Video Interviews: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Tomas Alfredson & Gary Oldman
It’s time for a new feature here at Filmophilia, where we will feature video interviews with some of the more interesting personalities of current cinema. This feature is brought to you in cooperation with Jonathan Josell at Mission Control, who conducts a lot of video interviews with several of today’s biggest stars on a regular basis.Our first installation of these video interviews center around Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (reviewed here), where we feature two interesting interviews at once. The first is with director Tomas Alfredson, where he discusses the decision to cast Gary Oldman as “an uninteresting character”, the film’s similarities with The Day of the Jackal and an anecdote on a deleted scene from the film. Alfredson gives some very interesting answers here, especially about directing his first English-language film.
The second interview is with newly minted Oscar nominee Gary Oldman. He likens George Smiley to iconic characters like Hamlet, and confesses his lifelong love for John Hurt (I mean, who wouldn’t admire him?), and comments on how he approached his character. You get a little closer to how Gary approaches acting through this interview, despite the somewhat generic questions he’s faced with and the shameless “I loved everyone making the film”-comment in the end.