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DP/30: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, actor Gary Oldman

And an earlier chat with Gary and his co-star Mark Strong.

5 Responses to “DP/30: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, actor Gary Oldman”

  1. sanj says:

    i liked the earlier chat better …

    this is way too serious interview . would be better to do these outside where he doesn’t look so evil.

  2. Tuck Pendelton says:

    Nicely done DP. Good interview.

  3. lily says:

    Oh, sanj. Always the ray of sunshine, aren’t you?

    This is a wonderful interview with a wonderful actor. He really lets you get a feel of what it means to be a professional actor :)

  4. DiscoNap says:

    He sounds almost American all the time now, you forget how long he’s been here. His accent at this point is flatter than Aiden Gillen’s much lamented voice on The Wire.

  5. Niklas says:

    Great interview. Very open and insightful. Thanks Gary and DP/30 for interviewing a great actor.

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DP/30

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Who are the critics speaking to?
Nobody seems able to answer the question of how you can make theatre criticism more appealing, more clickworthy. One answer is to be a goddamn flamethrower every week, be a bombthrower, to write scorched-earth reviews. Just be completely hedonistic and ego-driven in your criticism, become a master stylist, and treat everything in front of you onstage as fodder for your most delicious and vicious language. That’s one road. And people may enjoy your writing. The thing that’s sacrificed is any sense of a larger responsibility, and any aesthetic consistency. I don’t think anyone is following that model right now—just being a complete jerk.

Well, Rex Reed is still writing.
Ah. Well, you can also be a standard bearer, and insist that work doesn’t measure up to your high standards. But I think the art makes the standards. I’m not going to sit there and say, “This is the way you do Shakespeare.” I believe that every play establishes its own standards, and our job is to just evaluate it. But everybody’s looking for the formula for how to talk about culture so that people who don’t have any time to read want to read about it. Is there something beyond thumbs-up, thumbs-down criticism? I would hope there’s a way to talk about a theatre event in real time—meaning while it’s still going on—in a way that’s engaging, funny, witty, and evaluates the elements of the thing. But it’s like if you had a friend who was like, “Gee, are you working out? You look great. But that’s a terrible haircut.” Nobody wants that person around.
~ Time Out’s 17-Year Theatre Critic, David Cote, Upon His Exit

“Now I am awake to the world. I was asleep before. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up either. They said it would be temporary. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bruce Miller