Sirius Black

Posted Feb 21, 2006 in Movies.

I was deeply impressed by Gary Oldman's performance of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but now it appears that he is unlikely to return in future Potter films:

There are currently no plans for Gary Oldman to appear in the upcoming Potter film. We confirm that no negotiations are taking place. We confirm once again that Mr. Oldman is actively seeking other employment.

The public comments of the Potter producers are puzzling and also misleading.

Today we take the further step of noting that it does not look likely that Mr. Oldman will once again play the role of Sirius Black. For reasons known only to the producers of the Potter film, Mr. Oldman has not been engaged. As we approach the beginning of March we are in the “window of commitments” wherein virtually any job accepted would render Mr. Oldman unavailable for this film. The producers, we presume, are well aware of how this all works. While one does not want to jump to wrong conclusions, there is a growing sense that it was never the intention for them to have Mr. Oldman return.

What are the producers playing at? Oldman's performance was exactly as I had imagined it when reading the book, and it is difficult to imagine someone doing a better job. They simply must get their collective acts together and contact Mr. Oldman in a timely fashion, apologize for the confusion, and beg him to return.


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    Honestly, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the first Harry Potter movie. It was good, clean humor and a very enjoyable experience. I have yet to see any others and I doubt my Fiance will be entertained by them but now I must go rent it and see what this post is about.

    Posted by James Henry on Feb 21, 2006.

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    Harry Potter films are very entertaining, particularly for fans of the books. The movies are tailored to the younger market somewhat, but it makes them no less appropriate for the mature audiences. Like the books, the movies get darker and more serious each time, with the most recent being quite harrowing. Definitely worth your attention.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 21, 2006.

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    Posted by Abhijeet on Feb 26, 2006.

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    Abhijeet: If you are referring to Multimap, please see this post at for more information.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 26, 2006.