Subscription Subscription
Home > Entertainment News > Hollywood News > Article > Gary Oldman expresses gratitude for Harry Potter Batman series says they saved him

Gary Oldman expresses gratitude for 'Harry Potter', 'Batman' series, says they saved him

Updated on: 17 December,2023 07:35 AM IST  |  Washington

Actor Gary Oldman expressed his gratitude for the 'Harry Potter' and 'Batman' film franchises for saving his career, reported Variety

Gary Oldman expresses gratitude for 'Harry Potter', 'Batman' series, says they saved him

Gary Oldman. Pic/AFP

Legendary English actor Gary Oldman expressed his gratitude for the 'Harry Potter' and 'Batman' film franchises for saving his career, reported Variety. The actor appeared on 'The Drew Barrymore Show' where he talked about the downfall in his career and his role as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series and James "Jim" Gordon in 'The Dark Knight Trilogy' which made him a fan favorite and saved him, both in his career and his personal life.

"At 42 years old, I woke up divorced and I had custody of [my] boys," Oldman said. "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." "Thank God for 'Harry Potter,'" he said. "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."

During the production of Christopher Nolan's first Batman film, 2005's "Batman Begins," Oldman flew back and forth from his home in Los Angeles to the film's London set to continue raising his children following his divorce. "When we did the first Batman..London doubled for Gotham. I did 27 round trips of flying back from LA," Oldman said. "I'd fly in for a day. I'd 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."

According to Variety, Oldman has two sons with Donya Fiorentino, whom he was married to from 1997 to 2001. During the pair's divorce, Oldman was accused of domestic assault. A judge then gave Oldman custody of their two sons after dismissing Fiorentino's abuse claims. The allegations resurfaced in 2018 amid Oldman's Oscar win for best actor ("Darkest Hour") after Fiorentino congratulated the Academy for honouring an abuser. Oldman's son Gulliver published an open letter defending his father.

"It has been troubling and painful to see these false allegations against my father being written about again, especially after this was all settled years ago," Gulliver wrote. "There is good reason that these specific articles and accusations subsided years ago." Gulliver called Oldman his "one and true guiding light" and "only hero," adding that he was "granted the good graces" to be raised by only his father, reported Variety.

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

"Exciting news! Mid-day is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!

Register for FREE
to continue reading !

This is not a paywall.
However, your registration helps us understand your preferences better and enables us to provide insightful and credible journalism for all our readers.

Mid-Day Web Stories

Mid-Day Web Stories

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK