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People in Film | Gary Oldman

Posted October 24, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Gary Oldman"

From playing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious to master spy George Smiley, Gary Oldman has created characters so realistic that even if they are not based on real people, we believe they are.

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Gary Oldman in BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, TRUE ROMANCE, and HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Oldman’s talent for bringing characters – both real and imagined – to life has been so tangible that audiences sometimes mistake the man for his creations. Oldman has gone from playing the title character in Francis Ford Coppola’s BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA to the drug-crazed, dreadlocked pimp in TRUE ROMANCE to a psychotic crooked cop in LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL to a Russian terrorist in AIR FORCE ONE. More recently he’s brought to life the mysterious Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films and Police Commissioner Gordon in the recent Batman films. He told Salon, “I always read "madman" or "genius," "volatile," "angry," "crazy," "mad" Oldman. People just associate me with the people I play. I have an absolute facility for it. I can turn it on and turn it off in my sleep.” But while he is not his characters, Oldman brings them to life with wondrous facility. Of his Dracula, The Washington Post extolled, “What Oldman does vocally in these early scenes is nothing short of genius.”  The New York Times applauded his AIR FORCE ONE villain as “played with scary glee.” Oldman’s ability to morph was perfectly captured in a story he told FHM: “I was staying with a friend, Doug, who has a little boy and one day one of his teachers took Doug aside and said, "Your son has a very over-active imagination - he thinks that Beethoven and Dracula are living at your house."