The actor opened up about his past alcohol addiction, revealing how it also informed his character in the Netflix movie, Mank! Gary Oldman revealed during a new interview for The Los Angeles Times that his struggles with alcohol were so great that he would even sweat vodka!
It’s been no less than 24 years since the Mank star started his sobriety, but he can still remember what it was like.
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With that being said, Oldman remembered having a “black” tongue because of the substance and even sweaty vodka!
As an actor, his experience as an alcoholic all those years ago gave him insight while playing Herman Mankiewicz in the Netflix movie Mank.
As it turned out, he had a lot to do with the famous screenwriter, as Oldman, like him, also thought he was “getting away” with his addiction because he could still do his job well.
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“Herman, with that self-effacing humor, was having lunch with a friend who then said,” Why don’t you go home sober for once? “And he answered,” What? And have Sara [his wife] throw me out like an impostor? I did the same. I would sit down and say to the waiter, “I want a large vodka tonic.” And can you take it now, because I’m an alcoholic. I need it faster. “
What made getting out of his addiction even more difficult was the fact that Gary actually associated alcoholism with being a great artist.
“People romanticize it, and even I romanticize it. All my heroes were drinkers or opium addicts, and you get a foggy look at these poets and playwrights and actors who were such great drinkers, ”he explained.
But, of course, the symptoms of this addiction could not be ignored.
Oldman recalled that “I used to sweat vodka. It becomes a big part of you. My tongue was black in the morning. I blamed it all on the shampoo. I wouldn’t wish this my worst enemy to be in its grip. It’s hell. And that self-effacing humor? That is only there to mask the inadequacy. ‘