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Joke Shop Talk and More with the Phelps Brothers

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Posted by: sue
June 29, 2009, 07:40 PM

James and Oliver Phelps are featured today in the continuing series of articles from the LA Times. Today they speak to the two brothers who portray Fred and George Weasley in the series. Of interest are new comments about the beloved twins and their new joke shop that we see in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Quotage:

MG: What was your favorite experience working on “Half-Blood Prince?” 

OP:  That would be being a part of the Fred and George joke shop scene. The crew built an exquisite set and there are a lot of special effects involved to simulate the magical pops and explosions. It’s a great scene. 
JP: I really enjoyed working with the crew. Most of my actual acting I was able to complete in about two weeks. When I wasn’t acting I would help the crew set up scenes and shots. I learned a lot more about direction and filmmaking in general and that was pretty cool. 

MG: Are you often confused for each other like the Weasley twins are in the movie?

OP: It’s funny that you should ask that, because we rarely are. When we first went in for casting calls and got the part the crew was very methodical. They said to me “You’re George,” and to James, “You’re Fred” and I guess it stuck because no one ever really got confused.

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2408 Points

oh Leaky when are you going to be nargle free? Is this just me? I’m finding it increasingly harder to see/comment on your fabulous news stories

Posted by KiwiMcI on June 30, 2009, 02:19 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

The phelps twins are amazing

Posted by The Nerd on June 30, 2009, 03:25 PM report to moderator
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lol thats awesome! i have always ad trouble trying to tell them apart, but i guess thats because the haven’t been in anything else i have seen, and they are always in scenes together, and rarely adressed sperately, like its not" fred", and then james walks up, its “fred geoge!” an they both come you know?

Posted by weasleyalltheway(rrooaarr!) on June 30, 2009, 03:25 PM report to moderator
865 Points

They are by far my favorite characters in the books and the movies!

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on June 30, 2009, 05:21 PM report to moderator
491 Points

lol no one ever got confused with their names!! i can’t wait for the joke shop scene! :)

Posted by megan_702*ROAR* on June 30, 2009, 06:15 PM report to moderator
36743 Points

Greg and Foerge are the best!

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on June 30, 2009, 09:03 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

They have captured the characters perfectly and I doubt anyone could replace them!

I am absolutely excited to see what the filmmakers have contrived for Weasley Wizarding Wheezes!

Posted by Kirk on July 01, 2009, 01:48 AM report to moderator
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I also like how they love playing the characters!

Posted by mOOn-stArs-sUn [WBM] on July 01, 2009, 01:51 AM report to moderator
44049 Points

Yeah, poor James.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on July 01, 2009, 02:37 AM report to moderator
5413 Points

I Love the Twins:D

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on July 01, 2009, 03:33 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

Cool stuff…

Posted by Won_Two on July 01, 2009, 05:49 AM report to moderator
751 Points

I love the Phelps twins. They portray Fred and George perfectly! WWW is one of my favorite scenes of them, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Posted by treacletartftw on July 01, 2009, 05:34 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

I can’t wait to see them in the movie! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on July 02, 2009, 12:01 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

i luv the Fred and George!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COMMENT 2: correction:i luv Fred and George!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^soz i was about 2 put the weasley twins and then i changed it.

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