Published: 17:47 EDT, 5 January 2018 | Updated: 18:52 EDT, 5 January 2018
He earnt himself a Golden Globes nomination this week for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in historical drama Darkest Hour.
And British great Gary Oldman's role comes after he turned down MULTIPLE offers in the past to play the former Prime Minister.
The actor, 59, is a known history buff, and has revealed the real reason he avoided the role in the past to SMH Spectrum on Saturday: 'No disrespect to those other actors, but I was thinking "oh no".'
'No disrespect to those other actors, but I was thinking “oh no”': Gary Oldman reveals the reason for turning down multiple offers to play Winston Churchill before accepting Darkest Hour
Gary bemoaned other portrayals to the publication, claiming: 'I was thinking "Oh no, that's not who he is! This is who is he is! He's on fire!" So that was my springboard.'
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He confessed he spent a year preparing to play Churchill, watching archival footage and listening to inspirational BBC broadcasts to immerse himself in the character.
Gary had declined two other Churchill roles in the year before accepting Darkest Hour, revealing there was one main reason for doing so.
'I didn't want to gain 60 pounds and mess with my heart and my liver': Gary confessed he had turned down previous roles because it was a health risk to gain weight to play the former Prime Minister
'I didn't want to gain 60 pounds and mess with my heart and my liver,' he said, confessing the previous offers had required him to gain weight to look like the former Prime Minister.
What made Darkest Hour different, was the offer from master prosthetics expert Kazuhiro Tsuji to transform the star, which apparently took three hours each day.
After Gary received the happy news on Monday, the screen star said: 'I am amazed, flattered and very proud of my first Golden Globe nomination. I am also honoured to find myself in such company as I am a serious admirer of all the work of all the other nominees.'
'I am amazed, flattered and very proud of my first Golden Globe nomination': Gary, who is transformed into the British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill via prosthetics in the flick, was nominated
Darkest Hour stars Gary as British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill who showcased a jaw-dropping transformation to play the revered Briton.
Gary is joined in the historical drama by a stellar cast that includes Kristin as Clementine Churchill, Stephen Dillane as Viscount Halifax, the foreign secretary and Lily James as Churchill's personal secretary Elizabeth Nel.
The Joe Wright directed feature tells the story of how the British establishment reluctantly invited Churchill to replace Neville Chamberlain after he was weakened politically by the ongoing aggression of Adolf Hitler and the failure of his Munich Agreement.
Darkest Hour is due to hit Australian cinemas on January 11
Coming soon! Darkest Hour is due to hit Australian cinemas on January 11
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5240483/Why-Gary-Oldman-turned-prior-Winston-Churchill-roles.html1473