John Oliver took on the opioid crisis again Sunday, when he used the majority of his half-hour going after OxyCotin developer Richard Sackler, the former president of Purdue Pharma. The HBO host called on TV’s greatest drug dealers, Walter White (Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad”) and Omar from “The Wire” (Michael Kenneth Williams), to portray the elusive Sackler.
They weren’t Hollywood’s only huge names to jump in Sackler’s horrible suit and tie.
“That’s right. We got Michael F—kin’ Keaton,” Oliver said earlier in the latest “Last Week Tonight” takedown. “I’ll tell you why: Because when you’re casting for a shadowy figure to a vast fortune that doesn’t like to be in the limelight, you go Batman.”
Keaton (pictured above) played Sackler as a heartless a-hole, while Cranston was called on to go “full Walter White.” Unfortunately, between those two and Williams, Oliver realized he was accidentally making Sackler look way, way too cool. After all, this is the guy many people blame for orchestrating the opioid crisis in America, which is roughly the least-cool thing we’ve got going on right now.
That’s when Oliver called on Richard Kind to do the “decidedly” uncool reenactments.
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