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Helena Bonham Carter on Role as Bellatrix Lestrange

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Posted by: sue
July 06, 2009, 04:52 PM

Helena Bonham Carter has given a frank and funny new interview to the Daily Record where she discusses her role, and her costume she sports in the role of  Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. Currently winning rave reviews for her turn as the demented Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena reflects back to her orginial hesitation over the part in Order of the Phoenix, but was heartened after a conversation with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

When she first read the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she was disappointed to see she only had a few scenes with Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort. But Harry Potter's author stepped in to reassure her that the role would get better, and bigger."When I showed some reluctance in playing a tiny part, J.K. Rowling said Bellatrix's role was going to be significant in the last film," she said. "But significant could mean a lot of things. That could just mean a significant plot point. It doesn't necessarily equal a big part."

Ms Bonham Carter then goes on to give some very fun and candid new remarks on the look she sports in the Harry Potter films, as well as conversation with her co-star Emma Watson for Deathly Hallows. Quotage:

"Returning to the role of the gothic witch meant fitting Helena with a skyhigh hairstyle and a set of false teeth."You have to keep them in so you get used to them," she said. "But you forget they're in and if you then eat something, they break. That's very expensive."To complete the look of the only female Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena sports a gothic corset and a pair of impressive boobs.

"I have chicken fillets," she explained.

So when she finally got a chance to choose her cleavage, her first instinct was to go for chicken fillets that were turkey-sized.She said: "I thought it was my chance to have the boobs I've always wanted. But my assistant said, 'You look like a porn star.' And that was not the image I was going for."

For Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena also helped Emma Watson by inviting the actress to her house to talk through a scene where Bellatrix becomes Hermione after taking a magic potion.Helena wanted to know everything about Hermione in order to get the transformation right, but she also reassured Emma that being a young actress didn't mean she had to worry about her image all the time."I'm top of Heat's Worst Dressed list," she told Emma. "Who cares?"

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1911 Points

First! I love her so much! Such a great Bellatrix <3

Posted by TheWeasleyClan on July 06, 2009, 08:57 PM report to moderator
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Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on July 06, 2009, 09:00 PM report to moderator
12005 Points

Interesting philosophy. Hermione becomes the image of Bellatrix, but the switch is important for the actresses, and keeping the character’s sensibility intact.

Posted by budgie on July 06, 2009, 09:01 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

I love her playing the role of Bellatrix! She is such a wonderful actress! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 06, 2009, 09:20 PM report to moderator
22044 Points

Helena is a great actress!!! a really great Bellatrix!!! And Ralph is really great as Voldemort! you see him in other movies and you don’t believe that this is really Voldemort!!! XD

1839 Points

Oh I love Helena! She is so out there and unafraid to do what she wants. She’s a talented lady, and a PERFECT Bellatrix!

Posted by Lillylove on July 06, 2009, 09:21 PM report to moderator
2792 Points

What a fantastic report that’s great!!! Love her as Bellatrix.

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on July 06, 2009, 09:23 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

I have to admit it … Her living arrangements with Tim Burton are odd. But I guess it works for them.

I loved her comment about chicken fillets.

Posted by Garden State Geek on July 06, 2009, 09:29 PM report to moderator
180 Points

I love Helena, she’s awesome! And, of, course, perfect for Bella.

Posted by CissyMalfoy on July 06, 2009, 09:31 PM report to moderator
243 Points

The cleavage comment was hilarious. I can’t wait to see her in Alice in Wonderland as well :)

Posted by PaintTheSky on July 06, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator
124 Points

<<Helena also helped Emma Watson by inviting the actress to her house to talk through a scene where Bellatrix becomes Hermione after taking a magic potion.Helena wanted to know everything about Hermione in order to get the transformation right,>>

I’ve read this somewhere before and it still doesn’t make sense to me. I know it’s the Shell Cottage/Gringotts scenes and Hermione becomes Bellatrix. I guess they mean HBC needs to ‘play’ Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix. shrugs

Posted by RHrSoulmates on July 06, 2009, 09:48 PM report to moderator
130 Points

Yeah, her part as Bellatrix in OOTP wasn’t that big..I was dissapointed.. But now I’m glad she is back, bigger and better than the last time! Go Bellatrix/Helena!

Posted by VictoireDelacour [ROAR] on July 06, 2009, 10:03 PM report to moderator
16258 Points

Shes a wonderful actress. She plays Bella so well.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 06, 2009, 10:03 PM report to moderator
376 Points

i love love love love love love love love love her.
she’s so perfect as bellatrix; and shes really hot.

Posted by john-robert. on July 06, 2009, 10:06 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

More excellent casting…

Posted by Won_Two on July 06, 2009, 10:11 PM report to moderator
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