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John Hurt to Film again as Ollivander this Month for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
November 04, 2009, 12:48 PM

Actor John Hurt has made some new comments regarding his role as the mysterious wandmaker Mr. Ollivander for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Confirming his character will be in both films, John Hurt spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about filming again this month on the movie, as well as some frank comments on the studios in Britain, large franchises and more. Quotage:

JH: I've filmed one, which actually is the last one, and now I've got the penultimate one to do which is in November, and that wraps it all up. It's a big loss for Britain in terms of having a big studio movie here, but it's not representative of our culture in terms of the films that we make. I am convinced that though Pinewood and Shepperton -- the big studios -- playing host to big movies is very important, our film business is in the independent world. Of that I'm convinced...

Do you think the big franchise movies shooting in the UK give a false impression of the health of our industry? All these productions move in and hire local talent, but they aren't British films.

JH: No, they're not British films. Even Harry Potter isn't a British [franchise]. We gave it to Warners, we just sit and collect. That always infuriates me. I do think huge areas of the industry are being neglected and we've lost the ability for middle-budget films. When we did have a stronger industry -- and not just a business -- we did have room for middle-budget films. They've gone out of the window, as they've done in America as well, but a $20m picture would be wonderful to make every now and then. We could do a lot for that.

But it's like any country, if you don't have a lot of money to spend. And it's interesting seeing how much money gets spent on Harry Potter. It's quite absurd, really. I watch it and think it's just the same as Hollywood. I look around and you've got three costumes there, none of which are likely to be worn, and they're all replicas of each other. It's a vacuous waste of money and it drives me insane."

Thanks so much Joe!

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2200 Points

i remember he is exactly what i pictured ollivander to look like

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on November 05, 2009, 09:49 AM report to moderator
1479 Points

They do spend lots of money! But he’s awesome!

Posted by magicmaniac on November 05, 2009, 10:00 AM report to moderator
1479 Points

They do spend lots of money! But he’s awesome!

Posted by magicmaniac on November 05, 2009, 10:02 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

John Hurt is an amazing Ollivander!!!!!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on November 05, 2009, 10:16 AM report to moderator
2570 Points


Posted by madman1277 on November 05, 2009, 10:28 AM report to moderator
1231 Points

“It’s a vacuous waste of money and it drives me insane.”

Hear, hear! I completely agree with this statement.

Posted by Tassana Burrfoot on November 05, 2009, 11:00 AM report to moderator
7475 Points

I’m thrilled Jon Hurt is back and what he said was very enlightening…

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on November 05, 2009, 12:47 PM report to moderator
3560 Points

I love John Hurt. He is awesome as Ollivander.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on November 05, 2009, 02:11 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

So glad that he is back as Ollivander! SQUEE!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on November 05, 2009, 02:45 PM report to moderator
1420 Points


Posted by alicia00 on November 05, 2009, 03:51 PM report to moderator
421 Points

I totally agree with abandonedboyjon’s comments. And with John Hurt’s.

Posted by Iceholic on November 05, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
1910 Points

Good. It would be strange if Olivander wasn’t the same Olivander we met in the 1st movie!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on November 05, 2009, 07:12 PM report to moderator
478 Points

I’m glad he is going to be back. He is an awesome actor and play Olivander wonderfully! Very good interview. Great to hear more news about DH!

Posted by beewell on November 06, 2009, 01:05 AM report to moderator
4481 Points

It’s good to hear a voice from the industry expressing some concerns and speaking out against wastefulness and greed. That is one thing that we can all do without – even though we love this series, I’m sure we could all agree that we hope it is created on screen in the most socioeconomically friendly way.

Posted by Smitch on November 06, 2009, 01:36 AM report to moderator
2921 Points

I’m so glad he’s back for DH. I fely he should have been in GOF, as well.

Posted by dreampotter [ROAR!] on November 06, 2009, 04:35 AM report to moderator
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