Gary Oldman: the power of a film

Gary Oldman: the power of a film
Isabel del Rio

Gary Oldman: the power of a film by Isabel del Rio.

Born in London, his father was an abusive alcoholic, who left his mother Kathleen when he was seven. In the school, he was dispised and teachers insulted him. Nobody understood his love to sing and to play piano. When he tried to enter in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he was rejected for poor and he had to get to work. Did you envy? Would you like to run his life? Me neither.

Gary Oldman playing Lee Harvey Oswald

Gary Oldman playing Lee Harvey Oswald

However, in 1970 he saw the film ‘The Raging Moon’ and he felt he can be as Malcolm McDowell: ‘I connected, and I said ‘I wannado that’.

He did and he keeps on doing… Although he have had to wait 16 years.

In 1986, he played the role of Sid Vicious (‘Sid and Nancy’) and his career was launched… Well, more or less, since he was hospitalized due to his weight loss by the stress.

Would you have surrendered? Me too.

However, he overcame all of the problems and from 1991, he started to be a successful actor: both, in commercial and in arts films.

He has played Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone’s JFK; Count Dracula in Francis Coppola’s Dracula; and, because he displayed a skill for world accents, he played Beethoven in ‘Immortal Beloved’ and Russian terrorist Ivan Korshunov in ‘Air Force One’.

Important: Gary Oldman is the only surviving victim of Hannibal Lecter!

Also screen-player, producer and director. He has won two BAFTA and a Saturn Award, and received nominations for Palme d’ Or, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards. He has been described as one of the greatest actors never nominated for an Academy Award.

More important: Sex Pistols described him as ‘bloody good actor’.

Do you envy? Now, me too.

Gary Oldman in the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Gary Oldman in the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Yesterday I saw a fantastic film (maybe the streak of horrible movies is ending): ‘Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy’, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starred by Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong… and Gary Oldman! Fantastic directing, writing, photography and interpretation. Great all.

Important: the actor who plays more minutes is that poor boy but wonderful man called Master Oldman.

What would have happen if he didn’t see ‘The Raging Moon’?

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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