Gary Oldman is grateful for his Hollywood renaissance - because five years ago he feared his movie career was over.

The British actor's career hit a slump after his role in 1997 film THE Fifth Element, during which he struggled for work and took a number of questionable career roles.

He was rescued when Ridley Scott cast him 2001 SILENCE OF THE LAMBS sequel HANNIBAL and has followed that up with roles in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and the new Batman movie BATMAN BEGINS - catapulting him back into the Hollywood A'List.

And he is grateful, he tells TIME OUT magazine, "I was in danger of becoming invisible.

"I just had to weather it. But now, apparently, I have what people here call momentum."

07/06/2005 17:26