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Thursday 22 February 2018

Oldman: I don't crave an Oscar

Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar
Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar

Gary Oldman has admitted he has never "lusted" after an Oscar win.

The highly-respected actor, currently starring in the dark reworking of the classic fairytale Red Riding Hood, has never been nominated for the golden statuette.

"That's one of those things," said the Dark Knight star. "I've never really given it a huge amount of thought. I've not lusted after it."

After a moment of contemplation, he suggests his lack of a publicist may be a contributing factor for the Oscar omission.

"I like to be in my little hidey-hole, I don't come out a great deal. I mean did you see Colin Firth's diary of where he'd been on the road to the Oscars? It's exhausting."

A fiercely private actor who hates the notion of celebrity, 53-year-old Oldman has been forced out of self-imposed seclusion in his adopted home of Los Angeles to talk about his new movie.

Directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, the fairytale's been given a Gothic, romantic makeover in which the wolf's been turned into a werewolf and the craggy old Grandmother is played by the glamorous Julie Christie.

As you'd imagine from the woman who discovered Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, it also boasts a beautiful-looking love triangle in the form of Max (son of Jeremy) Irons, Shiloh Fernandez and Amanda Seyfried.

"Above and beyond anything else I thought it was a lot of fun. It's Little Red Riding Hood on steroids really," says Oldman who plays the over-zealous Father Solomon, a werewolf hunter in the vein of Dracula's Van Helsing.

:: Red Riding Hood is in cinemas on Friday April 15.

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