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Gary Oldman Admits ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Batman’ Roles ‘Saved’ Him

Gary Oldman Admits ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Batman’ Roles ‘Saved’ Him

Gary Oldman credits his roles in the “Harry Potter” and “Batman” movies as a saving grace during his time as a single father. During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, the veteran actor expressed how these roles have granted him the precious opportunity to spend quality time with his children.

In 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gary Oldman was cast as Sirius Black, a role he would continue to portray in the fourth and fifth installments, as well as the final film. Starting in 2005, he took on the role of Gotham City detective James “Jim” Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, known as “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

Oldman stated that both high-profile roles gave his career a shot in the arm during a period when he declined other opportunities due to his responsibility of caring for his young sons.

“At 42 years old, I woke up you know, sort of divorced. I had custody of these boys,” Oldman explained to Barrymore. The Bram Stoker’s Dracula star pointed out that so many roles require extensive travel. He couldn’t accept the parts with young kids in his care. “That was hard because there was a shift in the industry. A lot of productions were in Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia. So, I turned down a lot of work.”

Gary Oldman’s ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Batman’ Roles Allowed Him to Be at Home with His Sons

“Thank God for ‘Harry Potter,’” Oldman added. “I tell you, the two — ‘Batman’ and ‘Harry Potter’ — really, they saved me, because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids.”

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Gary Oldman with sons Gulliver & Charlie, along with his current wife Gisele Schmidt at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Oldman then went on to explain that during the production of Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan was incredibly accommodating. He allowed him to commute between his home in Los Angeles and the shoot location in London. This arrangement ensured that his sons didn’t feel like they were solely cared for by a nanny.

“London doubled for Gotham. And I did 27 round trips of flying back from LA,” Oldman explained. “I’d fly in for a day. I’d do a shoot a day. To Chris Nolan’s credit, he stayed on schedule,” he recalled.

Oldman has had five marriages. He shares his oldest son, Alfie, with his first wife, actress Lesley Manville. He was then married to Uma Thurman for two years, and later to the American model Donya Fiorentino, with whom he had two sons, Gulliver and Charlie. The actor was married for the fourth time to Alexandra Edenborough, an English singer and actress. He also gained a stepson through his current wife, Gisele Schmidt, who is an art curator.