Christopher Plummer Backstage at Oscars: Charlie Chaplin Was Older

Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer says playing a gay man was nothing special. And he’s not sure he’s the oldest winner ever

Last Updated: February 26, 2012 @ 11:36 PM

The oldest Oscar winner, Best Supporting choice Christopher Plummer, questioned whether he really deserved that distinction backstage at the Academy Awards Sunday.

"I don't believe that for a second," the 82-year-old Christopher Plummer said. "I think that Charlie Chaplin — even though it was an honorary Oscar — wasn't he 83? I mean, an honorary Oscar, after all, is an Oscar."

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After a pause, he grinned.

"It feels pretty good."

Plummer, who was widely expected to win the Best Supporting Actor award, said the Oscar was "sort of a renewal. It has recharged me and I hope I can do it for another 10 years at least."

And he said playing a gay man was like playing any role.

"I think of actors as universally the same,' he said. "Gay or straight. We're all actors. And a gay actor can play a straight guy beautifully — and vice versa."

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