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Robert Downey Jr’s Doctor Dolittle Movie Undergoing Major Reshoots

Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Doolittle movie is facing a major overhaul, as the film underwent extensive reshoots. After three pushes of the release date, Universal is making sure the film lives up to its hype, and added additional shooting dates in hopes the doctor truly can cure all.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle follows unconventional physician Dr. John Dolittle, who discovers he can speak with animals. Based on a series of children’s books penned by Hugh Lofting, the character of Doctor Doolittle became an iconic name, with portrayals in film adaptations by actors Rex Harrison, Tim Curry and Eddie Murphy – who’s been declared the most popular Doolittle. Downey takes on the most recent version of the physician in Universal’s star-studded live-action film. The film boasts an astounding number of A-list talent for live-action and voiceover roles including, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Michael Sheen, Selena Gomez, Octavia Spencer, Antonio Banderas, John Cena, Marion Cotillard, and Tom Holland. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle was penned and directed by Stephen Gaghan, whose previous works include Traffic, Havoc, and Syriana – films in a genre far from the family fun of a Doctor Dolittle story. Now, the audience is discovering why the titular doctor’s waiting room time has been so long.

Related: Robert Downey Jr’s Doctor Dolittle Movie Delayed to January 2020

According to Collider, when top producers Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Susan Downey viewed an early cut of the film, they found issues with the visual effects and comedic delivery. They decided a renovation needed to happen. Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) was brought on board to salvage the film with writing new material and overseeing the reshoots. McKay proved a decent fit with the flavor of the film, with his experience and irreverent comedy kinship with Downey. Unavailable for the additional 21 shooting days, McKay recommended Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to take the reins on set. Gaghan stayed on as the sole director of the film, and heeded the CGI pearls of wisdom of the filmmakers brought on board. Hopefully, the film will now look and feel right for its fans.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been a huge undertaking since the beginning. The film is budgeted at $175 million – not including marketing and distribution costs. Originally, the film had a release date of May 2019 which changed to April 2019. Universal stated the film was being pushed back, yet again, to 2020 to avoid box office competition in April – which was likely to include Avengers: Endgame. Stalling the film’s release also allowed for the recent major reshoots. Doctor Dolittle isn’t the only film experiencing major changes. As of this writing, Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home are expected to undergo reshoots soon.

Most audience members aren’t aware of what goes on behind the scenes of filmmaking. However, when fans hear of a film undergoing major reshoots, they wait with bated breath at the film’s release to see if it was worth the extra time and effort. Hearing a film has gone back to the drawing board may cause more criticism and nitpicking of the film’s final project. However, the 2020 release date allows for fans of The Avengers and Star Wars to have a breather from blockbusters before checking in with the doctor. With the strong creative team and undeniable star power of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the film will no doubt reinvent the journey of Doctor Dolittle, and his conversations with his furry friends.

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Source: Collider


2019-04-16 07:04:07

Bethany Guerrero

High Life Review: Robert Pattinson Gets Lost in Space

He may always be Edward Cullen to the generation that grew up watching the Twilight movies (and fittingly so), but for years now Robert Pattinson has branched out into the world of arthouse filmmaking, collaborating with directors like David Cronenberg, the Safdie Brothers, and James Gray along the way. For his latest offering, High Life, Pattinson joins forces with celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis, marking her english-language debut after more than thirty years of documentary and fictional storytelling. The resulting movie is a decidedly moody and chilly space odyssey that clearly has a lot on its mind, but gets a little lost in its own naval-gazing. As contemplative and unsettling as it is, High Life struggles to develop its bleak sci-fi vision into an engaging and cohesive piece of cinema.

Pattinson stars in High Life as Monte, whom the movie introduces as one of two survivors aboard a spaceship that’s headed for a black hole, along with his infant daughter Willow. The film (which Denis also cowrote) is reminiscent of Andrei Takovsky’s Solaris in the way it drops viewers into its sci-fi setting with little to no setup, then gradually peels back the curtain to reveal the dark and disturbing events that gave rise to the status quo. Indeed, the movie’s first act – which consists of Monte interacting with Willow and keeping the ship running smoothly, intercut with flashbacks to his past life both on earth and in space – is the most compelling portion of High Life overall. It also does a good job of laying the groundwork for the depressing revelations to come, be it by showing Monte disposing of his deceased crew-mates’ bodies or providing glimpses of the terrible event that set him on his path when he was only a child.

Unfortunately, things start to get messy from there. In time, High Life reveals that Monte was part of a group of convicts who agreed to participate in a dangerous space mission to try and extract energy from a black hole. Along the way, however, the prisoners were experimented on by the attending Dr. Dibs (Juliette Binoche), as part of her attempt to produce a human child in outer space through artificial insemination. The film aspires to explore themes about the horror of sex and reproduction in these segments, but comes off feeling somewhat aimless in its attempts to get at deeper ideas about the dark side of human nature and existence. Something similar could be said for the movie’s dystopian portrayal of a human civilization on the brink of oblivion; it feels incomplete, as though High Life were more interested in simply dwelling on the darkness of it story and scenarios without actually saying anything of meaning about them.

