Gary Oldman: Harry Potter and Batman ‘Saved’ Him

Gary Oldman: Harry Potter and Batman ‘Saved’ Him

Gary Oldman is no doubt one of the most respected actors today, having dished out knockout performances in Dracula, Leon the Professional, and most recently Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

Though a lot of fans like to see Oldman as a very artsy kind of actor, he did recently admit that two of his big franchise projects including Batman and Harry Potter were what ‘saved’ him.

Talking to Josh Horowitz for Happy Sad Confused (via SFFGazette), Oldman explained how he had to turn down a lot of work so he could spend time with his boys after he got a divorce. When it came to work for his franchise movies though, he was able to save his family time while also earning a lot of money.

Oldman explains:

“Thank God for ‘Harry Potter… Thank God for [‘Batman’]. I tell you, the two – ‘Batman’ and ‘Harry Potter’ – really, they saved me, because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids.”

Admittedly, Oldman’s parts in both franchises were just supporting characters, but they were both very integral to the main star, what with Sirius Black being Harry Potter godfather, and Jim Gordon being Batman’s partner-in-crime when it comes to his cooperation with the police force.

For now, it does seem like Oldman has slowed down when it comes to films, but he is starring in Apple TV+’s Slow Horses which is already going into its third season.


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