The great Gary Oldman, one of our very favorite actors, turns 55 years old today, and while there’s much to celebrate about the actor — his tremendous range, his chameleonic physical versatility, the ease with which he juggles small and large films, the flawlessness of his American accent — we have to say that our favorite thing about him is the skill and intensity with which he goes insane onscreen. It happens fairly reliably across his filmography, and it’s always worth waiting for, so in celebration of Mr. Oldman’s birthday, we assembled a few of our favorite instances of the actor going bananas. Check it out after the jump.
CREDITS Edited by Jason Bailey Music by Eric Serra
CLIPS Air Force One (1997, Wolfgang Petersen) The Book of Eli (2010, The Hughes Brothers) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, Francis Ford Coppola) Dead Fish (2004, Charley Stadler) The Fifth Element (1997, Luc Besson) Hannibal (2001, Ridley Scott) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, Alfonso Cuarón) Immortal Beloved (1994, Bernard Rose) Lawless (2012, John Hillcoat) Leon (1994, Luc Besson) Meantime (1984, Mike Leigh) Murder in the First (1995, Marc Rocco) Rain Fall (2009, Max Mannix) Red Riding Hood (2011, Catherine Hardwicke) Romeo Is Bleeding (1993, Peter Medak) The Scarlet Letter (1995, Roland Joffe) Sid and Nancy (1986, Alex Cox) State of Grace (1990, Phil Joanou) True Romance (1993, Tony Scott) The Unborn (2009, David S. Goyer)