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Appreciation for Gary Oldman

Why I Love . . . Gary Oldman

The Dark Knight hype machine continues to be gigantic. But as big as it is, it can't promote all the greatness: Between the rave critical reviews the movie's getting, the box office success, and Heath Ledger's performance that established his Joker as one of the classic cinema villains of all time, a lot of other pieces that made the movie so great have been lost in the shuffle.

Aaron Eckhart's performance as Harvey Dent, for one thing, was really brilliant and overlooked — and I keep forgetting that Gary Oldman is in the movie! That's a shame, since I love and respect him as an actor. So before all the hype dies, I wanted to share a little ode to one of the great (whom, yeah, I sort of have a crush on): Mr. Gary Oldman.

To see why I love seeing him pop up in movies,


Actually, I'm not that surprised he's been a bit of a footnote to the Batman coverage because he plays a good guy in the movie. Oldman is actually very well suited to playing bad guys, and that's how I'm used to seeing him on screen. In The Professional he played a corrupt cop who's so very bad that I get chills just thinking about his performance. And his character in The Fifth Element is so over-the-top that I probably should have giggled at half the lines, but Oldman is so freakishly good that he managed to pull it off.

Besides just his performances, I've heard lots of little tidbits about Oldman over the years that have always intrigued and impressed me. For example, that's actually him playing the piano in one of the scenes when he portrayed Beethoven in the 1994 movie Immortal Beloved.

To me, he's a welcome presence in Hollywood because he's clearly focused on the craft rather than the flashbulbs and has always struck me as a class act. Instead of wowing us with tight abs, he morphs into every character he's been asked to play: a good cop, a bad cop, Dracula, whatever. So I'm glad he's part of a major blockbuster movie, even if he's not grabbing the headlines. He's definitely got fans out there, myself included, who will always be glad when he shows up in a movie.


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menthadict menthadict 8 years
I loved him in the Dark Knight. I even cried when he "died".
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have been a huge fan of Gary since Sid and Nancy, and I watch him over and over again in Immortal Beloved (just got in on Bluray) because he is amazing. I loved him in True Romance, as well as Dracula (sexy as heck) Romeo is Bleeding (tortured cop) and many more His upcoming films The unborn (plays a rabbi!), A Christmas Carol, look awesome.
jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
Whenever I see him I always remember his guest appearance on Friends where he plays the drunk actor that spits in Joey's face when he enunciates!
idawson idawson 8 years
agreed fab actor!
lindaloo lindaloo 8 years
What a great actor that we don't get to see enough of. I just saw TDK and there were so many great performances in it I'm not surprised he sometimes gets overlooked. And I thought that Maggie G. was an upgrade from Katie in the last Batman movie!
snapsh0t snapsh0t 8 years
I love him! "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" is amazing. <3
northofantastic northofantastic 8 years
insidesusan, I had totally forgotten about "Beat the Devil". Gary was great in that! Thanks for the reminder. :D
juco1 juco1 8 years
I have a serious crush on Gary Oldman, too. I think that the reason that you forget that he's in a movie is that he just dissolves into his characters. He's amazing
frogandprince frogandprince 8 years
Oldman is absolutely perfect in the Fifth Element.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great posting, Buzz. He's a wonderful actor.
Mariana48 Mariana48 8 years
i love gary oldman!! he was freakin awesome in sid and nancy!!! all his movies are great, and his acting is superb in every single one of them
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I loved him in the Professional. -I love Mozart! okay so thats not really a memorable line but it was a little funny for me.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
ahhh i love gary oldman! Sirius Black - Forever & Always!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I also agree with many posters above - I think he is sexy too :love: But a lot of people shake their head at me and think I'm crazy because I'm lusting after a 50 year old man :P
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I LOVE GARY OLDMAN. I'm so glad you wrote a piece on him because he's often overlooked as an actor even though he has incredible talent. He is so great in everything, from playing Harry's loving but flawed godfather, Sirius Black, in the Harry Potter movies to his role as a crazy villain named Zorg in The Fifth Element to a Russian terrorist in Air Force One. I'm ashamed to admit that I even like The Scarlet Letter because he brings so much to the role of Arthur Dimmesdale in that movie (even though I'll concede that the movie is very different from the book). And I was holding my breath during The Dark Knight because of that twist that involves his character in the movie (sorry, I'm trying not to give too much away). Thank you for giving him special attention, Buzz!
insidesusan insidesusan 8 years
One of my fav Gary Oldman roles: in the BMW films "Beat the Devil" - he plays the best satan ever. Anyone who hasn't seen it, go look for it on youtube. You will not be disappointed. (And there's the extra bonus of Clive Owen) And of course, everyone loves Sirius Black.
sharshar sharshar 8 years
He is awesome. My uncle's favorite film was Air Force One--I didn't like it so much, but Gary Oldman made it worth watching. He's scary as a terrorist!
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 8 years
Oldman is the best because he's in it for the love of acting, not the money or the fame. Heck, he doesn't even attend his own premieres!
raieven raieven 8 years
J'adore Gary Oldman! He was exactly the Commish Gordon I knew and loved from Batman the Animated Series.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
I so love Gary Oldman...sigh...when everyone else was fantasizing about Mel Gibson, I had Gary on my "list"...and he's never left.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
He's absolutely sexy! I loved him as Sirius Black, and I loved him as Lt. Gordon! He's so multi-dimensional as an actor, and I don't think there has been a movie I've seen him in that I wasn't just in complete awe of him.
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