Count Dracula / Vlad III Draculea
Why It’s The Best:
Because Oldman gets to let loose in a seriously sumptuous gothic re-telling of Bram Stoker’s tome. Even if the movie wasn’t critically lauded, Oldman’s performance near makes the whole thing.
From the youthful, long-tressed Knight to the frightful abomination that he transforms into, Oldman’s a magnetic presence from credits to close.
Discovering his beloved has killed herself, Draculea swears vengeance on the church he’s been fighting for and drinks blood from a bleeding cross. Oldman delivers the whole thing in Russian, no less.
] wonderful. A lot of rehearsal. We had four weeks of rehearsal. Coppola gives you room, gives you space, leaves you alone, really. It comes back to that thing of casting well and knowing when not to say something. Knowing when not to step in.
“Even though what an actor's doing might not be exactly your take on it, or you're not sure where they're going with it, you can't stifle the creative process. You have to let it breathe, then maybe later, come in and say, ‘Well, you're going off a bit there’ or ‘Why don't you think about this?’”