Gary Oldman Interview For Catherine Hardwicke’s ‘Red Riding Hood’
Catherine Hardwicke’s (Twilight, Thirteen) dark retelling of the classic fairy tale ‘Red Riding Hood’ is filled with love triangles, demons, obsession and of course werewolves. The films stars the legendary Gary Oldman as famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon, who is called to help kill the wolf. However Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. The film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie and Lukas Haas. ‘Red Riding Hood’ comes to cinemas March 11th in the US, and April 15th in the UK. Gary Oldman needs no introduction, check out what he has to say about the film below.
Your character brings some flamboyance to the town, was that something that jumped out at you?
Gary Oldman: Yeah, this was a fun character. It’s a frolic, it’s a fairy tail – a slightly darker twist on what is already quite a gloomy tale. It was a no brainer for me really, I liked the script very much and I thought the character was fun and it was a fine chance to work with Amanda.
Amanda is a great young actress, what was it like working with her?
Gary Oldman: FUNNY, she’s so funny. She’ll just whisper something to you….you’ll get to this situation where you’re laughing about something and then have to pull it together. It was like, just don’t look at me, because I knew I would laugh. I’d say to her ”you look at my forehead, I’ll look at your ear, because I won’t get through it looking in your eyes,” she was such a riot. I’d love to do a comedy with her!
When you play these types of characters do you ever have to rein yourself in – or can you really push it?
Gary Oldman: It depends what you’re playing, this is a fairy tale, albeit a dark twist on a dark tale, but it’s a fantasy so you can push the limits a bit in something like this. I mean, I think Solomon is…I viewed him as very sort of Shakespearean.
How do you bring the reality to fantastical stories?
Gary Oldman: The reality is what’s on the page. I don’t really work too far away from the framework of the script. I think if something is well written, it gives you the clues and all the answers are there. I always think that if something isn’t well written, then you’re working too hard, and then you know that you’re working hard.
The characters you play all have a different approach, they all set up their own sort of particular hurdles that you jump over. This to me is Dracula Lite, I think. You know, he’s a cousin of Dracula. But good words, that’s your map of the world. So it was a very defined character on the page to begin with, so all the clues were there.
You must be excited in putting on the Commissioner Gordon uniform again soon?
Gary Oldman: My drab greys and beiges (laughs). I went to the production offices the other day and there’s all these fantastic pictures across the wall, Catwoman, this, that, and I thought where’s my wall? I don’t have a wall, I just have a rack of very very dull clothes (laughs). I’m looking forward to working with the gang again, Academy Award winning Christian Bale, I bet he won’t get my coffee anymore (laughs).
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