Why Gary Oldman almost turned down his Oscar-winning Churchill role
Oldman won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Darkest Hour'
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Gary Oldman almost turned down his Oscar-winning role as Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’, a recent interview reveals. Before the 90th Academy Awards, Oldman spoke at a Hollywood event that celebrated British talent in show business. He told the BBC it was a “privilege and an honour” to play Churchill, but the actor wasn’t always sold. “It wasn't an immediate yes”, Oldman told the BBC, “because he’s been played so successfully... you wonder what you can add to the gallery”.
The former Prime Minister has been played by many talented actors in dozens of films and TV shows. Recently, Churchill has been played by Brian Cox in ‘Churchill’, Timothy Spall in ‘The King’s Speech’, and John Lithgow in ‘The Crown’.
In his emotional acceptance speech, Oldman honoured the man he portrayed. “I would just like to salute Sir Winston Churchill who has been marvellous company in what can be described as a fantastic journey”, Oldman said.
To check out Oldman’s acceptance speech at this year’s Oscars, head over to ABC’s YouTube channel.
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