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Oldman to quit?!

06.26.2007
Well, it's a sad day indeed. It seems that the movie gods are calling time on my all-time favourite actor, Gary Oldman's career (can't you guys take Lindsay Lohan instead?) after he hinted that he is pretty close to quitting acting, because his love of the craft has 'withered'.

This isn't an official announcement, but it stills sends a real chill down my spine. Sure, the guy's getting a lot older and you have to expect he's gonna bust a move sooner or later, but I always harbored a secret dream that he had one more Norman Stansfield role in him. Obviously, I'd love a prequel, but really I'd entertain a sequel with him actually not getting blown up at the end of LEON if it meant seeing him on screen, waxing lyrical about Mozart and going 'Biiingo' again.

Apart from conquering the field of acting, Oldman was also fairly prominent in the fields of directing (he moved behind the camera for his directorial debut, NIL BY MOUTH and later directed 'DONUT', a short promoting Nokia's N93 phone) and pimping (by marrying hotties Donya Fiorentino and Uma Thurman).

Oldman said "I've had a great career and I'm very lucky to do what I do. But I've been doing it a long time and you can get tired. You might say I want to change careers or to do something else."

I don't really know what else to say. I hope that in the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT, Jonathan Nolan wrote an absolutely dynamite role for Lt. James Gordan (maybe struggling with his sexuality? Maybe runs away with the Joker to ranch cattle on a mountain?) so that Oldman can win an Oscar and bow out with the high he deserves.

I honestly do not believe that there is another actor in the world that can play villain like Oldman. I'll sorely miss his contribution to cinema.
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5:28PM on 07/14/2007
No! He can't quit! We (meaning I) love him too much to let him quit! I say we (I) form a ragtag band to kidnap Oldman and help him rediscover his love of acting. Who's with me?! Actually, that sounds like a terrible plot for a movie. Ah well. Seriously, I hope this is just a rumor and we get to see him do more stuff in the future before he finally decides to let it go.
No! He can't quit! We (meaning I) love him too much to let him quit! I say we (I) form a ragtag band to kidnap Oldman and help him rediscover his love of acting. Who's with me?! Actually, that sounds like a terrible plot for a movie. Ah well. Seriously, I hope this is just a rumor and we get to see him do more stuff in the future before he finally decides to let it go.
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5:58PM on 06/26/2007

unratted actor

gary oldman is a great actor who's work is sometimes untoice by the media, but us (the fans) loves his work. i hope he comes back. he well be miss.
gary oldman is a great actor who's work is sometimes untoice by the media, but us (the fans) loves his work. i hope he comes back. he well be miss.
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2:43PM on 06/26/2007
What? He is like one of greatest modern day actors, ever! It would be horrible if he quit! the dude is a legend! why so many exclamation points!
What? He is like one of greatest modern day actors, ever! It would be horrible if he quit! the dude is a legend! why so many exclamation points!
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2:31PM on 06/26/2007
Good riddance! He was horrible in Diff'rent Strokes and now he's stuck doing commercials?

Wait... who?
Good riddance! He was horrible in Diff'rent Strokes and now he's stuck doing commercials?

Wait... who?
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1:01PM on 06/26/2007

NOOOOOOOOO!

[link]!!!!!
[link]!!!!!
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12:53PM on 06/26/2007

Aww

He is an excellent actor indeed. He was so badass in LEON. Maybe he'll get back into acting. You may never know. Some actors say they quit but they get back into acting (like Hugh Grant).
He is an excellent actor indeed. He was so badass in LEON. Maybe he'll get back into acting. You may never know. Some actors say they quit but they get back into acting (like Hugh Grant).
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11:28AM on 06/26/2007

What about Gordon

What's up with all these actors quitting? Don't take a job in a franchise if you're gonna quit. I hope he at least comes back to play gordon in the batman movies cause he looks exactly like him. Other than that i agree with him
What's up with all these actors quitting? Don't take a job in a franchise if you're gonna quit. I hope he at least comes back to play gordon in the batman movies cause he looks exactly like him. Other than that i agree with him
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11:25AM on 06/26/2007

R and G

Well there goes my dream of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are STILL Dead, what a sequel it would've been! ;)
Well there goes my dream of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are STILL Dead, what a sequel it would've been! ;)
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10:52AM on 06/26/2007

Sad. Just... sad.

