Oldman is tipped for Oscar nod with Smiley thriller role
British actor Gary Oldman said the role of George Smiley "would be the perfect casting" for winning his first Oscar.
The 'Nil By Mouth' director stars as the famous spy in Tomas Alfredson's big screen adaptation of John le Carre's cult novel 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' which premiered at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank last night.
On the prospect of winning his first Oscar for Best Actor, Oldman said: "I don't follow it but it's nice if people are saying it -- it's better than them not saying it.
"We'll see, we've got a long, long, long way to go.
"Colin Firth can tell you that, it's a campaign isn't it?"
On winning the award as George Smiley, he said: "It would be perfect casting."
Firth, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for 'The King's Speech' earlier this year and who plays agent Bill Haydon in the new film, tipped his co-star to win the Oscar.
"I think it's been a long time coming, I think he's among the best that's ever been," he said.
"I'd have been throwing awards at him for 30 years."
Le Carre worked with director Alfredson and screenwriter Peter Straughan on the film adaptation, which has an all-star cast including John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Kathy Burke.
The author revealed he would be happy to work with Oldman again on making one of his other novels in the series into a film.
He said: "It's always dangerous to start thinking 'Tinker Tailor 2' as it were.
"There are other books we can do, but I would love for them to be done separately and with the same originality. I don't want any kind of recycling.
"I know Gary would love to do another and I'd love to do another."
'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' is released in cinemas on Friday September 16.