“As a kid, I used to dress up all the time. I watched Batman on the TV and then searched out my mother’s wide ’60s patent leather belt. I took it, stuck cigarette packets on it, painted it yellow and turned it into a utility belt. Of course, these days, I make a living by pretending to be someone else. And that’s the fun of it - you’re using your imagination and dressing up like a kid playing. And costume is so important for an actor. It absolutely helps to get into character; it’s the closest thing to you, it touches you. Some actors like to go into make-up and then put their clothes on, but I like to dress first; that’s my routine.”

I don’t bring the work home. That’s because I do the work up front. I prepare. Once you find the character and take it around the block a few times, the engine will always be warm. You just need to rev it up. You’re not turning the key cold. You can finish a day, leave it at work, go home, and help the kids with their homework.”


The legendary Gary Oldman performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live

That’s called acting. You feel the emotion? Heh, I can do that. You can’t.

Photographed by Lionel Deluy

Gary Oldman by Deverill Weekes

Great to remember Heath at that moment. Wonderful to see Heath Ledger there.

I didn’t do drugs. It wasn’t my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it’s like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.