Gary Oldman is ready for a break and some time to rest. The actor who was in The Dark Knight says he’s fine with retiring after his latest project is done. He says he has interests outside of business that he’d like to focus on. Slow Horses on AppleTV+, which stars Gary Oldman, is a spy thriller that will soon start its second season. Slow Horses, which is based on a series of books by Mick Herron, has already been picked up for a third and fourth season by the streaming service, but it’s not clear if Gary Oldman will still be a part of the show at that point.
I’ve had an enviable career, but careers wane, and I do have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young, you think you’re going to get round to doing all of them — read that book — then the years go by,
the actor said.
I’m 65 next year; 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I’d be very happy and honoured and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] — and then hang it up.
The first season of the show was based on Slow Horses by Herron, and the second season will be based on Dead Lions. It’s not clear if the series will keep adapting the books in the order they were written or if things will change.
Well with a real-life character, if you take someone like Joe Orton (from 1987’s Prick Up Your Ears), even Oswald, there are family members who are still around. So, you with a fictional character you can take it, you’re at liberty, you have the freedom to take it places,
Oldman said previously.
You could get a fictional character and decide to have, I don’t know, orange hair and do things with it that you have the freedom to do. When you when you’re playing a real-life character or someone who has lived, I think there’s a certain obligation that you have towards the family of the people who are still around. I feel that there’s a sense of responsibility. I mean when we were doing Darkest Hour, there was one day when I think it was 17 or 18 of the Churchill family came to the set and, you know you want to do them proud.
But I felt that that’s been, that may be a responsibility I’ve taken on and is, you know, maybe it really doesn’t matter. But I do, I do feel you can go places with a fictional character that can’t necessarily (do elsewhere).