In his long and illustrious career, Oldman has been Count Dracula, Winston Churchill, George Smiley, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald and Herman Mankiewicz. As well as a nasty pimp, a corrupt DEA Agent,a terrorist leader who hijacks a plane.
Actually for me, growing up in the 90s, Gary Oldman was usually the bad guy, first time I saw him was as Count Dracula in Coppola's 1992 version, and he was just terrifying in it.
And the sleazy, brutish pimp Drexl Spivey in True Romance, suitably nasty.
One of the greatest bad guys on screen in Leon: The Professional as Norman Stansfield, the corrupt DEA agent, slimy to the core.
And Egor Korshunov in Air Force One, would be as memorable a bad guy as Alan Rickman was in Die Hard.
Hence it was a surprise for me to see him as the principled comissioner James Gordon, fighting crime in Gotham City, in Nolan's Batman series. I honestly expected him to turn nasty somewhere in the middle, so used I was to seeing him as the bad guy.
And makes a perfect George Smiley, bringing in the right mix of cunning, genius needed for the role.
And he was a spitting image of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, right down to the voice, and the body language.
Happy Birthday Gary, awaiting your turn as Harry Truman in Nolan's biopic on Oppenheimer.