Who is Gary Oldman? The actor has been described as a chameleon, but while the term accurately describes his ability to take on wildly varying appearances, traits and manners, it does not attempt to go beneath the surface and find the connective tissue between the likes of Sid Vicious and Joe Orton, Lee Harvey Oswald and Ludwig Van Beethoven, Count Dracula and James Gordon, George Smiley and Winston Churchill. It identifies his commitment to inhabiting outsized characters without locating that common, animating spirit that makes him such a remarkable artist. For decades, Oldman was acknowledged as one of the greatest living actors without an Oscar nomination (this was rectified only six years ago with a Best Actor nod for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). By all appearances, he’s … Read entire story.
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