Poll Suggestion: Will the Real Gary Oldman Please not Stand Out

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Actor Gary Oldman
has literally portrayed characters as varied as a very old man, (pun
intended) to Sid Vicious. The man of many voices and faces has been nominated over seventy times for various awards and has an Oscar for his efforts.

This poll has many of his best transformations.

Which one do you think was his best Transformed performance?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048233143/
Poll:


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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

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FYC:
Hannibal (2001) (fewer people recognized him in this one!)
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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dgranger

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Anything but The Fifth Element.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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35 Choices
Complete and ready
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Gitte Løyche

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A tough one! So many good ones to choose from - although I haven't seen all of them. He was an outstanding villain in Air Force One
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leavey-2

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Amazing how he played Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991)!
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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His mannerisms were eerie.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Ready Bump Go Live
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Bumpy Oldman
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Trying not to be biased towards one of my fave films, but his portrayal of Stansfield in Leon is magnificent. The scene where he guns down a young family with Beethoven playing over the scene for me has to be the best death scene any film has offered. But I am torn if it is Oldman or Besson that truly brings the character to his best.
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I love the French with their ideas. They have a knack for having a train of thought that is different (a bit like the Japanese), most of the time I find their styles weird, rubbish even at times (a bit like the Japanese), but boy, when they hit something on the head, they have some of the best ideas going (a bit like the Japanese). I think that is why I sometimes like European directors/producers because their films are a little different to what I class as the norm.

If Leon was directed by an American, I don't think it would be even a patch on what it is. The overhead shot when Stansfield bends backwards and looks up to the ceiling, little scenes like that, loads of little nuggets to give you something a little different.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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How true!
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Oswald

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He is truly brilliant; it's no exaggeration when I say that half the time I don't recognise him until the credits roll.

Despite my temptation to vote for Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight trilogy, I'm going with Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Mob did it. They had help. Governmental Help? Probably!
Occam's Razor in use here!

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dgranger

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Do you know that film inspired at 2 to 3 responses. One was “Quantum Leap” , the JFK episode that ended with the one guy saying,” Some people just can’t accept that one line gunman was able to get through the security surrounding the president and kill him.” The other was a news special where a computer programmer built Dailey plaza virtually in his computer and ran all the conspiracy theories through it. The only that worked was the reverse trajectory of the shots and it lead right to the window of the Texas book depository.
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That should read as “Some people just can’t accept that one lone gunman was able to get through the security surrounding the president and kill him.”
And ...
The only one that worked was the reverse trajectory of the shots and it lead right straight back to the window of the Texas book depository.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Eye new what ewe meant
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As a followup post but that skews away from the topic of Lee Harvey Oswald, I want to express the following. In light of the viral pandemic, I watched Outbreak (starring Dustin Hoffman) some few weeks ago, and noticed something that I had long forgotten. Sutherland and Dye were together again, playing high-ranking United States military officers involved in a slightly similar theme as their characters in JFK. Wow.

The 1990s were strange times for Hollywood, as mainstream artists' distrust in Western democracies' government agencies (including retirees) and paramilitary corporations seemed to be at its pinnacle. We had movies like The Pelican Brief (1993), Léon (1994), The Stand (1994), The Rock (1996), Independence Day (1996), My Fellow Americans (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Absolute Power (1997), Murder at 1600 (1997), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Mercury Rising (1998), The Siege (1998), Enemy of the State (1998), and many more, all throughout the years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and before the World Trade Center was destroyed. Technically these are all propaganda, with not necessarily a common motive or coordinated strong consensus. Was it mostly to inspire awareness, patriotism, curiosity, skepticism, distrust or paranoia? Variable? Could it have all been a big diversion from the corruption within Hollywood itself? For sure, not everything has to be governed by "conspiracy" or "coverup", as there is frequently plenty of room for coincidence, accident, zeitgeist and mystery, of pure chance. Is this even interesting?
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Good. You didn’t list him as David from “Mary” becAuse that movie sucked. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5834854/...
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Great poll with a lot of good images. 'Such a good list about such a stellar actor makes it very hard to vote but 'State of Grace' will be in the running for my choice. 

I don't understand what the pun is, though: Actor Gary Oldman has literally portrayed characters as varied as a very old man, (pun intended) to Sid Vicious.

(Oh, and depending on what you mean, the comma before probably isn't needed.)
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Ruby!
Gary Old-man!
Comma has been eradicated!
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Hahahaha, yeah, I was just brushing my teeth, about 14 hours after I saw your poll, and it hit me. I felt pretty stupid, lol. Things always come to me when I'm brushing my teeth or washing my hair. : )
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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I WILL not leave you with the image impression of where I get my best ideas!
You will just have to use your imagination on that one!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Thank you!!!