Learn From The Best: Spend An Hour Listening to Gary Oldman
As we awaits for the Oscar’s verdict and to see if iconic and under-appreciated British actor Gary Oldman will have his moment this year for his impersonation of George Smiley, watch the one hour conversation shared by the generous Film Society at the Lincoln Center, NYC.
It is an enjoyable experience, especially if you are an actor or a filmmaker, as Oldman is generous in his answers, often going deeper than the initial question asked for, and sharing great insights and funny anecdotes.
Another good surprise was the quality of the questions, both from the moderator and the audience. (For having been to countless events like this one, this conversation stands way above the average line.)
Here is a breakdown of the questions asked, but keep in mind Oldman developed on many of them, I just wrote down the questions asked (I allowed myself to put red stars next to the moment that I particularly appreciated):
- 00:30 – About his training and roles in Theater and how it affected him
- 05:00 – About working with Mike Leigh for Meantime (1984)
- 07:00 – About the inspirations and limitations of recreating historical characters
- 08:20 – About the first thing he works on to build a character
- 12:06 – About getting the New York accent for Jackie in State of Grace (1990)*** [Oldman develops from this point to the intuition to build and find a character and gives great examples.]
- 17:45 – About having to like and defend the characters he plays, or not.
- 19:45 – About the make-up in Dracula (1992)
- 22:00 – About what he wants a Director to do *** [Oldman gives ‘real life’ examples to illustrate how each director is different ]
- 25:00 – About rehearsing
- 27:00 – About what his directing experience brought to him as an actor
- 28:00 – About his plans as a director
- 28:30 – About working on two movie franchise (Batman, Harry Potter) and creating Sirius Black***
- 34 :00 – About The Contender (2000) that he produced as well.
- 37:00 – About the Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy (2011) mini-series and Alex Guinness influence on his take on George Smiley *** [Oldman talks about his fear and struggles to accept this particular part]
- 42:00 – About preparing for Smiley’s role
- 44:30 – (Q&A) About what interested him in playing Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
- 47:30 – About roles that got away or he turned down and wished he hadn’t
- 48:30 – (Q&A) About dealing with emotional scenes and getting in and out of a character. ***
- 54:30 – (Q&A) About where to start building a character
- 57:30 – (Q&A) About why he didn’t follow his directing debut, Nil by Mouth (1997) with another movie.
- 01:01:00 – (Q&A) About the music he listened to, to prepare for Dracula (1992)
Enjoy:[Thanks to @catch_the_mouse ]