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WB wild for ‘Harry Potter’

Phoenix’ globetrots to L.A. premiere

Written by Anthony D’Alessandro

How does Warner Bros. generate excitement for another “Harry Potter” film?

Well, throwing a huge premiere for the fifth installment, “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” (one of a series splashy events from Tokyo to London) at Grauman’s Chinese Theater with mobs of screaming Potter fanatics is always a solid attention grabber.

Rupert Grint, aka Ron Weasley, was floored by the vintage venue, telling the aud at the screening, “This is the coolest cinema I’ve ever been in.”

At the after-party at Jim Henson‘s studios, which doubled as Hogsmeade village with its Elizabethan-style architecture, producer David Heyman explained his reasons for selecting helmer David Yates, whose work is mostly unknown Stateside.

“Actors in David’s television projects give their best performance, often of their career. It’s important to keep pushing the actors, particularly the young ones on each ‘Potter’ film,” Heyman said. “This is a political film, not with a capital P, but it’s about teen rebellion and the abuse of power. David has made films in the U.K. about politics without being heavy handed.”

In the new pic, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) leads a student revolt and gets his face slapped by Hogwart’s headmistress Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton)”I said to Daniel, ‘I’m going to ask Imelda to hit you in one of these takes, but you won’t know which one so you don’t flinch,’ ” Yates said. “I wanted to make the material feel real and emotionally truthful, so that the magic was more extraordinary.”

Among those at Sunday’s after-party where there were Potter carnival games like “Flip-a-Phoenix,” were Potter thesps Radcliffe and Emma Watson, scribe Michael Goldenberg and Warner Bros. studio toppers Alan Horn, Barry Meyer and production prexy Jeff Robinov.


Original article found at Variety I July 9, 2007

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Still Under The Spell

Written by James Mottram

54dllfHERE’S magic in the air the day I arrive at Leavesden Studios, the home of the Harry Potter films. In the canteen, a cordoned off section is filled with balloons, a table of presents and a banner that reads “Happy Birthday, Rupert”.

Of course, it’s for the red-haired Rupert Grint, who plays Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley. He has just turned 18, a rite of passage for any teenager but particularly if you’ve spent all those years in a former Rolls-Royce factory north of Watford working on a film franchise as big as this one. “There’s definitely a family atmosphere here,” says Grint, a big grin on his face as he unwraps his gifts.

Emma Watson, who plays Ron and Harry’s chum Hermione Granger, looks close to tears. “I’m a bit emotional today,” she says. “Rupert’s 18! I can’t believe it.” She tells me she bought him two Mambo T-shirts, which she forced the shop assistant to try on to check the size. Yet she also has cause to celebrate. The week we meet – during the filming of the forthcoming fifth instalment, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix – she has just received her GCSE results, which she passed with a flurry of Grade As. “I’m so chuffed,” she giggles. “I’m over the moon.”

It’s no surprise that working on the Potter films is like belonging to a second family. While directors have changed, the cast and the key crew members have stayed the same since the first film, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, was shot back in 2000. Watson, Grint and, of course, Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, have grown up together on these films. “Sometimes, I’ll go to a friend’s house and their little brothers and sisters will be playing the first film on DVD and it’s very strange,” admits Watson. “It’s like your baby pictures but a whole film of it. I look so different.”

Earlier in the year, reports had it that Watson was set to quit after the fifth film, a rumour that has since been strongly denied by backers Warner Brothers. After the first four films collectively grossed a staggering $1.1bn at the US box office, the studio is understandably keen to keep their popular cast intact. Indeed, while everyone here does their best to suggest working on Potter is a blast – a notice on the wall even advertises the annual Harry Potter golf tournament – as Hollywood executives buzz about in motorised carts around this vast warehouse-like complex, there is something rather military about the whole operation.

Marshalled by British producer David Heyman ever since he wisely snapped up the rights to JK Rowling’s books, you half expect to see his army of crew members practising square-bashing in their spare time. As any campaign dictates, supplies need to be nearby: hence wardrobe, with its rows of polythene-protected costumes on hangers, has a rather makeshift feel to it, not too far from the main sets. Meanwhile, the bunker holding various creature models, including the creepy giant spider from Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets guarding the doorway, is nestled much further out of the main building.

As we go on set, in a scene that sees Harry arrive at Grimmauld Place to receive vital information from the so-called Order of the Phoenix, it’s the perfect example of why the Potter films have endured.

“What’s beautiful about today is that you have a room full of, in my opinion, some of the finest actors in the world, in one scene,” explains director David Yates, who is on his first Potter tour of duty. And as David Thewlis and Gary Oldman pass me by, deep in conversation, while Brendan Gleeson, in full costume as the visually challenged ‘Mad Eye’ Moody, and Julie Walters loiter in the background, it’s hard to disagree.

Yet while it’s easy enough to swoop up the “crème de la crème of British acting talent” as Watson calls them – including new additions Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton – where the Potter films have played it smart is in regularly drafting in new directors. Certainly, bringing in the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, by far the darkest of the series to date, was a stroke of genius.

Likewise Yates, who has since signed on for the next episode, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, comes from a background in hard-hitting television dramas such as Sex Traffic.

“This film, I think, will be a little darker than the last one,” he promises.

With Harry’s nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort (frighteningly played by Ralph Fiennes) growing in power, this fifth film promises to be the most adult yet. As Radcliffe reports, he and Yates went to see a bereavement counsellor to ask some questions about how people deal with the death of loved ones.

“Thankfully, I’ve never been bereaved, so it was very useful for me, rather than dragging those emotions out of nowhere. There’s a wonderful line in one of the books that says: ‘What cannot be avoided must be accepted.’ And it’s quite true. In a way, death is the hardest of things to face up to, even for Harry, who has experienced a lot of it in his life.”

Still, it’s not all doom and gloom, as Harry finally plucks up the courage to kiss his beloved girl Cho (played by the Motherwell-born Katie Leung, see page 6), though when we meet, Radcliffe has yet to film the scene. “I don’t think it should look like either of them are good kissers or either of them are natural,” he muses. “It should look tender and innocent and quite endearing, and hopefully it will.”

It’s little wonder then that Yates believes that the Potter franchise hones in on “probably the most dramatic time of your life”, a time when “you’re discovering the opposite sex, and how complicated you are and how complicated the world can be”.

