There's not a single person on this Earth who can deny the legendary status Gary Oldman beholds. Even his fellow actors, from Colin Firth to Tom Hardy to Brad Pitt, call him the greatest actor that has ever lived.

Which, when you think about it...

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...probably isn't too far from the truth.

He's also the personification of eccentric, electric Britishness.

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He's good at impressions (and doesn't everybody love impressions?)

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And the ladies love him.

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Which brings us to RoboCop, his latest cinematic adventure that you can literally see right now if you want to. And because we're telling you to.

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See what we did there?

FHM got the chance to sit down with the man himself and find out just what it takes to garner such a legendary status.

See it for yourself in the video above or, if you just can't wait, here's the nub and gist of how to be the best at what you do:

  • Discipline
  • Luck
  • Hard work
  • Focus
  • More discipline
  • Commitment
  • Ability to take rejection
  • Drive
  • Passion
  • More luck

Easy right? Probably not.

While we were picking his brains on greatness, we also thought we'd ask him which of his roles he holds closest to his heart. Any guesses?