Gary Leonard Oldman
is a British actor who found fame in roles such as Sid Vicious
in 1986 biopic Sid & Nancy
and the title character of the 1992 blockbuster Dracula
. Often hailed as one of greatest chameleons of his time, it can be almost impossible to spot him from one role to the next. He is known for portraying real-life figures, like the aforementioned Sid Vicious, or Lee Harvey Oswald
. Oldman is also known for playing the main villain, particularly hugely obvious
villains whom everyone trusts anyway, in movies (such as The Professional
, Air Force One
and The Fifth Element
)... except for when he hangs out with Batman or Harry Potter
, or when he's Beethoven or Guildenstern
. We're pretty sure he was Guildenstern (he was actually Rosencrantz
, but who's keeping track
). But besides these four, when Oldman isn't the villain, he's just plain crazy (ever seen his guest spot
?). And it's not like Sirius doesn't have his moments
. Despite his obvious villain roles, he can play an excellent Magnificent Bastard
, though still usually with a patina of dark humour. However as turkeys like Quest for Camelot
and The Unborn
demonstrate, he also has an unfortunate tendency to do anything for money
He has directed one film, Nil By Mouth
, a deeply grim film about a dysfunctional family (allegedly inspired by his own rough childhood). He also recently directed the live stream of a Jack White
His career is seen as a good indicator of how actors have to actively pursue
awards. It took him thirty
years to receive an Oscar nomination (for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
), despite his undeniable talent, and it's pretty clear that he just doesn't care about that sort of thing.
Recently ignited controversy in an interview with Playboy
wherein he railed against political correctness
and defended Mel Gibson
and Alec Baldwin. He later issued an apology, although it has not been well-received
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- Sid And Nancy (1986) - Sid Vicious. His first starring role. Even John Lydon, (who was not consulted for the movie about his former friend and bandmate and had little good to say about the biopic) said Oldman was "quite good."
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) - Rosencrantz ("Yes?" "... Guildenstern." "Yes?")
- JFK (1991) - Lee Harvey Oswald
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Count Dracula, an obvious villain whom everyone trusts.
- True Romance (1992) - Drexl Spivey, the pimp who fancies himself a black rastafarian.
- Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) - Jack Grimaldi.
- Immortal Beloved (1994) - Ludwig van Beethoven
- Leon (or) The Professional (1994) - Norman Stansfield ("Bring me... everyone", "Whaddaya mean "everyone-", "EEVVVERRYYYYONNNEEEE!"). Despite being a complete maniac, Stansfield is a chief inspector, making him another obvious villain whom everyone trusted.
- The Fifth Element (1995) - Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
- Air Force One (1997) - Ivan Korshunov
- Lost in Space (1998) - Dr. Smith, one of his extremely obvious villain roles (whom everyone trusted).
- Quest for Camelot (1998) - Sir Ruber, the other, even more blindingly obvious villain role who was so implicitly trusted he was a knight at the round table.
- The Contender (2000) - Rep. Sheldon Runyon
- Hannibal (2001) - The horribly disfigured Mason Verger (trusted by everyone). He was left uncredited in this role, which led a Movies in 15 Minutes review to speculate:
- Harry Potter (from 2004 on) - Sirius Black
- The Dark Knight Saga (2005) (2008) (2012) - Commissioner Gordon
- Planet 51 (2009) - General Grawl
- The Book of Eli (2010) - Carnegie, yet another Magnificent Bastard.
- Red Riding Hood (2011) - Father Solomon. Trusted by absolutely nobody. Nah, just kidding, trusted by everyone.
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) - George Smiley
- Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - Lord Shen, another Magnificent Bastard.
- Lawless (2012) - Floyd Banner
- RoboCop (2014) (2014) - Dr. Norton
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) - Dreyfus
- The Hire: Beat The Devil - The Lord of Darkness, Satan himself.
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