Already Radcliffe, who turns 18 this month, has been discovering this, notably with his recent celebrated performance as the disturbed Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s play Equus, which has taken London’s West End by storm. “The earlier you start, the more likely you are to be able to get people to see you as something else, rather than just as one character,” he says. With only two Potter films left to make, he knows his time as the boy wizard is coming to an end. “It will be very strange, but it will be quite liberating in a way,” he admits. “If there were going to be an infinite number of Harry Potters, I don’t think I could do it. It’s nice, knowing that there’s seven. I’ve always thought that’s a definite goal to try and hit.”

With Watson, Grint and Radcliffe on the verge of adulthood, it seems rather apt that their characters are maturing in the same way. “They’re all growing up now,” reflects Grint, who also branched out in his first adult role in last year’s Driving Lessons.

Still, the child in them all has yet to be extinguished by the demands of the Hollywood dream factory. “I know it’s not cool to be enthusiastic about things, but I can’t help it,” gushes Radcliffe. “I was never particularly good at anything at school. I got by. So when I came here, I found something I’m good at.”


Original article found at The Scotsman I July 1, 2007

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Pottering About

As fans await the latest Harry Potter film which opens next month, Steve Pratt visits the Hogwarts set to talks to Daniel Radcliffe about working with JK Rowling and Harry’s first screen kiss

‘IT’S like a little city,” says David Heyman, sitting in the heart of the magical place where he’s spent most of his last six working years. We’re at Leavesden Film Studios in Watford, 20 miles outside London, in the former Rolls Royce factory that’s become home to the Harry Potter movies taken from JK Rowling’s bestselling books.

The news that Harry Potter Land is being built in Universal Studios in Florida seems unnecessary as the campus where the films are shot has everything the most avid Potter fan could want, Hogwarts and all.

Millions will be spent on the US theme park, due to be open in 2009, but it won’t be the real thing. No visitor will be able to say they’ve sat in Dumbledore’s real chair as I did while visiting the set of the fifth film, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, last summer.

The makers of the Potter franchise have made Leavesden their home, leaving sets standing between films. “It’s been a real gift this place, because we can keep the sets up. Some have improved with time. In the Great Hall, the gargoyles that hold the flames have got blacker and grimier and dirtier with each film. It’s an organic thing, it makes it more lived in.”

We’ve watched, too, as the young cast get older and more lived in. The three leads – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – have grown up on screen. The fresh-faced youngsters have developed into teenagers, with Harry getting his first screen kiss in the fifth Potter film, released in mid-July.

Radcliffe is even contemplating life after Harry. “It’ll be strange, won’t it?,” he says. “Very liberating in a way, but I love being here and have learnt an enormous amount. Knowing there’re seven books, that’s a definite goal to hit.”

Unlike other child actors, Radcliffe hasn’t succumbed to pressures of early fame and fortune, despite his pay cheques making him one of the richest young men in the country. He’s kept a level head, although he’s not beyond having fun. “I love playing games with people,” he says.

“There was one day where JK Rowling came on set and I had half an hour talking to her, then I went back and made out to the extras that she’d told me the ending.”

Radcliffe fields questions like a pro, more efficiently and intelligently than many who’ve been doing it a lot longer. Some young actors might get embarrassed or shirty when asked, by a girl from a teen magazine, if tongues were used in his first screen kiss.

“No,” he says. “It was a lot more clinical. It’s like being in any scene really. If anything, it was disappointing about how unsexy it was.”

Since we spoke, he’s carried out his plan to strip off and appear totally nude on stage in the play Equus. All very surprising for someone who admits he’s only just becoming more confident with girls. “I was never shy but not particularly self-assured, and found it very hard to keep eye contact. But I’m getting better,” he says.

His co-stars have reason to celebrate too. Emma had heard that morning she’d bagged eight As in her exams and talks of wanting to go to university. For the moment, she’s signed up for the final two Potter films.

The balloons and neatly-packaged parcels on the table in the canteen at lunchtime are a clue to Grint’s reason to celebrate. It was his 18th birthday. He’s already left school and, like Radcliffe, is eager to do other work, having already starred with Julie Walters (his Weasley mother in Potter) in the film, Driving Lessons.

Still the laidback lad I remember from the first Potter film junket, he owns up to a problem with giggling on set, worried that laughing will ruin the take.

All three have learnt much over the five films, especially having different directors on the last three. Goblet Of Fire director Mike Newell was “not afraid to be rude or swear if you got it wrong”, says Grint. David Yates, who’s helming Order Of The Phoenix following TV success with Sex Traffic and State Of Play, is “really good at telling what you want to do”, he adds.

The scene he’s directing today is set at Grimmauld Place, where Harry meets Siris (Gary Oldman), the Weasleys and the rest of the Order of the Phoenix. It’s a small kitchen setting, tiny and enclosed compared to the Great Hall at Hogwarts. The detail is amazing, although it doesn’t have a ceiling, which is added digitally at a later stage.

Heyman believes that new directors are one of the things helping to make each one fresh. “One thing that’s very important is the producer has to be guardian of Jo’s vision but give the director freedom to make the film he wants. You have to allow them to bring their own vision to it,” he says.

In the Order of The Phoenix, 15-year-old Harry goes from apprentice wizard to a leader of men, assembling an army to fight the dark forces. “There’s an edge, and we’ll continue to get edgier. You’re dealing with a kid who is 15 and all the turmoil that brings. Dan has got better and better with each film. His experience away from Potter informs his work,” says Heyman.

A lot of people have come to the books from the films, and vice versa. Each is helping the other, he says. “Jo, in her mind, keeps them very separate. I call her up to make sure we don’t do anything to mess with her fiction. There was something we were going to cut and she said ‘I’m not sure you should do that’. She gave me a hint it might be relevant later on.”

In another part of the studio, Bafta-winning set designer Stuart Craig is overseeing the construction of the Ministry of Magic. The tiled exterior looks magnificent, although he reveals it’s only MDF with a good lacquer finish.

“Even though it’s a magical place, you try and give some kind of authenticity and credibility to it, so we went looking at some of the more interesting parts of London Underground. One thing a lot of them have are fantastic ceramic tiles. So I thought ‘we’ll nick that and run with that’.”

