Gary Oldman Credits 'Harry Potter' and 'Dark Knight' for Saving Him



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Gary Oldman Credits 'Harry Potter' and 'Dark Knight' for Saving Him
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Renowned actor Gary Oldman recently made a heartfelt appearance on "The Drew Barrymore Show," where he openly expressed his deep appreciation for the "Harry Potter" and "Batman" film franchises. Oldman credited these iconic franchises not only with rescuing his career but also with providing stability during a challenging phase in his personal life.

Before landing the roles of Sirius Black in the "Harry Potter" series and James "Jim" Gordon in the "Batman" series, Gary Oldman faced a difficult period in his career, with acting opportunities dwindling. He described this trying time, saying, "At 42 years old, I woke up divorced and I had custody of my boys.

That, in itself, was… that was hard because there was a shift in the industry where a lot of productions were being filmed in Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all of these places. So, I turned down a lot of work." Oldman went on to express his immense gratitude, stating, "Thank God for ‘Harry Potter.'

Thank God for ‘Harry Potter.' I tell you, the two - ‘Batman' and ‘Harry Potter' - really, they saved me because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids."

Dedication Amidst Divorce

During the filming of Christopher Nolan's inaugural Batman film, "Batman Begins" (2005), Oldman showcased his commitment to both his career and his family.

He frequently traveled between his home in Los Angeles and the film's London set to maintain an active role in raising his children following his divorce. Oldman recalled this period, revealing, "When we did the first Batman...London doubled for Gotham.

I did 27 round trips of flying back from LA. I'd fly in for a day, do a shoot a day. To Chris Nolan's credit...he stayed on schedule. I would go home for three days, come back for two, go home for a weekend, come back for a day…otherwise, I just felt my kids are being brought up by a nanny." Oldman's personal life has not been without its share of challenges, including his divorce from Donya Fiorentino in 2001, during which he was accused of domestic assault.

However, a judge later granted Oldman custody of their two sons after dismissing Fiorentino's abuse claims. In 2018, these allegations resurfaced in the wake of Oldman's Oscar win for Best Actor in "Darkest Hour." In response, Oldman's son Gulliver penned an open letter defending his father, asserting that the allegations had been settled years ago and expressing his unwavering support for him.

Gulliver referred to Gary Oldman as his "one and true guiding light" and "only hero," highlighting the profound impact his father had on his upbringing. This heartfelt statement served as a testament to the strength of their bond and the resilience of their family amidst adversity.