Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. “There were things I didn’t know,” he says of the period in 1940 covered by the film. Photo Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Oscar favourite Gary Oldman on playing Churchill in Darkest Hour – and nicotine poisoning from smoking all those fine cigars

British actor hesitated to portray a character who was not only real but had been played by some film heavyweights before, but warmed to it and learned new things about a crucial period in the war against Hitler

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Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. “There were things I didn’t know,” he says of the period in 1940 covered by the film. Photo Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
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