But co-star Gary Oldman's no slouch in the multiple-character department either. You will see the actor portraying three characters when the film is released during the Yuletide season in 2009. "I play Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchet," says Oldman. "It is a while away but I saw the renderings of the characters recently and it is amazing."
Sure, Oldman acknowledges, "that the motion capture thing isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it looked very magical and kind of inspiring."
And he believes the finished product will be even more refined than Zemeckis' Beowulf movie, and certainly improved over the director's first foray into the style on The Polar Express. "But we'll see," Oldman says.
Currently, the 50-year-old actor is reprising his role as Inspector (soon-to-be Commissioner) Gordon in Christopher Nolan's big hit The Dark Knight.
"Obviously, one of the reasons I wanted to come back was Chris [Nolan]," Oldman says. "His skill as a director aside, he's a very nice man. And he never seems to tire. You meet him on the first day and then meet him on day 147 and he doesn't look any different."
It's only the second time he's repeated himself as an actor. The first was playing Sirius Black in the Harry Potter pictures; The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix in which Sirius is killed off. "He went through the veil and disappeared," Oldman says.
Which reminds him: He was working on A Christmas Carol when a young Harry Potter fan intercepted him one day after an day of filming. "A little kid came up to me and he said, 'Can you tell me what Sirius saw on the other side of the veil?' " he recalls.
And what did the actor say? Oldman smiles: "I said, 'The Dark Knight and then A Christmas Carol.'"
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