This is slightly different to my usual What If… posts. I’m not going to speculate but instead invite discussion. My sister asked me this question and it stuck with me because it’s not as straight-forward an answer as you’d think.
What if you could only watch the movies of one specific actor/actress?
That is all the movies that the person has produced and also the future movies. You are not allowed to watch anything else, unless it stars them of course!
This isn’t straight-forward. It isn’t necessarily about choosing your favourite actor/actress. They may be great and you may love everything they are in but will you get enough movie nourishment from their whole catalogue? Do they do enough comedy? Are they just known for their Oscar worthy drama? Have they done five or six good films and that is it?
You also have to think to the future. Would you choose an actor coming towards the end of their career, happy that you have their back catalogue or would you take a gamble on an actor just emerging or in their prime? Do you choose an actor that only produces one really good film a year (Leonardo Di Caprio) or someone who produces many movies with a lot of rubbish in the mix (Bruce Willis).
With this in mind, I gave it a lot of thought (probably too much) and while watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it struck me. The choice (or my choice) was obvious.
Gary Oldman is perfect because his back catalogue is so diverse! He plays the villain in films like Leon or Fifth Element or a hero in movies such as the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He is also a great supporting actor. You forget he is in movies such as JFK, Sid and Nancy or Dracula.
Gary Oldman also covers two major franchises. You may not get them all but you get a decent few of the Harry Potter films. Of course, he also stars in my favourite trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy and because of the The Dark Knight alone, was always a key contender.
I also think he covers the future films category too. Gary Oldman is still going strong and is very good at picking a decent part. He does make some mediocre movies (Red Riding Hood and Robocop) but then delivers with a film like this summer’s best, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Overall, if I had to choose the films of just one actor to watch for the rest of my life, Gary Oldman wins hands down. He has an extensive catalogue, from sci-fi spectacles like Fifth Element to political epics like JFK. If nothing else, he stars in the Dark Knight, my favourite film of all time.
Now I leave it up to you – give me you suggestions in the comments or for the more budding bloggers, offer your own post on the subject! I look forward to hearing your suggestions!