Sirius Black actor Gary Oldman has recently offered a self-critique of his performance in the Harry Potter franchise. The acclaimed actor, known for his role as Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, in the movies, expressed the view that his portrayal of the character was “mediocre.” It’s worth noting that Oldman’s Apple TV+ series, Slow Horses, made a return for its third season in November.
Oldman shared these comments during his appearance on the most recent episode of Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. “I think my work is mediocre in it,” he said, adding that he thinks he could have played the role “differently.”
Oldman continued by suggesting that his approach might have been different had he read the books by J.K. Rowling before taking on his role in the films. Reflecting on this, he remarked, “Maybe if I had read the books like Alan, if I had got ahead of the curve, if I had known what’s coming, I honestly think I would have played it differently.” He referred to the late Alan Rickman, who portrayed Severus Snape in the franchise, as an example of someone who approached the role with prior knowledge from the books.
Oldman became part of the Harry Potter franchise in 2004, making his debut in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He reprised his role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and also made a cameo appearance in the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
“It’s like anything, if I sat and watched myself in something and said, ‘My god, I’m amazing,’ that would be a very sad day,” said Oldman. “Because you want to make the next thing better.”
Sirius Black Actor Thanks Harry Potter Franchise
In an interview with Drew Barrymore, Oldman appreciated the franchise. He said that both Harry Potter and the Dark Knight trilogy helped him in life.
“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,” Oldman told Barrymore.
“At 42 years old, I woke up divorced and I had custody of these boys and so that, in itself, was… That was hard because there was a shift in the industry where a lot of productions were being [filmed in] — it was Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all of these places,” he added.
Oldman detailed the lengths he went to balance his family commitments and the demanding schedule of filming the Dark Knight trilogy. He recounted making as many as 27 round trips between his home in Los Angeles and the film’s production in London to ensure he could spend time with his children amid his hectic work schedule.