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Gary Oldman Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Gary Oldman is a remarkable actor, musician and filmmaker. He is mostly famous for roles in such movies as ‘’Harry Potter’, ‘The Dark Knight’ and many other famous movies and television shows. In addition to this, Gary was also a part of the creation team of the movie ‘Nil by Mouth’. Recently Oldman has received more and more suggestions and offers for different kinds of roles, and his fans are able to see him more often on the screen. During his acting career Gary has won and been nominated for many awards. Some of them include an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Satellite Award, Saturn Award, Emmy Award and others. The question might occur: how rich is Gary Oldman? Well, the answer is that Gary’s net worth is 40 million dollars and of course most of it has come from his acting career.

Gary Oldman Net Worth $40 Million

Gary Leonard Oldman. or just simply known as Gary Oldman, was born in 1958 in England. His childhood was not perfect as Gary’s father liked to drink a lot and left the family when Gary was just a little boy. At first Oldman was more interested in music; he liked to sing and knew how to play a piano. but the movie entitled The Raging Moon inspired him to become an actor. That is why Gary started to work in Young People’s Theatre and at the same time he learned a lot of things about acting and performing.

Later Gary studied at Rose Bruford College where he received a degree in acting. One of the first of Gary’s roles was in ‘Dick Whittington and His Cat’. Later he also acted in ‘Desperado Corner’, ‘Chinchilla’, ‘The Massacre at Paris’ and others. These performances added to Gary Oldman’s net worth. In 1982 Gary acted in his first movie, entitled ‘Remembrance’. While time was passing, Oldman started to receive more offers for acting and became more popular in the movie industry. Other movies and television shows that Gary has acted in include ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, ‘Hannibal’, ‘Friends’, ‘The Book of Eli’ and many others. Recently Gary appeared in ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. All these appearances had a huge impact on the growth of Gary Oldman’s net worth.

As it was mentioned before, Gary is also interested in music and tries to participate in the music industry as much as he can. Gary has had an opportunity to work with Glen Matlock, Reeves Gabrels, David Bowie and Jack White. This also made Gary’s net worth grow.

To conclude, it could be said that Gary Oldman is one of the best actors in the industry. During his career he has appeared in many movies and television shows and now has a lot of experience so there is no surprise that he is still very popular nowadays. Gary’s talent is acclaimed by many other people in the industry, and with time he receives more and more roles. If this continues to happen there is a high chance that Gary Oldman’s net worth will become a lot higher.

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dylan Thomas1991Dylan Thomas
Henry & June1990Pop (as Maurice Escargot)
State of Grace1990Jackie Flannery
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead1990Rosencrantz
Knots Landing1989TV SeriesDon Ross
Chattahoochee1989Emmett Foley
We Think the World of You1988Johnny
Criminal Law1988Ben Chase
Track 291988Martin
Prick Up Your Ears1987Joe Orton
Sid and Nancy1986Sid Vicious
Summer Season1985TV SeriesGary
Morgan's Boy1984TV SeriesColin
Dramarama1984TV SeriesBen
Meantime1984TV MovieCoxy
Remembrance1982Daniel
Darkest Hour2017filmingWinston Churchill
The Hitman's Bodyguard2017post-production
Squadron 422017Video Game post-productionAdmiral Ernst Bishop
Star Citizen2016Video Game post-productionAdmiral Ernst Bishop
Flying HorseannouncedDennis Spencer
Hunter Killerfilming
The Space Between Us2017Nathaniel Shepherd
Criminal2016Quaker Wells
Lego Dimensions2015Video GameLord Vortech (voice)
Man Down2015/ICounselor Peyton
Child 442015General Mikhail Nesterov
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes2014Dreyfus
RoboCop2014Dr. Dennett Norton
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013TV SeriesA Thanksgiving Message
Paranoia2013/INicolas Wyatt
David Bowie: The Next Day2013Video shortPriest
Guns, Girls and Gambling2012Elvis
The Dark Knight Rises2012Commissioner Gordon
Lawless2012Floyd Banner
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes2012Video shortGeorge Smiley
Touch of Evil2011ShortThe Menacing Dummy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy2011George Smiley
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 22011Sirius Black
Kung Fu Panda 22011Shen (voice)
Red Riding Hood2011Solomon
Call of Duty: Black Ops2010Video GameViktor Reznov / Dr. Clarke (voice)
The Book of Eli2010Carnegie
Planet 512009General Grawl (voice)
A Christmas Carol2009Bob Cratchit Marley Tiny Tim
Rain Fall2009William Holtzer
Do Not Go See the Perfect Sleep2009Video short
The Unborn2009Rabbi Sendak
Call of Duty: World at War2008Video GameSgt. Reznov (voice)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon2008Video GameIgnitus (voice)
The Dark Knight2008Gordon
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night2007Video GameIgnitus (voice)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Sirius Black
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning2006Video GameIgnitus (voice)
The Backwoods2006Paul
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire2005Sirius Black
Dead Fish2005Lynch
Batman Begins2005Jim Gordon
Who's Kyle?2004ShortScouse
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Sirius Black
Sin2003Charlie Strom
True Crime: Streets of LA2003Video GameRocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
Tiptoes2003Rolfe
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead2003Video GameSgt. Jack Barnes (voice)
Beat the Devil2002ShortDevil
Greg the Bunny2002TV SeriesGary Oldman
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road2002O.W. Grant
Friends2001TV SeriesRichard Crosby
Hannibal2001Mason Verger
Nobody's Baby2001Buford Dill
The Contender2000Shelly Runyon
Jesus1999TV MoviePontius Pilate
Tracey Takes On...1999TV SeriesHairdresser
The Fifth Element1998Video GameJean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (voice)
Quest for Camelot1998Ruber (voice)
Lost in Space1998Dr. Zachary Smith Spider Smith
Air Force One1997Ivan Korshunov
The Fifth Element1997Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
Basquiat1996Albert Milo
The Scarlet Letter1995Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Murder in the First1995Milton Glenn
Immortal Beloved1994Ludwig van Beethoven
Léon: The Professional1994Stansfield
Romeo Is Bleeding1993Jack Grimaldi
True Romance1993Drexl Spivey
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesPat Kelley
Dracula1992Dracula
JFK1991Lee Harvey Oswald
Screen Two1986-1991TV SeriesIan Tyson Bex Bissell Derek Bates

