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Rhys Ifans Says He Has Not Yet Read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
June 03, 2009, 10:14 AM

Several weeks ago, TLC first told you that actor Rhys Ifans would be portraying the role of Xenophilius Lovegood, eccentric publisher of the Quibbler magazine, and the father to DA member Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Several times now Rhys Ifans has spoken about his involvement in the series, the most recent in an interview for Wales Radio. Scores of readers have emailed saying a translation of the interview is online via Forum Wales, that reads as follows:

I can't reveal much about the new HP film, which I don't understand because the book is out anyway, but I had to sign a clause that I wouldn't. However, I play Xenophilus Lovegood, a wizard who is the father of Luna Lovegood, one of HP's friends. That's all I can really say because I haven't read the book! There's been so much money thrown at the project, with there having been 5 other films. They're filming up in Levenshue near Luton in an old Rolls Royce airplane engine factory. It's an enormous place, so you walk about and see things like a zoo full of owls, so if you need an owl for a scene, you pick up the phone and someone comes across with an owl. It's a like a machine. I've never been - in America - with an employer of so many people. I'm not a big fan of HP but it feels like a priviledge to get called up with people like Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon so it's an honour that they thought of me to play a cross-eyed wizard.

TLC believes Rhys has filmed several times already in the part of the flamboyant magazine editor, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One due in theaters Thanksgiving weekend, November, 2010. Thanks so much M for the translation, to Mary, David, Bill, SS, and all who emailed!

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80450 Points

In all fairness, any actor worth his or her salt needs not to read any book… Only the script…

Posted by Won_Two on June 04, 2009, 01:38 PM report to moderator
4366 Points

“I’m not a big fan of HP…”
There is no such thing as “not a Harry Potter fan”, only those who haven’t read the books and those who have. Those who have are all Harry Potter fans.

He should read the books…. I dread the thought of having another fourth-movie-Gambon-Dumbledore up on the screen. I can just imagine Xenophilius Lovegood in the Lovegood house, shaking Harry by the shoulders, screaming: “DON’T YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DEATHLY HALLOWS??!!!”

Posted by Sophie on June 04, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator
134 Points

Finally a comment thread that does not consist mostly of one word LOL-kind of comments due to people’s (annoying) attempts at earning a few housepoints on the side … so thank you everyone who actually had an opinion to share here, as opposed to the usual lame “yays” and “cools” that have erupted all over the place since the (wonderful) invention of myleaky.
Having said that, it’s pretty cute that we all revere the books so much that we take offense when an actor comes out as a non-fan of the phenomenon. However I agree it’s not a prerequisite for doing well in the movie. I expect a satisfying performance from him.

Posted by Lupa on June 04, 2009, 05:50 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

Wow, he admitted that he hasn’t read the book and that he’s not into HP, that’s not something we all want to hear Rhys!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 04, 2009, 08:41 PM report to moderator
149 Points

He was great in Notting Hill. He’s not how I imagined Xeno but I am sure he will be fine! Having a stong Welsh accent himself I hop he can pull off a convincing Irish one!

Posted by SnapesSilverDoe on June 04, 2009, 09:00 PM report to moderator
163 Points

wheeeeeeeeeeey!!! He’s welsh!!!! so glad hes playing Xeno :D COME ON RHYS! Dwi’n caru ti!! Rhys am byth! :P xxx

Posted by amyriddle93 on June 05, 2009, 01:52 AM report to moderator
163 Points

Dwi’n caru ti rhys! ;) welshyyy :)

Posted by amyriddle93 on June 05, 2009, 02:48 AM report to moderator
163 Points

Dwi’n caru ti rhys! ;) welshyyy :)

Posted by amyriddle93 on June 05, 2009, 02:53 AM report to moderator
906 Points

yeah, he’s just on the right side of weird to be papa Lovegood

Posted by Lucilla{ROAR!!} on June 05, 2009, 07:54 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

well he’ s certainly not alone…..although i wish all the actors would just read them! i mean they are awesome! it wouldnt take them that long to read once they are imerseced into the wonderful world Jo has created!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on June 05, 2009, 11:56 AM report to moderator
441 Points

As long as you understand your character, I think it’s ok if you haven’t experienced the source material. I haven’t seen him in any of his works, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Posted by starkitty313 on June 05, 2009, 07:24 PM report to moderator
6941 Points

As long as he portrays his character accurately it doesn’t matter if he has read the books or whether he’s a HP fan or not.

Posted by harrypotter1991{ROAR} on June 05, 2009, 11:34 PM report to moderator
4007 Points

hes perfect!! i just hope he reads the book for his parts at least…

Posted by KC Nox on June 07, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
460 Points

hope he reads the book soon, he’s missing out on good stuff

Posted by kingdom on June 19, 2009, 01:25 PM report to moderator
460 Points

i do take it kind of offensively that he hasn’t read the books, i know it’s not required, but the books are a sort of manual to his acting… i hope he doesn’t ruin the movie, all because he didn’t read the amazing books

Posted by kingdom on June 20, 2009, 01:29 AM report to moderator
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