Part of the problem is that High Life feels stuck somewhere between being a grounded, hard sci-fi film, and more of an impressionist take on the genre. It’s far from the only recent movie to try and blend the two approaches (Alex Garland’s Takovsky-esque Annihilation did something similar), but its lo-fi aesthetic has a tendency to clash with its more poetic flourishes, like the moments where it eschews gritty realism in its portrayal of space – a place where you can die horrifically by taking one wrong step – in order to go for something more surreal, like the visual of bodies falling in zero-gravity. The film’s editing is equally intriguing, yet infuriating, in the way that it often jump-cuts across vast periods of time to focus on key developments (like a baby being born or someone committing a sudden act of violence) that may or may not advance the plot. Clearly, High Life wants to be a challenging viewing experience, but its attempts to be provocative and jarring get tedious after a while, with no clear throughlines to latch onto.

Pattinson, for his part, delivers a fine performance as Monte, a protagonist whose actions often speak louder than his words (or, rather, his voiceover, which is where the majority of his dialogue comes from). The same goes for his costars here, especially Mia Goth as Boyse – a rebellious convict who expresses open disdain for Dr. Dibs and her goals – and Binoche as the not-so-good doctor herself. At the same time, many of the supporting characters seem to exist solely for High Life to mistreat or torment in whatever fashion it deems fit, in the same cruel way that Dibs “experiments” on the convicts or viciously robs them of their agency. Again, that’s clearly the intention to some degree, but it becomes tiring to watch in a film that seems more interested in showing that people can be bizarrely savage without having much else to say on the matter.

At the end of the day, though, High Life might be one of those divisive films that some moviegoers find hauntingly atmospheric, while others find it to be dreary and unnerving, but not a whole lot else. Still, it’s an interesting movie whichever way you cut it, and will surely please Denis’ longtime fans the most – if only because they’re well acquainted to the filmmaker’s style by now, and know exactly what they’re getting into here. Those who’ve largely enjoyed Pattinson’s recent ventures into the realm of high-brow filmmaking may want to give this one a look at some point too, though it’s not necessarily one that they need to rush out and see in theaters. At the very least, this should give cinephiles something to talk about while they wait and see what Pattinson’s gotten himself into next by signing up for Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster.

High Life is now playing in select areas and will expand to more theaters over the forthcoming weeks. It is 110 minutes long and is rated R for disturbing sexual and violent content including sexual assault, graphic nudity, and for language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-12 05:04:55

Sandy Schaefer

Legends of Tomorrow: The True Story Behind The Nixon & Robert Redford Episode

President Richard Nixon’s famous “I Am Not A Crook” line acted as the establishing incident of “The Getaway,” episode 10 of Legends of Tomorrow season 4. The events of the episode saw everyone’s favorite team of time-traveling misfits trying to save the world (and, to a lesser degree, the independent film industry) in the face of a mysterious change to Nixon’s character that had dire consequences for future history. Although the episode is largely a Smokey and the Bandit homage, it was rooted in some very real and seismic events.

On November 17, 1973, Nixon met with a number of reporters and editors for a televised question-and-answer session at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel. The hot topic of the day was the growing scandal centered around the burglary of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Hotel by members of Nixon’s reelection committee and the mounting evidence that Nixon had been aware of their plans and worked to cover them up. When directly asked if he was involved, Nixon replied that “people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook.” Nixon’s involvement would later be confirmed by the press and he resigned from office before he could be impeached by Congress.

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That’s not what happened in Legends of Tomorrow. “The Getaway” opens with the Legends learning that something altered the timeline just before Nixon met with the press and made his famous statement. For reasons that the team had to travel back in time to investigate, something rendered “Tricky Dicky” unable to lie. Worse yet, he was also incapable of not rambling about private matters in public settings, such as his belief that he was an adequate lover, at best, despite his wife Patrica’s assurances to the contrary. The end result was global chaos, as peace talks and trade deals fell apart in the face of Nixon’s sudden brutal honesty and inability to keep his mouth shut.

Ray Palmer notes an interesting side-effect of this is that Robert Redford’s film career apparently floundered in the new timeline. With reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein having no need to write their famous expose of the Watergate scandal after Nixon confessed everything, their story was never adapted into the film All The President’s Men, which starred Redford and Dustin Hoffman. This also apparently averted Redford’s creation of the Sundance Film Festival, prompting a sudden call to action from Mick Rory, who declared “No Redford? No Sundance?! No indie film?! No artful nudity?! We’ve got to fix this!

While this is an amusing gag, it is also perhaps the greatest point of exaggeration in the story of “The Getaway.” While All The President’s Men is a great film and one Redford was deeply involved with financing and bringing to life, it is highly unlikely that it never being made would have killed his career in Hollywood. At the time of the Watergate scandal, Redford was the hottest male star in Hollywood following an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in The Sting and it was his success in a string of hit movies afterward that allowed him to persuade Warner Bros. to take a chance on All The President’s Men in 1976.

It would be several years following the release of All The President’s Men before Redford would begin producing feature films on his own through his production company Wildwood Enterprises. While the absence of All The President’s Men may have delayed his success as a producer and director somewhat, it seems highly unlikely Redford would have had his Hollywood career collapse completely without it. Still, there is some humor to be found in the fact that this is the most unrealistic aspect of an episode of Legends of Tomorrow featuring a wolf-woman and a magical insect that forces people to tell the truth

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2019-04-09 05:04:22

Matt Morrison

Robert Pattinson Read Christopher Nolan’s ‘Unreal’ Script in Locked Room

Director Christopher Nolan’s next movie is so top secret that when star Robert Pattison first read the script, he was actually locked in a room to ensure nobody else got a peek. Since Warner Bros. confirmed back in January that Nolan’s next movie would have a July 2020 release, the project has been cloaked in mystery. Apart from being drip-fed a few nuggets of intel regarding casting and shooting dates, things have been very hush-hush. Naturally, all the secrecy has had Nolan fans and the wider film community wondering just what the director has in store next.

