YouTube right now! Gary Oldman reads R. Kelly

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What’s better than R. Kelly reading R. Kelly? Nothing. What’s the next best thing? Gary Oldman reading R. Kelly.

The inimitable, Academy Award-nominated actor and Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus, best known around these parts for his role in Kung Fu Panda 2, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to deliver a dramatic reading from soul legend R. Kelly’s much-anticipated autobiography, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me.

Oldman arrived in tuxedo and white scarf, holding Soulacoaster at his naval as if he were delivering a sermon. For just over a minute, he recited with eloquence a passage that details a chance encounter between Kels and the rapper Tupac Shakur.

“We’ll just let it do what it do.”

Oldman’s delivery certainly gets a boost from the dimly lit stage and a straining chorus of violins, but this is the kind of stuff that would bring out the waterworks if it was recited outside of a bathroom stall in New York’s Union Square subway station.

That’s, um, what Soulercoaster‘s going to be like, I guess. We eagerly anticipate William Shatner‘s next move.

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Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger reported on YouTube, web culture, and crime for the Daily Dot until 2013, when he joined the Austin Chronicle. Until late 2018, he served as that paper’s news editor and reported on criminal justice and politics.