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Gary Oldman talks to Movieline about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tom Hardy, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Well, the more life you’ve lived the more you have, I guess. The memories and experiences to share. Especially with younger actors who are coming up and it’s all happening for them, in that respect. I look at Tom Hardy and I remember being there, in that moment.
Speaking of Tom Hardy, you’ve worked quite a bit with him of late – or at least have been on the same projects.
Yes — not physically worked with him, but obviously in Tinker… and then on The Wettest County in the World, and of course Batman. Yeah. It’s been the year of Oldman-Hardy. He’s a nice guy. He’s a talent, Tom.
Like doing yoga?
Yeah! It’s like coming into work and you’re in a scene and you don’t have to rush it. [Sits back serenely, a la Smiley] You know, Tom Hardy’s getting all emotional and doing all the work for me and I just quietly sit there in the chair and sit back and say, ‘Tell me what happened.’ [Laughs]
Tom Hardy once compared the Dark Knight franchise to a Starbucks, which I suppose is to acknowledge that it’s a mainstream attraction that is everywhere and ubiquitous. How would you describe the franchise?
Well really, they are all individual films. They’re all linked and connected, and there’s an arc there over the trilogy. But there are such spaces in between. I never saw it quite like… I don’t quite know what he meant by that. I guess you are in a movie that, even lovely Matthew Modine said to me, ‘It’s such a relief that you’re in a movie that people are going to go see.’ You know that millions of people are going to go see it, and there’s an expectation, anticipation for it. But they were all their own movie. So you’d do the first one and you had two or three years off, then you did the second one and had three years off, over eight years or however long it’s taken. So I saw them as their own experience. And they’re like any other movie, really. They have a little more money than other movies, but Chris [Nolan] doesn’t work any differently on the Batman, I think, than he would onMemento. But it promises to be very… I’m intrigued to see it. I’m intrigued to see this one.
Do you have less of a sense of what the end product will be than you did with Tinker?
Less with Tinker, because you never really know. We all went in thinking we had something special, we had great material, but the component that was missing was the audience. We didn’t know if people would go see it. Then it became very successful in the U.K., and there was an audience for it. But Batman, Dark Knight Rises, is a little different. The audience is there, and in numbers. But I don’t think it’ll disappoint.
Jessica Chastain with The Playlist on The Wettest County in the World:
”Oh, my, I think it is going to be such a great film. I haven’t seen it yet, but I had, like, the front row seat for the performances… Because, you know, I’m acting opposite Guy Pearce and Tom Hardy and Shia…And the work that Shia does in this film is not like anything I’ve ever seen him do. I play Maggie. She’s this gun moll from Chicago and she goes on the run — no one really knows why, she’s this mysterious woman — she ends up in Franklin County, this storefront with these three brothers and she asks for a job. So then you have the element of these men who never had a woman around, and she’s, um, used to being around a lot of men, so it’s a very fun dynamic. Most of my scenes are with Tom [Hardy]. There’s a love story. It’s fun because he plays a man who has no idea how to even talk to a woman, and so their roles are kind of reversed, she has this masculine energy, and he, well he doesn’t have feminine energy, but he has this shyness, it’s really a fun dynamic. Nick Cave wrote the script and the music is INSANE, and I’m going to see it when I get back to LA, so I’m excited to see what they did in the editing room.”
And finally, George Miller to MovieHole.net on Mad Max: Fury Road:
Every time we meet it seems we talk “Mad Max Fury Road” and then something happens to derail the project.
Yeah. It’s Mad Max [Laughs]. Every time we try, it doesn’t happen. But that’s something that happens [with movies]. This time it was rain. And we were going to shoot out of Broken Hill. And what was once a flat wasteland, is now a flower garden virtually. And it’s beautiful, beautiful by the way. Good for everybody, good for the country, not good for Mad Max. So we’re heading out next year [to South Africa], middle of next year, to do it.
Tom Hardy. Brilliant choice as Max. He’s a fantastic actor.
Yeah, he is quite something. He’s going to be terrific in the role. It’s going to be interesting to see the sort of work he does, yeah.