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Interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher) on His Role in "Deathly Hallows"

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Posted by: Mel
October 12, 2010, 09:43 PM

Harry Potter Fan Zone has an exclusive interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher), where Linden discusses a variety of things, among them the scenes Mundungus appears in:

HPFZ: When did you start filming Deathly Hallows?
AL: That would have been late February/early March 2009. I do believe mine was the very first scene [shot].
HPFZ: Was that the Seven Potters scene?
AL: No, that was later on. This was a scene in Diagon Alley. The scene is set where it's absolutely chucking it down. It's [raining] relentlessly. Needless to say, I was quite the big drip all day.
HPFZ: Could you talk about what other scenes Mundungus appears in? There's another scene in the book where he gets attacked by a house-elf.
AL: Yes, Dobby and Kreacher attack him in the kitchen. I do believe it's Kreacher that brings him back from Diagon Alley because he stole the [locket]. Eventually, he's questioned by the three of them regarding it. There are three very good scenes and it's a lovely little cameo. I had such a great time doing it.
HPFZ: Does Mundungus appear in Deathly Hallows: Part II at all?
AL: No, alas, Mundungus is not in Part II which is a shame really, but he's a joy to play.

Linden also goes on to discuss the technical aspects of the Seven Potters scene:

HPFZ: What was it like doing special effects scenes for example transforming into Harry?
AL: Time consuming [laughs]. It's all highly technical so consequently all the scenes are broken up if you know what I mean. You're kind of acting to nothing really. It's hundreds of little series of eye liners and pulling faces and trying to anticipate what's coming next.
HPFZ: Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that that sequence took ninety-five takes to film.
AL: Yes, and that really wasn't the inability of the actors. It was technical. It was [the crew] having so much coverage that they're spoiled for choice if you know what I mean.
HPFZ: Did you get to ride on a broom as well?
AL: Yes, I did [laughs] but in the guise of Harry Potter. By then everybody had taken the Polyjuice [Potion]. Consequently, we're all decoys. That particular scene took a long, long time simply because Daniel had to replicate all our different expressions and movements.
HPFZ: It sounds like it was a pretty intense process.
Yeah, somewhat elongated shall we say. But I had a great time on Harry Potter. I thought the cast were wonderful; the crew are fantastic as well. You've got a crew there that know exactly what they're doing. They've been doing it for ten years and you're in good hands.

You can read more of the interview here. Thanks very much to Harry Potter Fan Zone!

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300 Points

Sounds like we get to see Kreacher whack him with the frying pan. SweeT!!! I love that scene and the line Kreacher says about hitting him one more time.

Posted by taoist1 on October 12, 2010, 11:09 PM report to moderator
1385 Points

This was an exciting bit. Can’t wait for the 7 Potters! It’s what I’m most looking forward too.

Posted by Katie_Lily on October 12, 2010, 11:10 PM report to moderator
884 Points

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! but why is dobby there??? spoilers

Posted by Mudblood_and_proud on October 12, 2010, 11:40 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

he looks so awesome just as is for a Dung actor hes perfect

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on October 13, 2010, 12:09 AM report to moderator
129 Points

awesome. perfect part for Mundungus.
5th! (wow that sounded lame)

Posted by hermy0910 on October 13, 2010, 12:59 AM report to moderator
10268 Points

He doesn’t look anything like how I pictured Mundungus – especially bald. ::grumble::

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on October 13, 2010, 01:01 AM report to moderator
3271 Points

This is great! I’m glad Mundungus is in the movie because they could have easily sacked him from it if they wanted to. Can’t wait to see it all!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on October 13, 2010, 01:22 AM report to moderator
925 Points

The photograph is of the actor, Andy Linden, as himself, not as Mundungus. He was in the film The Secret of Moonacre.

Posted by Graymayne on October 13, 2010, 03:35 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

he looks so awesome just as is for a Dung actor hes perfect

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on October 13, 2010, 04:11 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

he looks so awesome just as is for a Dung actor hes perfect

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on October 13, 2010, 04:11 AM report to moderator
3134 Points

I like this guy! He seems really fun and appreciates his small part in such a BIG production. I love how he was respectful of the crew.

606 Points

He is bald in that still photo of the 7 Potters, too. But Dung is supposed to have a mop of ginger hair. Would a wig have been too much to ask? Ah well…

Posted by Dawna on October 13, 2010, 08:34 AM report to moderator
1293 Points

That scene in Diagon Alley sound amazing… can’t wait to see it…

Posted by Petra on October 13, 2010, 08:45 AM report to moderator
390 Points

@taoist1: Hope to see the whacking as well! :)

Posted by honigmuffin on October 13, 2010, 10:31 AM report to moderator
1985 Points

Thanks for the interview. Always love reading from different actors perspectives.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on October 13, 2010, 02:30 PM report to moderator
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