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“I don’t want to be active when I’m 80”: Gary Oldman Reveals He’s Retiring From Acting After an ‘Enviable’ Career, Wants to Focus on Other Things in Life After 40 Illustrious Years

Gary Oldman Reveals He’s Retiring From Acting

Gary Oldman, who is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, is considering retiring after his current project Slow Horses runs 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 the Christian Bale starring Batman trilogy. The actor in all his glory has also been on the receiving end of many awards for his talent.

Oldman is currently playing the role of Jackson Lamb in the television series Slow Horses streaming on Apple TV+.

Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman

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Gary Oldman considers retirement from acting career

Gary Oldman, who had quite a career as an actor in the film industry is considering retiring after his show, Slow Horses where he plays the main character Jackson Lamb is completed. While the series has a season 2 yet to release and two more seasons signed to film, it is still uncertain as to when the Lawless actor would take a step back from acting.

Gary Oldman as George Smiley
Gary Oldman as George Smiley

The Academy award-winner actor has shared his feelings about retiring in an interview with Sunday Times, claiming he has other interests he would like to work on.

“I’ve had an enviable career, but careers wane, and I do have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young, you think you’re going to get round to doing all of them — read that book — then the years go by,” the actor mentioned to The Sunday Times. “I’m 65 next year; 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I’d be very happy and honoured and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] — and then hang it up.”

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Slow Horses is a namesake adaptation of Mick Herron’s novel which is a part of a series entitled Slough House. The second season of the series is said to be adapted from the second book in the series Dead Lions.

Gary Oldman’s Journey as an actor

Gary Oldman, who debuted in the film industry in 1982 with Remembrance may not be aware he had chosen a career that would pay him the utmost respect and fame over the years. The actor’s appearance in the play Saved proved 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 British”s greatest honors- the Time Out Fringe Award for Best Newcomer, and the Drama Theatre Award for Best Actor. The actor’s great versatility was observed by many after his roles in Sid and Nancy and Prick Up Ears. United States film critic Roger Ebert commented on his versatility, writing,

“There is no point of similarity between the two performances; like a few gifted actors, [Oldman] is able to re-invent himself for every role. On the basis of these two movies, he is the best young British actor around.”

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

In 2004, Gary Oldman became a part of the Harry Potter franchise starring in the role of Sirius Black which earned the actor a name among the younger audience as well. The actor’s guest role in Friends as Richard Crosby earned him an Emmy award nomination as well. The actor was even a part of the Batman trilogy, playing the role of James Gordon, an honest police officer.

Gary Oldman is currently playing the main character in the television 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 to be released on December 2, 2022.

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Source: Comicbook

Written by Saif Madre