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources, such as a Burger King in London’s Tottenham Court Road. Craig has borrowed designs from this Victorian building for the ministry offices.

He created the world of Hogwarts for the first film. “We looked at the oldest buildings and they are, of course, in Europe, the great cathedrals and the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. We used them as locations and also stole from them,” he says.

Heyman made Rowling a promise on the first Potter film to respect the spirit and intention of the books. There was always one expert to ask if they got stuck creating the world of Hogwarts – the author herself. Craig recalls a meeting before the first film. “I was asking questions of geography, ‘where is this is relation to that?’ and she literally drew a map of Hogwarts,” he recalls.

“A map of the world showing the lake, the castle, Hogsmead village, Hagrid’s hut and the railway station. All of that is very specific and so that was spelled out. I have a print of that map upstairs and we still refer to it.”

Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix opens in cinemas on July 13.

The final book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, is published on July 21.


Original article found here: Northern Echo | June 2, 2007

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Japanese Press Conference

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Japanese Press Conference

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban press conference, June 28, 2004, Tokyo, Japan.
Source: Radio Nikkei (audio clip).
Transcript by allo for DanRadcliffe.com.

On June 28th, 2004, a press conference was held at the Roppongi Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo, to mark the release of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in Japan. Emma Watson (“Hermione”), Rupert Grint (“Ron”), director Alfonso Cuaron and producer David Heyman were present in Japan, and Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry”) participated in the press conference via satellite from London. This is a transcript of the proceedings.

AC: Can you see Daniel? (Checking video screen, which is blank)

DR: I’m here.

AC: I’m thrilled to be here. This is amazing. I think the Harry Potter fans in Japan are the number one Harry Potter fans in the world so this is the natural territory of this film. So I’m just absolutely thrilled and I’m proud and happy to have David, our producer, and our lovely cast, Rupert and Emma, and apparently Daniel is going to join us later, right?

DH: By satellite linkup with Daniel.

AC: There is going to be a satellite linkup to prove that Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t exist, that he’s a computer generated creature!

EW: Konichiwa! This is my first time in Japan. I’ve wanted to come here for a long time and so far, everyone’s been so friendly and so welcoming, which is lovely, and I’m having a fantastic time. I’m really excited to be here. NIHONDAISUKI!

RG: Japan is wicked! I’ve always wanted to come here and it’s been really cool. I’ve really liked it.

DH: Hello, thank you all for being here and thank you for making us all feel so welcome. I came to Japan last time with Daniel and you made us feel so welcome and I’m so excited to be back here again. The Japan Harry Potter fans are the most loyal fans in the world – as Alfonso said, they’re the number one Potter fans – so thank you and as Emma Watson, my Japanese teacher, said: NIHONDAISUKI!

(Daniel Radcliffe appears on the video screen)

Host: Hello Daniel! May we have a few words from you, Daniel?

DR: I’m very sorry that I can’t be with you today but I’m in London filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the underwater sequence at the moment. Hello to all of you guys, David, Rupert, Emma, Alfonso, hello. I hope I will come back for the fourth film because I love Japan. I went there a couple of years ago with David, it was absolutely fantastic.

Q: Daniel, are you sitting in a movie set right now?

DR: I’m in the Gryffindor common room set at the moment, yes.

Q: Is something going to happen in that room, in the movie?

DR: Yes, actually, you’re right. Many things happen! In the third film, or in the fourth film?

Q: In the fourth film, in the new film that you’re filming right now?

DR: I’m almost certain that something does happen but I can’t actually remember what at the moment!

Host: Thank you Daniel, and we will start the question and answer session here in Tokyo from now, OK?

Q: The question is, besides Harry’s character, who are you closest to, do you think? Hermione or Ron? Personality-wise…

DR: Who am I most like? Oh God…!

DH: I think you’re a cross between the two.

DR: I think you’re absolutely right, David!

RG: I think he’s [Ron’s] pretty much the opposite of Hermione. Probably I’d have to say Harry then. Oh, me? Probably Harry because I’m not really into school and that. Yeah, I’ll go with Harry!

EW: Um, that’s a hard question. Probably, like Dan (I’m going to steal your answer there), a mixture of the two.

Q: This movie was very exciting, the camera work was dynamic too. How did you feel when you first saw the completed film?

DR: It was amazing because when you’ve worked on a film for 10, 11 months, to see it all put together is a fantastic moment. And it’s a fantastic film so it was brilliant to see what Alfonso had done with it for the first time. It was a great moment.

RG: Seeing the film was amazing because you get to see all the special effects that you didn’t get to see when you were filming it, like all the dementors and that. It was really cool.

EW: As Dan was saying, when you’ve worked on a film for such a massive amount of time, and you have no clue what it’s going to look like as a finished product, it’s very exciting. Also, a lot of the special effects and a lot of the things they add in after, it’s really really exciting to see them. Great moment.

AC: I felt relieved, and I was pleasantly surprised because the movie ended up pretty much the movie that I wanted it to be in the first place. The movie that I wanted to make was a movie that reflected the spirit of the book so I felt relief in that sense – I felt it was reflecting that spirit. Also, it was great to finally see all these elements together. For months and months the cast was performing against a ball and stick, and that ball and a stick was replaced by computer-generated creatures. I have to say that I learned something about these computer generated creatures and that is that it doesn’t matter how good they are, and how well-crafted they are, they don’t come to life until there’s a human element. So, a dementor is only going to be as scary as how Daniel Radcliffe reacts with fear, and the hippogriff is going to be as cute or tender as long as the reactions of the actors toward the hippogriff. Otherwise, it’s just a computer generated thing. What is great is how this cast brought all these computer generated characters to life.

DH: For me, it was a remarkable thing, seeing the film altogether, as Alfonso and Rupert, Emma and Daniel have said, for so long they’re acting against a yellow ball or something that’s not there and then when you see everything put together, it all makes sense. But Alfonso had such a clear idea of the film he was making from the beginning – that’s not to say that there weren’t surprises along the way – but he really did have an overall vision of the film. It’s not a series of episodes, it’s a whole film and he knew exactly what he wanted. When you look at the storyboards that were done for many of his sequences or you look at the previsualization – we do these animated cartoons of sequences that have a lot of special effects – when you look at those that were done before we started filming and then you look at what actually ends up in the film it’s exactly the same. Alfonso had in his head the film he wanted to make and he made it. So for me, when I saw it all together, it was a very exciting moment. I really feel that it is exactly the film that should have been made of the book. Jo Rowling has said that it’s her favorite of the three films. She even said that those things that were changed, nobody will miss and those things that Alfonso had added, she wished she’d thought of herself. So for me it was a great experience and I know it was also that way for Jo Rowling.