Reportedly described by a production insider as “a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” the much-anticipated mystery movie will be Nolan’s first since the release of his critically acclaimed World War II drama Dunkirk in 2017. Just a few weeks ago it was reported that Pattinson would star in Nolan’s next movie, but it seems the actor will be keeping just as tight-lipped as everyone else involved with the project.

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According to USA Today, Pattinson has been “sworn to secrecy” with Nolan and the rest of the production team, even going so far as to lock him in a room while he was reading the movie’s script to prevent it from being leaked. The actor, whose recent credits include Claire Denis’ sci-fi film High Life and the crime film Good Time, stated, “I got locked in a room to read the script – I don’t have it myself.” Pattinson joins fellow cast members confirmed to star in the mystery film including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Elizabeth Debicki and BlacKkKlansman’s John David Washington, who were presumably also locked in a room to read the top secret script and didn’t get to keep their own copy either.

Despite those extreme measures, Pattinson – who is also starring in a few forthcoming 2019 releases including Robert Eggers’ new horror The Lighthouse and historical Netflix drama The King – doesn’t seem put off. In fact, it looks like he’s very excited to start working with Nolan, a director it seems the actor admires greatly He said:

“I’ve been a little wary of doing big movies for years and years, but there’s just something about Chris Nolan’s stuff. He seems like the only director now who can do what is essentially a very personal, independent movie that has huge scale. I read the script and it’s unreal.”

Pattinson calling the script “unreal” is certainly encouraging news, but we’re all still largely in the dark about Nolan’s new film. A couple of years ago, Nolan said he was done with superhero movies, so a film in a similar vein to his much-loved Dark Knight trilogy can probably be ruled out. Recently, it was revealed the movie would feature a globe-spanning adventure involving the time continuum, which had fans wondering if it might be more along the lines of Nolan’s Inception or Interstellar, minus the outer space setting. We’ll find out when it’s released summer 2020, but until then the speculation continues.

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Source: USA Today


2019-04-07 06:04:31

Helen Armitage

Christopher Nolan’s New Film Reportedly Casts Robert Pattinson

Actor Robert Pattinson will reportedly star in Christopher Nolan’s next film. Since concluding the Twilight saga in 2012, the English actor has established himself as one of cinema’s most versatile performers. BlacKkKlansman’s John David Washington has already been cast in Nolan’s new production. 

Like many iconic directors, Nolan started small with his 1998 black-and-white debut Following. By 2000, the English filmmaker established a significant American fanbase upon releasing the neo-noir psychological thriller Memento. Nearly 20 years later, Nolan is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most ambitious directors, as he released a three-film Batman reboot, made high-budget psychological thrillers like Inception and Interstellar, and helmed the 2017 war epic Dunkirk. To date, Nolan has received five Oscar nominations, and his upcoming 2020 project has been shrouded as mystery, with fans speculating about possible genres.

Related: Inside The Brilliant Mind Of Christopher Nolan

Per Collider, Pattinson is “poised to star” in Nolan’s new film. While the actor’s representatives haven’t yet confirmed the news, Collider claims to have “exclusively learned” the news, this coming just one day after Washington’s casting. Next month, Pattinson’s new film High Life will have a wide release in the U.S., and he’s currently filming Antonio Campos’ big screen adaptation The Devil All the Time, co-starring Tom Holland and Mia Wasikowska. Later this year, Pattinson will appear in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse and Ciro Guerra’s Waiting for the Barbarians. In 2015, Eggers released his acclaimed debut The Witch starring Anya Taylor-Joy, while Guerra is one of the most accomplished Colombian directors of the 21st century.

During Pattinson’s ascent to fame, he was mostly correlated with Twilight’s Edward Cullen, a brooding teenage vampire. Over the past seven years, however, Pattinson has worked mostly with indie filmmakers and directorial auteurs. In 2017, Pattinson earned Oscar buzz for his lead performance in the American crime film Good Time, in which he plays a down-and-out New Yorker looking to provide a better life for himself and his mentally-handicapped brother. Pattinson’s role selections have surprised and impressed both fans and critics alike, this coming after his collective performances in the Twilight franchise led to several Golden Raspberry Award nominations, of which are connected with the “worst in film.”

Given that Pattinson’s new film High Life is a science fiction space film, it doesn’t seem likely that he’d immediately sign up for another science fiction film. Fans have speculated that Nolan’s new project mixes North by Northwest with Inception, but it’s impossible to know for sure at this point. Most likely, the highly-anticipated film will be some type of psychological thriller, and we’ll be watching closely to see if Robert Pattinson officially signs on.

More: What Robert Pattinson Could Look Like as Bruce Wayne in The Batman

Source: Collider


2019-03-20 06:03:34

Q.V. Hough

Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches Casts Anne Hathaway as Grand High Witch

Anne Hathaway is playing the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches adaptation. Angelica Huston famously brought the villainous Grand High Witch to life in the late Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, with the assistance of some impressively grotesque prosthetics and makeup. While Roeg’s movie bombed at the 1990 box office and was largely disowned by Dahl (who disliked how the film ends on a happier note than his book does), it was generally respected by critics in its day and has since taken on cult status over the last three decades.