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rage2008TV Series 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Quest for Camelot1998performer: "Ruber"
Track 291988performer: "M-O-T-H-E-R"
Sid and Nancy1986performer: "My Way", "Somethin' Else", "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nobody's Baby2001producer
The Contender2000executive producer
Plunkett & Macleane1999executive producer
Nil by Mouth1997producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flying Horseannounced
Jack White: Unstaged2012Video
Nil by Mouth1997

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flying Horseannounced
Nil by Mouth1997screenplay

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah2009Documentary short

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Kyle?2004Short camera operator - as Gary von Oldman

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tyrannosaur2011special thanks
The Perfect Sleep2009very special thanks
Dog Altogether2007Short thanks
Who's Kyle?2004Short special thanks
The Thin Red Line1998thanks
Wildly Available1996special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Place Among the Undead2016TV Series documentaryHimself (2016)
Criss Angel Trick'd Up2016TV MovieHimself
Criminal Intent2016Video documentaryHimself
Larry King Now2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
Reflections of History: Recreating the World of Child 442015Video shortHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2012-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Humans and Apes: The Cast of 'Dawn'2014Video shortHimself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHimself
Conan2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
I Am Steve McQueen2014DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+2012-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Ending the Knight2012Video documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
True Crime: The Movie2012DocumentaryRocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
2012 MTV Movie Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Charlie Rose1995-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet2012TV SpecialHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2012TV SeriesHimself
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: UK Premiere Featurette2012Video documentary shortHimself
Movie Talk with Peter Bart2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
SAG Foundation Conversations2011TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
At the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself
The Big Picture2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself
The Republic of Telly2011TV SeriesHimself
The Book of Eli: Eli's Journey2010Video shortHimself
The Book of Eli: Survival Guide Focus Points2010Video documentary shortHimself
One Night in Turin2010DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Life on Planet 512010Video documentary shortHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Countdown to Zero2010DocumentaryNarrator
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah2009Documentary short
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Secret World of Superfans2008DocumentaryHimself
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka2007Video documentary shortHimself
Nubes y claros - Rodando 'Bosque de sombras'2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1994-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies2007TV SeriesHimself
Me and Graham: The Soundtrack of Our Lives2005DocumentaryHimself
Chutzpah, This Is?2005Video shortHimself
Planet Voice2005TV SeriesHimself
Batman: The Tumbler2005Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Cape and Cowl2005Video documentary shortHimself - Actor
Batman Begins: Behind the Mask2005TV Short documentaryHimself
Conjuring a Scene2004Video documentary shortHimself
Head to Shrunken Head2004Video documentary shortHimself
Memories of: Elephant2004Video shortHimself - Actor / Director
Today2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
True Romance: Behind the Scenes2002Video documentary shortHimself
Anthony Hopkins: A Taste for Hannibal2002TV MovieHimself
The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller2001Video documentary shortHimself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dennis Miller Live2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Great Books: Poe's Tales of Terror2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Alan Clarke: His Own Man2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beloved Beethoven1999Video documentaryHimself
Ôsama no buranchi1998TV SeriesHimself
Lost in Space Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50th British Academy Film Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Lost in Space: A Behind the Scenes Journey1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making of...1998TV Series documentaryHimself / Dr. Smith
Ciné61997TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Air Force One'1997Video shortHimself
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'True Romance'1993Video documentary shortHimself
Frontline1993TV Series documentaryLee Harvey Oswald
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man. The Myth. The Movies.1992TV Short documentaryHimself
Director: Alan Clarke1991Documentary shortHimself
England's Glory1987Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Criminal: Director's Notes2016Video documentaryHimself / Quaker Wells
Nostalgia Critic2016TV SeriesJames Gordon
Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesRosencrantz
The Drunken Peasants2015TV SeriesJean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy2013Video documentaryHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesNicholas Wyatt
Call of Duty: Black Ops II2012Video GameViktor Reznov (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesLudwig van Beethoven
Cinemaholic2009TV Series
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin2009TV Series