Daniel, this is a question for you. He really felt that you’d grown up in this movie – you’re taller and more mature. When do you feel in your daily life that you’re more grown up, that you’re more mature?

DR: Not very often. I don’t know. I haven’t grown that much. It’s now quite depressing because Emma’s taller than me. But I hope I’ve grown as an actor. Everything I learned with Chris, Alfonso took to a new level so I think that it’s down to Alfonso that I’ve grown as an actor. I owe that to him.

Q: Daniel, can you tell us what sort of fan mail do you get from Japan? What do they say to you in their letters?

DR: Probably about 50 percent of the fan letters I get overall are from Japan, and they’re just the most amazing letters because the presentation is just amazing. I can’t tell you what they all say because that wouldn’t be quite fair but they’re fantastic letters and thank you to everyone in Japan who continues to support the film.

Q: We know that you work well together and that you’re good friends as well. So, Emma and Rupert, we want you to tell us what you think of Daniel and what kind of person he is, and Daniel would you please tell us what you think of Rupert and Emma?

DR: Be very careful!

EW: Dan’s a very, very good friend. He has a fantastic sense of humor, he keeps everyone on the set laughing and entertained. He’s a great guy, he’s down to earth and I actually genuinely like him. There you go!

RG: We get on really well, we have a really good time. It’s really good when you’re filming when you really get on – it seems to go better. He’s alright! We get on really well.

DR: You’re too kind!

Host: So now it’s your turn, Daniel!

EW: No pressure!

DR: Me, Rupert and Emma are all just really good friends. It’s just great to be on the set with them and as Rupert said, if we really hated each other it would make things a lot more difficult so it’s pretty lucky that we actually get on very well. Emma is like a sister to me and Rupert is a really, really awesome friend so we get on really really well. And thank you very much Emma, you were very kind about me there!

Q: So Mr Cuaron, you saw these three on the set. Did they really get along with each other?

AC: (joking) No, they hate each other! It’s so hard to keep them from fighting all the time! That’s the reason Daniel didn’t come – the real reason is because they’re not on speaking terms any more!

DR: They wouldn’t let me on the plane!

AC: No, actually, the problem of the three of them getting along so well is that they tend to team against you, so that was the only downside about them getting along so well!

Q: You have been practising magic for some time now and the level of your knowledge has probably gone up as well. So if you were really able to do magic, what would you like to do and what kind of things would you like to use the magic for?

EW: I’d like to be able to come to Tokyo without suffering jetlag.

RG: I’d really like to become invisible. That would be cool because then I could escape from exams.

DR: There’s a spell that Hermione uses probably about a hundred times in the first film which is “Alohomora” and it opens doors, and that would be really cool because then you could get anywhere, pretty much.

Q: Which door would you like to open with that spell?

DR: That’s a very good question!

Q: The emotions of the three were really well portrayed in this film. What kind of advice did you receive from the director, from Ms. Rowling and from the other cast members in creating your own character? And for you, Mr Cuaron, including the ad libs that they did, what kind of thing did you learn from the cast members?

EW: I’ve never been told anything specifically, well, not from any of the actors, but I’m lucky enough to work with so many talented people that just watching them and admiring them from a distance is enough for me to improve as an actress. One the things that I was very flattered by was Alfonso’s willingness to listen to our ideas. I was very flattered when he asked us to write an essay because it showed that he cared what we thought. That was a massive compliment to me. I loved the freedom that he gave me to explore my character and take it to another level. Alfonso is a fantastically energetic director and I think I’ve learned a lot from working with him.

RG: As Emma said, I can’t really remember any specific piece of advice that he gave us but depending on the scene, he would always run us down on what was going on. He was good like that. Oh yeah, the essays, as Emma mentioned – it could have been quite useful but I forgot to do it. But luckily he thought it was sort of like my character so I got away with it.

DR: Obviously, the essay was incredibly helpful but I think Alfonso’s direction was what carried the film and was what helped me to develop again. The only specific piece of advice I got from an actor was from Emma Thompson where we were doing a scene and it was literally a walk out and I was overthinking it too much and I was debating with myself whether I should walk or whether I should run and Emma Thompson turned to me and said “Dan, just do it!” and I did and it worked perfectly and that was it and that’s the shot that’s in the film.

Q: Mr Heyman?

DH: Did Alfonso give me any direction? All the time! There would be no films without these three kids. They are the reasons why the films shine in the way that they do. They each embody their characters so successfully. Rupert talks about not writing the essay, well, true to character, Emma wrote around 65 pages on her character and Dan wrote a couple of pages so the response to even the essay was true to character. They’re fantastic – they bring an enthusiasm which is infectious. I think they make everybody around them as enthusiastic as they are. They bring in energy and are completely uncynical. It’s been great to see them grow. I think in this film, the performances are much more nuanced, much more developed, much more thoughtful and yet you never think that they’re acting, they’re just being. They’re great and clearly they do contribute – they are in their own ways very like their characters so they contribute immeasurably.

AC: Part of the question is what I learned from them. I learned so much, I’m very thankful to them because a movie like this is such a long process and you feel exhausted. But these three guys, they don’t lose their enthusiasm. They can be responsible and at the same time have fun. They can be mischievous and at the same time be generous. They work longer hours probably than any of us, because they do their work and go to school. Any time I would start complaining to myself about how tired I am, about how tough this process is, in a way, they would be my masters. I would just observe them and realize that I was a wimp. Their inner strength is absolutely beautiful.

DR: You were working 25 hour days.

AC: I’m very thankful to you guys. For me, it is something that transcends a film. It is very present in my head and in my heart. It’s something that will keep on going for the rest of my life.

EW: I know that David and Rupert and Dan and Alfonso would never give themselves very much credit so somebody has to say it for them. The people who put forward the film that you see now work so hard. Dan is one of the most determined people I have ever seen. He astounds me because he is always in there, he always has enthusiasm and he is always focused and it means so much to him and he deserves… all these people deserve any credit that you give them.

