‘I don’t want to be active when I’m 80’: Gary Oldman reveals he’s retiring after ‘enviable’ career and wants to focus on other things in life after 40 illustrious years

Gary Oldman, who is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, plans to retire after his current project slow horses follows its course. The actor is well known in the film industry for his versatility and acting style, appearing in different roles such as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter franchise and James Gordon in Christian Bale with Batman trilogy. The actor in all his glory also received numerous awards for his talent.

Oldman currently stars as Jackson Lamb in the TV series slow horses streaming on Apple TV+.

Gary Oldman

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Gary Oldman plans to retire from acting

Gary Oldmanwho has had an entire acting career in the film industry plans to retire after his show, slow horses where he plays the main character Jackson Lamb is over. While the series still has a season 2 to release and two more seasons signed for the movie, it’s still unclear when the Without faith or law the actor would take a step back from acting.

Gary Oldman as George Smiley
Gary Oldman as George Smiley

The Oscar-winning actor shared his feelings about his retirement in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying he has other interests he would like to work on.

“I’ve had an enviable career, but careers are on the decline and I have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young you think you’re going to do it all – read this book – then the years pass”, the actor mentioned to The Sunday Times. “I will be 65 next year; 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I would be very happy and honored and privileged to come out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] – then hang up.

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slow horses is a homonymous adaptation of Mick Herron’s novel that is part of a series titled swamp house. The second season of the series would be adapted from the second book of the series Dead lions.

Gary Oldman’s journey as an actor

Gary Oldman, who started in the film industry in 1982 with Memory perhaps did not know that he had chosen a career that would bring him the greatest respect and fame over the years. The appearance of the actor in the play Checked in turned out to be quite the breakthrough he needed.

Oldman’s role as Scopey, the lead role in Bond’s The Pope’s wedding earned him two of Britain’s highest honors – the Free time Fringe Award for Best Newcomer and the Drama Drama Award for Best Actor. The great versatility of the actor was noticed by many after his roles in Sid and Nancy and Prick up the ears. American film critic Roger Ebert commented on her versatility, writing,

“There is no point of similarity between the two performances; like a few gifted actors, [Oldman] is able to reinvent itself for each role. Based on these two films, he is the best young British actor of the moment.

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

In 2004, Gary Oldman became a member of the Harry Potter franchise starring in the role of Sirius Black, which also earned the actor a name among young audiences. The actor’s guest role in Friends as Richard Crosby also earned him an Emmy Award nomination. The actor was even part of the Batman trilogy, playing the role of James Gordon, an honest policeman.

Gary Oldman currently plays the lead character in the TV series slow horses while another of his films Oppenheimer is currently in post-production.

Slow Horses is streaming on Apple TV+ with a second season releasing on December 2, 2022.

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