Maurice Escargot | Gary von Oldman
5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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[on portraying famous people]: It's a double-edged sword because, in one sense, you have a lot of material to work with, but in a strange kind of way, that puts up a framework that you have to keep within. You can't play Beethoven with pink hair but, to an extent, because no-one has ever met him, who's going to tell me that's not Beethoven?
Is the second actor to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for playing a lead character in a John le Carré
novel adaptation. This first was Richard Burton
for "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," which featured George Smiley.
Often plays reluctant Heroes who assist the main character