NOT YOUNG ANYMORE! Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman hints at retirement as he doesn't want to work when he is 80

In a recent interview, Gary Oldman noted that he is ready take retirement from acting career once the Apple TV+ show 'Slow Horses' ends

NOT YOUNG ANYMORE! Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman hints at retirement as he doesn't want to work when he is 80
Gary Oldman attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors of all time and he has the credentials to prove how extraordinary he is as an artist. The English actor began his acting career in 1979 and has given several award-worthy performances throughout his career. However, it seems the actor feels that it’s time to draw curtains on his career and is thinking of taking retirement from acting in the near future.

The 'Mank' star began his journey in feature films in 1982 when he was cast as Daniel in the British drama movie ‘Remembrance’. Oldman told the whole world by storm with his impeccable performance in the 1990 neo-noir crime film ‘State of Grace’. Since then, the actor has been a part of some of the biggest movies in Hollywood’s history and established himself as one of the finest actors of this generation. However, it seems we might see Oldman ‘hanging it up’ really soon.

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In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the 64-year-old superstar noted that he might be taking a step back from acting really soon and retiring after his latest Apple TV+ series, ‘Slow Horses’, is over. The first season premiered in April and was renewed for another season by the streaming service, which is scheduled to premiere on Apple TV+ in December 2022.

During the conversation, Oldman revealed that he has had an “enviable career” and doesn’t want to be acting in acting when he is 80. He added, “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. I’m 65 next year, and 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80.”

The ‘Woman in the Window’ star also stated he wants to quit acting after his stint as Jackson Lamb is over on ‘Slow Horses’. He added, “I’d be very happy and honored and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] — and then hang it up.”

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Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina in a still from 'Prick Up Your Ears' (Curzon Artificial Eye)
Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina in a still from 'Prick Up Your Ears' (Curzon Artificial Eye)

Oldman has been a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry since the beginning and from his very first stage performance, everyone felt like he was destined to be a great actor.  The actor garnered recognition with his role in the 1987 movie ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.  Meanwhile, in 1998, he showed everyone that he was more than just an actor and directed his first-ever movie, titled ‘Nil by Mouth’. The movie went on to win Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTAs. In 2001, he received his first-ever nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Award for the movie ‘The Contender’ in the Supporting Role category.

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Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon in 'The Dark Knight Rises' (Warner Bros)
Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon in 'The Dark Knight Rises' (Warner Bros)

In 2004, he played playing the role of iconic ‘Harry Potter’ character Sirius Black in the third movie of the franchise, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’. The actor received a lot of praise for his acting and earned him a lot of recognition. However, Oldman became a worldwide sensation when he was cast as James Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. This particular role made him a sensation in pop culture. On the other hand, 2012’s spy thriller movie ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ made him earn his first Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards. However, he had to wait for six more years to finally get his hands on the beautiful trophy. He won the Best Actor accolade for his epic portrayal of Winston Churchill in the war drama film ‘The Darkest Hour’.

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Actor Gary Oldman, winner of the Best Actor award for 'Darkest Hour,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Gary Oldman, winner of the Best Actor award for 'Darkest Hour,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Oldman will be next seen in Nolan’s upcoming biographical film ‘Oppenheimer’ alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Casey Affleck and Kenneth Branagh.

The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on July 21, 2023.

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