Gary Oldman as turning down the role of Winston Churchill in the darkest hour, because he played so well as of so many other actors.
The British actor is expected to lift the Oscar for best actor on Sunday in LA, but said the war-time Prime Minister, was to play an intimidating character.
He said he was drawn to the film when they showed Churchill “was not a curmudgeon”, but was “energetic and fun”.
“We think of him as an old man… who was born in a bad mood,” said Oldman.
To celebrate on the occasion of a Hollywood event, the British nominees of the 90-Academy Awards, he told the BBC on Friday that it was “to play is a privilege and an honour,” Churchill – shaved, in spite of the hours in the hair and make-up, including the one with his head every morning.
It felt all worth it, because Churchill was “such a great company, and I always loved and it is him,” he explained. “It was a revelation’
Oldman joins the likes of Robert Hardy, Albert Finney and Brian Cox, who previously played for you, Churchill.
He said: “It was an immediate Yes. Because he played so successfully… you ask yourself, what can you add to the gallery”.
So what was it that you had him sign on the dotted line?
“It was the story, and it is a very microscopic view on a crucial moment in our history-and obviously his premiership,” Oldman said at the event, also came by musician, Jonny Greenwood and costume designer Jacqueline Durran.
“But it was the discovery that I was made on the film material was, as I was just going to take a look at him and listen to him. It is the dynamism, the energy of the man.
“We have the idea in our minds of who he is, and that could be contaminated, the described of other persons who see him in the different parts of his life, so it was a revelation to someone who is very light on his feet, not quite as rotund as I have imagined.
“So that was a key, to show a side of him that was dynamic and energetic and funny he was not a curmudgeon. We think of him as an old man with a cigar who was born in a bad mood. And I think he was far from it.”The vulnerability and sweetness’
Oldman explains that he tried to imagine to help Churchill as a child, to capture him, his character.
“Even if I play a villain, to find a redeeming feature. I always look to see the boy, the little boy there. It was, from what I see, the reading of his speeches was, it was a weak point, a Cherubim sweet to him.
“He could be very grumpy when they live up to his standards, I’m sure he had a sharp tongue. It was but a big heart.”
Oldman’t have to wait long to find out if he has beaten other nominees, TimothÃ©e Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya and Denzil Washington to lift the Oscar.
He says whatever happens, he enjoyed the ride.
“I considered it a great honor and a privilege to play him,” he said. “I feel very good. On the Sunday be – of these things, what they will be.
“You will either call your name or they will not. The journey was pleasant, and recognized, for the playback of Winston is proud of himself.
“I enjoy it now. It is a moment in the sun. There are UPS and downs in your career – it is a high, enjoy it, and then someone else is there in the next year.”
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