Oldman exorcises ‘ghost of Guinness’ with ‘Tinker’ (AP)

In this Dec. 5, 2011 photo, actor Gary Oldman, a cast member in the espionage film 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Oldman agonized over whether he should tinker with British spymaster George Smiley, a character who's an institution in John Le Carre's novels. The actor had a moment of terror a week before shooting, wondering if he could pull it off.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP – Gary Oldman agonized over whether he should tinker with British spymaster George Smiley, a character who is an institution to John le Carre’s readers and already had been played to perfection by Alec Guinness.

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