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Gary Oldman in 2012's Lawless movieA personality focus of Gary Oldman on Brusimm.com: There are times when a light goes off when watching a particular actor.  In most cases it might be someone who has clawed their way to the top and you recognize from one of those moments when they were a teen in a small part from some bygone day.

But when you look at Gary Oldman, one must sometimes dig deep to try to remember him from anything he’s done before.  And I say that with the utmost respect for the man, because as far as I can tell, there aren’t that many actors who have portrayed such a rich and colorful expanse of characters through the years as Gary Oldman has.

Gary Oldman in The Book of Eli movieTo me, Gary is the consummate career actor and he’s proven that he’s not afraid to tackle any genre.  Because of his diversity, he’s not an actor that you can typecast in your mind.  And as time goes on, when I see his name attached to a movie, I stop and consider that movie as something I’m going to watch because he always brings his “A” game.

Right now, if the name of Gary Oldman comes up, you probably think of Commissioner Gordon from The Dark Knight movies from Christopher Nolan.  Or maybe the master spy from Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy.  But the man, through the years, has played characters in almost 60 different movies since 1982.  And unlike many actors ,who more or less create predictable (but likable) character portrayals, he can be something different every time, so you don’t know what to expect.

Gary Oldman, Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight movie

The characters he’s played range across the board like borderline psychotics, spies, reluctant secondary heroes or iconic characterizations.  It’s quite amazing.  Despite what I’ve seen of him, he continues to surprise me.  He’s done so many roles and has changed his appearance in such ways that sometimes he’s not recognizable as himself.  And unlike many actors who don’t necessarily change as much between roles, Coleman’s various incarnations are always amazing to see.

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