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Gary Oldman Says ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Harry Potter’ Films Saved Him

Gary Oldman discusses parenting.

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It has become common practice for actors to slander mediocre work from their past after achieving a certain level of fame. Controversy broke online a few weeks ago when Jacob Elordi began insulting the film franchise that made him famous, The Kissing Booth, as stated in an article on The Today Show. However, one actor has recently spoken out about how appreciative he is for his early work.

English actor Gary Oldman is known by audiences for his portrayal of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, as well as Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight trilogy. Finding success in the 90s by appearing in films such as True Romance, Léon: The Professional, Air Force One, and The Fifth Element. Later in his career, Oldman was nominated for Best Actor three times at the Oscars, one for portraying the beloved character of George Smiley in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and one for his role in the 2020 film Mank. He did however win Best Actor in 2017 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour.

The films That Saved Gary Oldman

While appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show, the actor shared how he would always be appreciative for his work in the Harry Potter films and The Dark Knight trilogy. “At 42 years old, I woke up divorced and I had custody of these boys and so that, in itself, was…” Entertainment Weekly reported from Thursday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show. 

“That was hard because there was a shift in the industry where a lot of productions were being [filmed], it was Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all of these places,” Oldman said.

In order to be a more involved parent, Oldman turned down numerous projects. 

“Thank God for Harry Potter,” Oldman told Barrymore. “I tell you, the two – Batman and Harry Potter – really they saved me, because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids.”

The Effort to be an Involved Parent

Describing his work schedule for The Dark Knight trilogy, Oldman explained how he worked around the shooting schedule to be able to spend time with his children. “I’d fly in for a day, I’d do a shoot,” he explained.

“To [Nolan’s] credit, he stayed on schedule and I would go home for three days, come back for two, go home for a weekend, come back for one day…otherwise, I just felt they’re being brought up by a nanny.” 

To make up for not being “there all the time” for Alfie, Oldman’s oldest son, he wanted to become a more involved father. “I got the opportunity to have these other two kids and I thought, ‘I can’t. I’ve now been given a real gift to be the dad I imagined I could be with the first boy, Alfie, and so I’ve got a chance to repair this and switch it around.”

The Harry Potter films are currently streaming on Max.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Official Warner Bros. UK Trailer

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Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.
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