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The Role: Clive ‘Bex’ Bissel
Why It’s The Best: This TV movie from Alan Clarke features a stunning turn from Oldman as ‘Bexy’, a football hooligan who revels in the chaos of unsporting behaviour.
The fact that the film’s been simultaneously condemned and celebrated for its unflinching depictions of violence speaks for Clarke’s layered, fearless approach to the topic, not to mention Oldman’s similarly fearless approach to his character.
Iconic Moment: “How can I put this?” ponders Bexy. “I can’t.” He lets the headbutting do the talking for him. Killer.
Gary Says: “At first I think [Alan] was very shy of meeting me because I had started to, as it were, happen in movies and obviously you bring a baggage to something. You bring history.
“But he met me through… my agent bullied him. And we met and I read for him. There’s sometimes, it’s strange, there’s sometimes a sort of reputation that precedes you, where people have a very fixed idea of who you are and what you are like.
“But we hit it off. And that’s it, you know, he gave me the part. I went back a couple of times I think. I think he saw me once or twice… more than twice, to make up his mind.”