Love kills... and so does Gary Oldman
He's had a slew of great roles over the years: Dracula, Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirius Black. But to 80s fans, there's one role Gary Oldman will never be able to surpass: Sid Vicious in 1986's Sid & Nancy.
Oldman, who turns 49 years old today, "captures Vicious' giddy daze and loose-limbed recklessness -- he's like a marionette with cut strings," the Washington Post wrote of his performance. So devoted was Oldman to capturing the punk god's look, he was briefly hospitalized when he lost too much weight. He even wore Sid's real chain necklace in the movie, a present from Sid's mother.
Members of the Sex Pistols, however, weren't as kind. Frontman John Lydon in particular hated the movie and the portrayal of all the characters. Asked if the filmmakers got anything right, Lydon reportedly answered, "Maybe the name Sid."
Ah, don't listen to him, Gary. You were Sid Vicious. Lift a pint of ale for us today, will you?
Top 5 lines from Sid & Nancy:
5. "Sidney's more than a mere bass player. He's a fabulous disaster. He's a symbol, a metaphor, he embodies the dementia of a nihilistic generation."
4. "You know, I was so bored once that I f---ed a dog."
3. "Go on, Sidney. Spray the beast."
2. "Boring, Sidney, Boring!"
1. "What about the farewell drugs?!?"