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryIvan Korshunov (uncredited)
In Camera: The Naïve Visual Effects of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'2007Video documentary shortHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The King's Head: A Maverick in London2006Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Creating the Vision2004Video documentary shortSirius Black (uncredited)
Omnibus1999TV Series documentaryJoe Orton
Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Videos1998VideoDevil in Since I Don't Have You video (uncredited)
Gomorron1997TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameLego Dimensions (2015)· Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
· Frank Welker
2016BTVA Video Game Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameLego Dimensions (2015)· Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
· Frank Welker
2014Dilys Powell AwardLondon Critics Circle Film Awards
2012BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmKung Fu Panda 2 (2011)· Jack Black
· Angelina Jolie
· Dustin Hoffman
· Jackie Chan
· Seth Rogen
· Lucy Liu
· David Cross
· James Hong
· Michelle Yeoh
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)· Mark Strong
· John Hurt
· Toby Jones
· David Dencik
· Ciarán Hinds
· Colin Firth
· Kathy Burke
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Stephen Graham
· Simon McBurney
· Tom Hardy
· Svetlana Khodchenkova
· William Haddock
2012Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Actor in a Leading RoleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012International Star AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011Icon AwardEmpire Awards, UK
2011Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2011SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2009COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Michael Caine
· Morgan Freeman
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite CastThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Morgan Freeman
· Michael Caine
· Cillian Murphy
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2001Alan J. Pakula AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsThe Contender (2000)· Rod Lurie (screenwriter)
· Joan Allen
· Jeff Bridges
· Christian Slater
· Sam Elliott
· William Petersen
· Saul Rubinek
· Philip Baker Hall
· Mike Binder
· Robin Thomas
· Mariel Hemingway
2001Master Screen Artist TributeUSA Film Festival
1998Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DebutNil by Mouth (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror ActorLe cinquième élément (1997)
1998Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsNil by Mouth (1997)· Luc Besson
· Douglas Urbanski
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalNil by Mouth (1997)
1997Channel 4 Director's AwardEdinburgh International Film FestivalNil by Mouth (1997)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic SeriesFallen Angels (1993)
1993Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorDracula (1992)
1992Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorDracula (1992)
1988ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearPrick Up Your Ears (1987)
1987Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsMost Promising NewcomerSid and Nancy (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BTVA Video Game Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Video GameLego Dimensions (2015)
2012BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmKung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2012European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista)Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceKung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2012OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012AnnieAnnie AwardsVoice Acting in a Feature ProductionKung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2011British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest Movie ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion PictureTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2010VGASpike Video Game AwardsBest Performance by a Human MaleCall of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Heath Ledger
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Aaron Eckhart
· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Heath Ledger
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere MovieInterstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleThe Contender (2000)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Contender (2000)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesFriends (1994)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorLost in Space (1998)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - Action/AdventureAir Force One (1997)
1998British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest British Director of an Independent FilmNil by Mouth (1997)
1998British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Original Screenplay by a British Writer of a Produced Independent FilmNil by Mouth (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainAir Force One (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightAir Force One (1997)· Harrison Ford
1997Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalNil by Mouth (1997)
1996Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe Scarlet Letter (1995)· Demi Moore
· Robert Duvall
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleLéon (1994)
1993MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissDracula (1992)· Winona Ryder
1992Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
1988BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorPrick Up Your Ears (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Dublin Film Critics AwardDublin International Film FestivalBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

TitleSalary
The Dark Knight (2008)$3,000,000
Jesus (1999)$1,000,000
Lost in Space (1998)$5,000,000

