“I sorta shook him up a bit”: Oppenheimer Star Gary Oldman Made Harry Potter Actor Cry On Set After Getting Physical With Him During a Scene

“I sorta shook him up a bit”: Oppenheimer Star Gary Oldman Made Harry Potter Actor Cry On Set After Getting Physical With Him During a Scene
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Gary Oldman has gained recognition over the years for his intense acting methods. He exudes a level of versatility that cannot easily be replicated. It takes decades to master the perfection the 65-year-old Oscar-winning star is renowned for. For Oldman, however, we see it in most endeavors that feature him. His dedication to authentically portraying Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour substantiates the claim. This isn’t the first time the actor’s expertise has wowed us all.

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English actor Gary Oldman
English actor Gary Oldman

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Oldman has starred in other notable pursuits where his transformations—on both a physical and visceral level—have left a long-lasting impression on movie-goers. The Oppenheimer alum’s range cannot be denied! But what happens when an experienced individual like Oldman meets an up-and-coming teen superstar learning the complexities of his craft? What happens when the latter cannot elicit darker, intense emotions to depict an intricate scenario on-screen?

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Well, that is when Oldman decides to shake things up a bit. Literally.

Garry Oldman Had An Impact On A Star-struck Daniel Radcliffe’s Acting

Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Oldman starred as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter film franchise. Leading actor Daniel Radcliffe has revealed on multiple occasions the admiration he felt for the Hannibal star. Despite working with other renowned performers in the famed film series, he claimed in one interview that he was especially star-struck by Gary Oldman. There have been tales of the two stars’ close bond, with their off-screen relationship often mirroring their on-screen one.

Radcliffe had the following to state (via MTV News) about the versatile Oscar-winning star’s artistic influence:

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“He’s always somebody who—just from being around, I don’t know whether it is from some kind of quite pure and childish desire to want to impress him or out of the fact that he just gets something out of me—having him around for some reason on the fifth film was such an amazing thing for me as an actor.”

Daniel Radcliffe admired Gary Oldman
Daniel Radcliffe admired Gary Oldman!

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The effect of Oldman on Radcliffe’s performance was both subconscious and direct. The senior actor’s impact was highlighted during the filming of a sequence that required Daniel Radcliffe, who was 15 back then, to display heavy emotions over a tragedy his character had encountered. The young actor was traversing a trajectory in Harry Potter’s journey, which necessitated tapping into a level of maturity he had not explored before.

It was Gary Oldman who came to the Guns Akimbo star’s rescue. Alas, his method of evoking such feelings was sufficiently frightening to cause the latter to curl up like a baby.

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Gary Oldman’s Intense Acting Trick That Terrified Daniel Radcliffe

Gary Oldman made Daniel Radcliffe cry!
Gary Oldman made Daniel Radcliffe cry!

In separate interviews, both performers recalled when Oldman assisted Radcliffe in channeling his intense emotions for a complex performance. The 34-year-old actor’s retelling divulged how the senior actor had taken hold of him, shaking him, while screaming. He commented the following to MTV News:

“It’s kind of hard to find that level when you’re 15. But he [Gary Oldman] came up to me and said, ‘Do you mind if we get a bit intense?’ And then he came towards me. I thought he was going to hold me, but he shook me and screamed at me! So hard that when he let me go, I almost fell. I wanted to go crawl up in a fetal position. And then he said, ‘Throw your head back and scream.’ And it worked.”

When Gary Oldman appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the talk show host seemingly referenced this incident, asking the actor whether he made his young co-star cry. The Oscar-winning talent claimed, “That is true.” He further disclosed that Daniel Radcliffe was experiencing difficulty with an emotional scene. To help the young actor out, Oldman first sought the director’s opinion, claiming that he had an idea that could work.

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Gary Oldman shook things up a bit…

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The rest unfolded in the following manner:

“I said to the director, ‘Look, I’ve got an idea. Let me kind of physicalize it a bit. So, I sort of shook him [Daniel Radcliffe] up a bit, you know?”

Conan O’Brien queried, “Did you warn him that was going to happen?” Oldman replied, “Kind of.” Despite being an intense strategy, it worked to Radcliffe’s advantage. The young actor was reduced to tears and could effectively channel his inner turmoil and reflect it on his character.

This anecdote demonstrates not just the close bond between the two performers, with Oldman taking on the mantle of a mentor figure, but also the senior actor’s aptitude as a performer. His impact extends beyond the characters he portrays. Even his co-actors benefit from his intense yet effective strategies! It’s no wonder that Gary Oldman is universally praised.

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Source: MTV News and Late Night with Conan O’Brien

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