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Fiennes on Voldemort: "A Rejected Person"

Fiennes Interviews
Posted by: sue
October 09, 2008, 12:23 PM

Actor Ralph Fiennes has made some new remarks on the character he portrays in the Harry Potter films: Lord Voldemort. Speaking with Variety, Ralph Fiennes says that as an actor he developed some background of the Dark Lord before taking on the part several years ago (and several HP books) for the Goblet of Fire movie. The article notes the actor “worked hard to develop a convincing backstory for Lord Voldemort that would ring psychologically true, despite the fact that Fiennes is virtually unrecognizable in the role under layers of ghoulish makeup.” Quotage:

“I hesitated for a bit before committing to the role because it sort of requires you to personify evil, and I don’t know how you do that,” Fiennes says. “I latched onto what was maybe crude psychology in working out Voldemort’s obsession with Harry. Harry was loved by his parents, which Voldemort can’t stand. He is, of course, a rejected person. It’s quite basic: the rejected child who’s emotionally been denied affection turns violent. You have to suggest there’s more there, a life, a spirit, a mind. It isn’t just a creepy voice and makeup. I always think you can find more in something. It’s good to just keep asking questions until someone says cut.”

Thanks Radcakesfan!

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sachem
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jensenly

If you want to check out another really nasty performance by Fiennes, go see “The Duchess”. Another evil character that Fienned nailed. Hehehe…….

Posted by jensenly on October 14, 2008, 11:12 PM report to moderator
Naria

It’s not everyone who can look beyond Voldemort’s snake face, and yet not try to make him a pitiful, understanding character. Fiennes is brilliant, and does a great job as Voldemort.

Posted by Naria on October 18, 2008, 01:20 AM report to moderator
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