#Fact
1Actors Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt has citied Oldman as their inspiration.
2Starred in David Bowie's music video David Bowie: The Next Day (2013) alongside Marion Cotillard, his co-star in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
3As of July 2014, films starring Oldman have grossed over $3.8 billion at the United States box office, and over $9.9 billion worldwide. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named Oldman the highest-grossing actor in history, based on lead and supporting roles.
4Auditioned for Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts (RADA) but was rejected and told by advisers that he should consider something besides acting.
5Used to work various jobs on assembly lines, as a porter in an operating theatre, selling shoes and beheading pigs in an abattoir.
6He is of English, with a smaller amount of Irish, ancestry.
7In Chicago, Illinois filming The Dark Knight (2008). [August 2007]
8Filmed a role in The Thin Red Line (1998) but all his scenes were deleted from the final cut.
9Is the third actor to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a role in a John le Carré novel adaptation. The others were Richard Burton for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Rachel Weisz who won the award for her performance in The Constant Gardener (2005).
10Director Patrice Chéreau originally wanted him for the lead role in Intimacy (2001), but he turned it down because of the sex scenes.
11Before his nod for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), he was considered one of the greatest actors never nominated for an Oscar.
12Received the scar below his right eye during a rehearsal for Meantime (1984) , where Tim Roth threw a bottle that hit a light and fell on Oldman.
13Was famously told by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) to find a new career other than acting before training at Rose Bruford.
14Friends with Benedict Cumberbatch.
15Is the second actor to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for playing a lead character in a John le Carré novel adaptation. This first was Richard Burton for "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," which featured George Smiley.
16In 2011, he named his five favorite films as Apocalypse Now (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Badlands (1973) and Ratcatcher (1999) and cites his director from Dracula (1992), Francis Ford Coppola, as his favorite filmmaker.
17Actors Tom Hardy and Alexander Skarsgård have named Oldman as their favorite actor.
18Attended the Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre in South East London before going to drama school. Other former attendees are actors Kathy Burke, Stephen Manwaring and Stella Barnes.
19Directed a music video for Jewish Hip-Hop group Chutzpah shot entirely on Nokia Cell Phones. Actress Juliet Landau directed a 25 minute documentary - Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah (2009) - about the making of the music video.
20Lives in Los Angeles.
21Harry Potter co-actor Jason Isaacs lists him as one of his favorite actors.
22Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#72). [2007].
23His sister Laila Morse plays the character "Big Mo" in the British soap opera EastEnders (1985).
24Is very close to actor and co-star in the Harry Potter franchise Daniel Radcliffe.
25Has been an inspiration to many actors including up and comers Michael Fassbender, Bo Barrett, Ryan Gosling, Shia LaBeouf, Chris Kato, and Kaili Thorne.
26Performed a vocal duet with David Bowie for the song "You've Been Around" on the 1995 album "The Sacred Squall of Now" by longtime Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels. He is also featured on the song "Stamford Hill" on the same album.
27Spokesperson for Nokia.
28Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School Sidcup, Kent. Other actors who trained there include Freddie Jones, Ray Fearon, Tom Baker and Stephen Armourae.
29His performance as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) is ranked #62 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
30Uncle of Gerry Bromfield and Tracy Bromfield.
31He and his ex-wife, Uma Thurman, have both appeared in Batman films. Thurman played Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997), and Oldman played James Gordon in Batman Begins (2005).
32Although he has spent much of his career playing psychotic and sadistic characters, he has recently moved away from that on-screen image by playing more likeable, sympathetic characters like Sirius Black (in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)) and Jim Gordon (in Batman Begins (2005)).
33Like Ian McKellen, he has taken on popular characters in screen adaptations of cult favorite fantasy novels and comic books. He appeared as James Gordon in Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) and as Sirius Black in the middle three Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
34In two movies, his characters have had dynamic relationships with mob bosses named Falcone. In Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), he was working FOR Don Falcone, and in Batman Begins (2005), he was working to bring down Carmine Falcone. In both instances, his character was a cop.
35Graduated from Rose Bruford Drama College 3 year acting course BA-Hons, London, England.
36Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
37Appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) with Ralph Fiennes. Both of them have played villains in the Hannibal Lecter series: Fiennes played Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon (2002), and Oldman played Mason Verger in Hannibal (2001).
38Henry & June (1990) is the only film in which he's been credited as "Maurice Escargot".
39Submitted a recorded voice audition for General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). George Lucas later chose the anonymous audition of Matthew Wood for the role instead.
40His film Nil by Mouth (1997) is loosely based upon his own life growing up in London.
41Has played Lee Harvey Oswald in both JFK (1991) and Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (1993).
42He was awarded the 1985 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Pope's Wedding".
43He and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) co-star Timothy Spall have both played the character of Rosencrantz; Spall in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Oldman in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
44Has used a different speaking voice (i.e. accent) in practically every movie he's ever been in.
45His library includes essays on Bertolt Brecht, poetry by Roger McGough, a biography of Montgomery Clift, The Elizabethan World Picture, all things William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.
46On 8 August 1991, he was arrested for drunk driving in L.A. and released on bail the next morning. His passenger in the car was pal, Kiefer Sutherland.
47Sons, with Donya Fiorentino: Gulliver Flynn Oldman, born 20 August 1997 and Charlie John, born 11 February 1999.
48Has one son, Alfie Oldman, born in 1988, from his first marriage to Lesley Manville.
49Considered a career in music.

