Gary Oldman (21.3.1958) Gary Oldman is an English actor as well as a film director and producer.
Childhood: Gary Oldman was born to Kathleen and Len Oldman in London. His mother was a housewife, born in Ireland and his father was an ex-sailor, turned welder.
As a child, Oldman showed talent as a pianist and a singer. However, he decided to pursue acting instead of music, citing Malcolm McDowell in The Raging Moon as his primary influence for doing so.
Acting Career: In 1979, Gary Oldman graduated from drama school. He spent the next eight years working in the theatre and landed roles in some minor films, including 1982's Remembrance and 1984's Morgan's Boy.
In 1986, Oldman got his breakthrough role when he was cast to play Sid Vicious (of The Sex Pistols) in the film Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox. John Lydon (the Sex Pistol's singer) commented that Oldman was "a bloody good actor."
The following year was a busy one for Oldman. He took on another biopic role when he played the playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears. In 1988, Oldman played a football hooligan in The Firm and then starred alongside Christopher Lloyd in Track 29. Later that year, he worked with Kevin Bacon in the film Criminal Law. This was followed with his appearance in We Think The World Of You, with Frances McDormand and Dennis Hopper in 1989.
1991 was another breakthrough year for Gary Oldman, as he played the role of John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald in the Oliver Stone directed JFK.
In 1992, Oldman played Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. The film, which also starred Tom Cruise and Winona Ryder, was a huge box office hit.
His appearance in Bram Stoker's Dracula proved to be a catalyst for his career and found him playing a string of 'bad guy' characters. In True Romance, he played a violent pimp, opposite Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. In Léon he played a corrupt DEA officer, opposite Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. In Murder in the First he played a cruel prison officer and in The Fifth Element, he played an oppressive capitalist.
In 2000, Oldman landed a role in The Contender, which also starred Jeff Bridges.
The next year, Oldman starred in Hannibal, the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. In the film, he plays Mason Verger, Hannibal Lecter's only surviving victim. Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins also starred in the film.
When Gary Oldman appeared in two episodes of Friends, the popular American sitcom, he was awarded an Emmy for his performance.
Gary Oldman played the role of Sirius Black in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Daniel Radcliffe - who plays Harry Potter - and Gary Oldman became close friends during the filming of the series, which also starred Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.
When Christopher Nolan directed two Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Gary Oldman was chosen to play Commissioner James Gordon opposite Christian Bale, who played the lead role.
In 2009, Oldman starred in Unborn, a supernatural thriller directed by David Goyer.
Directing: Gary Oldman made his directorial debut in 1997 with the film Nil By Mouth. Based partly on his own childhood story, the film starred Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke and won the BAFTA for Best British Film.
Gary Oldman: Personal Life
Oldman moved to the USA in the 1990s and now lives in Los Angeles.
In 1991, Gary Oldman was arrested for drink driving. He was with the actor Keifer Sutherland at the time.
Gary Oldman has had four marriages. His first wife was Lesley Manville, his second was the actress Uma Thurman and his third was Donya Fiorentino. Since 2008 he has been married to Alexandra Edenborough.
Gary Oldman's sister, Laila Morse is an actress and plays Mo Harris in Eastenders.
Gary Oldman opens up about the movie that Russia has banned.
Gary Oldman stars alongside Tom Hardy in the Soviet thriller 'Child 44'; a film that was recently banned by Russia for its depictions of events during the era of Stalin. Oldman plays an army general, who he dubs a 'hero' in the piece.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star in 'Child 44'
It's no wonder Daniel Espinosa's latest movie has caused a stir overseas. Based on the true story of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (also known as the Butcher of Rostov), it reveals how the Soviet government refused to acknowledge a series of horrific crimes being so determined maintain the facade of a crime-fee communist state. A disgraced military police officer named Leo Demidov (portrayed by the man of many voices Tom Hardy with another incredible accent) takes it upon himself to investigate, only to be met with denial and threats at every turn. Joining him in his case is Gary Oldman's character, the formidable and initially sceptical General Mikhail Nesterov.
Continue reading: Gary Oldman Brands The USSR Government The 'Real Killer' In 'Child 44'
For some film-makers, hearing that your movie has been banned in certain countries can be seen as a seal of approval. However, when the country in question has as huge film market, as Russia does, it can be a different story.
