James Phelps Talks Fred Weasley's Death Scene
July 01, 2011, 07:46 PM
Parade has a new interview with James Phelps (Fred Weasley) where he discusses, among other things, what it was like to have a death scene for a character he's played for ten years:
“It was surreal. I feel like a really close friend has died. It was more like a Saving Private Ryan scene than Harry Potter, so
it was kind of cool, because every guy wants to be in an action movie
and that’s what this is. But I pretty much just laid there and fell
asleep. I think it was more of a challenge for the other guys than me.
Rupert [Grint] and Oliver [Phelps], they really upped their game for
that one. Hopefully people will like how it's been done.”
Phelps also reflected on his first day of shooting on "Philosopher's Stone":
“I remember it very clearly. We were in a little village in Yorkshire,
literally in the middle of the countryside, and we shot the last scene
of the first movie when Harry gets back on the train. That’s the first
scene we ever shot, and I can remember being nervous as hell.”
Phelps also goes into what souvenir he took from the Harry Potter set and sharing the experience of filming the movies with his brother Oliver in the rest of the interview, which you can read here
Many thanks to Parade!
From the picture of Fred’s death scene, it looks like Percy wasn’t there with him when he died. Since James only mentions Rupert and Oliver being there, it looks like it’s an accurate assumption. This upsets me verily. I don’t understand why they change things like this that don’t take time away from the film that could have been occupied with the greater plot. Things like that are why I loathe Kloves with the white hot passion of a thousand suns.
Great to see an interview with him, he and Oliver don’t seem to get many interviews…. it really must have been weird and really hard for Oliver to have to imagine himself in that situation, that his twin brother is dead. I can see why it would be emotionally draining…
@DeliaDee: I think the picture we saw in the one trailer may have been later during a lull in the battle when the Weasleys are gathered around Fred’s body. Harry’s under the Invisibility Cloak at that time, either on his way to or from Dumbledore’s office (when he watches Snape’s memories). Because I seem to remember Mrs. Weasley being in that clip too. And neither her or George was there when Fred actually dies in the book…
That’s gonna be so sad! I hope they didn’t cut his dead scene, it takes a large part in the book, and I hope that we’re gonna see George’s reaction, even that’s gonna break our heart!