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Actor Gary Oldman Interview

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Film Critic Chuck Koplinski interviews actor Gary Oldman about his latest role in "Darkest Hour" Video: Actor Gary Oldman Interview
Film Critic Chuck Koplinski interviews actor Gary Oldman about his latest role in "Darkest Hour" Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:45:19 +0000 Actor Gary Oldman Interview Film Critic Chuck Koplinski interviews actor Gary Oldman about his latest role in "Darkest Hour" WCIA >> latest role portrays one of the great leaders of world war ii. british prime minister, winston churchill. chuck koplinski sat down with gary oldman and discovered what it was like to become winston churchill. >> i would imagine getting to the key of a figure like churchill is to find the human qualities about him. the small things. what was it you found provided you that key? what did you find out about him that surprised you? >> is a phenomenon. what i did is went through the newsreels and watch a lot of footage of him in that time period. what i discovered was that he was a man that was dynamic. has a lot of energy. was cherubic. had a sparkle in his high and a sense of humor. we have an idea of who churchill was, i don't know how much of that is influenced by other actors that have played him. or we think we know him. to go and study, really look at the material and the footage on him. was a revelation. it was an eye-opener. >> i would imagine the moments in the screenplay which we see his sense of humor werehelpful as well. that really humanize him in powerful moments i thought . >> to be up against hitler, and it was for many, in hindsight which i guess is how we look at history. now it appears a no-brainer. because of what we know about hitler. but at that time, the pacifism was universal. people didn't want war. they were born weary. they thought they would never be another war after the catastrophe and the tragedy of the first world war. so there was this figure who made himself at times, unpopular. but he had a real instinct and a real gut feeling about this man. if it wasn't hard enough at doing that, he also had a cabinet that was resistant to him as well. that to me, that's what i liked about the screenplay. it wasn't an entire life. it was just five weeks, a snapshot of this very specific time period. and i had not realized how close we came. >> seems to me as i was watching the film, so if you churchill like men on the national stage today. have you thought about why that is? are they there and just pushed to the back because we like to concentrate on the negative? >> i think leadership that he had, in one way or another, was sort of constantly - - not necessarily anchored to today. but older generations before. were always looking for that be it man or woman. i think we've always been looking for it. there just doesn't seem to be any middle anymore. there's over here on the right, on the left and then i don't know where the middle is anymore. but, i think if the film - - that's good if it makes you think about those issues of leadership. didn't set out to make anything topical or relevant. often you go into a film, it was this time last year we were shooting. things in the world - - you know what i mean? it all shifted while one is making the film. it's hard to take the temperature of something and then say okay, we are going to so long.ilm about it. we never knew for instance that dunkirk was in the works. because nolan keeps projects tightly held and very secretive. as it turns out, they make a lovely box set. they really complement one another. so that was - - but we didn't know - - then there was gleason. the michael - - it's the oldest thing isn't it? you've got someone who has a book on the shelf in their bookstore for years and years. someone comes in and buys a book. over the next month, 10 people say, have you

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