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1[on "The King Of Cool" Steve McQueen] He just made acting look as effortless as breathing.
2[on his character Jackie from State of Grace (1990)] I'll tell you what's also interesting. On the surface of it, my language in the film is full of four-letter words, but that's mixed with a kind of poetic elegance. It's terribly subtle, but the tune, the lilt, is still very Irish even though it's New York slang. It gives a kind of pelt bristling beneath the cloth.
3[on his character Jackie from State of Grace (1990)] He's a sweetheart. I miss him. I just think he needs a good cuddle. [laughs] He's a very tormented soul, Jackie. The reason I like characters like him is that they are bright, they're passionate, they have got the gift of gab. I mean, Jackie should go to drama school!
4Sometimes not getting a role ends up being the best thing. When a project turns out to be a disaster, you look at it and go, "Wow, I dodged a bullet there."
5More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can't ordinarily say, because it's all too politically correct.
6Now we're in this thing where everything has to be analyzed and dissected behind the scenes. I personally never want to know how the guy pulls the rabbit out of the hat. I don't need people prying. Maybe I'm shy. I don't know. You look at a movie like Hannibal (2001), and even with all that make-up, it was the most free I've ever been. I think it's because I was hidden. On the other side of that coin, the most stressful role, the most painful to do, was Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). There's no mask. It's very exposed. You have to play boring in an interesting way. Not that Smiley is a boring character, but he's plain. Everything is dialed way down. You look at something like _The Professional_ or True Romance (1993) or even State of Grace (1990), and there's a kinetic sort of ferocity and a fire to those characters, where the volume is up. I understand why Alec Guinness had a kind of nervous breakdown leading up to the shooting of the original Tinker Tailor and wanted out. I had a breakdown too, briefly. At first I passed on the movie, but then I couldn't stop thinking about it. Once I signed on, I thought, Fuck me! I can't do this. I can't pull this off. Everybody's going to see what a fake I am. This is the moment I get found out. Who does he think he is? He thinks he's Alec Guinness. Now, normally I agonize after a movie, not before. I'll walk down a street and suddenly I'm thinking of a scene I did two years ago. I'll go, "That's how I should have done that line."
7I know it certainly doesn't mean anything to win a Golden Globe, that's for sure. It's a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something's happening. They're fucking ridiculous. There's nothing going on at all. It's 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody's getting drunk, and everybody's sucking up to everybody. Boycott the fucking thing. Just say we're not going to play this silly game with you anymore. The Oscars are different. But it's showbiz. It's all showbiz. That makes me sound like I've got sour grapes or something, doesn't it?
8I just think political correctness is crap. That's what I think about it. I think it's like, take a fucking joke. Get over it. I heard about a science teacher who was teaching that God made the earth and God made everything and that if you believe anything else you're stupid. A Buddhist kid in the class got very upset about this, so the parents went in and are suing the school! The school is changing its curriculum! I thought, All right, go to the school and complain about it and then that's the end of it. But they're going to sue! No one can take a joke anymore.
9There's a lot of rubbish talked about acting, and it's often propagated by practitioners of it. You just want to say, "Oh, shut up."
10[on Air Force One (1997)] That movie had some enjoyable moments. I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said "No Drinking, No Smoking and No Eating On Set." At one point I looked over and [Harrison Ford] was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head. Nowadays we would take out an iPhone and post something like that on Instagram.
11I'm trying to give my sons an education about movies as well. You sit there and watch a comedy, let's say Meet the Fockers (2004), and it's Robert De Niro. You tell them this guy was at one time considered the greatest living actor. My boys look at me and say, "Really? This guy? He's a middle-aged dad." So what I've tried to do recently is introduce them one by one to the great movies of the 1970s - The Godfather (1972), Mean Streets (1973), The Deer Hunter (1978), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), the work of Lindsay Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Peter Sellers. I try to give them a sense of what cinema used to be like rather than just these tent-pole movies that come and go on demand within five minutes. Don't get me wrong; there are directors I would still want to work with - Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson. I've never worked with Todd Haynes. I love John Sayles. I've never worked with Scorsese. A great director is a great artist.
12It was the most thrilling experience watching myself for the first time in JFK (1991), for example, because I couldn't believe I was in it - Oliver Stone at the very height of his powers, the sheer energy of it all, his commitment. When I saw the finished product I had to pinch myself. I thought, Wow, I'm in this movie. This is terrific.
13I'm 56 now, and if you've managed to work as long as I have, you understand that these roles everyone fusses over are your career; they're not your life. It's just a job, really. You have financial responsibilities, you have children, you have all those things all the regular people have. Honestly, I forget I'm an actor until I'm reminded.