Q: Daniel, can we have a final comment from you, and after that, we will end the press conference.

DR: Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy the film and I hope I can come back there soon because I absolutely love it there. And I hope everyone loves the film – I’m sure they will, it’s a really fantastic film. Thank you very much, everyone.


Original article found at Dan Radcliffe.comI June 28th, 2004

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Rupert Grint: Philosopher’s Stone Premieres on ABC

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US TV network ABC tonight broadcast the US network premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in a special four-hour presentation. In exclusive interviews from the Great Hall on the “Harry Potter” set, the film’s stars – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) – talked about their work in the movie in interstitials that were featured throughout the telecast. The telecast itself presented an extended version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, including materials not seen in the original theatrical release (basically the deleted scenes on the DVD inserted into the film). And by exclusive arrangement, at the conclusion of the broadcast, ABC aired a 10-minute sneak peek at the third film in the “Harry Potter” series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the interstitials and the 10 minute preview.

Introduction

Daniel Radcliffe: Hi, I’m Dan Radcliffe.

Emma Watson: I’m Emma Watson.

Rupert Grint: And I’m Rupert Grint.

D: We are delighted to be with you this evening to host the network premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone here on ABC.

E: Throughout the night, we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite memories from the first film.

R: We’ll also be giving you an exclusive first look at the new film

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens nationwide on June 4th.

D: At the end of the film, we will show you a great 10 minute making-of special with never-before-seen film clips, behind the scenes and interviews with the cast, filmmakers and our new director, Alfonso Cuaron.

E: Hope you enjoy the movie!

A Star (Or 3) Is Born

E: Rupert and I were together when we found out that we had the part.

R: Yeah, we were in David Heyman’s office.

E: Wow, that was scary.

D: I was in the bath… um… yeah… (laughter) we won’t go into too much detail about that one!

E: Tell us about your audition, Rupert!

R: I really wanted to be in this film so I made this videotape and at the beginning I dressed up as a woman and then I did this little rap song about how I wanted to be in the film.

D: Can you remember the rap?

R: No, I can’t remember the rap!

E: Oh come on, please!!

R: No, I can’t remember the rap.

D: I met David at the theatre completely by chance one night – he just happened to be sitting in the row in front of me. Yeah, and then I came to the auditions and then I met you guys and yeah, it kind of all went from there.

E: Yeah, because me and you (pointing at Rupert) had quite a few auditions together when we were doing it.

R: Oh yeah we did didn’t we?

E: You should all go to the theatre… that happens…

R: Or dress up as women!

E: Either way!

Lights, Camera, Potter

E: When I first walked onto the set and saw all these people and… oh my goodness… and the cameras and…

D: It was scary at first but it was really exciting I think.

E: …on the first day of the film…

D: It was kind of intimidating because the first thing we were ever doing was with loads of extras…

R: And the train…

E: Yeah, no pressure!

D: Yeah, the train was particularly demanding!

E: I was so nervous.

R: I know.

[clip: Trio and Snape in the corridor]

R: The sets were just amazing, some of them were just really big like this Great Hall.

D: I think one of the most intimidating things is probably the scale. I mean, they are, like, this is huge.

E: I think everyone has visions in their head about what Hogwarts, this magical place, is like but I have to say that the sets that they have created live up to the expectations of the book.

D: It’s weird because when I was reading the books, I always had this tendency to visualize cartoons as the characters – DOESN’T EVERYONE??? (as the others laugh) – so it was really weird seeing it all come to life and be real as well.

E: Great.

The Fame Game

E: I remember somebody saying to me “Would you sign a book for me?”. I could not believe it. It’s so hard when it, like, hits. I could not understand why anyone would want my name on a piece of paper.

D: Especially, I have really horribly bad handwriting. So it’s like, why do you want the handwriting of a five year old on your nice book? You’d ruin it!

E: Dan’s first… well, far from his first… encounter with quite a big fan… A massive fan…

D: I was doing an interview with MTV in America and there’s a girl standing down there in a towel, nothing but a towel, just a towel, with a huge sign saying “Nothing comes between me and Harry Potter”. But she seemed really nice.

E: That’s an everyday thing for Dan you know…

D: No, it’s really really not!

E: Girls were holding up signs with “Marry Me Dan”…

D: Really?

E: Properly.

D: Wow.

Conjuring up Sorcerer’s Stone Memories

D: Quidditch is quite an experience really because it’s very surreal because you are on a broomstick and you’re just kind of being thrown about in front of this bluescreen and it’s just very… It’s not the most comfortable of sorts to play I have to say but the end result is always so good that it’s always worth it in the end and you always kind of have that thought to see you through really.

R: Oh yeah, the chess scene, that was fun because I got to get on that horse. That was really cool, yeah.

E: In the first film, I remember the hardest scene for me to do was the troll scene because of those stunts. I literally ate dust for about a week. Properly ate dust. I had a bump on the back of my head where every time I went under them [the sinks] – bang, bang, bang, all the way down!

D: Yeah, but it looked amazing.

E: Well it was hard but it was one of those things that when I saw it, I was like yeah, you know, that’s really good. It looks good.

The Prisoner of Azkaban: The Magic Continues

D: I think Prisoner of Azkaban, compared to the last two films were… like the second film particularly was really an action movie. The third film is much more of a kind of emotional journey for Harry.

[Clip: Harry and Lupin]

D: My scenes with David Thewlis really make up kind of the emotional heart of the film and they are amazing scenes. They are so moving.

R: It’s a lot more darker as well. There’s a lot more scary things in it.

[Clip: Ron and Hermione outside the Shrieking Shack]

E: That moment we have outside the Shrieking Shack, all those nice hormones coming out…

D: I think the teenage tension between Ron and Hermione with the kind of hormonal thing is actually really funny.

E: There’s kind of a love-hate relationship going on there.

R: Some awkward moments.

E: Yeah, there’s quite a few of them!

D: The hand moment.

R: I get bogged down with the hand moment

The Prisoner of Azkaban: New Film, New Director

D: It was great to have the transition between Chris and Alfonso because we did learn so much with Chris Columbus, we were now getting a chance to put everything we learnt with Chris into practice with a new director which is of course a challenge in itself.

