Happy birthday to Gary Oldman, who turns 59 today. I’m posting a Top Ten on a day other than Thursday! This is messing with my head. I think I’m actually just putting off reviewing that pointless remake of Beauty And The Beast…
Anyway, back to Gary Oldman! I must admit that I never really noticed Oldman until more recent years. But I don’t mean that in a bad way – I think it’s a great thing. I’ve seen him called a chameleon many times & it’s very true. It’s amazing how utterly & completely different he looks (and acts) from one role to the next. He truly becomes the characters he plays and not every actor does that. I mean, I feel like I pick on Tom Cruise too often for some strange reason but he’s just always Tom Cruise to me. Even in roles where he gives it his all, I still just see Tom Cruise. Tom Hanks is that way a bit too much too (but you still gotta love Tom Hanks). Okay – I barely remember JFK AT ALL now all these years later but I’ve stuck it in the top ten even though I didn’t realize Oldman was in it. Seriously. Then when looking for images of him from it, a lot were in black & white so I thought they were the real Lee Harvey Oswald. How can you look like Lee Harvey Oswald just as much as Sid Vicious???
Well, as always I’m ranking these according to how much I like the movies as opposed to the individual performances as I find that harder to judge. This is probably why I appreciate actors like Oldman – I care more about a movie’s story & its characters than who is starring in it so I like actors who become the characters as completely as Oldman does.
Here are My Top Ten Gary Oldman Movies (and, also as always, I cheat a little and count series films as one). 😉
**Updated Feb 2018 to add Darkest Hour**
The Three Extra I’ve Seen:
12. Air Force One
8. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Saw But Don’t Remember:
Lost In Space
Henry & June, Romeo Is Bleeding, Immortal Beloved, The Scarlet Letter, Murder In The First, Basquiat, The Contender, A Christmas Carol, The Book Of Eli, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Red Riding Hood, Lawless, Paranoia, RoboCop, Child 44, The Space Between Us
Hey UK people – remember that One2One campaign starring Gary Oldman in the commercials? I just remember how much I loved the music featured (Lovely Head by Goldfrapp) so I found the ad on YouTube to share. Still love the song. At least Sid Vicious selling mobile phone service isn’t quite as weird as Johnny Rotten selling butter… 🙂
I think he’s a fantastic actor. Love how versatile he is, great tribute to an excellent actor.
Agreed! It’s kind of too bad, in a way, as it means I think he gets overlooked as he’s such a chameleon. It took years before I really noticed him! : )
It’s a shame when people overlook him, he’s a talented man. My mother loves him. Although I believe that’s for an entirely different reason!
I know – I’m hoping maybe The Academy will finally give him some recognition someday. 🙂 (Think he’s had just one nomination?)
One nomination is just criminal, considering all the good work he’s done. Speaking of good performances, I just started a series asking questions about that very topic.
Oh, that sounds like fun. I’ll have to have a look. 🙂
he was also great in the contender. never seen sid and nancy tho… love ur 2-6 entries!
Not seen The Contender but I’ve still not seen a lot of his. Sid & Nancy probably isn’t your sort of thing but Oldman was as fantastic as always. : )
Gonna watch him in space between us tom. Hope it’s good. Contender is abt a scandal when they try to vet the first female vice presidential candidate. Great political film
Political film? I’m there! (Nah. I hate those). 😉 I loved the sound of The Space Between Us but didn’t go when it had horrible reviews…
Gary Oldman is always awesome! Some of his film choices, though, especially in recent years… not so much.
Yeah… He did seem to have some pretty dodgy films listed at IMDb when I looked him up! That’s a shame. He’s a great actor. : )
He deserved beter movies even though he is very capable of playing almost anything (I have not sen them all)
Agreed – I think he’s maybe been partly overlooked due to not being in TOO many truly fantastic films. That’s a shame. He truly can play anyone. : )
Oh, make sure you try to catch the underappreciated neo-noir gem, ‘Romero is Bleeding’. You can thank me, later. 😉
I know of the name but don’t really know much about the movie so I looked it up. It does sound pretty good! : )
Tremendous post for such an incredibly underrated actor…where’s his Oscar(s), right?? I was first introduced to him in Dracula in the 90s. You’re right…he’s played such totally different roles and has molded himself so perfectly into each character. He’s spectacular.
Agreed! : ) I seriously think he’s never gotten an Oscar because people don’t realize who he is half the time. Lol. Which shows how great he is…
Great list; Oldman is a goddamn legend.
Thanks! And agreed. He deserves way more recognition than he seems to get. : )
WOOT! Another actor I really love. He can do everything. Villain, Dramatic, Historical, Comic Relief, Hero. I have not seen so many of those listed. I need to watch more of them.
I definitely need to watch more of his films too! I’ve not seen some big ones. It’s a shame he doesn’t get more recognition – he truly can play absolutely any kind of role. 🙂
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