Answer on @Quora by Daniel Wolfson to Which actors and actresses are the most versatile?
Answer by Daniel Wolfson:
My vote is for Gary Oldman. His range is astonishing.
9 times out of 10, I don't even realize that it's him acting the role until I watch the credits. He has a scary knack for immersing himself into roles to the point where it's difficult to separate the actor and the character. I'd venture to say that this plays against his fame because Gary Oldman the actor isn't as memorable as say, Brad Pitt or George Clooney in their roles.
Anyway, here's a small sample of various roles:
The Nolan Batman Franchise
– A serious support role in a stellar superhero franchise.
– Lead character in a recently-released spy thriller.
– Hard to describe if you haven't seen True Romance (and if you haven't, you should!). A drug dealer and pimp from I think Caribbean origins. Highly original.
Léon – The Professional
– The primary antagonist to Jean Reno as hitman. Explosive, violent, cruel.
Air Force One
– Russian bad guy.
Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg
The Fifth Element
– As original as it gets (credit to Luc Besson). Industrialist and weapons manufacturer bent on destroying sacred stones.
The Harry Potter Series
– A dramatic and noble role in a big franchise.
Rosencrantz (my personal favorite!)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
– One of the title characters in the film version of a famous absurdist play. A not-so-simple simpleton who ends up often accidentally philosophical.
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