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Gary Oldman ready to retire: ‘Don’t want to be active when I’m 80’



The role in the TV series “Slow Horses” may be the actor’s last, he says himself in a new interview.

After 40 active years in the film world, with famous roles in the “Harry Potter” films and the “The Dark Knight” trilogy, Gary Oldman is beginning to see the end of his career. In a new interview, the British actor says that he feels ready to retire soon.

"I’ve had an enviable career, but careers ebb and flow, and I have other things that interest me beyond acting, Oldman told the Times.

The actor is currently featured in the TV series “Slow Horses”, the first season of which was released in the spring, where he plays the main character Jackson Lamb. Oldman, who has signed on for a total of four seasons of the spy thriller, says he would have felt satisfied if the role was his last acting career.

"I turn 65 next year, and 70 is just around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I would have been very happy, honored and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb, and then put an end to it.

Oldman made his film debut in 1982, in the drama “Remembrance”, and had his breakthrough a couple of years later with the one title role in “Sid & Nancy”. During his career, he has been praised for his performances in films such as “Léon” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, as well as being awarded an Oscar for the lead role in “Darkest Hour”. In recent years, he has been featured in, among other things, the David Fincher drama “Mank”.

Before Oldman retires from acting, however, we’ll see him reunite with Christopher Nolan for a role in the historical drama Oppenheimer, which hits theaters next summer. Most recently, the actor can be seen in the second season of “Slow Horses”, which premieres on Apple TV+ on December 2.


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