Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Fiftieth to Gary Oldman


I couldn't resist saying happy birthday to one of the world's great actors, Gary Oldman, who turns fifty years old today. While Gary rarely gets the parts he deserves anymore, he is still one of the heavyweights in my book and will always be. Here's to many more years of great performances from one of our modern masters.

5 comments:

Steve Langton said...

Great post. Gazza is one of my own favourites. I first saw him in Mike Leigh's MEANTIME and began to follow his career when I saw him play the late Sid Vicious in SID AND NANCY. He's turned in some fine performances from the leader of a gang of English soccer thugs in THE FIRM to Joe Orton in PRICK UP YOUR EARS, to DRACULA and LEON. I think my two fave Oldman turns may be Drexl in TRUE ROMANCE and Beethoven in IMMORTAL BELOVED. Loved his James Stewart accent in HANNIBAL too (one of THE most unjustly maligned films in recent memory, I'd say). Terrific actor.

Rogue Spy 007 said...

It might be a day late, but I still wanna wish Gary Oldman a Happy Birthday. He's been one of my favorite actors for the last twenty years. I don't think he gets the parts he deserves at all. He doesn't get as much credit and recognition as he deserves either. He's one of the finest actors out there today. He's always been good in whatever the film was, whether the film was that good or not.

J.D. said...

Actually, I think that Oldman has gotten some really choice roles as of late. He was excellent in both the Harry Potter films and in the last Batman one. I hope he gets more screen time in the new one that comes out this summer.

karen chalker said...

Dear Gary. So sorry I'm late.Having a blonde moment. I want to wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!Fifty is a great age and you have aged perfectly! If you should happen to be in Vegas between May 20th -26th, I would like to buy you a birthday drink.Just ask for Kacy or look for the rose tattoo on my right shoulder.I am looking forward to the next Batman and Potter movies.You are a very gifted man and brilliant actor.I have never known anyone who could be so intoxicating to my senses.Here's to many more years of watching you. Fondly, Kacy

circusinthesky said...

While he was good in the latest Batman movies, it still irks me that Gary is relegated to background characters, or worse, cheap villains (see Air Force One). I think he is as fine an actor as Daniel Lewis, who still manages to pull out a lead role from time to time.

Seems like after Dracula, his screen time declined. Not sure what makes that happen. I can only hope some edgy director or producer casts him in something relevant sooner or later.