Since Gary Oldman walked away with the most love in this past Friday’s Roundtable about favorite character actors, let’s follow through on this train of thought. Which movie has your favorite Gary Oldman performance?
According to IMDb, Oldman has nearly 70 acting credits on his resumé so far. It would be impractical to list them all in this poll. As a result, I’m going to try to narrow the list down to some of his most famous performances. Feel free to vote “Other” if I skipped over one that you think deserves some attention.
In his career, Gary Oldman has played both endearing heroes (like Jim Gordon in the ‘Batman’ movies or Sirius Black in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise) and villains. He really seems to revel in the latter roles, which often give him his juiciest material. Oldman’s eccentric performances can even liven up bad movies like ‘Lost in Space’ or ‘Hannibal’.
There isn’t really a wrong answer here (except maybe ‘Air Force One’ – that movie is terrible, and Oldman’s Russian accent is laughably bad). I have a hard time voting against his evil bloodsucker in ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ or his loony trillionaire industrialist mercenary in ‘The Fifth Element’. But if I really have to choose just one favorite, I must go with his sleazeball dirty cop in ‘Léon: The Professional’. What great hammy fun he has with that role.
What’s your favorite?