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Tom Felton on the Bullying of Draco by Lucius and More

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Posted by: sue
July 05, 2009, 08:23 AM

The new issue of Mexico's "Cinemania" magazine has a feature on Half-Blood Prince that contains an interview with several of the cast and crew. Courtesy of our friends at Harrypotterla, scans are available here, with the translation here. Of interest are comments by actor Tom Felton on his role as Draco Malfoy as he speaks to the things Draco has been through, including the bullying by his father Lucius Malfoy. Quotage:

The director and I talked a lot about it. Obviously Draco loses his father, he’s alone, he wants to show his independence and he’s the Chosen One. He’s been very jealous of Harry all his life, he’s been jealous of the attention he gets, and now it’s the opportunity to show what he’s really capable of. But at the same time he’s terrified and deep down he knows he can’t do what he’s been assigned to do. So there’s a very strong conflict of emotions. To me it’s a challenge because I have to think deeper about my performance. It’s not all about putting a mean face for Harry.

Did he [David Yates] ask for anything in particular when he directed you this time?
No, but I’m very thankful for the extra time he put into me and my character this time around. E spoke a lot about our character. David is trying to outline his complexity. This year Draco is not interested in bullying Harry. He’s got more serious stuff to pay attention to. For years he has been bullied by his father and that’s why he is the way he is. I wanted to show that side of him, not to make people feel sorry for him but to at least identify themselves with him. The best thing is that now I get to wear better clothes. Draco is very concerned about his style, and that’s part of his look as a villain.

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Posted by HermioneRon4ever on July 06, 2009, 06:58 AM report to moderator
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It is good to hear what the young actors are thinking.

Posted by Graymayne on July 06, 2009, 07:00 AM report to moderator
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I can’t wait to see Tom doing his best as Draco. I always thought that, even if he was a bull and a spoiled, arrogant boy, there was something else about Draco that he didn’t like to show: his insecurity and jealousy for Harry, for example.

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on July 06, 2009, 12:46 PM report to moderator
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I’m really excited to see how Tom pulls Draco off in this movie.. it has to be a challenge for him… Good Luck Tom:D

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on July 06, 2009, 02:04 PM report to moderator
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Can’t imagine anyone else to play Draco.

Posted by sakuranbo07 on July 06, 2009, 02:36 PM report to moderator
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aw draco’s not a villain

Posted by KC Nox on July 10, 2009, 10:50 PM report to moderator
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great interviews.

Posted by Leeann on July 12, 2009, 12:23 AM report to moderator
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i <3 draco (tom felton) :D

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on July 20, 2009, 01:22 AM report to moderator
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