Gary Oldman On Acting Heroes And Timothee Chalamet: “We’re Links In A Chain”

Gary Oldman received his first ever Oscar for his work as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and during the backstage press interviews he talked about being looked up to by a new generation of actors while also appreciating artists that continue to inspire him. Oldman audio is below . . .

Gary Oldman - The Darkest Hour
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One of the lessons I learned from the late John Hurt, God Bless him, when I was a younger man (and) went to the cinema I looked up at Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Alan Bates, Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Peter Sellers. They were all sort of my heroes. We’re links in a chain. I’m thrilled for (Timothee) Chalamet. He’s a kid and he’s a charmer. He’s hugely talented and I said to him tonight in the words of Arnie, “You’ll be back.” This is probably it for me, he’s got years.” – Gary Oldman

Audio version:

Credit goes to Oldman throwing in a reference from The Terminator (“I’ll be back”) into the proceedings and seeing the big picture in everything. On a cinematic level, I need to take a deeper dive into the works of all of the actors Oldman mentioned in his comments, and if you’re in need of a few Chalamet recommendations, I suggest the 2016 film Miss Stevens. The only inaccurate point Oldman makes is that Darkest Hour is not exactly the actor’s final hour, as one would assume there’s much more to come from both Oldman and Chalamet.


Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Deepest Dream and Find Your Seen, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts (housed on BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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