WATCH – SO I BECAME A BARTENDER –
March 3, 2021 – “How do you make this guy likable and not this grump, snarky drunk? That was the challenge,” he told The Los Angeles Times. “You can’t just load a character up with all the best quips. You have to understand why people are frustrated with him.”
“Herman, with that self-effacing humor, he was at lunch, drinking with a friend, who said, ‘Why don’t you go home sober for once?’ And he answered, ‘What? And have [my wife] throw me out as an impostor?’ I did the same thing,” the 62-year-old British actor admitted.
Reflecting on being a “functioning alcoholic,” Oldman confessed that “beneath the denial” he felt he was “getting away with” his drinking because of his career.
“I would sit down and tell the waiter, ‘I’ll have a large vodka tonic. And can you bring it now because I’m an alcoholic. I need it quicker,’” Oldman furthered.