E: I think Alfonso gave us so much freedom. He’d always turn around and say to you “You know what, it’s not me, you’ve got to decide for yourself, you come up with whatever feels natural”.

D: And eventually I think we all got into that and I think it worked really well in the end.

E: And a lot of the things that are in the second one are still in the third one. I mean they haven’t changed – he kept a lot of sets, the same kind of stuff but it’s just evolved. He wanted it to be really fluid. He wanted it to be real. He wanted to take the gloss off it.

Big Bad Boggarts

D: A boggart is basically a shape-shifter which, if it confronts someone, it assumes the form of that person’s worst nightmare.

[Clip: Lupin’s first DADA class]

D: So in Ron’s case it would be spiders.

[Clip: Ron confronts a boggart-spider]

D: That’s gonna be a really funny scene.

E: It will be so mad.

D: That was actually one of the first things we shot.

[Clip: Neville confronts boggart-Snape]

D: Any scene with Alan Rickman in a dress has got to be worth seeing, really!

E: Exactly! Alan Rickman… full blown, you know… the dress… we had the beautiful hat… Great!

The Making of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

D: And now we would like to share with you this exclusive sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

E: You’ll definitely meet a few new things – new characters, new creatures and finally, Hermione wearing jeans!

R: As you can see, we’ve grown a bit. So enjoy the show.

[Assorted behind-the-scenes clips]

E: This one is sort of a bigger picture.

R: Yeah, it’s a lot darker as well, there’s a lot more scary things in it.

D: The fact that it’s darker is because it’s in the book.

R: In the second one we had the spiders – that was scary for me, yeah – but this time we’ve got Dementors.

E: It’s a bit of a different ballgame to go from creepy spiders to go to, suddenly, people which suck your soul out.

D: We do have other things in this one.

R: Yeah, the hippogriff was really cool.

D: Prisoner of Azkaban, compared to the last two films, is a lot different. There’s so many different people.

E: Emma Thompson – I was so pleased to be working with her.

D: Gary Oldman – I have so much respect for him as an actor.

E: Michael Gambon entered into his own perception of what Dumbledore was going to be like.

R: He was really amazing.

D: It is a much funnier film.

[Clip of Knight Bus]

E: Smack! Bam! Crash!

D: I get thrown against windows, I’m all over the place!

E: I think you can tell it’s a different director – he’s just done it in a different way. It’s great.

Alfonso Cuaron: Chris Columbus had done the first two films and he had put together a universe that was very eloquent, so I felt very comfortable to play in that universe.

Chris Columbus: Alfonso’s got a real good visual sense, he’s always been really strong with actors. I really grew to care about these kids and I wanted to make sure they were in the hands of someone who would take care of them, who would look after their best interests and I think they formed a really strong relationship.

A: I was the luckiest guy because I got these three kids that they’ve done already two Harry Potters. They knew everything relating about their own characters and the universe around them.

C: I was completely blown away by their performances because there’s such a maturity, there’s such an assurance, there’s confidence.

E: Alfonso, he was very trusting, he wanted us to put a lot of ourselves and our thoughts into the characters. He’d always turn around and say to you “You come up with whatever feels natural”.

D: And eventually I think we all got into that and I think it worked really well in the end.

R: Yeah, that was quite cool. He’s funny, he’s really funny and easy to work with as well which is really good.

E: In the series so far, you have never ever seen us fight and then suddenly in this one, it all falls apart. It’s me and Ron, it gets really bad, it’s the whole cat and the rat thing isn’t it?

David Heyman: The actors are growing up with the characters and the characters are growing up with the story and the story itself is obviously much more mature.

D: In this film there’s a major stand toward the Dursleys with Aunt Marge getting inflated by a spell that I don’t even try to do.

E: In this one, Hermione really comes into her own. It’s like meeting a different person you know, she’s girl power. Malfoy insults her and instead of, you know, keep walking, just ignore him, that’s it – smack!

D: It’s about time really.

E: Take him down a peg or two.

E: We look like teenagers.

D: Yes.

E: I mean, Hermione gets to wear jeans.

R: Ron’s clothes, they stay the same throughout the whole thing, it’s like… Weasley jumpers and poor clothes. I like that, I felt you got into the character a bit more.

[More clips from trailer]

DH: The Prisoner of Azkaban refers to a character by the name of Sirius Black who has spent the last 12 years in prison because it is thought that he murdered, or was responsible for the murder of Harry’s parents. When the film begins, the Prisoner of Azkaban has escaped and he’s on the run and coming to find Harry Potter.

Gary Oldman: I look like I’ve escaped from prison, don’t you think?

D: Working with Gary Oldman this time was just the highlight of my life! When you’re working with Gary, David Thewlis, who is amazing – the scenes with David in the film are just stunning – and Timothy Spall and Alan Rickman all in the same room at the same time, it’s kind of… I was just going to sit down in the corner and be quiet and you guys can…

E: Whoa! No pressure!

Michael Gambon: It’s like every actor’s fantasy isn’t it, playing somebody like Dumbledore, being in Harry Potter, so I’m delighted, I enjoyed the making of it.

Maggie Smith: This is a stunning cast this time and they’re so good, all those guys. There’s a whole lot new. The magic never kind of goes, it’s a magic place to be.

[Clip of Professor Trelawney]

A: She portrays this eccentric character.

D: Professor Trelawney’s scenes are actually, the earlier ones, are really funny.

E: She’s insane. The much earlier ones, she’s absolutely crazy and your reactions to her are really funny.

D: There are scenes of me and Rupert in Divination, just kind of slowly falling asleep…

R: Yeah, snoring, yeah.

D: …and then being woken up by her HUGE EYES behind these glasses!

Emma Thompson: She does see really truly frightening things. She’s looking into tea cups where she sees something very nasty in store for Harry. She ratchets up the suspense basically, she’s there to sort of really get the plot going and get us all feeling a bit nervous.

R: Hagrid becomes a teacher in this one.

E: He is so pleased to be a professor.

Robbie Coltrane: Basically he’s in charge of the magical creatures and some of them are a bit unpredictable.

[Clip of Hagrid introducing Buckbeak]

R: Yeah, that was really amazing – it was like, half horse, half eagle. That was quite cool.

RC: And it’s Hagrid’s job to introduce it to the children and show them how to do it right and how not to offend it or frighten it and so on and of course GUESS WHO gets it wrong.

