When it comes to historical biopics, not many actors can say they’ve gone from playing a punk rock icon to the man who lead Britain out of World War II. Gary Oldman’s breadth as an artist can sometimes be overshadowed by how frequently he’s played villains and dark characters, but that just adds to his complexity. Often recognized for his parts in the Batman and Harry Potter franchises, Oldman has a solid record in historical costume movies and TV where he started and returns.
Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986)
Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Pop (as Maurice Escargot) in Henry & June (1990)
Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991)
Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994)
Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series (2005-2011)
Solomon in Red Riding Hood (2011)
Floyd Banner in Lawless (2012)
General Mikhail Nesterov in Child 44 (2015)
Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017)
Gary Oldman is also writing and directing a period film titled Flying Horse, which he’ll act in as well. The subject is photographer Eadweard Muybridge, famous for advances in motion capturing imagery in the 1870s. But around the same time, the photographer shot Harry Larkyns, a famous theater critic, due to a rumor that Larkyns had an affair with Muybridge’s wife, Flora. Juicy story for a historical flick!
What’s your favorite Gary Oldman historical costume movie?