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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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