D: Dobby was kind of the star in the second film and I think Buckbeak’s going to be the star of this one really.

E: So real… so real…

[Clip: Harry flying Buckbeak over the lake]

A: The film is a story filled with magic and magical creatures. Effects are looking really cool. We have a war whoop, the Monster Book of Monsters.

D: And you do kind of think that if all textbooks had teeth and were this vicious, you would pay a lot more attention…

E: …Attention in class, definitely.

A: There’s a creature – the Dementors – they project the fear within.

D: They act almost as a wakeup call, to say “I do have weaknesses, I’m not that kind of powerful or that strong”.

A: The theme of the film – this kid finding his identity as a teenager and he’s learning that both the fears and the power to fight them reside within.

D: It’s more of an emotional journey…

E: Yeah, it’s all emotional, everyone’s on the edge…

D: And then it’s just really exciting at the same time.

The End

D: Well that’s about all we have time for tonight.

E: We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the film and our special sneak preview as much as we’ve enjoyed making all the Harry Potter films over the past few years.

R: We’ve had a great time being your hosts this evening and we look forward to seeing you again when the movie opens June 4th.


Original article found at Dan Radcliffe.comI May 9th, 2004

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, David Heyman Interviews

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.”
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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.”
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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: About.com | November 14th, 2002


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Hangin’ With… Harry, Hermione, and Ron

It must have been a huge responsibility to portray the beloved characters of Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione in the filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone but the three young actors chosen for the task were up to the challenge. In a huge mansion in England which was stuffed with “Potter” props like cauldrons, pictures, tables, etc, the press met with “Harry” (Daniel Radcilffe, 12), “Ron” (Rupert Grint, 13) and “Hermione” (Emma Watson, 11). The actors talked about how they got their dream roles, pranks they pulled on the set and how they are dealing with their sudden fame.

AGW: Where were you when you learned you got the parts?

Daniel: I was in the bath and my dad just got a call and he just told me they wanted me to play Harry Potter and I just cried. It was so cool.

Emma: David (the producer) invited Rupert and I to his office and we sat down really casual and he said ‘you’ve got the part’. Oh my God, I so shocked. I just stood there for five minutes going ‘pinch me’. I couldn’t believe it. I think I did a lot of auditions.

Rupert: It was really strange. I can’t remember most of it because I was in awe. Amazing but one of the greatest moments of my life.

Director Chris Columbus says that it was magic when these three young actors were grouped together. “The final screen test was different groupings. We put Dan with different Rons and Hermiones. We needed to see who had chemistry. When the three got together in front of the camera you just knew it. They fit together”.

AGW: Daniel, we’ve heard that your parents weren’t that hot on your playing this part. How did that change?

Daniel: They weren’t really reluctant to me playing it. When I audition, I always get my hopes up really high. They knew there were thousands of boys auditioning and it was pretty unlikely I’d get the part. They didn’t want me to get my hopes up and then be really upset about it.

AGW: Emma, you have really big hair in the film which is obviously different from your real looks, so congratulations on that. (She laughs).

Emma: They used a little bit of hair extensions and fluffed it up a bit and I had to braid it and it made it go poofy.

AGW: How hard was it on you to become Hermione and were you threatened by having to live up to everyone’s expectations of the character, by having to be a role model?

Emma: It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me and the best thing. I’ve really enjoyed making the film. I’d love to think that people would see me as a role model. That’s pretty cool.

AGW: Rupert, this was your first big onscreen experience. What was it like for you?

Rupert: It is really weird but so fun. I had such a brilliant time. It was so different from what I normally did.

AGW: Daniel, you are now going to be the most famous kid actor in the world. Have you thought about that?

Daniel: I think that would be fun but I’m just doing to take it as it comes and see what happens. If that is the case, then it would just be fun.

AGW: Daniel, kids all over the world have identified with Harry Potter. Have you? Why do you think he’s so interesting?

Daniel: I think the reason everybody seems to identify with him is because other than the fact he’s a wizard, he’s a really normal person and I think it’s also the fact that he goes from being nothing to something really huge and famous and very important in the wizard world. I think he’s inspired a lot of people including me. I admire that he’s very loyal to all his friends. I think that’s one of the most important things you can be and that’s what Harry is.

AGW: For all of you, what was the most fun or best thing about making the film?

Rupert: I was a really big Harry Potter fan. And Ron was my favorite character so it was wicked to play him in the film. I just love acting. The acting part was best.

Emma: Rupert just nicked that out of my head. No, at the very beginning I was fanatic about Harry Potter. I was already in the middle of the third book. I loved acting. I’ve been in every school play possible. The best thing? People I work with. They been so nice to me and made sure that the time I spent doing this amazing film was very good.

Daniel: I have to say also, the people that I worked with. They made the last year of my life the most fantastic and exciting I’ve ever had, most inspirational one.

AGW: Daniel, this wasn’t your first film. How does it compare with playing David Copperfield?

Daniel: It’s similar but on a much wider, huger scale. More stunts which is cool.

AGW: All of you, what are you doing to try to prepare yourself for all the attention and fame the film will bring you?

Emma: My friends are a big part of my (hanging onto a normal life). I’m so grateful for my friends because they’ve treated me as a normal person. They know me as Emma and don’t go around calling me Hermione Granger. My parents are being really good about it. They made me feel that if I didn’t get the part I was just as special as if I did.

Rupert: All my brothers, sisters and friends have made my life so much more normal. Every time I come off the set I’m a normal kid again because of them. One brother and three sisters. I still have arguments with my brother sometimes. The little ones don’t really understand.

Daniel: I have such a normal life. I see my friends really regularly. I do the same school work they do. Again, everybody on the set has helped me remain normal. I rarely get recognized as well so that’s cool.

AGW: But don’t you secretly want to be famous?

Emma: I don’t like the idea of everyone in the whole entire world knowing my face or everyone coming up to me and saying ‘oh my God. You’re the girl who plays Hermione’. I enjoy being normal.

Daniel: I think I do want to be famous but I want to lead a normal life in that I still see my friends and I still do my schoolwork. But, at the same time, I’m inspired by a lot of famous people who have done so well.

Rupert: Being famous is wicked but it’s cool to be normal as well.

