My Fun Gary Oldman Interview for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Independent Films, Talk Shows, Movie Reviews, Interviews
I was nervous to meet Gary Oldman, I did not know how he would be in person, or gosh, how he would react to me HA! But to my surprise, he was funny, and was ready to play along. So we played, but we also ruminated on the excellent of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Oldman gave a wonderfully subdued performance as George Smiley, the principal spy looking for a mole. It is fitting that he’s being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.
And Oldman gave me the best quote ever when I asked him how he was, he said, “I’m much better for seeing you!” Yay!
In this interview, we talked about:
*** How happy he was that the producers went to him “first” to offer the role of Smiley. Normally, the actor said, he was the second or third choice, but this time around, he was the first!
*** How did he make sure that his take on the famous George Smiley character would be different from performances by other actors who have played the role before?
*** Did he put on some pounds to play the character?
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.
Genres: Adaptation and Thriller
Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.
Release Date: December 9th, 2011
MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.
Distributors: Focus Features
U.S. Box Office: $879,548
Cast and Credits
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner
Year of Production: 2011
Country: United States