Dahl’s Witches novel was published in 1983 and tells the story of a young British boy raised by his Norwegian grandmother, a former witch hunter who frequently tells him stories about her encounters with witches over the years. When the pair take a vacation to a fancy English hotel, they end up stumbling upon a witch convention – masquerading as a gathering of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – that is presided over by the witches’ leader: the Grand High Witch, a terrifying figure who has devised a plan to get rid of all the world’s children in one fell swoop.

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So far, Zemeckis has confirmed that his Witches adaptation (which he’s both writing and directing) will change the story’s setting to the Gothic South and have distinct sociological overtones. While it remains to be seen how else his interpretation differs from Dahl’s book and Roeg’s movie alike, it appears the filmmaker has found his Grand High Witch. Variety reports that Hathaway has closed a deal to play the villain, having now worked out a potential scheduling conflict with her role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Sesame Street movie.

As delightfully freakish as Huston is as the Grand High Witch, it’ll be fun to watch Hathaway put her own spin on the character – a villain who, like the other witches in Dahl’s book, has a bald head, clawed fingers, square-end feet, and despises children like there’s no tomorrow. Hathaway has rarely (if ever) gotten to play a character who’s quite as whimsically evil and nasty as the Grand High Witch before, which should make it all the more entertaining to see what the Oscar-winner does in the role. If all goes well, she will – gently – traumatize a whole new generation of children, much like Huston did before her.

On the other hand, Hathaway’s casting may only go so far to assure those who are wary of this new adaptation. Zemeckis, for his part, is coming off an ambitious (and costly) misfire with Welcome to Marwen and has made some worthwhile live-action films in recent years, but nothing really groundbreaking by the Back to the Future director’s standards. While the Gothic South setting and reports that Zemeckis’ The Witches will feature a pair of black leads are intriguing, people are also concerned that the storyteller with resort to cliches and stereotypes in his portrayal of the South (as some felt he did with Forrest Gump in particular). Still, it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out, at the end of the day.

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Source: Variety



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2019-01-16 01:01:13

Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches to be Set in the Gothic South with a ‘Sociological Spin’

Anjelica Huston in The Witches

Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches will differ slightly from the source material, being set in the Gothic South and focusing on sociological issues. Though there is very little in the way of details surrounding the film, Zemeckis has some ideas up his sleeve to not only differentiate his film from the original novel, but from the 1990 adaptation from the late director Nicolas Roeg as well.

In The Witches, a retired witch hunter and her grandson happen upon a coven of witches while vacationing at a luxury hotel in England. Well aware of the dangers these witches possess, the duo hatches a plan to not only stop the witches from carrying out their murderous plan, but defeat every last one of them. With the Grand High Witch pulling the reins, however, stopping them won’t be nearly as easy as they might hope. Now, Zemeckis is helming his very own adaptation – only his version will take some creative liberties with the setting and social themes.

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According to The Playlist (via: French outlet Allocine), Zemeckis will set his adaptation of The Witches in the “Gothic South in the 1960s,” putting a “sociological spin” on the story. And, though he did not elaborate any more on what other elements he plans on incorporating into the film, Zemeckis added that he and the film’s creative term are in the middle of casting – though he didn’t mention who they might have in mind for certain characters.

Zemeckis had already addressed the fact that the film would be set in the South back in November – specifically in Alabama – but he hadn’t addressed the gothic tone. And, though he hasn’t given any updates on casting, he also noted that he plans on casting a young black actor, around 8 and 10 years old, in the lead role as the witch hunter’s grandson. Zemeckis has also not specified whether the character will be named Luke, as is the case with the 1990 adaptation.

The fact that The Witches is being adapted again at all is a success in and of itself considering how long it’s taken getting the project off the ground. Both Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón had originally planned on collaborating in 2008 for their own stop-motion adaptation Dahl’s novel, but they have since shifted to the roles of executive producers. So, considering they’re still involved, there is hope that this version of The Witches turns out to be a considerable success – even though Zemeckis hasn’t fared particularly well with his latest film, Welcome to Marwen, with Steve Carrell.

More: All 17 Unmade Guillermo del Toro Movie Ideas & Why They Were Canceled

Source: The Playlist (via: Allocine)



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2019-01-05 01:01:15

Stephen Lang, Leila George & Robert Sheehan Interview: Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines is a post-apocalyptic adventure where entire cities are motorized and seek out to destroy one another hundreds of years after civilization is destroyed. A mysterious girl named Hester is the only one who can stop the predatory city of London from destroying what’s left of the world. Based on the novel by Phillip Reeve, Mortal Engines is written by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson, and is directed by Christian Rivers.

Stephen Lang has starred in well over 100 films, including Gods & Generals, The Girl on the Train, and Avatar. He portrays Shirke, a reanimated, undead soldier with mechanical parts, who takes in Hester. Actress Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger), plays Katherine Valentine. Robert “Robbie” Sheehan (Geoestorm; Genius), is Tom Natsworthy, a low-class London historian who is tossed off the predatory city and tries to survive with the help of Hester.

Screen Rant: What’s up guys? Welcome to New York Comic Con 2018. You guys had a huge panel earlier today, a huge turnout show. Twenty-five minutes of footage, which I haven’t seen yet, but already people are raving about it on social media. What got you guys attached to Mortal Engines? Because I haven’t read the book. Did you guys read the read the novel at all?

Stephen Lang: I was sent the script. I had not read the novels. I read the script was totally enchanted by it. So then I made it my business to read the books.

Robert Sheehan: Yeah, same, same, same.

