's career are discussed elsewhere, but here we'll primarily be focusing on Gary Oldman's dance with the Dog Star. So to start out let's do a quick review of a few foundational facts about Sirius facts – especially those that are consistently emphasized in the symbolism of Mr. Oldman's career.
One of the first important facts to know about the Dog Star Sirius is that it is not just one star but two – a binary system – and some researchers even assert that the Sirius system is actually composed of as many as three stars. Relative to its distance from our solar system Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius A the bright half of the Dog Star system is the larger half of the binary Dog star system and is balanced out by its much smaller, darker and denser 'twin' Sirius B. Sirius B is what's known as a 'white dwarf' and though it's roughly the same size as Earth its mass is nearly equivalent to that of the Sun! A white dwarf is essentially a really old collapsed star that while it is no longer generating heat through fusion is still extremely hot and radiates some light because its electrons are actually being squeezed together by the extreme gravitational pull of the dwarf-star – but compared to a regular star a white dwarf such as Sirius B is very dark. Some esoteric writers who claim to astrally travel throughout the universe go so far as to report that while the bright Sirius A is the primary source of the positive and enlightening vibrations in our branch of the galaxy, the dark dense Sirius B radiates some of the most negative or tenebrous vibes in our cosmic vicinity.
Let's start out our exploration into this weird trans-cinematic symbolic opposition with a few simple connections. As you may already know Beethoven was one of the kidnapped historical character in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure while Mr. Oldman played Beethoven in the film Immortal Beloved as well as playing the villainous immortal Dracula opposite Keanu in the film Bram Stoker's Dracula. Followers of Synchromysticism may have already been aware of Oldman's Dogstar resonance – the most obvious of which is his role as 'Sirius Black' the main werewolf character in the Harry Potter series. Oldman's dog and Sirius resonance in the case of the Potter films is almost painfully obvious but Mr. Oldman is another actor whose Dog star connections are much more vast and subtle than they first seem. Interestingly where Keanu generally seems linked to the brighter side of the Sirius' binary star system Mr. Oldman's connections appear to strictly involve the darker half of the Dog star's stellar duo.
On the more cosmic side of things in the 1997 Sci-fi action epic The Fifth Element Oldman played an 'evil-John the Baptist'-resonant role as the industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg who allies himself with the 'Great Evil' a star-like giant ball of black fire: another 'Black (Dog)-star'. This of course starkly contrasts Keanu's many symbolic representations of John the Baptist - most evident in films such as Johnny Mnemonic, Constantine and Point Break.
And Gary's dog and wolf-related roles by no means end with Sirius Black. In 2011's Red Riding Hood Gary played Father Soloman a priest especially experienced in werewolves, and back in 1988's We Think the World of You Oldman appeared as Johnny (again a very Sirius-resonant name) a bi-sexual in prison. But the majority of the story revolves around his mistreated dog Evie who is the symbolic focus in the midst of struggle between Johnny's two lovers as they vie for his affection – tying together Dog symbolism as well as the ideas of 'two' and binary. And back in '92's Dracula Oldman's character not only transforms into a hideous werewolf-like creature but at one point he also demonstrates his ability to easily tame a wild wolf.
In 1998's Lost in Space both the name of the film and that of Gary Oldman's character – Dr. Zacharay Smith - have a certain resonance to the dark Dogstar. (we'll look at the Smith-Sirius connection in chapter 10 of The Keanu Code and you can just trust me about that for now of course). More recently Oldman did a voice role for 2009's Planet 51 - a number closely related to the classic Sirius number 50, and his appearance in 2004's film Dead Fish – is another Sirius-related anti-Nomo or fish-human-aliens synchronicity. (again you may have to check out the book or at least do a bit of research elsewhere on the website to really understand that reference).
In Oldman's title role in 1992's Dracula the film in which he appeared with Keanu the two were essentially set up in the roles of competing lovers – both striving for the hand of Winnona Ryder's character Mina. In one of the movies most pivotal scenes Oldman and Reeves characters almost appear to become mirror opposites of one another as the scenes rapidly switch back-and-forth between the marriage of Keanu and Ryder's characters in a beautiful and holy ceremony and Oldman-Dracula's simultaneous lascivious attack and near murder of Lucy, Mina/(Ryder)'s best friend - turning her into a vampire. And again Dracula-Oldman's form at the time was that of a werewolf – not the usual thing for vampires to transform into.
In so many ways Oldman and Keanu's careers have been like reverse images of one another: while Keanu has usually been cast in hero and savior roles Oldman early on earned a reputation for his portrayals of villainous characters - even playing the Devil in both a Guns N' Roses video and a short film, Beat the Devil, with Marilyn Manson and company. An additional kind of humorous duality dividing the two is their reputation as actors: while Keanu's acting has often been criticized Oldman's acting is nearly universally praised by critics and highly admired by whole generations of his fellow actors. I realize this may be getting old but another fun symbolic duality can be seen between Oldman's very last name and Keanu's early 1986 roles in both Youngblood and Young Again! Of course there is also the interesting contrast and connection between the popular Internet meme about Keanu supposedly being immortal and Oldman having played the central role in Immortal Beloved as well as having played the immortal but doomed Dracula opposite Keanu in Francis Ford Coppola's film of that name.
In another Sirius-sync Oldman also appeared as 'Pop' in 1990's Henry and June a film largely about author Henry Miller who wrote the book Sexus within which Keanu's band-mates discovered the name for their band Dogstar. Soon after the completion of the film Gary married two-time Keanu-character love interest Uma Thurman who had played the title role of June. And in 1999 the same year that Keanu appeared in the Jesus-like role of Neo in The Matrix Mr. Oldman played the role of the classic Jesus story 'bad-guy' Pontius Pilate in the film Jesus.
Again The Keanu Code will help explain some of the above Sirius subtleties as well as reveal why the Dog Star is so significant.
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