Gary Oldman explains his take on his Harry Potter character Sirius Black

He appeared in Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Gary Oldman explains his take on his Harry Potter character Sirius Black

Attending the press conference for his new film Parthenope at the Cannes Film Festival, Gary Oldman clarified his opinion about his performance in the Harry Potter films. In 2023, Oldman said on the podcast Happy Sad Confused that his performance in the franchise for Sirius Black was "mediocre." Clarifying it during the press conference, Oldman stated that he never meant to “disparage anyone out there who are fans of ‘Harry Potter’ and the films and the character who I think is much beloved.”

He continued, “What I meant by that is, as any artist or any actor or painter, you are always hypercritical of your own work. If you’re not, and you’re satisfied with what you’re doing, that would be death to me. If I watched a performance of myself and thought, ‘My God, I’m fantastic in this,’ that would be a sad day (sic).”

"There was such secrecy that was shrouded around the novels, they were under lock and key. And had I known from the very beginning, if I had read the five books and I had seen the arc of the character, I might have approached it differently. I may have looked at it differently and painted in a different color. So when I started ‘Harry Potter,’ all I had was the book, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ and that one representation of that man. One book in the library of Sirius Black. And that’s kind of what I meant by it. It’s not me looking at the movie and saying it’s a terrible film or I’m terrible, I just wish it had been under different circumstances. That’s what I meant, not to be rude to any of the people out there who like that film (sic).”

Parthenope stars Oldman as American novelist John Cheever, and it shows its director Paolo Sorrentino's deep affection for his native Naples.

Oldman appeared in Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

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