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It took 200 hours of make-up for Gary Oldman to look like Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman (Source: Wikipedia) Photograph: (Others)

WION Delhi, India Mar 30, 2017, 10.55 AM (IST)

Actors sometimes can go to any limits to get into the skin of a character that they are playing on-screen. A recent case is that of the famed Hollywood actor Gary Oldman, who is believed to have put in 200 hours of getting the make-up right for his latest movie. 

Gary Oldman is playing the role of the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He made the announcement while speaking at Focus Features' slate presentation. The British actor revealed it took over 200 hours in the make-up chair to be transformed into the former British Prime Minister for new Joe Wright's film Darkest Hour.

But going that extra mile really works as the actor is unrecognisable in the film. 

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the movie (WION)


The film follows the life story of the first five weeks of Winston Churchill's tenure as prime minister when Germany’s dictator, Hitler began invading the country. 

Gary Oldman is known as a methodical character actor who changes his look for all roles that he portrays for films. Some of his famous movies include True Romance, The Fifth Element among others. 

Oldman, however, finds the role of Churchill a “bit tougher than the rest”. 

Oldman as quoted in the event: “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.”

Joe Wright is known for his eclectic style of movies with credits like Atonement, Hanna, Anna Karenina in his kitty. 

The film Darkest Hour stars Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas and will be released in the UK on 29 December.


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