- Daniel Radcliffe worked with Gary Oldman in four “Harry Potter” movies in total.
- They most prominently worked together in “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Order of the Phoenix.”
- Radcliffe has a long-standing admiration for Oldman and said his presence improved his performances.
Daniel Radcliffe has a favorite Harry Potter movie.
The boy who lived actor recently told WIRED in an autocomplete video that Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman sways his opinion over his preferred Potter picture. Radcliffe loved working with Sirius Black actor Oldman in “Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth movie of the franchise.
In the interview, Radcliffe said: “The fifth one, which is not one that most people cite as one of their favorites. But I got to work with Gary Oldman a bunch in it. And I was sort of a little bit older at that point, so I was able to appreciate that more.”
However, he also added that if he had to pick his favorite “Potter” movie to watch, it would be the last one: “Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
Radcliffe and Oldman first worked together in the third movie, “Prisoner of Azkaban,” where escaped convict Sirius was revealed to be Harry’s godfather.
They shared one scene together in “Goblet of Fire,” But Sirius only appeared as a face in a fireplace. Oldman and Radcliffe then shared several heartfelt scenes in “Order of the Phoenix,” including an emotional death scene when Helena Bonham Carter’s Bellatrix killed Sirius.
Radcliffe previously spoke about his admiration for Oldman as an actor in August, when he appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“The first person I remember being starstruck by was Gary Oldman, ’cause that was the age when I was aware of who he was and his work and also getting more serious about acting myself,” Radcliffe said.
Radcliffe’s admiration for Oldman stretches back to when the two first worked together in “Prisoner of Azkaban.” During a 2011 behind-the-scenes video made during “Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Radcliffe reflected on the impact Oldman had on his own performances in the Potter series.
“I think the two best performances that I’ve given in these films so far are three and five, and I think that is in part to do with the fact that I had Gary Oldman around at the time because I learned so much when he was around,” Radcliffe said.
Radcliffe continued: “I raise the stakes of what I’m doing just because I know he’s involved.”
Since Potter wrapped, Radcliffe has gone on to star in a diverse range of movies, most recently including Amazon’s 2020 prison escape drama “Escape from Pretoria.” Meanwhile, Oldman earned himself his first Oscar, winning best actor for playing Winston Churchill in 2017’s “Darkest Hour.”