"State of Grace." "Leon." "Sid & Nancy." "True Romance." "JFK." Hell, even "The Contender." If this is true, it's a sad day for the ilm industry and for the craft of acting. It begs the question: Jennifer Lopez was on Inside the Actor's Studio and not Oldman?
"State of Grace." "Leon." "Sid & Nancy." "True Romance." "JFK." Hell, even "The Contender." If this is true, it's a sad day for the ilm industry and for the craft of acting. It begs the question: Jennifer Lopez was on Inside the Actor's Studio and not Oldman?
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10:43AM on 06/26/2007
Don't believe it. This is Oldman's appeal for a leading role worth his talent. He's on a growing list of actors who suddenly realize they're in an industry full of pansies and twits sucking away their manhood while their Dads shoveled coal or fought real wars to put food on the table. They're ashamed of it. RE: Connery,(I'm too damn old for this) Hopkins,(I'm getting too old for this) Newman,(I'm really too old for this) and now Oldman.(its just a name, but what is this crap I'm doing?).
Don't believe it. This is Oldman's appeal for a leading role worth his talent. He's on a growing list of actors who suddenly realize they're in an industry full of pansies and twits sucking away their manhood while their Dads shoveled coal or fought real wars to put food on the table. They're ashamed of it. RE: Connery,(I'm too damn old for this) Hopkins,(I'm getting too old for this) Newman,(I'm really too old for this) and now Oldman.(its just a name, but what is this crap I'm doing?). Hopkins didn't take and I'm betting neither will Oldman.
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10:05AM on 06/26/2007

Good For Him

Awesome actor. I love his films. If I had as much money as he does, I'd quit and sit on my butt all day. How can you blame him? Good for you Oldman...
Awesome actor. I love his films. If I had as much money as he does, I'd quit and sit on my butt all day. How can you blame him? Good for you Oldman...
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10:01AM on 06/26/2007

Don't believe it

I'm sure he's just fucking with us....right?
All the big actors say they retire and come back for some crap.
John Malkovich is making pretty clothes, Sean Connery is being an asshole, Newman is growing veggies. They will come back eventually.
(I just watched Dracula.....Good stuff)
I'm sure he's just fucking with us....right?
All the big actors say they retire and come back for some crap.
John Malkovich is making pretty clothes, Sean Connery is being an asshole, Newman is growing veggies. They will come back eventually.
(I just watched Dracula.....Good stuff)
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9:14AM on 06/26/2007

What?!?

If this actually happens I will stop watching movies. How could this happen to one of the greatest actors of our generation. I mean nobody does phsycho as good as Oldman. Not even Christian Bale. Well maybe as good. But I haven't watched an entire movie not knowing one of the actors was Bale untill the end credits. And that has actually happened twice.
If this actually happens I will stop watching movies. How could this happen to one of the greatest actors of our generation. I mean nobody does phsycho as good as Oldman. Not even Christian Bale. Well maybe as good. But I haven't watched an entire movie not knowing one of the actors was Bale untill the end credits. And that has actually happened twice.
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9:01AM on 06/26/2007

F**K!

This sucks! Gary Oldman is one of my favourite actors. This really is crappy news.
This sucks! Gary Oldman is one of my favourite actors. This really is crappy news.
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8:39AM on 06/26/2007

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First Paul Newman and now Gary Oldman....the movie Gods are killing me! They better make it up to me by having Jackson direct the Hobbit.
First Paul Newman and now Gary Oldman....the movie Gods are killing me! They better make it up to me by having Jackson direct the Hobbit.
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8:38AM on 06/26/2007

Great actor

I fricken Love Gary Oldman.
(When he realizes he was hit in the arm with a bullet in Leon)
" OHHHHH....... FFFFUCKKK!!!"
I fricken Love Gary Oldman.
(When he realizes he was hit in the arm with a bullet in Leon)
" OHHHHH....... FFFFUCKKK!!!"
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8:33AM on 06/26/2007

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Oh no!
So sad, because the man is amazing at what he does. Anyone who can play Beethoven and Sid Vicious clearly has a range to be reckoned with. I hope he has a few films left in him yet. I hope Batman isn't his exit. That wouldn't be enough for me. There's something truly sad in that thought for me.
Oh no!
So sad, because the man is amazing at what he does. Anyone who can play Beethoven and Sid Vicious clearly has a range to be reckoned with. I hope he has a few films left in him yet. I hope Batman isn't his exit. That wouldn't be enough for me. There's something truly sad in that thought for me.
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8:17AM on 06/26/2007
This is indeed shitty news. However, maybe he's only tired of doing big movies that he feels lack substance. I'm sure if the right project came along he'd come back. After all how many times has Daniel Day Lewis retired?
This is indeed shitty news. However, maybe he's only tired of doing big movies that he feels lack substance. I'm sure if the right project came along he'd come back. After all how many times has Daniel Day Lewis retired?
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7:35AM on 06/26/2007

Please...!! Not yet!!...

