Gary Oldman needs some rest and relaxation. The dark knight alumnus says he’s fine with retiring after his latest project ends, citing interests outside of the industry that he’d like to devote his time to. Oldman currently stars in AppleTV+s Slow horses, a spy thriller that will soon experience its second season. Based on a series of novels by Mick Herron, Slow horses has already been renewed for third and fourth seasons with the streamer, though it’s unclear if Oldman will still be involved at that point.
“I’ve had an enviable career, but careers are dwindling, and I have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young, you think you’ll get around to doing them all – read that book – then the years gone by,” the actor said in a recent stop The Sunday times. “Next year I turn 65; 70 is just around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I would be very happy, honored and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] – and then hang it up.”
The show’s first season adapted Herron’s Slow horses while season two will adapt Dead lions. It’s unclear if the series will continue adapting the books or do things differently.
“Well, with a real character, if you take someone like Joe Orton (from 1987’s Prick Up Your Ears), even Oswald, there are still family members out there. So you with a fictional character, you can handle it, you you You’re free, you’re free to take it anywhere,” Oldman previously told ComicBook.com of his Slow Horses portrayal. “You could get a fictional character and decide to have, I don’t know, orange hair and do things with it that you are free to do. When you play a real character or someone who has lived , I think there is a certain obligation you have to the family of the people who are still around. I feel there is a sense of responsibility. I mean when we were busy Darkest hourthere was a day when I think it was 17 or 18 members of the Churchill family came to the set and you know you want to make them proud.
He continued, “But I felt like that’s been a responsibility I’ve taken on and maybe it doesn’t matter. But I do feel like you can go places with a fictional character. You can’t necessarily (do otherwise).”
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