AGW: How was working with special effects like filming the Quidditch match?

Daniel: It was very surreal playing Quidditch because you see it in your mind in the book so clearly then you see it in the film and it’s just the same. It was amazing. We went so fast on those broomsticks. All I can tell you is we were up very high. It was cool!

Rupert: The effects were the bits that made it so fun. The dog drool, that was kind of disgusting but it was wicked and brilliant. Don’t know what it was (made out of).

Emma: In one of my stunts, I had to climb up out of a cubicle 30 centimeters. It was like being in the army. It was really hard work. I think that day I swallowed 50 percent dust and 50 percent food. It was great fun.

AGW: You all must have grown a lot during filming.

Emma: I grew three and a half inches during the film.

Daniel: Probably about three or four inches.

Rupert: I’ve grown a bit.

AGW: Emma, you are sort of the only girl in the film. How was that?

Emma: It was sort of hard being the only girl in a film for six months. Hermione’s got to be very “nose up’. I think that’s the whole of her charisma. If she didn’t have that, she’d be normal and it’s what creates her really. The fact that she’s so ‘Well, I’m right and you’re wrong’. I love that in her.

AGW: If you could have a wizard spell in real life which would it be?

Daniel: I have two choices. I’ve got invisibility. It would be so cool to be able to go out anywhere without people knowing. And the other would be Fluffy the three-headed dog because, with him, nobody would try to fight me.

Rupert: The sweets and just being a wizard as well.

AGW: Did you believe in magic before the movie?

Daniel: I always believed in magic 100 percent and I’ve always been fascinated by it.

Emma: I never really thought of it. When someone says to me ‘magic’ I think of a white rabbit and a black hat. I’m not superstitious. Like I only read horoscopes for fun.

Rupert: After being in Harry Potter, I believe more in magic than I did before.

AGW: Do you think that all this sorcery is leading kids down the wrong path?

Daniel: Well it’s not about sorcery, it’s about the idea of good over evil and the idea of redeeming love because it’s Harry’s mother’s love for him that saves him from Voldemort.

AGW: Daniel, are you a wrestling fan and, all of you, what kinds of music do you listen to or what’s fun to do?

Daniel: I was a huge fan of WWF. Since I’ve done Harry, there’s not as much time (to watch). I like The Rock. Music? I like U-2, REM, Stereophonics, JJ72. I like lots of bands.

Emma: I love music. I like Dido. My dad always played loads of Chuck Berry and blues when I was little so I like that stuff as well. I don’t like classical or opera but I enjoy all the latest stuff on the radio. Different types.

Rupert: I hang with my friends, go to the cinema and I play football sometimes.

AGW: Who were your fantasy heroes before Harry Potter?

Daniel: I like the idea of Spiderman because being able to climb with the webby thing is cool.

Emma: My heroes are actors and actresses. I like Julia Roberts. I like Goldie Hawn, John Cleese.

AGW: Okay, Emma, in 7 years, throughout these “Potter” films, who is Hermione going to end up with, Harry or Ron?

Emma: This is so embarrassing. I have no idea. I reckon I’m going to be single. I believe that Hermione will end up single.

AGW: Was there anyone who was intimidating, like Alan Rickman or Robbie Coltrane?

Daniel: No, they’ve both got dry sense of humors. They’re both very funny. Robbie Coltrane’s got a great sense of humor which is a good thing because at one point I changed the language on his mobile phone to Turkish.

AGW: Can you tell us about some more fun on the set?

Daniel: The lady in charge of the hair has this thing where you type in the letters and print them out and you can stick them on people. So we printed out loads of “kick me’s” and put them on Robbie Coltrane’s back (Robbie plays groundskeeper Hagrid). After several kicks he found out. Hey, Emma stuck it on him. It was my idea.

Emma: He laughed. He’s got the best sense of humor ever. He’s a great person. He thought it was fun.

AGW: You are now making the second film. Things must be different from making the first.

Daniel: Over the year we got to know one another very well. So we’re kind of like a family. Each year we just reunite. It’s fun.


Original article found at A Girl’s World | November 12th, 2001


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At Last, Harry Potter And Friends Step Out of the Shadows

It has been announced this afternoon that the young British actor Daniel Radcliffe will be playing Harry Potter in Warner Bros’s forthcoming film adaptation of the international bestseller.

The rumours on many film gossip and news websites last Friday that reckoned that Gabriel Thomson (see our earlier news story) had won the role turned out to be just that, and Ain’t it Cool News’s spy (where the rumour seems to have originated) got his Dickens adaptations muddled up.

Like Thomson, Radcliffe is also the star of a recent Dickens adaptation. The British boy played the young David Copperfield in a BBC TV adaptation of the classic novel. Prior to this, the actor had no professional acting experience.

Newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (pictured, with Radcliffe centre) will be taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, President, Worldwide Theatrical Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, said: “We searched through all Muggle and Wizard households to find just the right young people to play Harry, Ron and Hermione and we have found them in Dan, Rupert and Emma.

“These are magical roles, the kind that come around once in a lifetime, and they required talented children who can bring magic to the screen.”

“We saw so many enormously talented kids in the search for Harry,” said director Chris Columbus. “The process was intense and there were times when we felt we would never find an individual who embodied the complex spirit and depth of Harry Potter. Then, Dan walked into the room and we all knew we had found Harry.

“We were equally elated upon meeting Emma and Rupert who are perfect for the roles of Hermione and Ron. I couldn’t be happier to begin work with such talented, inspiring young actors.”

Added producer David Heyman, “While we have been alternately amused and bemused by the rumours about what we’re doing, we are overjoyed to finally put them to rest. These are tremendously talented British kids who will bring so much to the film. We have always been and continue to be devoted to remaining true and faithful to the book.”

Author J. K. Rowling, who has held firm on her desire to have the lead characters played by British actors, is pleased with the choice. “Having seen Dan Radcliffe screen test, I don’t think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry,” she said. “I wish Dan, Emma and Rupert the very best of luck and hope that they have as much fun acting the first year at Hogwarts as I had writing it.”

Eleven-year-old Daniel Radcliffe will be seen later this year in the John Boorman film The Tailor of Panama. Ten-year-old Emma Watson and 11-year-old Rupert Grint have both acted in school plays.


Original article found here: The Guardian | August 21st, 2000

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