This guy made some of the best villains EVER!! And on top of that, he's one hell of an actor. His portrait of Dracula is plain perfect.

Yes, please, retire... just not yet, OK? In 20 years, perhaps...
This guy made some of the best villains EVER!! And on top of that, he's one hell of an actor. His portrait of Dracula is plain perfect.

Yes, please, retire... just not yet, OK? In 20 years, perhaps...
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6:48AM on 06/26/2007

Sad indeed

If Oldman finally does make the choice to retire from acting, it will definitely be a loss for the film industry! And it's such a shame that such a gifted actor is not given more roles to play with being that he has so much versatality at his disposal! As small as his supporting roles have been recently, Oldman still brings a special extra to the screen time in the movies he's in. He can be over the top and yet, still make himself noticed by being so subtle (James Gordon, for example).
If Oldman finally does make the choice to retire from acting, it will definitely be a loss for the film industry! And it's such a shame that such a gifted actor is not given more roles to play with being that he has so much versatality at his disposal! As small as his supporting roles have been recently, Oldman still brings a special extra to the screen time in the movies he's in. He can be over the top and yet, still make himself noticed by being so subtle (James Gordon, for example). Hollywood just caters to the mainstream mindless popcorn that makes money. And actors such as Oldman lose out on leading roles. I would be one of the handful who think Oldman can be such an excellent leading man if given the right material! But, instead, we have to be content with the likes of Lohan, Beyonce, Pitt, etc, etc. Either the actors and actresses are mediocre at best or just simply horrible! Yet, the audience still eats it up and gives the studios reason to continue giving us more mundane films and performers and the 'greats' are left out in the cold to 'support' these no-talent losers and retire to obscurity.
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6:33AM on 06/26/2007

OLDMAN OLDBOY

God knows what the deal is with the American remake of Oldboy, as i havent looked it up for ages, considering how much it offends me, but i have always thought, that if it were done, as most popular foreign films are, Mr Oldman here should play the main character. The original actor reminded me of him a hell of a lot, and seeing how the role is pretty messed up i think Oldman would be great. Not Nic Fucking Cage.
God knows what the deal is with the American remake of Oldboy, as i havent looked it up for ages, considering how much it offends me, but i have always thought, that if it were done, as most popular foreign films are, Mr Oldman here should play the main character. The original actor reminded me of him a hell of a lot, and seeing how the role is pretty messed up i think Oldman would be great. Not Nic Fucking Cage.
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6:33AM on 06/26/2007

OLDMAN OLDBOY

God knows what the deal is with the American remake of Oldboy, as i havent looked it up for ages, considering how much it offends me, but i have always thought, that if it were done, as most popular foreign films are, Mr Oldman here should play the main character. The original actor reminded me of him a hell of a lot, and seeing how the role is pretty messed up i think Oldman would be great. Not Nic Fucking Cage.
God knows what the deal is with the American remake of Oldboy, as i havent looked it up for ages, considering how much it offends me, but i have always thought, that if it were done, as most popular foreign films are, Mr Oldman here should play the main character. The original actor reminded me of him a hell of a lot, and seeing how the role is pretty messed up i think Oldman would be great. Not Nic Fucking Cage.
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5:38AM on 06/26/2007

Screw That!

The man knows he is going to get award winning roles as he ages and I hope to god he sticks with the Batman Franchise until the end.
The man knows he is going to get award winning roles as he ages and I hope to god he sticks with the Batman Franchise until the end.
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4:02AM on 06/26/2007

yeah right

ok.if i had a doller for every actor that said they were giving up acting i would be rich.he won`t.
ok.if i had a doller for every actor that said they were giving up acting i would be rich.he won`t.
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3:16AM on 06/26/2007
It is indeed a sad day if this is true, I may weep a little
It is indeed a sad day if this is true, I may weep a little
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3:02AM on 06/26/2007
be it a rumor or actual factual news....hes an excellent actor with one of the widest ranges ive ever seen on someone. the guy can play literally ANYTHING. if his retirement does come up, well, the best of luck to him. and going on the batman thing, i would really love to see him continuing the role of gordon...just promise us one thing gary...dont go into retirement in a shitty way like sean connery did *cough* league of extraordinary gentlemen *cough*...
be it a rumor or actual factual news....hes an excellent actor with one of the widest ranges ive ever seen on someone. the guy can play literally ANYTHING. if his retirement does come up, well, the best of luck to him. and going on the batman thing, i would really love to see him continuing the role of gordon...just promise us one thing gary...dont go into retirement in a shitty way like sean connery did *cough* league of extraordinary gentlemen *cough*...
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