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Oldman: I don't like my movies

Gary Oldman has revealed he isn't happy with most of his big-screen roles, because he is a "perfectionist".

The award-winning actor admitted that despite winning acclaim for his performances in films like Sid And Nancy, he is only pleased with a number of his parts such as JFK's Lee Harvey Oswald and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

" Most of my work I would just stomp into the ground and start over again," he told Playboy magazine.

Speaking about Sid And Nancy, in which he plays Sex Pistols' rocker Sid Vicious, he said: " I don't like myself in the movie. Frankly, I didn't want to make it in the first place. I was talked into it at the time.

"And now, if I flip through the channels and come upon it, it's, 'F**k! Sid And Nancy', and off it goes. I don't think I played Sid Vicious very well."

The 56-year-old continued: " It's all so subjective, you know? I guess I shouldn't complain. I've learned over the years that people get upset when they tell you something is their favourite movie and you go, 'Really? You liked that piece of s**t?' So I now tell people, 'Thank you, that's great,' and move on.

"I think there's been some really good work along the way, good moments. It was the most thrilling experience watching myself for the first time in JFK, for example, because I couldn't believe I was in it - Oliver Stone at the very height of his powers, the sheer energy of it all, his commitment. When I saw the finished product I had to pinch myself."

Gary - who next stars in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, a franchise he respects - added: "Or to do a role like Smiley in Tinker Tailor and to work with someone like John Hurt, who had been such a towering figure from my younger days. Every day I was like a fanboy. I fainted at his feet."

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