The greatest actor of all time. Is there such a thing? What does it take to be the best?
Many would consider the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, or Cary Grant amongst the greatest actors of all time. More recently, names such as Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, and Denzel Washington are certainly relevant in the conversation. But to be the best, one would have to change face (literally) and cover a wide range of characters and personalities. So on that note, who is the most dynamic actor of all time? Let’s take a look at someone who is often overlooked.
As a true master of disguise, Gary Oldman makes a strong case. These days, people most likely know him for his role as Sirius Black, or perhaps, his role as Commissioner Gordon. However, few know the whole story. From movie to movie one might not even recognize a character as being portrayed by Gary Oldman until the credits roll. Who actually knew that he was the disfigured Mason Verger from Hannibal (2001)?
It seems his penchant for versatility outweighs all others, but let’s allow the pictures (in chronological order) to do all the explaining:
He has even done some voiceover work for the popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Gary Oldman has been known for his menacing villains and scene-stealing supporting characters, however, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) marks a comeback for him into a prominent leading role. Many also don’t know that in 1997, Oldman took the helm as director, and his film Nil by Mouth won nine awards and received eight more nominations. He plans to direct again in the future, with Colin Firth as his starring man.
Certainly an accomplished and noteworthy actor, Gary Oldman has never even been nominated for an Academy Award.
For more insight into the persona of Gary Oldman as himself, check out these candid interviews:
Just food for thought…