14[on Sin (2003)] Oh God, that's possibly the worst movie ever made. I even felt sorry for the trees they cut down for the script paper. I hadn't worked, I needed some money after the divorce (from Donya Fiorentino in 2001). If you're a connoisseur of the terrible, you might get a twisted joy out of it.
15I don't remember doing Sid and Nancy (1986). I've wiped that from the hard drive.
16Clint Eastwood gave me the best advice when I directed: 'Get more sleep than your actors.'
17[on the two versions of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'] I got from the book that there's a little bit of a sadist in George Smiley and, if anything, (Alec) Guinness' was a little more huggable than mine.
18[on why George Smiley is the role of a lifetime] Well, first of all, it's a role that's all subtext, it's all inside, it's all going on but you're not necessarily expressing it. It's an iconic part, it's just a wonderful leading role and it's the sort of role that one, in a career, dreams about. It's a role that will come along once or twice. If you look at any of those great parts, for instance, you take someone like Daniel Day Lewis -- who I think, any way you slice it, is a genius actor. But look at Daniel Plainview (Lewis's character in There Will Be Blood (2007)). How often do you get a Daniel Plainview? [Robert] De Niro has some incredible roles, but one does think of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). It's hard to top them. So this kind of role -- and when I say this kind of role, I usually play extrovert characters -- this role is also very quiet, it's subdued, it requires a different kind of thing, it's a minimalist performance in that sense. It's a "please don't ask me to bounce off the walls anymore," you know what I mean? I've been waiting for it.
19[on receiving an Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)] One of my career ambitions was fulfilled working with John Hurt. I loved his work long before I ever had the idea of being an actor, so I was nervous to meet him. I was like a fanboy, like that annoying character on 'Saturday Night Live'. I'm sitting there. 'Do you remember when you were in Midnight Express (1978)? Remember that scene you were in?' And he doesn't disappoint.
20[on Sid and Nancy (1986)] I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown. I read the script and thought it was a load of rubbish. But my agent said, "They're offering £35,000". I was getting £80 a week at the Royal Court at the time and I thought "I could do with a flat", it changed my life overnight.
21I didn't do drugs. It wasn't my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it's like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.
22Britain has always had spies and I think we've spied rather well. But we have a rather romantic view of it and [John le Carré] was the first to really show the reality. He told me that you would be given an assignment and go to Russia or to Czechoslovakia. You would be sent to watch someone. You would be in some miserable little room with a fake ID, and it would be very lonely and often very boring. He said that the terror of having your cover blown was exhausting: you were always waiting for the footsteps on the stairs. I guess that's why so many of them hit the bottle.
23[on his character George Smiley from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)] George is a man of few words. He doesn't need the karate and the fast car and the gun. That's what makes George dangerous, is the fact that he does blend in and he disappears. He's the one to watch. He's the leopard camouflaged by the jungle, ready to pounce, so its nice to play someone like that. He operates from a very unseemly passive position.
24[1987, on losing 45 pounds to play Sid Vicious] I was obsessed with being really, really, really, skinny. I thought, this is the visual image I want to present, I want this before I do anything else.
25[1990, on preparing for his role in State of Grace (1990)] The only research I did was drinking in Irish bars.
26[1990] I made the decision not to always play the token Englishman. I think the real juicy roles in my generation are going to go to the American actors.
27[1990] With Sid and Nancy (1986), I'd never really liked the script. It put me off cause I think it was a rather inarticulate, monosyllabic, banal kind of generation of people. I liked that particular idea (director) Alex Cox had developed, to do a love story about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. But that was about all it had going for it. In terms of dialogue, it was quite terrible. And I think we did a good job of lifting some of that off the page and making it work. Acting is a passion, I'm obsessed. It drives my girlfriend mad cause I'm so self obsessed. I don't want any stone left unturned. I wanted to be Sid Vicious, I didn't want to play him. But there are two scenes I'm happy with a couple of scenes that maybe worked, I never enjoyed the film.
28[1997, on Nil by Mouth (1997)] To be very honest with you, these lucrative villains subsidize the more personal stuff. Air Force One (1997)'s not a movie I'd particularly want to go and see myself, it's just not my cup of tea. But I'm lucky that I have this lucrative second career. I'm getting older, I'm nearly 40 and I've got responsibilities and a family. I've got to put food on the table and pay the mortgage like everybody else. If I want to take time away from the marketplace as an actor, and take two years out of my life to go off and do something like this that I feel very passionate about, I have to go and do a movie like "Air Force One" that buys me freedom, as cynical as that sounds.
