Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

the best of the best of the best

My word for the year is ‘rigor’, meaning that I’ve spent the first couple of weeks in the workshop churning out test pieces for testing a lot of glazes, and a lot of methods of application. Not thrilling, but essential work! So in the spirit of something completely different, which are the top three portrayals of dead famous people, by Gary Oldman?

Gary Oldman as Beethoven, in Immortal Beloved. He doesn’t even speak for the first twenty minutes, but he’s still brilliant. That’s because he’s the boss. I mean, the costumes aren’t as good as Amadeus, but Ludwig doesn’t have an annoying laugh like Tom Hulce as Wolfgang, in fact I don’t think he laughs at all. He doesn’t look like he laughs much, does he.

Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy.” NAAAAANCEEEEEEEE I’m a foot shorter than John Richie, and this biopic is in slightly poor taste, depicting the original as a mouthbreathing chancer who destroys people’s windscreens for no reason at all. However, I am brilliant in it, because I’m the boss.”

Gary Oldman as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears – the screenplay is adapted from Orton’s diaries, as edited by John Lahr, and if you’re ever looking for a book about rampant gay sex all over London and Tangier in the 60s, you can’t go wrong. It’s a tragic love story, which comes to a sudden and bloody denoument when Orton’s lover – played by Alfred Molina before he became a rent-a-middle-Eastern-looking-actor – bludgeons Orton to death with a hammer, causing him to be late for a meeting about the Beatles film he was writing. How Ortonesque.

Do you think you get good like Oldman by watching Sultans of Ping videos on repeat? NO! RIGOUR!


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