Method acting is something that often leaves people bug-eyed by the lengths some actors go to for a role.
In the case of Gary Oldman and his role as Count Dracula in the 1992 film by Francis Ford Coppola, his method acting was next level.
In an interview to The Hollywood Reporter, Dracula co-star, Cary Elwes revealed that Oldman slept in a coffin “every night” while filming.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his many roles, Elwes recalled how Coppola deliberately separated Oldman from the rest of the cast, for dramatic purposes.
“Gary was sleeping in a coffin every night, that was how seriously he took it,” Elwes said. “He was sequestered from us all — by choice. So we met him for the first time on set during rehearsals and then we’d never see him again.”
On top of that, Coppola also separated Oldman from the rest of the cast, to ensure the film had the right dynamic.
“Francis believes that the more time the cast spends together that will translate onscreen,” Elwes explained. “So he had all the vampire hunters live on one property and poor Gary [Oldman] had to live by himself.”
While Oldman missed out on an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the classic vampire, it seems his efforts didn’t go to waste.
Coppola’s film was nominated for four Oscars in 1992 and won three of them, those being Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Makeup.
At the time, the heavy prosthetics worn by Oldman for the role received great acclaim, and no doubt contributed to the impressive and convincing depiction of the enraged and haunting Count Dracula first imagined by novelist, Bram Stoker.
The prosthetics and make-up left Oldman barely recognisable, and weren’t limited to one look.
Throughout the film, Oldman adopted prosthetics for the human form of Dracula and the bat form of Dracula — a costume Oldman reportedly “hated”.
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