Any actor who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they’re clearly diagnosed as a schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.

— Gary Oldman

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I had a guitar when I was 6 or 7, a plastic guitar with the Beatles' faces on it. It would be a collector's item now. It would fetch a hefty sum, I imagine.

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We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it, but it's still there.

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Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.

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I was quiet, a loner. I was one of those children where, if you put me in a room and gave me some crayons and a pencils, you wouldn't hear from me for nine straight hours. And I was always drawing racing cars and rockets and spaceships and planes, things that were very fast that would take me away.

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I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy.

That is a miracle in itself.

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Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.

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It's always hard when you're playing someone for a lot of people out there who are going to see the movie after reading the books. There's a communion between a reader and the writer, so people will have an idea who Sirius Black is and I might not be everyone's idea of that.

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In the past, I’ve had my share of good reviews, but it’s always the crazy, scary, weirdo guy. I don’t even know how it happened. Look at me. I mean, when I’m naked, I look like a bald chicken. How did I get to be a scary bad guy?

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And of course I've got kids of my own now, and they love me being in the Harry Potter films. I'm now part of a phenomenon. You become incredibly cool to your kids, and you get a young fan base. So you became the cool dad at school. You're suddenly hip.

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Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough.

You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.

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I like these calm little moments before the storm, it reminds me of Beethoven

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I don't see a great difference between someone sending a robot or a drone to bomb people and controlling it on a PlayStation from another country. It's thousands of miles away as opposed to someone in an airplane who is thousands of feet away releasing a bomb.

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About Gary Oldman

Quotes 79 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

When you play a character that is so emotionally closed there are times when you ask yourself if you are doing enough and if it's reading. That is where you have a director, who is the barometer of what you are doing.

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I don't go to premieres. I don't go to parties. I don't covet the Oscar. I don't want any of that. I don't go out. I just have dinner at home every night with my kids. Being famous, that's a whole other career. And I haven't got any energy for it.

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It's been said that alcoholics are egomaniacs with low self -esteem.

It's the prefect description. Being larger than life and yet your pride is crushed with self- loathing.

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To be able to do this job in the first place you've got to have a bit of an ego.

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Being a good director is knowing sometimes when not to say something.

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I didn't do drugs. It wasn't my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it's like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.

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Well, I needed the work - that's the honest answer.

I haven't worked for a while, a couple of years. So I thought it would be nice to get back to work and earn some money.

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People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not.

So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can't get a meeting on, or go to a different actors.

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Interesting things come your way but as you get older, your lifestyle changes.

I don't want to travel; I don't want to be in a hotel room away from my family.

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I like celluloid, I like film, I like the way that when a movie is projected it sort of breathes a little in the gate. That's the magic of it to me.

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I think filmmaking should be a wonderfully free collaborative process, and it so very rarely is. I often see directors as jailers of my talent.

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The script is your map of the world, isn't it? And if someone knows that if it's well-written, you get all of the beats, it will tell you everything you need to know.

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I never told my father I loved him before he died, and I have a lot of issues about that. They're all swimming around in my head, in my heart, unresolved, and in a way it felt fitting to dedicate the film to him.

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The great thing about Google is that you type in neuro-surgery and somehow you end up with Peter Sellers or watching Frank Sinatra. Google is a great resource.

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I was brought up by my mother and my two sisters, although they're older than me and fled the nest very young, so I was technically raised as an only child, but I was very much loved.

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If one could have a wish, or an alternative life, I would've liked to have been John Lennon.

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The industry has changed. Two years ago I could tell a company I've got Russell Crowe and that would get the film made. Now they'd ask 'And who's the girl?' Just one famous face isn't enough any more.

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Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice.

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By the way, the Harry Potter series is literature, in spite of what some people might say. The way J.K. Rowling worked that world out is quite something.

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I know I'm pretty, but I ain't as pretty as a couple of titties.

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It's a shame about California, and particularly about L.

A., where they've demolished so many landmarks. It's a bit of a disease there, where if anything is over 30 years old, they sort of knock it down and replace it. It's a strange town, it's this sprawling suburb, and then there's a city, the old town.

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There will always be spies. We have to have them. Without them we wouldn't have got Osama bin Laden - it took us years, but it happened.

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I'm not the best audience for that because I'm not a great science-fiction fan.

I just never got off on space ships and space costumes, things like that.

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Growing up in a particular neighborhood, growing up in a working-class family, not having much money, all of those things fire you and can give you an edge, can give you an anger.

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I did have a knack for playing weirdos.

There's still sort of this perception of me out there as being this crazy guy.

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Your own barometer is all you have to go by, and often what makes a good director is knowing when not to say something. On occasions you can find yourself on a film set where the person who is wearing the director's hat is only trying to justify his position.

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It's becoming increasingly harder and harder;

there's no such thing as independent film anymore. There aren't any, they don't exist. In the old days you could go and get a certain amount of the budget with foreign sales, now everybody wants a marketable angle.

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I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up at sometimes. I don't drink anymore but my alcoholic head occasionally says different. 'Nil By Mouth' was a love letter to my father because I needed to resolve some issues in order to be able to forgive him.

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Impressionists have to paint with a very broad stroke because you've got to see it within a couple of seconds. You go, "That's a really funny Robert De Niro." As an actor, though, you look at different aspects of a character. I try to completely surround myself with the assignment. It's like being in a big cloud and then some of it rains through.

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There are roles that you chase sometimes.

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Speaking very generally, I find that women are spiritually, emotionally, and often physically stronger than men.

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The work I enjoy is when the camera rolls, and I like the work in the moment.

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Each role you play, they set a bar of challenges that you meet.

And in the past, I've played characters that emotionally expressed themselves a bit more in a physical way. It was a joy, actually.

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On set I keep myself to myself; I'd rather the director speak up. I'm not gonna direct a younger actor. I think the power of example works best, actually.

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The book tells you everything you need to know.

The book is the map of the world that you're in with the character.

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People have an idea that one is in control of a career, a lot more than you really are. You can engineer things to an extent. But you are at the mercy of what comes in across the desk.

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We lived in a flat that you could pretty much fit in my current kitchen.

No wonder people drink! I can't understand why they don't throw themselves off the balconies.

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