Gary Oldman on finding the frequency of Mank

Sometimes you feel like you’re making the day, rather than making the movie. Oldman received full custody of their two sons, now in their early 20s. “Believable but ever so slightly heightened — imperceptible arch,” says Oldman. And if you’re not, he won’t.”
While some have quibbled that Oldman, 62, is a little old to play Herman Mankiewicz — he wrote Citizen Kane more than a decade before drinking himself to death at the age of 55 — Oldman is so tailored to the role that he wears it like the cocktail-soaked, day-old, rumpled suit Mank flops around in. “Sometimes you feel like the director hasn’t walked away from a scene he hasn’t got. You would never feel that on a Fincher set.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. In the 30 years since then, they have never been far out of orbit from one another. But you remember it, and I certainly brought that to the party,” says Oldman. “David’s the sort of director that if you’re right for something, he’ll cast you. He’s well acquainted with alcoholism. And David wanted no veil between me and the audience,” says Oldman. Dimmesdale won.)
For Oldman, it meant drawing on “muscle memory.”
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“It’s a long time ago now. “I’ve got nothing against Orson Welles. No director is able to have a whole movie in his head, Fincher says, but Oldman can mentally maintain the whole arc of his character. No wigs, no special costume. It’s like a different head,” says Oldman speaking by phone from London. “He’s the kind of person, you have the conversation once, and you literally watch his blue eyes click in. Tags:

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Gary Oldman Fincher’s Mank is such a dense and dazzling Hollywood time machine that all the conversation it’s spawned — on the authorship of Citizen Kane, on “auteur” directors, on its ’30s political backdrop — has sometimes overlooked the incredible balancing act at its center. (Photo: Netflix via AP)The first time Gary Oldman and David Fincher met was in London 1990, when Fincher was looking to cast him in Alien 3. It’s osmosis,” says Fincher. I like to hide. (Rev. Fincher, long renowned for his obsessive exactitude, found in Oldman a highly detailed actor of deep research capable of subtly manipulating his performance. But despite a penchant for self-sabotage and liquor, Mankiewicz — relying on his own history with William Randolph Heart (Charles Dance in the film) as a kind of court jester to Hollywood’s most powerful — turned in a draft for what’s generally considered the greatest film of all time. Dance has previously suggested Oldman grew a little impatient with Fincher’s proclivity for a lot of takes. (Two scenes, each parties with sprawling conversation, took a week to shoot.) But Oldman says he relished the process — even if it did sometimes drag on. “He said: ‘I want you as naked as you’ve ever been.’ It wasn’t that I resisted that. “I am partial to a disguise. I’ve been sober almost 24 years. (Fincher also eventually gained full custody of his daughter with Fiorentino.) In a court filing in 2001, Fiorentino alleged that Oldman hit her with a telephone, a charge that Oldman strongly denies. “And he had the sense to say no,” Fincher recalls. After five years of marriage, Oldman and Fiorentino also divorced. Their shared painful past, both actor and director say, went unspoken of during their collaboration. I was just a little uneasy with it at first.”
It’s a role that Oldman isn’t so terribly far from, in some respects. “He’s a sort of behavioral vacuum. Oldman’s brutally honest autobiographical film about his working-class London upbringing, Nil By Mouth, shot scenes in the very bar his hard-drinking father used to frequent. By: AP | New York |

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Gary Oldman plays Herman Mankiewicz in David Fincher's Mank. There’s barely any footage of Mankiewicz talking so Oldman, figuring the apple wouldn’t fall too far from the tree, relied on recordings of Mankiewicz’s brother, the “All About Eve” director Joseph Mankiewicz. Back when he was drinking, Oldman chose between two simultaneous offers — Waterworld and The Scarlet Letter — with a coin flip. It’s just a character study of a man who was self-emulating and who did it in a rather witty way,” says Fincher, whose father, Jack Fincher, wrote the script. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. It gets stored away, and whatever that thing was magically becomes part of the fabric of everything he does afterward. “Mank, it’s in the eyes. But Fincher cast Oldman’s manager, Douglas Urbanski (as Larry Summers in The Social Network), before he called up Oldman about another role.×1.png
“There are some directors who get stars in their eyes and say, ‘We must do something.’ Mainly you never hear from them again,” Oldman says, chuckling. “It was never our intention to rectify some wrong. You give him data and then that data is processed and comes out as behavior.”

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To match the black-and-white period atmosphere, Fincher wanted a style of acting with some of the spirit of the ’30s and ’40s. For Oldman — who had recently buried under prosthetics and make-up as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, winning him the best actor Oscar — that made him nervous. “It’s a different motor that’s moving. I’ve known quite a few drunks who are like that. “You can imagine being on the set and doing a scene for 30 takes and then saying to someone, ‘God, we’ve done this scene a hundred f—ing times.’ Then David with his cherubic smile says, ’Yeah, and we’re going to do it 101,” says Oldman. It’s what I call a character’s running condition. They consider one another friends. He said, ‘My critical faculty has prospered at the expense of my talent.’ There’s the longing to write the great play, to write the great novel, and there’s a fear involved there — the fear of trying and failing. “Mank said something that struck me to my heart. It’s like they have a critic on their shoulder.”
It was in Alcoholics Anonymous in 1996 that Oldman met his third wife, Donya Fiorentino, a year after she and Fincher had divorced. It’s finding the frequency of the man.”

Mank, which debuted Friday on Netflix, is about a little-celebrated figure of Hollywood history: a sharped-tongued newspaperman turned studio hack who worked often without credit (the black-and-white to Technicolor switch of The Wizard of Oz was his idea). It’s a performance always teetering on the edge, poised between inebriation and lucidity, ’40s-style zip and modern-day naturalism. Oldman was himself once an alcoholic and, like Mank, prone to audacious gambles. Instead, their work together was of mutual meticulousness. Orson Welles was a genius and if everybody doesn’t know that, I don’t know what to say.”
In crafting the portrait of Mankiewicz, Fincher wanted Oldman as himself. They share an ex-wife, the mother of their children.