29[1997, on the paparazzi] I once had dinner with Brad Pitt at the Ivy in London and when we came out of the restaurant we were surrounded by hoards of photographers waiting for him not me. We had to drive off like the clappers with them chasing. And they were chasing us right through the red lights. It was like the Grand Prix going through the center of London. I couldn't believe it.
30[1997, on quitting drinking] I did a lot of stupid things. When you're drunk, you think you can pull any bird in the room and they'll just love the idea of it. You also think you can say anything you like to anybody without them taking offense. Actually, you need the sauce to fill whatever hole that's there in yourself. And, believe it or not, I was always a bit shy and retiring really. Honest. But a lot of the time, I wasn't partying. I was drinking alone, which is worse, it's often solitary and desperate. I got to the point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I talked on the phone when it wasn't plugged in, and I was getting out of bed, crawling across the floor on my hands and knees, vomiting in the shower and blaming it on the shampoo. You name it, I've probably been there. And back again.
31[2001, on his gift with accents] I can do a rough approximation of virtually any accent. I've always done them; as a kid I used to do the Beatles as a party piece. When I was with the Royal Court Theatre we used to piss around and people would say, "I bet you can't do Zimbabwe," so I did it. The accent on The Contender (2000) - Illinois - was the hardest I ever had to do, because there's no melody to catch on to. Most accents have a music to them, but Illinois is a very flat, unimaginative thing.
32[2001, on if he was bothered by not getting an Oscar nomination for The Contender (2000), which many thought he would] I cared, yes. An Oscar would have been nice - it would have got me closer to what I want to do, which is make more films. But I didn't care for very long. The nominations come and if you're not on the list you go, "Oh well," like I've done a lot of times before.
33[1990, on State of Grace (1990)] It's the best thing I've ever done. Ever. Ever. We could do 20 or 30 takes - do it until we got it right. I'm not saying you always need that for it all to gel and be brilliant, but it lets you forget about the finance and just fly. On something like Prick Up Your Ears (1987) you had to get it in one or two takes. Because those kind of movies - British movies - are made for very little money.
34[1990, on his role in Criminal Law (1988)] I've got nothing in common with 'Ben Chase'. That's why it seemed like a good idea to take the part. It was my first opportunity to ever play a leading man, in the true sense. And, yeah, it was fun. I'm not going to pretend - I can't pretend - it's a work of art.
35[1998, on quitting drinking] There was a day--well, not a day; there was never just a day. There were three-day, four-day, one-week benders. You'd come out of a five-day run of mind-stoking consumption. Mind-stroking. And I would come out the end of it, and "Just this one time...." There were no excuses anymore. That was it. I just read this book, Drinking, A Love Story. There's not a sentence or a page I can't read without going, Yeah. Very simply, you have to live life on life's terms. There is no buffer anymore. You feel the feelings. You experience the experience. Sometimes that can be thrilling and wonderful. It's like the focus pullers--you finally see the image very sharp: "Ah, there it is." I used to--life was sort of a blur of massive color. But I'm still working on all of that, yeah. Like I said, there were just no more excuses. "Hey, the sun's shining! Let's have a martini! Hey, it's raining; let's have a bottle of whiskey. I'm happy; let's celebrate. I'm sad; let's drink."
36[1998] I loved America when I first came in '81. I moved to New York and I said, "I'm home. This is my town." I'm not one of those Brits that goes to the English pub and plays cricket under the Hollywood sign. I really immersed myself in the culture. And I work in the industry as an American. I have a fantastic ear, and I'm a great people watcher.
37[1998] If you see me in Air Force One (1997), then you see Nil by Mouth (1997), you get a pretty good idea of what I did with the cash. It does fit together, in a crazy way. There are two Garys that are operating. I'm out there looking for a good role, primarily. But I'm looking for a good price tag, so it would buy me freedom. But there's also the other Gary, who thinks he's wasting his time doing it. There are other things I should be doing. I shouldn't be struggling on a movie set trying to utter some unutterable piece of junk, when I could be playing Iago on the stage, or Hamlet. "Nil By Mouth" is representative of who I am as an artist and what I'm about. But when you play those great parts, and you say those great lines every night--you can't do Shakespeare eight shows a week for six months and not come out a better, more enriched person for it. You can't have understanding and poetry in your mouth and not have your life unfettered by it. I'm certainly going to get a lot more from it than saying, "Mr. President, get your hands up!"
38[on filming Murder in the First (1995) when the 1994 Northridge earthquake hit] I was thrown against the wall and I was actually under the door frame, which is where you are supposed to be, but the door frame was the set, and there I am, holding on to props. I'm holding on to cardboard, and I can still smell the glue that's drying.
39[on James Stewart] He's almost too tall to be a star in a strange kind of way. He's too skinny and he's got this really strange voice when he talked and you just think this shouldn't work. He's not Humphrey Bogart, he's not Edward G. Robinson, he's not James Cagney and yet somehow it's magic.