Leila George: I’m not the same. I read the book after my first audition, so I auditioned in London and then I live in L.A. So I went home, and had a call back, and read the first book for the callback. And then it was a while before I got the role, like a couple months even, and then I read the script.

Screen Rant: But that point you’re already into the book so I’m sure it didn’t matter.

Leila George: I haven’t read the book since that first time, just because, I didn’t want to get confused about what was going on.

Screen Rant: Sure. Now this film looks like a huge, epic production and it’s the scale of it, it’s just a ginormous. I don’t even know if ginormous is a word, but it’s huge. And Peter Jackson’s involved obviously. Can you talk to me about how it was working with Peter? Because he’s such a visionary.

Robert Sheehan: Well, Christian was directing and Peter would occasionally shoot/direct second unit and he directed some reshoots that we did. But really Christian was in the driver’s seat for this one. Christian was directing. Christian Rivers, who was Peter’s right hand guy for many, many years. He started off storyboarding for Peter and then went on to win himself an Oscar for visual effects for the movie ‘King Kong’. So he’s had a long relationship with Peter and the team. And so I think Peter [had] just come off the back of ‘The Hobbit’, the hobbit mountain and was I think was kind of ready to kind of go ‘right. You should step the seat here in direct this baby.’ But yeah, Peter was around, you know, he co-wrote the script and you know, he was there creatively, but it was very much Christians movie.

Screen Rant: Awesome. Um, what jumped out to you guys when you guys first read that initial script? What was the thing that really drew you in?

Robert Sheehan: Well, I’ll be honest, I had a Skype with the creators and he script was still quite amorphous at that point. It was still taking shape. So they were kind of encouraging input, you know, with the character and stuff. So the script sort of came into focus later on down the line for me. I was incredibly eager to sign up from the first chat that we’d had because of course, you know, they have a medium to good track record in the past, these folks. So I was just dying to work with them in some capacity and I was very honored that they wanted to work with me. So I put faith in them that they were to say we’re going to write a great script.

Screen Rant: For you guys?

Stephen Lang: I liked the part. From the minute I read the part I thought, ‘oh, that’s a tough part’. And so I wanted to play the part. I liked it. And so that’s how it worked. And I actually did do quite a lot of work with Peter on this. As Robbie [Robert Sheehan] points out, he [Peter Jackson] did direct second unit. I have a feeling Peter Cherry picked some scenes as well. But you know, the relationship between Christian and Peter is very, very organic. They’ve worked together a long, long time. And so it was never a question. There were never any problems at all. But Peter is very amusing to work with as well. I play the only performance capture a role in the film and so and so everyone else is dressed in their wardrobe and I’m dressed in, you know, essentially a diving suit  So Peter would feel no compunction about saying ‘would you mind carrying a camera? You know, let’s put a camera on you too.’

I said ‘sure, Peter put a camera on me.’ So I was at one point I had four cameras. I had a camera in each hand and two on my head and I thought ‘I need to join the guild if I’m gonna do this‘. So I was filming the scene and then I thought, well why am I filming them? I’m going to start filming me! So I started just turning a camera on myself.

Screen Rant: That’s great! Speaking of characters, chat me up about the characters. Each of you play like a brief synopsis, obviously without giving spoilers away.

Leila George: Katherine is a young girl of the highest cloth in London. And with that she is mature and kind and generous and she has a huge heart and she has a long journey full of strengths and, and very emotional times and very difficult discoveries. But she comes through having gone from a girl to a young woman and that’s really exciting to see, that point in someone’s life. And that’s actually what I jumped on when I first read the script and the book. Actually, that’s what excited me the most about her. That we’re finding her at that moment in her life, where she is suddenly leaving childhood, leaving adolescence and becoming a woman, and everything that goes with that. I just connected so personally with that and liked that a lot.

Robert Sheehan: You know, that thing about going from girlhood to womanhood, boyhood to manhood, I think you could say that about Tom, my character as well.  Because he lives within a system of indoctrination. You know, because resources are so scarce and everything, and they’re so intimately dependent on the engines not failing. And essentially the city is perpetually moving and perpetually hunting and being successful. They have to spin a narrative so that people will get up in the morning and they’ll keep the engines going. And a part of that narrative is that anti-tractionists are barbarians and they should be found and executed and all that. And you know, Tom, when we meet him at the beginning of the film is completely under the bewitchment of that indoctrination because he was born and raised in the city like everybody else. And he’s had, I suppose, a relatively sheltered upbringing, you know, within the context of the entire world, compared to Hester, for example, who had to basically, you know, grow up under the big scary yet quite sort of General Shrike there, and somewhat in the swamps and badlands.

But Tom Basically matures. Kind of through baptism of fire, he figures out what he’s made of, you know, when the chips are down.

Leila George: So that’s very interesting actually, the idea of nature versus nurture. We were all, as characters raised so differently. I mean, Tom Loses his parents. I have what seems like would be the ideal upbringing. I mean, I lost my mother when I was younger, but my dad gave me everything I needed and, and you as a resurrected men raised an eight year old girl. So it’s like, you know…

Stephen Lang: …after my own fashion, I raised her, I feed her, I play Shrike. He’s a resurrected man, he’s a stalker, I’m a bounty hunter. He has a no a no heart and yet possibly the biggest heart in the story. He finds a little waif of a girl who’s injured and he brings her to his home, his lair as it were, and he keeps her alive. He knows that humans have to eat. And so he feeds her, and he begins to form an attachment to her that he can’t quite understand.  And so when she leaves, he’s devastated by it. And so he has to go off and search for her. So it’s very poignant.

