Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) on playing Winston Churchill: ‘The only roadblock was the physical likeness’ [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Earlier this month at the 21st Hollywood Film Awards, Gold Derby chatted with career achievement honoree Gary Oldman about his new film “Darkest Hour,” in which he transforms into British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. During our red carpet interview, Oldman confessed, “The only roadblock was the physical likeness. But we found a great guy — we found Kazuhiro Tsuji — and we thought, well if we could pull that off, then we’re there.” Watch our exclusive interview above.

As for what attracted him to the role, Oldman told us, “I’m fascinated with the man. The script was superb and the telling of it from this very crucial, pivotal time in history. The producers, director [Joe Wright], the whole thing.”

Oldman readily admitted, “There were days when I thought I could do it and there were days when I thought, ‘Heavens what have I let myself in for?’ There were moments of doubt along the way.”

As for how the role affected his daily life, Oldman confessed. “I had almost a year really to work on it. I surrendered the year up to Churchill. In fact, my wife would say, ‘I’ve gone to bed with Winston Churchill but I’d wake up with Gary.'”

Oldman’s makeup in “Darkest Hour” is so impressive that many awards prognosticators are predicting it will win Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars. Other similar biopics that won for transforming A-list movie stars into iconic figures include: Matthew McConaughey as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” Marion Cotillard as French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” and Salma Hayek as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in “Frida.”

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