I’ve already made a huge deal about how much I love Gary Oldman and admire his ability to completely disappear within nearly any role within which Hollywood is smart enough to employ him. It’s not even a question of how much time this guy’s spent in the makeup chair either. He’s just a damn chameleon and a bloody amazing actor. Here’s his eleven best transformations:
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element: Some critics have the idea that Oldman was channeling Ross Perot in this role, but seriously, Oldman has more class.
Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy: For anyone who’s watched this movie and witnessed the little jig that Oldman does with the children towards the end of this film, I ask you … why hasn’t this guy won an Oscar yet?
Mason Verger in Hannibal: My apologies, but Gary does unspeakable things in this role, and I am so freaked out that I simply cannot speak of them.
Rolfe in Tiptoes: Gary was literally playing a midget in this role by kneeling down during the entirety of his screen time.
Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Oldman was both knife-licking & finger-licking good in this role.
Drexl Spivey in True Romance: Oldman as a white Jamaican pimp. Enough said.
Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK: He’s got only a few minutes of screen time. but Oldman manages to make a serious impression nonetheless.
Beethoven in Immortal Beloved: Greatest performance in the history of everything? I think so.
Jack Grimaldi in Romeo is Bleeding: As mentioned before, Oldman is a master of accents. This role is no exception.
Norman Stansfield in The Professional: Gary fucking loooves to play the villain, and he pulls this one off in a highly exceptional manner.
Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter: Dude banged Demi Moore. The transformation is implicit.
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