HARRY POTTER And THE DARK KNIGHT Star Gary Oldman Reveals Why He Was So Grateful For Those Movies

HARRY POTTER And THE DARK KNIGHT Star Gary Oldman Reveals Why He Was So Grateful For Those Movies

Legendary actor Gary Oldman has revealed that his roles in Harry Potter and The Dark Knight Trilogy came at a crucial point in his life. Find out why he says "Thank God" for them both after the jump...

By JoshWilding - Dec 16, 2023 09:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman

Gary Oldman is a screen icon and, in terms of blockbusters, the British actor managed to leave a lasting impression on fans after starring in the Harry Potter movies and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy

Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show, Oldman talked candidly about how important those franchises were for him. He was already a household name when he played Sirius Black and Commissioner Jim Gordon, of course, but the star power those roles gave him came at a crucial time in the actor's life. 

"At 42 years old, I woke up divorced and I had custody of [my] boys," Oldman explained. "That, in itself, was...that was hard because there was a shift in the industry where a lot of productions were being [filmed in] Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all of these places. So, I turned down a lot of work."

"Thank God for 'Harry Potter,'" he continued. "Thank God for ['Batman']. I tell you, the two - 'Batman' and 'Harry Potter' - really, they saved me, because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids."

Oldman went on to explain that his unique personal situation meant he repeatedly flew between London and Los Angeles in order to raise his children himself. 

"When we did the first Batman, London doubled for Gotham. I did 27 round trips of flying back from LA. I’d fly in for a day. I’d do a shoot a day," he says. "To Chris Nolan’s credit, he stayed on schedule. I would go home for three days. Come back for two. Go home for a weekend. Come back for a day. Otherwise, I just felt my kids are being brought up by a nanny."

Sirius and Gordon are now two of Oldman's most famous roles, and it's refreshing to hear him speak so openly about the part they played in his life (unlikely some actors who would likely say they just starred in them for the money). 

It's unlikely he'll return to either of them, though many fans remain optimistic about Oldman taking on another blockbuster role. After all, there are heaps of characters he'd be a good fit for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now the X-Men and Fantastic Four are on their way back to our screens. 

Check out our interview with Oldman for Slow Horses season 2 in the player below. 

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NakedAvenger - 12/16/2023, 9:38 AM
One of the greats. He really was my standout in TDKR. Good on him for not looking down on these roles.
tmp3 - 12/16/2023, 9:39 AM
Forever the GOAT Dracula
Feralwookiee - 12/16/2023, 9:41 AM
@tmp3 - He played so many good villains earlier in his career.

regularmovieguy - 12/16/2023, 9:45 AM

Oldman will go down as one of my all-time favorite actors. And he’s still got it.

Keep telling myself I’m gonna start Slow Horses and I think I’ll have to put that on the docket this week.
tmp3 - 12/16/2023, 9:48 AM
@regularmovieguy - I need to get on slow horses. I adored Oldman as Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and he crushed it as Truman in Oppenheimer too. Love how much he brought to genre fare like TDK, Harry Potter and - to a lesser extent - even Dawn of the Apes.
tmp3 - 12/16/2023, 9:49 AM
Can't forget JFK!
regularmovieguy - 12/16/2023, 10:58 AM

True Romance 🤌🏻

MaxPaint - 12/16/2023, 12:00 PM
@Feralwookiee -
AlexGSpeaks - 12/16/2023, 12:28 PM
@tmp3 - Lugosi will forever be the one true Dracula.
Feralwookiee - 12/16/2023, 12:32 PM
@regularmovieguy - Can you imagine them trying to get away with this shit nowadays?
santoanderson - 12/16/2023, 9:41 AM
His career really was in a bad spot pre-Azkaban and Batman Begins. I remember right before Harry Potter and Batman, Gary famously played a dwarf opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Tiptoes”. That was a real Tugg Speedman/Simple Jack business decision.
SanFranLand - 12/17/2023, 2:49 AM
@santoanderson - 😂Tiptoes is insanity. McConaughey looking like he’s on a bender and losing it for the possibility of fathering a dwarf.
MosquitoFarmer - 12/16/2023, 9:47 AM
He was great in Oppenheimer, one scene it may have been.
TheVisionary25 - 12/16/2023, 9:58 AM
Damn , I did that know that about him…

His Sirius & Jim Gordon were great and now knowing he gave those type of performances in some difficult personal circumstances makes my respect for him go up even more.

Dudes one of the greatest of all time imo.

Fogs - 12/16/2023, 10:01 AM
Great actor. Would be great to have him as a more experienced charachter in a CBM.
theFUZZ008 - 12/16/2023, 10:15 AM
He just a [frick]ing lovely person.
UniqNo - 12/16/2023, 10:19 AM
I found him to be the best part of 5th Element. 🤷🏾‍♂️
Izaizaiza - 12/16/2023, 10:26 AM
Great actor and one of those that seems to be a genuinely good person as well.
McMurdo - 12/16/2023, 11:17 AM
Great actor great Gordon.
Colton - 12/16/2023, 11:24 AM
Top man
CoHost - 12/16/2023, 11:41 AM
It may upset some he did these roles for the dough but remember: Francis Ford Coppola did the Godfather movies for the dough, too, so he could make movies like Apocalypse Now. He clearly still put a lot of effort into them.
MaxPaint - 12/16/2023, 11:58 AM
We all are grateful for those movies as well.
Forthas - 12/16/2023, 12:07 PM
Greatest Jim Gordon portrayal ever. He gave the character depth and heart.
levi3man - 12/16/2023, 1:40 PM
YESSS, SLOW HORSES IS absolutely awesome, Gary smashes it out of the park. Every episode is exciting.
SpiderBloke2099 - 12/16/2023, 2:45 PM
Oldman is one of those actors who's great in everything and even if he's only in it for the pay cheque than because he loves the script or the IP or whatever, he still does a bang-up job.
JollyR - 12/16/2023, 4:14 PM
Yeah I really can't imagine a better Gordon than he did
clornelas - 12/16/2023, 5:29 PM
Professor X
DocSpock - 12/16/2023, 9:53 PM
@clornelas -

Hmmmm. creative thinking.

DocSpock - 12/16/2023, 9:55 PM

Oldman was epic as Jim Gordon.

Imagine him as the leader of the Starjammers.

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