Wednesday, 23 March 2011

My 5 favourite... Gary Oldman good guys

Although better known for playing the villain, he's played nice guys too. Thought I'd take this opportunity to highlight some of those roles. Here are my 5 favourites;
Sirius Black (Harry Potter series) Harry Potter's godfather who spent many years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Is able transform into a big black dog. Brave and loyal, he also looks quite dapper in a smart suit.

Jim Gordon (Christopher Nolan's Batman films) One of the few good policemen left in Gotham who haven't been corrupted, he is an ally to Batman in his fight against the criminals in the city. He is promoted to Police Commissioner in The Dark Knight after he assists in capturing the Joker.

Rosencrantz (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) One of the minor characters from the play Hamlet who is the focus of this film's events. Oldman shows off a great talent for comedy and a masterful command of the very wordy script. 

Ben Chase (Criminal Law) A lawyer who defends a man (Kevin Bacon) accused of murder and gets him let off, only to discover that he was guilty. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse ensues, with the lawyer trying to put things right and stop the killer before he can strike again. One of Gary's earliest films. 

O.W. Grant (Interstate 60) A kind of genie who grants one wish per person. It's a great performance and a quirky, memorable character. He rides a bicycle, wears a bowtie and smokes a pipe in the shape of a monkey's head. A little-known but enjoyable film, and Gary steals the show.

So those are my favourites, who are yours? Drop me a comment.


  1. He' such a fantastic actor. I recently did a favourite actors who play villains and anti-heroes post on him. Oddly enough, Sirius Black was there in it. I love Gordon!

  2. Oh that's a dashing photo of Mr. Sirius Black! He's definitely one of my fave HP characters because he played him. I hope he plays more good guys in the future :)

  3. much prefer Gary Oldman's bad guys; Leon and The Book Of Eli.

  4. Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors in the world and I find his every role to be wonderful, whether it's a good or bad character. The above list contains two of my favourites; Sirius Black and Rosencrantz.

    I recently created a post about Oldman's best characters and those two are included. My all time favourite 'good' character though would have to be Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale.

  5. Great post! It's refreshing to see someone acknowledging Gary's many wonderful non-villain roles. He's masturful at both good and evil


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