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21st Nov 2022

Gary Oldman admits he’s considering retiring from acting

Charlie Herbert

He said he’d be happy if his current role was his last

British acting legend Gary Oldman has hinted that he is considering retiring from acting.

Over a career spanning more than four decades, Oldman has become one of the most respected names in British acting.

The 64-year-old has starred in blockbuster film series such as the Harry Potter and Dark Knight films, and received a number of awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor in 2017 for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

He is currently starring in Apple TV’s Slow Horses, the second season of which drops on December 2.

But it sounds like the actor is starting to think about bringing the curtain down on his glittering career, and has said he’d be quite happy for his role in Slow Horses to be his final one.

Speaking to the Sunday Times ahead of this new season, Oldman said: “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; 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80.

I’d be very happy and honoured and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his Slow Horses character] – and then hang it up.”

Oldman starred as James Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy…
… and as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films

There’s no need to worry just yet though, as Oldman has already signed up for at least two more series of the thriller, according to Deadline.

Oldman is also set to team up with Christopher Nolan again for Oppenheimer, a film about the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb that will also star Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, and Emily Blunt.

This is due to be released in July 2023, and will see Oldman play President Truman in the historical drama.

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