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Ironically, Sir John Hurt died during the filming where he was set to portray Neville Chamberlain, Britain's ousted Prime Minister who was sick and dying of cancer. But, in an interview, Gary Oldman said that because of how sick Hurt was--also dying of cancer--he never made it to a reading and never got to film a scene. The movie will still be dedicated to Hurt, as it was his final cinematic project.
Gary Oldman is the fifth "Harry Potter" actor to portray Winston Churchill after Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) in Churchill's Secret (2016), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) in The King's Speech (2010), Brendan Gleeson (Mad Eye Moody) in Into the Storm (2009), and Robert Hardy in War and Remembrance (1988) and Bomber Harris (1989).
The second film about Churchill in 2017, the first being Churchill (2017), starring Brian Cox.
The entire movie takes place over a single month starting in May 1940, the first days of Churchill's wartime tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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A passion project for Screenwriter Anthony McCarten.
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Second role that Gary Oldman has shared with his "Harry Potter" castmate Timothy Spall. They have both played Rosencrantz, in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Hamlet (1996), respectively.
Third collaboration between Gary Oldman and Sir John Hurt. They previously appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).
Gary Oldman spent over 200 hours in makeup undergoing a radical transformation that necessitated 'fattening' his body with prosthetics weighing half his own weight.
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Sir John Hurt was originally cast as Neville Chamberlain, but had to withdraw due to health issues (he died during filming). The role was then given to Ronald Pickup.
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Ronald Pickup (Neville Chamberlain) previously played Winston Churchill's father Lord Randolph Churchill in Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974).
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