Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour[ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images]
The Harry Potter star appears as the iconic Prime Minister in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour and he looks dramatically different than in real life.
Gary spent around 200 hours in the make-up chair while filming the period drama as well as carry “half his body weight in prosethetics.”
The actor recently spoke about the difficulties of playing such an iconic figure.
Gary Oldman is transformed into the wartime Prime Minister in the new film [Working Title]
“We see how very, very close we came to Nazi tyranny,” Oldman said of the film at CinemaCon.
“Had it not been for Winston, our world might be very different. That, in itself, to come in and play those things is a wonderful gift for an actor. They’re all challenging in their own way but Winston was kind of a hard one.
“It’s a lot to wrap your arms around. Not only the physical, but he is arguably the greatest Brit who ever lived. A kind of iconic figure. It was daunting but once I started to find out who the man was, it was…well, I never enjoyed anything so much in my life.
“I couldn’t wait to get to work and be him,” Gary said.
Here’s the official film synopsis:
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Kristen Scott Thomas plays Clementine Churchill, Lily James stars as Elizabeth Nel and the supporting cast features Stephen Dillaine, the late John Hurt and Charley Palmer-Rothwell.
Darkest Hour is scheduled for release on December 29