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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Producer David Heyman Talk About “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

On the eve of the November 15, 2002 opening of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” two of the film’s young stars stopped by the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. Part of a whirlwind publicity tour promoting this second in the series of “Harry Potter” films, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson answered a few questions about their starring roles in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

Rupert Grint at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
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RUPERT GRINT (‘Ron Weasley’)

What’s it like seeing yourself on movie posters worldwide?
It’s actually quite scary. It’s weird.

How does it feel being a celebrity?

It feels really cool. It’s a bit weird because I get recognized quite a lot. It’s strange – and they call me ‘Ron.’ I’ve tried different disguises, like hats and stuff, but it doesn’t work.

My friends treat me pretty normal. My teachers suck up a bit.

How difficult was it to shoot the slug scenes?

It was really good. I loved doing that slug scene because they flavored the slug slime so it was like chocolate, peppermint, orange, lemon, and all these really nice flavors.

How many times did you have to do the scene?

Oh, the more the better!

You have a pretty scary scene with spiders in this film and I hear you’re not a big spider fan.

I hate spiders. That was horrible to film because I really didn’t like it. I was a bit nervous about doing that one but it wasn’t that bad. After I did it like five times, I got used to it.

Were a lot of real spiders used in the movie?
Yes. Most of them weren’t CGI actually so I had to act with the spiders and I didn’t like it.

Have you begun shooting the third “Harry Potter” movie yet?

No, not yet. We start in February. I’m in school at the moment.

Emma Watson at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Photo ©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.

EMMA WATSON (‘Hermione’)

How did you get your big break in films?

Really by chance. Some people came to my school and said, “Is there anyone who wants to audition?” I got the audition and they kind of went on and on, and then I got the part, really.

If you had a magical power, what would it be?

I’d like to make myself invisible so that I could get in to rock concerts.

Are the “Harry Potter” films getting darker and scarier as they progress? What do you think about younger children seeing this particular movie?

It’s not necessarily getting much scarier or darker, it’s just getting more mature, I suppose. It really does depend on the kid. I took in a 5 year-old of my friend’s, and I was the one cowering in my seat. It just depends on the kid, really.

Producer David Heyman at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Photo ©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.

DAVID HEYMAN (Producer, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)

What attracted you to “Harry Potter?”

I read the book back in 1997 and I fell in love with it. It had been published that week and it was not the phenomenon it would become. But I read a book that was funny, with great characters and great core values – loyalty, good over evil, family, ultimately very optimistic, filled with magic, and a great sense of adventure. I thought it had it all and I fell in love with it. Now we’ve finished the second film and we’re starting on the third and I’m still as excited as I was on day one.

When I read the book, I sent it to Warner Bros., they optioned it on my behalf and here we are. They are the financiers and they’ve been fantastic about that. I’d worked with Warner Bros. for ten years before; I was very lucky. Also, I’d made a few films – very, very different types. In fact, I made a film “The Daytrippers” which had a budget of about $60,000, which is at the opposite end from “Harry Potter,” but it was every bit as challenging and every bit as wonderful. Making films of any scale have their own challenges. “Harry Potter” has its own but it’s a fantastic project.

What’s the most difficult part of producing a film?
The most difficult part of the movie business is patience and tenacity. It takes a very long time to get films made. “Harry Potter” is very much the exception. You have to survive the many goods and the many lows. I’ve enjoyed the highs of the good, but I’ve also survived the indignity and the pain of the lows. You have to carry on through that and it’s very challenging. It’s also challenging to find things you fall in love with and you want to fight for many years to get made.

How much did the CGI effects cost in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?”
Put it this way, “The Daytrippers” cost $60,000 and I could have made many, many, many, many, many “Daytrippers” with the visual effects budget on this film.

Original article found here: | November 14th, 2002

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