As 'Child 44' opens in cinemas this weekend, novelist Tom Rob Smith is praising Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace as the perfect actors to bring his characters to life on the big screen. But since the story is set in the Soviet Union, Russia's officials have had a very different reaction to the movie.
Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy in 'Child 44'
Indeed, Russia's culture ministry has banned the movie across the country, saying that it "distorts" historical facts. The story is a fictionalised version of the true case of a serial killer who was executed in 1994 for killing 52 children and women. The film, by contrast, is set at the beginning of the Cold War in 1953.
Continue reading: 'Child 44' Is Praised And Banned
A meaty, fascinating story is splintered into three plot strands that battle for the viewer's attention, so while the film is never boring, it's also oddly uninvolving. Fortunately, it has an excellent cast and is shot with skill and a relentless intensity to feel like a big, epic-style dramatic thriller with heavy political overtones.
After a scene-setting prologue, the story starts in 1953 Moscow, where Leo (Tom Hardy) is a war hero now working in the military police, purging the city of its spies. Or at least its suspected spies. In the Soviet socialist utopia, crime officially doesn't exist, but Leo finds it difficult to tell his best pal Alexei (Fares Fares) that his 8-year-old son was killed in a train accident when he was so clearly tortured and murdered. Ordered by his boss (Vincent Cassel) to let it go, and menaced by his rival colleague Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), Leo continues investigating, resulting in a reprimand that sees Leo and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) relocated to the the grim industrial city of Volsk. But when another young boy's body appears here, Leo gets his new boss (Gary Oldman) to see the connection.
There are at least three main plots in this film, and the filmmakers oddly never allow one to become the central strand. There's the mystery involving this brutal, unhinged serial killer (Paddy Considine) stalking boys along the railway. There's the thriller about Leo being brutally taunted by Vasili, who has a thing for Raisa and is trying to crush them for good. But the only emotionally engaging strand is Leo and Raisa's complex marriage relationship, which takes a couple of unexpected turns. Along the way, there are several action sequences shot with shaky cameras and edited so they're impossible to follow. And there's a sense that the film also wants to be a grandiose Russian epic with its expansive cinematography and big orchestral score.
Continue reading: Child 44 Review
The actor plays military man Leo Demidov in the Tom Rob Smith adaptation.
Tom Hardy has a go at yet another accent in the Ridley Scott produced 'Child 44', an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's award-winning 2008 novel about a series of brutal murders during the time of the Soviet Union.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy go head to head in 'Child 44'
Hardy plays a former Russian military officer named Leo Demidov in the thriller, who's offered the highest protection in the wake of his war heroism. But things take a dark turn when it becomes apparent that a set of ongoing child killings are being covered up by the authorities, and Demidov wants to do the right thing and find the perpetrator - to much anger from his Stalin obsessed superiors.
During the Second World War, many Russian men were able to make a name for themselves as heroes. Returning home to their victorious country, many discovered that the Communist utopia they had fought to defend may have been more fictitious than they originally thought. For Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), this truth comes harshly. Having become a hero for his efforts in the war against Germany, Demidov is given the job as a secret policeman. But when he comes across the case of a potential serial killer that hunts children, his superiors refuse to acknowledge the crime, maintaining that they live in a perfect world. After being exiled from Moscow for refusing to drop the case, Demidov must search for the real truth behind the killings, despite knowing that the truth could be dangerous.
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The 56-year-old actor and his 36-year-old wife are divorcing due to "irreconcilable differences."
Gary Oldman is once again a single man. The 56-year-old actor and his fourth wife singer-songwriter Alexandra Edenborough are reportedly getting a divorce after seven years of marriage. The couple don't have any children together.
Oldman and Edenborough are divorcing after seven years of marriage
According to RadarOnline, the divorce papers were filed by Edenborough in Los Angeles on January 9th, in which she cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their marriage failing, but the date of their separation is listed "TBD."
In between blockbusters, the summer box office looks disappointing.