Screen Rant: You know, I’m excited to see these predators cities come to life. And I’m sure everybody out there is excited as well as. As well as the panel room; very energetic in there. But as sci fi goes, these kinds of films are cautionary tales. What do you hope audiences take away?

Leila George: The adventure of it. Mainly. It’s such an adventure though from beginning to end. It’s go, go, go and it’s, you don’t know what’s gonna happen, and what’s going to happen next, and what’s going to go right next and what’s going to go wrong next.

Robert Sheehan: Be nicer to be nicer to the environment. Recycle, for God’s sake, and always wash out your litter before putting it in recycling bin. Because the recycling plant people have to take out dirty stuff at the bottom of your chicken packets, because this basically this takes place in the world has been destroyed because of human complacency.

Screen Rant: Well, I’m excited to see it. Guys, thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of Comic Con.

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2018-12-05 05:12:01

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

Harry Potter: 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had a lot of ground to cover, as Harry had to destroy the remaining four Horcruxes that were hidden around Great Britain, while Voldemort was just beginning to take control of the wizarding world from the shadows.

The fact that there was so much content in The Deathly Hallows meant that the creators of the Harry Potter films decided to split the final book into two movies, which opened the door for the creators of the Twilight and The Hunger Games movies to do the same.

The process of creating the final two Harry Potter movies was an emotional one for everyone involved, as a series that took a decade to make was coming to an end. This wasn’t helped by the many beloved characters meeting their maker throughout the course of the story, meaning that there were a lot more emotional send-offs than in the previous movies.

We are here today to see what moments from behind-the-scenes of The Deathly Hallows movies were captured on film forever – from the last time that Remus Lupin & Severus Snape smiled, to the final day of the ten-year odyssey of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Here are the 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2!

25 Lupin & Snape Getting Along

Alan Rickman so totally owned the role of Severus Snape that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing the part. It’s also difficult not to hear Rickman’s voice whenever reading one of Snape’s scenes in the Harry Potter novels.

It’s also a surreal experience seeing Alan Rickman clowning around or smiling in any behind-the-scenes footage of the Harry Potter movies, as Snape never had anything close to a light-hearted moment or laughed at anything that was funny.

Remus Lupin and Severus Snape may have had a cold relationship in the movies, but that didn’t stop David Thewlis and Alan Rickman coming together for a photo on their last day of filming, which even resulted in a rare Snape smile.

24 Voldemort & His Tracking Dots

The Harry Potter movies decided to remove Voldemort’s nose in order to give him a more serpent-like appearance. This was only accomplishable due to advances in CGI and the fact that Voldemort generally didn’t appear that often compared to the other nose-bearing members of the cast.

In order to create the effect of Voldemort lacking a nose, Ralph Fiennes needed to have tracking dots applied to his face. These were necessary in order to tell the computers where all of the parts of Fiennes’ face where in relation to each other so that they could take away the nose and remove all traces of the dots on his face. Ralph Fiennes also had to wear other prosthetics, including a gross-looking set of fake teeth.

23 Talking Through The Nagini Chase

The scene where Neville slices Nagini in two with the Sword of Godric Gryffindor is one of the all-time greatest moments in the Harry Potter series. It is meant to reflect Harry defeating the basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets, with Neville finally becoming the hero that he was always meant to be and becoming worthy of drawing the sword from the Sorting Hat.

The movie version of The Deathly Hallows botched this scene somewhat by adding Hermione and Ron to the mix, as they attempt to deal with Nagini using spells. Neville had to rush in and save them, as they both suddenly developed the aiming skills of a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. 

22 The Dark Lord Of Clowning Around On Set

Ralph Fiennes has appeared in some of the greatest movies of all time, including the likes of Schindler’s List, The English Patient, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is known for his extensive theatre work and for taking on roles in serious and somber movies.

All of these serious roles may give you the impression that Ralph Fiennes lacks a sense of humor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He would never have taken on the part of Lord Voldemort if he was going to stick to roles that would win him Academy Award nominations. Ralph Fiennes must have known early on that the role of Lord Voldemort was going to become the one that he was most associated with, so he clearly leaned into it and had as much fun as possible with the part.

21 Hermione & Ariana

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us with a lot of unanswered questions about Albus Dumbledore, especially where his sister is concerned.

Ariana Dumbledore was attacked by a group of Muggle boys as a child, which left her emotionally scarred and unable to control her magic. The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the revelations concerning Credence Barebone have led some fans to suggest that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurial and that Grindelwald’s obsession with them was sparked by meeting her. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 neglected to reveal much about Ariana’s backstory, though we were at least given the chance to see her in the flesh.

20 Wandless Magic

Wands are an important aspect of the Harry Potter series, which means that they appeared all of the time in the movies. The props department always had to make sure that there were lots of spare wands ready at any moment, as they were pretty flimsy and easy to accidentally break during filming.

Daniel Radcliffe broke over eighty wands on the set of the Harry Potter movies, either through being too rough with them or for just wearing them down with overuse. This can be clearly seen in the behind-the-scenes footage where he has a tendency to use them as drumsticks when bored on set. Luckily for Daniel Radcliffe, there were times when wands were added in later with CGI, so he just had to pretend to hold one.

19 Draco’s Fear Of Flying

You might think that the flying broom sequences in the Harry Potter movies are accomplished using only green screen effects, but there is a practical element involved that is necessary in order to make the movement of the brooms seem more natural.

