His career has seen him play roles in ‘Léon: The Professional’, ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘True Romance’
When you think of British actors in Hollywood, you won’t find many better than Gary Oldman, a man recently recognised by Ranker as the best actor to never win an Academy Award.
But what about his life? Well, growing up in south London, as a teenager he studied with the Young People’s Theatre in Greenwich while he worked jobs on assembly lines, as a porter in an operating theatre, selling shoes and beheading pigs in an abattoir.
He has been a fixture on the acting scene since he broke through on stage with roles in the late 70s as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company [ . . . ]
Far more hopeless and disenfranchising than any dystopic sci-fi flick at its most muck and mired could be, Mike Leigh’s 1984 drama Meantime is a cold and cruel look at a few days in the life of a family on the dole at the height of Thatcher’s Britain. Barely living in a squalid public-housing flat that is literally falling apart, put-upon mother Mavis (Pam Ferris) is the only one in the house with a job, while feckless father Frank (Jeff Robert) and sons Colin (Tim Roth) and Mark (Phil Daniels) mostly lounge about watching television, occasionally popping around to the pub to score drinks off pals and bum a few smokes while doing it. [ . . . ] Read complete review at Fowler’s Flix