Gary Oldman said that he is usually critical of his previous efforts

Gary Oldman Responds to His 'Mediocre' Performance as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter Films

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Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Sirius Black did not fascinate Gary Oldman

On the newest edition of Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor, whose Apple TV+ series Slow Horses returned for a third season last month, criticized his portrayal as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter trilogy. Oldman, 65, believes his portrayal of the popular Harry Potter character was “mediocre,” according to him.

After telling Horowitz, “I think my work is mediocre in it,” the Oscar winner stated that he could have played the character “differently.”

As his late costar, Alan Rickman, put it, Oldman’s approach could have been different if he had read J.K. Rowling’s original books before acting in the films.

“Maybe if I had read the books like Alan, if I had got ahead of the curve, if I had known what’s coming, I honestly think I would have played it differently,” Oldman stated in the interview.

In 2004, he debuted as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a role he returned in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He also appeared in the final film of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Oldman stated that he usually criticizes his previous efforts.

“It’s like anything, if I sat and watched myself in something and said, ‘My god, I’m amazing,’ that would be a very sad day,” Oldman remarked. “Because you want to make the next thing better.”

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While the actor isn’t thrilled with his performance, he recently expressed his gratitude for the franchise.

Oldman told Drew Barrymore on her eponymous talk show earlier this month that the Harry Potter franchise and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy aided his personal life.

After becoming a single father in 2000, Oldman stated to Barrymore, 48, that he had turned down possibilities in order to spend more time with his children, Alfie, 35, Charlie John, 24, and Gulliver Flynn, 26.

“Thank you, Harry Potter. “I tell you, the two — Batman and Harry Potter — they really saved me because it meant I could do the least amount of work for the most money and then be home with the kids,” Oldman told Barrymore.

“At 42 years old, I awoke divorced and with custody of these youngsters, and that was… That was difficult because there was a shift in the business where a lot of projects were [filmed] — Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all of these countries,” he said.

Oldman said he took round trips between the Dark Knight trilogy films production in London and his home in Los Angeles 27 times in order to spend time with his children.


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