MPs and critics lap up Gary Oldman's portryal of Winston Churchill

Written by David Singleton on 15 January 2018 in Culture

The culture secretary has also claimed a key advisory role in the film.

To capture Winston Churchill’s trademark rasp, Gary Oldman claims that he smoked 12 cigars a day for three months at a cost of around $30,000. The actor also had to go undergo endless hours in the makeup chair each day for the of filming World War II drama Darkest Hour.

Now the reviews are in, Oldman can be satisfied that it was all worth it.

After his recent best actor win at the Golden Globes, Oldman has been called “easily the most effective screen Churchill of the modern era” by the Times’ Kevin Maher. In The Observer this weekend, Wendy Idle called his performance “forceful, showy and somewhat belligerent”. And The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin enjoyed the “sheer electric immediacy of Oldman’s on-camera charisma”.

But it is not just critics that have lapped up the performance.

Tory grandee Nicholas Soames appeared to enjoy the film’s portrayal of his grandfather, saying it showed “how Churchill made the British feel they were part of a life and death struggle in which all played a heroic part”. Also writing on Twitter, the SNP’s Pete Wishart said that Oldman was “amazing as Churchill” and Tory MP Tim Loughton called it a “fantastic performance”.

Meanwhile newly appointed culture secretary Matt Hancock praised Oldman – and claimed a key advisory role in the film. He raved: “Stellar performance by Gary Oldman. Privilege to meet him on set & advise on handling a rowdy @HouseofCommons. Brilliant film.”






Image credit: Universal Pictures


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