The flying broom is connected to a rig that looks like the mechanism used for a theme park ride, which is essentially what it is.

This flying machine can be moved in such a way as to make it look like the broom is tipping or changing direction, while the background can be added in using CGI in order to complete the illusion. Poor Tom Felton was stuck riding on a broom while looking like a wimp, as Daniel Radcliffe got to look like a super cool wizard.

18 Griphook’s Goggles

One of the most difficult aspects of wearing a prosthetic mask that covers your whole head is what it does for your sweat. Robert Llewellyn who played Kryten in Red Dwarf has talked about how his mask was so tight that the sweat was all squeezed down onto his back.

Warwick Davis is no stranger to prosthetics and masks, which is why he was well-prepared for the outdoor scenes involving Griphook in The Deathly Hallows movies. The Griphook outfit not only covers all of Warwick Davis’ head but also his hands. This is why he is seen wearing goggles during outdoor sequences, as they protect his eyes from the elements without risking him accidentally touching his eyes with his clawed hands.

17 Filming Helena Ravenclaw

In order to discover the truth about Ravenclaw’s diadem, Harry must seek out the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, who is revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw. She is the one who reveals to Harry that the diadem was stored within the Room of Requirement, as Voldemort was dense enough to believe that no future Hogwarts student would ever discover the existence of the room.

The meeting between Harry and Helena involved two separate sets, as she was a ghost and spent almost all of her scenes floating off the ground or passing through objects. This meant that Kelly Macdonald (the actress who portrayed Helena) and Daniel Radcliffe had to shoot their scenes separately, as Radcliffe wasn’t available during her shooting days.

16 Filch & Harry Make Up

David Bradley played Argus Filch in almost every Harry Potter movie, missing out on only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Filch’s role was greatly diminished from that of the books and he was mostly used as a comic relief character in the movies.

As one of the few actors who had remained with the franchise from the beginning, David Bradley made sure he was there for the final day of shooting, where he embraced Daniel Radcliffe.

On the surface, this image makes it seem like Harry and Filch finally made amends, which seems out of character for both of them, even though Filch did aid in the defense of Hogwarts during its hour of need. The other reason why Filch may be smiling so much is that he’s already planning his party for the Stark family.

15 Hagrid & The March Of The Death Eaters

The role of Rubeus Hagrid was mostly played by Robbie Coltrane throughout the eight Harry Potter movies. We say mostly because another actor also played Hagrid in many different scenes. Robbie Coltrane is slightly over six-feet tall, but that still isn’t tall enough to play the role of a half-giant. This meant that Hagrid was often played by Martin Bayfield for the purpose of being a body double and performing stunts, as Bayfield is almost seven-feet tall.

The version of Hagrid from the Harry Potter books was over eleven-feet tall, meaning that it would have been impossible to recreate him on film without using CGI. This meant that Robbie Coltrane and Martin Bayfield still had to wear bulky costumes in order to increase their size in order to make Hagrid look bigger than he was, as even carrying someone that is the same size as Daniel Radcliffe needs to look like an impressive feat of strength.

14 Luna Loves Harry Potter

Evanna Lynch had never acted professionally before auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels and won the role because, as producer, David Heyman said: “The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna.”

The passing of Dobby and his subsequent burial was filmed outdoors, which meant that Evanna Lynch had to find some entertainment while she waited for the crew to finish setting up each scene. This would normally result in the smartphone or tablet being whipped out at this point, but Lynch decided to go old school and read her copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

13 Dobby Relaxing On Set

The actor who played Dobby was a notorious drama queen on-set. This was partly due to trouble that started early on in his career, brought on by the numerous fake news reports that stated he was being sued by the Russian government due to his resemblance to Vladamir Putin.

The passing of Dobby is one of the most emotional scenes in The Deathly Hallows films, which is why it took so long for his actor to get into the right frame of mind in order to expire in Harry Potter’s arms.

You may think that the Dobby guy is sneaking in a few moments of sleep while on the set, but he’s actually using an advanced method of the Meisner technique in order to get into character.

12 The Secret Of The Brooms

We mentioned earlier that the broom sequences required the use of a moveable rig and a green screen in order to make the flying sequences seem realistic, but not all of the broom scenes involved high-speed chases. There were times when the brooms sat in a static position while floating in mid-air, as they waited for their owner to climb on top of them.

In order to create these scenes, the special effects team developed a standing rig for the brooms that would suspend them above the ground. These rigs had to be strong enough to hold the weight of an adult person, while also being slender enough to be easily removed later by the special effects team. The scene shown above comes from the Seven Potters sequence, where everyone is preparing to leave Privet Drive on broomsticks, save for Hagrid, who is using Sirius Black’s bike.

11 Bellatrix & Warwick Davis

The Harry Potter franchise was very kind to Warwick Davis, as he played Professor Flitwick since the first movie and Griphook in both of The Deathly Hallows films. He also voiced Griphook in the first movie, but the physical role was played by Verne Troyer, making him one of the few American actors to appear in the Harry Potter movie series.

Warwick Davis spent much of his time in the makeup chair, as even the reworked version of Professor Flitwick still required a fancy new hairdo and mustache. The picture above gives us a glimpse of Davis out of costume, but Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t so lucky, as she was fully adorned in the Bellatrix gear.

10 Bellatrix Posing

Bellatrix Lestrange may be one of the most loathsome characters in the Harry Potter series, as she is Lord Voldemort’s most devoted follower and will gleefully commit atrocities in his name. Bellatrix is responsible for disposing of Sirius Black, which immediately earned her a significant hatedom among the Harry Potter fans.