It’s time for the most highly anticipated part of the weekend – for studios, anyway – the box office roundup! Excited yet? Well, neither were movie-goers this week. Apocalyptic sci-fi prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won this week’s race with $36 million on its second weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. That counts as a 50% drop from its debut, but the Fox sequel had no trouble staying on top over horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy and the Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape, which is currently bombing in both reviews and earnings.
Dawn is holding up at the box office in its sexond weekend.
Continue reading: The Apes Have Taken Over The World (And This Weekend's Box Office)
Will the Academy recognise Andy Serkis' stunning performance in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'?
Gary Oldman says he has doubts over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Oscars chances - specifically those of Andy Serkis, who plays ape leader Caesar. The movie is comfortably one of the most critically acclaimed cinematic offerings of the year, though Serkis' co-star Oldman is wary of the O-word.
Andy Serkis [R] on the set of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
"There isn't a review that hasn't said how wonderful he [Serkis] is," Oldman told Digital Spy, "The audiences and critics acknowledge the work but I just don't know if it's the sort of thing that the Academy will accept."
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) ramps up this reboot franchise with a strikingly well-written action-drama, which takes an unusually complex route through the story. By refusing to have any simplistic villains, the film encourages viewers to see all sides of the conflict, which draws out vivid emotions and some unusually relevant political themes. It's also a technical triumph, obliterating the line between animation and actors.
It's been 10 years since the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Caesar (Andy Serkis) has built a thriving ape community in the woods north of San Francisco. They haven't seen any humans in years, since the simian flu has killed all but one in every 500 people. But there's a tenacious group of human survivors in the city, and when Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his team venture out to search for a source of hydroelectric power, they run into the ape community. Both Caesar and Malcolm are willing to talk about cooperating, but Caesar's second in command Koba (Toby Kebbell) finds it impossible to trust men after they so viciously tortured him as a young chimp. And Malcolm's sidekick Carver (Acevedo) is more than a little trigger happy, as is the community's leader Dreyfus (Oldman) back in the city.
Instead of concentrating on the conflict between apes and men, the film's perspective is through their family units. Caesar's mate Cornelia (Judy Greer) has just given birth to a son, while their older son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) struggles to make sense of the clash between humans and apes. Meanwhile, Malcolm's scientist partner Ellie (Keri Russell) and his observant teen son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) offer similar emotions from the human side. The script's clear suggestion is that the next generation may offer more hope for understanding, which makes the stakes startlingly high as violence threatens to break out. Indeed, the film is a bracing exploration of how our decisions today will affect our future.
Continue reading: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review
The sci-fi sequel certainly doesn't monkey around!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has proved its mettle by dominating the box office on its first weekend of opening. The sci-fi sequel swung to the top of the movie charts with a $73 million domestic debut, according to Box Office Mojo.
Jason Clarke Stars In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,' Which Has Enjoyed An Impressive Opening Weekend.
Director Matt Reeves has taken his time crafting the follow-up to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes which has paid off as critics race to praise the action movie and fans race to the movie theaters.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is really, really good.
Critics are uproarious in their praise for Fox's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The movie, which follows 2011's well received effort, focuses on a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who, after initially reaching fragile peace, go to war with a group of human survivors to determine Earth's dominant species.
Jason Clarke in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
The movie stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, though it is the wizardry of director Matt Reeves that has garnered the majority of praise from critics.
There's your film, "Rise" fans. Creators say it's an entirely different experience.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, both by fans and industry insiders – the latter are counting on it to revive a box office, left inexplicably dead after 4th of July weekend. But unlike its 2011 predecessor, Dawn is under new management. So the challenge for newly appointed screenwriter Mark Bomback and director Matt Reeves is now to prove that they can sustain the franchise, while still releasing a movie that can stand on its own too feet (like its ape characters, get it?)
Early reviews of Dawn have been largely favorable.
For his part, Bomback reckons they’ve done just that. In this film, the previously mild-mannered ape leader Caesar must navigate a delicate treaty with the humans, while still keeping his restless advisor, the scarred chimp Koba, happy. But Koba doesn’t want to sit still and neither do the humans, who have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the virus unleashed in the last film. "We wanted to keep the same quality as 'Rise,' but there's also this larger franchise that it's a part of," says Bomback ("Unstoppable") for the New York Daily News.