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Bill Nighy Talks About Working on "Deathly Hallows"

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Posted by: Rosi
June 29, 2010, 04:17 PM

Watch the trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" here in our video galleries. has a video of Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) talking about his experience filming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," with particular focus on what it was like to work alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (Harry, Ron and Hermione, respectively).

Nighy speaks briefly about his role as the Minister for Magic, describing Scrimgeour as a "good guy." The actor also had kind words for Emma Watson, whom Nighy said is "adorable in the extreme, in every way, she's such a lovely person."

High praise also went out to the "charming" Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; Nighy expressed how nice it was to work with Grint again after the actors both starred in leading roles in the recently released comedy "Wild Target."

Bill Nighy additionally commented on the wrapping of principal production for "Deathly Hallows":

[The cast] were really nice to me, they've been there for 10 years. There were people on that movie finishing their Harry Potter life, people who'd been there for 10 years and it had been their life. And they'd become great friends. You do on a single movie: you become great friends, people get married or have babies or just become great friends. It's always tough to pull away because you go and do another movie.
On Harry Potter, they've done six or seven movies and they've become big parts of each other's lives. There was a feeling of, kind of, the end of things for people. Some people finished while I was there, they had their last scenes. It's a very big deal, it's not like other movies.
As for the Harry Potter cast's future projects, Nighy finished, "they will all go on and the audience that grew up with them will be happy to see them in other things. [...] They've grown up together and that audience will stay with them, I would think."

Watch the video here on the website.

Thanks to UniversHarryPotter for the heads up!

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1985 Points

Gosh I can’t believe a whole decade! has gone by..dang.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on June 30, 2010, 08:15 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Good little interview… he does seem like a great Scrimgeour. :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 30, 2010, 08:54 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Good interview! He will be a great Scrimgeour. He is right about the cast and crew – it has become a family affair, which is probably why the kids in the cast are so down to earth. Everyone has known them since they were little, not taking any sass and not letting their egos get out of hand.

Posted by hewy on June 30, 2010, 11:05 PM report to moderator
444 Points

Bill Nighy is one of those extraordinary actors who is good in every role. He was outrageously wonderful in Blow Dry and Love, Actually. He played such a gentle nice man in The Girl in the Cafe. And I could go on and on. I think he’ll be perfect as Scrimgeour, though I wouldn’t describe the book Scrimgeour as totally a good guy. I guess he is, as his intentions were good.
Those were some very kind words he had for the Harry Potter cast. It makes it all the harder for all of us to say good bye as well.

Posted by Eeyore on July 01, 2010, 03:00 AM report to moderator
1078 Points

Love Billy Nighy

Posted by cenyt on July 01, 2010, 01:54 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

No interviewer ever asks Bill Nighy the trivia question that I want him to answer: Was it his singing voice that was used when he played Sam in the BBC Radio adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and Sam sang ‘Gil-Galad Was an Elven-King’? Because if it was, the guy can sing beautifully as well as act : )

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on July 01, 2010, 02:14 PM report to moderator
122 Points

I have the feeling that he’s gonna make a great Scrimgeour.

Posted by Stellar Sound on July 02, 2010, 10:55 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

He’s the only person in all the books where I imagined him playing the character long before he was cast. I was over the moon when I found out, he’ll make a great Scrimgeour

Posted by KiwiMcI on July 08, 2010, 04:09 PM report to moderator
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