The movie version of Bellatrix is much more difficult to hate, thanks to an incredible performance by Helena Bonham Carter, who managed to turn Bellatrix into the Harley Quinn of the Harry Potter franchise.

Helena Bonham Carter never let the fact that she was playing a crazed murderer affect her on a personal level, as she can be seen clowning around in many different behind-the-scenes photos from the Harry Potter movie series.

9 The Weasley’s Prepare For Battle

The Battle of Hogwarts is probably the most chaotic moment in the series, with seemingly every important character showing up for the final conflict between the forces of good and evil.

There were moments of the battle that were sectioned off, in order to make them easier to film. One of these involved the final duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley, which took place in the Great Hall as a battle raged on behind them. The duel scene was shot in such a way that you could only see directly behind Bellatrix & Molly, which meant that you only saw a small portion of the battle that was happening. This was likely done in order to make the scene easier to film.

8 Filming The Battle Of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts was incredibly difficult to film, which is true of all battle scenes that involve a lot of participants. The reason why the Battle of Hogwarts was even more difficult than normal was the fact that almost everyone involved was either using a supernatural weapon (usually a wand) or was some kind of magical creature.

There were parts of the Battle of Hogwarts which involved Harry running through a battlefield that was filled with dueling wizards, huge spiders, suits of animated armor, and giants, all of whom were fighting each other. The producers and special effects team that worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 rose to the challenge and created one of the greatest looking battles in movie history. They managed to capture the chaos of a large-scale conflict while also maintaining the fantastical elements that the Harry Potter series is known for.

7 The Burrow Set

One of the new scenes that were added to the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince involved the Death Eaters attacking and burning down the Burrow, which is the home of the Weasley family.

This scene wasn’t popular with the fans, as it ignored aspects of lore and was totally pointless, as the Burrow needed to return for the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

Harry and his friends return to the Burrow at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after escaping from the Death Eaters at Privet Drive. This scene involved showing the lands around the Burrow, which was accomplished with the use of a green screen.

6 Dobby’s Funeral Is Hilarious

Dobby the house-elf was created almost entirely with CGI in the Harry Potter movies, which was a necessity due to his size and stature. Dobby helps Harry Potter and his friends escape from Malfoy Manor, but takes a knife to the chest for his troubles. This results in a scene where Harry cradles an injured Dobby and comforts him as he slowly passes away, in what is one of the saddest moments in the series.

The scene of Harry holding Dobby required the use of a physical Dobby puppet that Daniel Radcliffe could hold, which could be altered with CGI at a later date. The puppet that is seen in the picture above is clearly in an unfinished state, which may be why the cast is having such a laugh, as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are certainly not in character.

5 Stylish & Wounded

Apparition is one of the most prized skills of any wizard, or at least it would be if it weren’t possible to block apparition within certain locations. Those who wish to apparate are required to pass a test, as those who do not perform the spell properly can screw it up and cause “splinching” which is the term used for leaving pieces of your body behind.

Ron manages to harm himself in The Deathly Hallows movies through splinching, which meant that Rupert Grint needed to have injury makeup applied. This didn’t stop Rupert from looking his best and pulling off his model pose while having holes added to his arms and shoulders.

4 The Real Father Of Delphini

Daniel Radcliffe is one of those people who is impossible to hate, except by the most bitter of people who despise the fact that he was given such an important and lucrative role at such a young age. He comes off brilliantly in interviews and seems like of the most genuine and nicest people you could ever meet.

It seems that the charms of the Harry Potter actor are even effective against Death Eaters, as Helena Bonham Carter was clearly fond of her on-screen mortal enemy.

The two of them can be seen clowning around together in various behind-the-scenes clips, which must have been a way to burn off some tension before they started chasing each other with wands again.

3 The Boring Wedding Of Bill & Fleur

The hardest part of any movie/television production on the part of the actors is the waiting around between shots. It can take a long time for the crew to set up each shot for even a simple production. When you have a movie series like Harry Potter which involves huge sets that need constructing and special effects work that needs preparing for, then it can take forever to set up even a few seconds worth of footage.

The wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour would have required a lot of setting up, due to the sheer amount of extras that are engaging each other in the background of each shot. It’s no wonder that the main trio doesn’t look as interested as they should be.

2 Bellatrix’s Sound Check

The reason why Helena Bonham Carter is sitting on a set of benches is that this is the location where she filmed her final duel of the series. The movie version of Bellatrix’s demise is actually way more violent than what happened in the books.

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley ends when Molly fires a curse that strikes Bellatrix above the heart. We never find out what spell Molly cast, but it was enough to deal with Bellatrix for good. The movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shows Molly freezing Bellatrix in place and then shattering her body into pieces.

1 The Last Day

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson were cast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the age of eleven. They spent the next ten years of their lives working on the Harry Potter movie series, which meant that there formative years were spent in front of the cameras. An entire generation of Harry Potter fans grew up alongside them.

As Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 finished production, more and more of the actors were given a send-off for their final day of filming.

The most emotional of these last days was the one for the main trio, who had finally finished their decade-long odyssey and hugged on the set. These last moments can be seen on the home releases of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and it’s hard for any fan of the Harry Potter series to remain dry-eyed when seeing them say goodbye to each other and to the roles that defined their youth.

What do you think of these photos? Do they completely change Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 for you? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-08 02:10:12 – Scott Baird