Soon back in season 2 of “Slow Horses”, Gary Oldman assured that the series could well be his last project as an actor. The 64-year-old comedian said he doesn’t want to continue acting until he’s 80.
An actor capable of playing everything
Revealed in 1986 by the biopic Sid & Nancyin which he plays musician Sid Vicious, Gary Oldman quickly reveals a very wide range of games. In the years that followed, the British comedian proved that he played mad dogs wonderfully (The Angels of the Night), love-starved vampires (Dracula), the drugged and completely crazy policemen (Leon), drug dealers pouring into cultural appropriation (true romance) or even the unlucky and manipulated anti-heroes (Romeo Is Bleeding).
Gary Oldman has also played several historical personalities, from Lee Harvey Oswald in jfk to Herman Mankiewicz in mankvia the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven in Ludwig van B. and Winston Churchill in The Dark Hours (role which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor). On the franchise side, he was the godfather of the famous bespectacled wizard in the saga Harry Potter but also the policeman Jim Gordon, faithful ally of Batman, in the trilogy of Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan.
Stansfield (Gary Oldman) – Léon ©Gaumont
Extremely good at introspection (The mole) but also for outrageous compositions (The fifth Element), Gary Oldman can just play it all. And now that he has nothing more to prove, the actor is thinking of hanging up.
End of career for Gary Oldman?
During an interview with the Sunday Times for the promotion of the second season of Slow Horses, the actor confided in his pleasure in interpreting Jackson Lamb. Created by writer Mick Herron, this protagonist is a grumpy MI5 agent who runs a failed spy service baptized the Stable and installed in shabby offices. A man with whom Gary Oldman identifies, in particular through his alcoholism, the actor having suffered from this addiction and now being sober for 25 years:
Jackson’s biggest lie concerns his drinking. This mocking and cruel look he puts on… He knows he’s drunk and he’s lying to himself.
Character to which he is deeply attached, Jackson Lamb could be Gary Oldman’s last role. The actor has let it be known that he would soon like to devote himself to something else:
I’ve had an enviable career but careers are on the decline and I have other things that interest me outside of acting. (…) I will be 65 next year and the 70 years are approaching. I don’t see myself being an actor when I’m 80. It would be an honor and a privilege to end the character of Jackson Lamb and then officially hang up.
Series Slow Horses is to discover on Apple TV+.