Gary Oldman took on the role of career intelligence officer George Smiley in the 2011 remake. The role was initially taken on by Sir Alec Guinness. Oldman said that this role took a toll on his mental health.
The actor spoke during a masterclass with the ‘Darkest Hour’ producer Douglas Urbanski and said that ‘I had let it get to a point where it was going to crush me. It almost gave me a bloody nervous breakdown; I was so caught up in fear of this.’
But, it seems that the actor’s fears were eradicated when he started filming.
‘I did the first scene, and once I had opened my mouth and started doing it, I said to myself, ‘I know where I am. I’m on a set, and I’m acting’,’ he stated.
Oldman also said that he believes self-doubt is important for actors.
‘I think it will be a sad day to be able to watch yourself and say, ‘I think I’m fantastic in this.’ Having doubt and insecurity is a good thing, but you can’t let it paralyze you,’ Oldman said.
He also said that Churchill was going to take every molecule of his being to pull off. He stated that you cannot always just sit around and wait for a massive role to come to you. For this to happen, you have to work hard.
Oldman’s son has defended his father in the middle of the re-surfacing of the domestic abuse allegations. After Gary’s win of an Oscar, Gulliver Oldman, his son, claimed his father had done nothing but be a tremendous father figure throughout his life.