How Harry Potter and Batman Saved Gary Oldman's Fatherhood?

Gary Oldman has explained how the Harry Potter and Batman films "saved" him when he became a single father

by Sededin Dedovic
How Harry Potter and Batman Saved Gary Oldman's Fatherhood?
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Gary Oldman known for his chameleon-like on-screen transformations, opened up about his personal life on "The Drew Barrymore Show," sharing how the two big franchises have helped him balance his career and raising his sons.

Oldman, father of Alfie, Gulliver and Charlie, faced a difficult situation after divorcing his third wife, Donna Fiorentino, in 2001. He found himself navigating a film industry that shifted production locations to Eastern Europe and Australia, making it difficult to maintain a consistent the presence of their children.

"At 42, I woke up divorced and I had custody of these guys," Oldman said on the show. "So that in itself was... that was difficult because there was a change in the industry where a lot of productions were [filmed], it was Hungary, Budapest, Prague, Australia, you know, all these places." Host Drew Barrymore pointed out that the change was driven by "tax reasons", to which Oldman agreed, revealing he had to make some tough choices.

"I turned down a lot of work to be with the children," he admitted.

Harry Potter and Batman saved the actor

Fortunately, luck, or perhaps fate, intervened. "Harry Potter" and "Batman" have arrived. "Thank God for Harry Potter," Oldman declared.

"I'm telling you, those two - Batman and Harry Potter - really saved me, because it meant I could do the least amount of work for the most money and then be at home with the kids. " Oldman's role as Sirius Black in four "Harry Potter" films and Commissioner James Gordon in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy proved to be a turning point.

These high-profile roles allowed him to earn a substantial income, while filming schedules often kept him closer to home. "I could be there at the school plays, I could be there at the barbecue," Oldman said, expressing gratitude for the opportunity these franchises provided.

"It was the best thing that could have ever happened to me as a dad. " His experience serves as inspiration and motivation for parents and aspiring actors, showing that dedication and a little magic can sometimes lead to the happiest outcome.