The secret of my Smiley? Gary Oldman reveals how he took on a legendary role


The secret of my Smiley? Gary Oldman reveals how he took on a legendary role

The secret of my Smiley Gary Oldman reveals how he took on a legendary role

12:17 AM on 9th September 2011

In character: Gary Oldman in the screen adaptation of

In character: Gary Oldman in the screen adaptation of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, based on John le Carre”s 1974 novel

Co-stars: Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt at the premiere of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy during Venice Film Festival

Co-stars: Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt at the premiere of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy during Venice Film Festival

Risk taker: Oldman says he knew he risked unfavourable comparison if he was too similar to the original character

Risk taker: Oldman says he knew he risked unfavourable comparison if he was too similar to the original character

Sir Alec Guinness (pictured in 1979) doubted his suitability to play Smiley

Sir Alec Guinness (pictured in 1979) doubted his suitability to play Smiley

JOHN LE CARRE”S VERDICT

Director speaks