40[SAG acceptance speech on behalf of Heath Ledger] Heath Ledger was an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent.
41Being an actor is a good way to earn a living. And to meet fabulous people. It's great to live very comfortably. I've been lucky, I've had a lot of fun with great roles, but it is true that if I were extremely rich, I would stop and I would go to play football on a beach in the Caribbean with my children. (2004)
42[2008] There are roles that you play. I've played roles that it happens easier than others, it doesn't feel like you're working, it's as easy as breathing. And there are other ones that you really have to work hard for. It's often because of the writing.
43[on True Romance (1993)] I hadn't read the script, and knew nothing about it. Tony Scott and I had tea at the Four Seasons and he said, 'Look, I can't really explain the plot. But Drexl's a pimp who's white but thinks he's black'. That was all I needed to hear. I said, 'Yes, I'll do it'.
44[on True Romance (1993)] I organized Drexl's dreadlocks under my own steam. Then I went to the dentist who made the teeth. Then I thought about the weird eye. I'm only in the film for about 10 minutes - I wanted to make my mark.
45I suddenly got obsessive about boxing and Muhammad Ali around the time he was fighting Joe Frazier. I went off and did boxing. I looked incredibly good in the gym.
46I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself.
47To be able to do this job in the first place you've got to have a bit of an ego.
48There's an uncanny thing that chemically happens to you when you're in the chronic stages of alcoholic drinking. I have been able, on occasions, to have two bottles of vodka and still be up talking to people. That got very frightening. By nature I'm an isolationalist, so my boozing was at home, thank you. I was not a goer-outer. I mean, I didn't drink for the taste and I didn't want to be social. Someone once described alcoholics as egomaniacs with low self-esteem. Perfect definition.
49Change is vital to any actor. If you keep playing lead after lead, you're really gonna dry up. Because all those vehicles wean you away from the truths of human behaviour.
50[on the shooting for his writing/directing debut Nil by Mouth (1997)]: I set aside three weeks for rehearsals. Those long scenes are like a play. But I wanted things loosely structured, more like jazz. Though there was very little improv on screen, sometimes we'd improvise, rev up, to get the energy before shooting. One rule that I broke was that you need to leave a little air between people's lines, that you can't overlap dialogue because you'll clip words on a cut. But you can overlap dialogue, even though editors don't like it. Otherwise, it's your turn to talk, my turn. Another thing: I used only one camera! I'd say to the cameraman, "I need it from this angle!" From my brief association with Isabella Rossellini, I got a new appreciation of Pier Paolo Pasolini and how he was religious about where the camera should go, whether it was too high, too low. I would ask questions on the set, quietly: "For this emotion, is the camera angle too wide, is the camera too low?" I wanted night to look like night! I bullied the cameraman a bit until he got into the swing. You could pick up the light metre and say, seeing how little light, "You've got to be fucking joking!"
51I used to be under the impression that in some kind of wanky, bullshit way, acting was like therapy: you get in and grapple with and exorcise all those demons inside of you. I don't believe that anymore. It's like a snow shaker. You shake the thing up, but it can't escape the glass. It can't get out. And it will settle until the next time you shake it up.
52Any actor who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they're clearly diagnosed as a schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.
53I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's not Dracula crying, it's Gary Oldman, but using the technique of the character. The emotion is mine, because I don't know what it's like to be undead and live 300 years.
54I had this idea of myself as a shy, kind, sweet chap. I was working with Winona Ryder and she turned to me and said, "Fuck, man, you're really intense!" I was so shocked, I went, "What do you mean? I'm not intense, I'm sweet!" My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.
55[on making Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)]: I've done so much R-rated work, it's nice to have a job you can show your kids.
56With Beethoven [Immortal Beloved (1994)] I said I wanted a role where I didn't have to do anything stupid with my hair. My agent said "Read it again!".
57[on portraying famous people]: It's a double-edged sword because, in one sense, you have a lot of material to work with, but in a strange kind of way, that puts up a framework that you have to keep within. You can't play Beethoven with pink hair but, to an extent, because no-one has ever met him, who's going to tell me that's not Beethoven?
58We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it but it's still there.
59I don't think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.

#Trademark
1Ability to mimic different voices and accents with perfection
2Often plays real-life individuals or iconic fictional characters
3Often plays reluctant Heroes who assist the main character
4His ability to change his appearance and voice to make every character unique
5Characters are usually borderline psychotics. Also known for playing a wide variety of roles that often requires a variety of different accents.

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