Gary Oldman Quotes

“Any actor who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they’re clearly diagnosed as a schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.” – Gary Oldman

“Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.” – Gary Oldman

“My favorite meal would have to be good old-fashioned eggs, over easy, with bacon. Many others, but you can’t beat that on a Sunday morning, especially with a cup of tea.”

My favorite meal would have

“I enjoy playing characters where the silence is loud.”

“My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.”

“I had a guitar when I was 6 or 7, a plastic guitar with the Beatles’ faces on it. It would be a collector’s item now. It would fetch a hefty sum, I imagine.”

“You choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color.”

You choose your friends

“The thing a drama school can’t give you is instinct. It can sharpen instinct but that can’t be taught, and you have to have intuition. It’s an essential ingredient.”

“The thing a drama school can’t give you is instinct. It can sharpen instinct but that can’t be taught, and you have to have intuition. It’s an essential ingredient.”

“Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.”

“We’re given a code to live our lives by. We don’t always follow it, but it’s still there.”

We're given a code to live

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”

“People who know me , they know I have a sense of humor, I’m a bit of a joker, a bit of a clown really, and I would love someone to exploit that side of me and send me a romantic comedy.”

“Change is vital to any actor. If you keep playing lead after lead, you’re really gonna dry up. Because all those vehicles wean you away from the truths of human behaviour.”

Change is vital to any actor.

“How many movies do you see when you can say this director really knew what film he wanted to make? I can count them on the fingers of one hand.”

“I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself.”

“Overall I enjoy a certain anonymity. I live a very normal, very ordinary life.”

“Whats fascinating is that when you write a script, its almost a stream of consciousness. You have an idea that it means something, but youre not always sure what. Then when you get on the set, the actors teach you.”

Whats fascinating is that when

“It’s been said that alcoholics are egomaniacs with low self -esteem. It’s the prefect description. Being larger than life and yet your pride is crushed with self- loathing.”

“In the past, I’ve had my share of good reviews, but it’s always the crazy, scary, weirdo guy. I don’t even know how it happened. Look at me. I mean, when I’m naked, I look like a bald chicken. How did I get to be a scary bad guy?”

“So Harry Potter came in and it is nice that I have kids of the right age. I took them to London and they walked around the set and met Harry Potter and that is thrilling.”

“People have an idea that one is in control of a career, a lot more than you really are. You can engineer things to an extent. But you are at the mercy of what comes in across the desk.”

People have an idea that

“When you play a character that is so emotionally closed there are times when you ask yourself if you are doing enough and if it’s reading. That is where you have a director, who is the barometer of what you are doing.”

“To be able to do this job in the first place you’ve got to have a bit of an ego.”

“I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father, and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up sometimes.”

“You can play older than yourself. You can play younger than yourself up to a point, and then that just becomes impossible because you carry a weight with you that you can’t shift, unless you have very boyish looks.” –

You can play older than

“Being a good director is knowing sometimes when not to say something.”

“People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not. So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can’t get a meeting on, or go to a different actors.”

“I still don’t have a publicist. If I’m in a film, you have an obligation to promote it, I’ll do as much as I can.”

“Political correctness has become a straightjacket.

Political correctness has

“I like celluloid, I like film, I like the way that when a movie is projected it sort of breathes a little in the gate. That’s the magic of it to me.”

“Interesting things come your way but as you get older, your lifestyle changes. I don’t want to travel; I don’t want to be in a hotel room away from my family.”

“There will always be spies. We have to have them. Without them we wouldn’t have got Osama bin Laden – it took us years, but it happened.”

There will always be spies.

“You take what you know, and you put it through your own prism. If I play characters that break down or cry, it’s Gary Oldman crying; it’s not the character crying.”

“There are roles that you chase sometimes.”

“I don’t think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.”

“I want my weekends off and I want to put my kids to bed. Those are good reasons to want to be in ‘Batman 2’.”

I want my weekends off

“I didn’t do drugs. It wasn’t my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it’s like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.”