David Thewlis felt out of his depth shooting Avatar 2

David Thewlis felt “like a newcomer” filming Avatar 2 because he wasn’t used to working with motion capture technology. The Harry Potter actor was classically trained at stage school and has been working in film for more than 30 years, but all his exp…

David Thewlis felt “like a newcomer” filming Avatar 2 because he wasn’t used to working with motion capture technology.

The Harry Potter actor was classically trained at stage school and has been working in film for more than 30 years, but all his experience went out the window when he arrived to shoot the performance capture portion of James Cameron’s Avatar sequel in 2018 because he had no idea what he was doing.

“For the first time, I felt like a total newcomer, like it was my first job,” he told Total Film magazine. “I was on set having been working for 35 years on film sets and I was like, ‘So what do we do? What’s that doing here? Why is he doing that? Do we do it now?’ I felt very naive. And of course, I was, because none of the rules applied from everything I’ve learned.”

Cameron and his team had to develop brand-new technology that could blend underwater filming and performance capture as the majority of Avatar 2 is set underwater.

And Thewlis, who is playing an unknown member of the Na’vi race, admitted he is clueless about what he will look like in the finished product.

“I’ve got no idea what my scenes will be like because there are about 16 guys in the room with video cameras but they’re just shooting reference shots for Jim (Cameron) to look at later,” the 57-year-old said. “What those guys are shooting will never be on the screen, what’s being shot is obviously on these sensors… I’m fascinated to see how I’m going to look, because they sort of make them look a bit like oneself. It’s fantastic!”

The motion capture segment was completed at the end of 2018, and the live-action scenes were due to be shot in New Zealand this spring, but production was halted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, Cameron and producer Jon Landau announced they had arrived in the country to begin filming, following a two-week quarantine period.

Thewlis, Kate Winslet, and Vin Diesel are new additions to the franchise, which features Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar 2 is still scheduled to hit cinemas in December 2021.

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Daniel Radcliffe was determined to do Tim Jenkin’s story justice in Escape from Pretoria

Daniel Radcliffe gave his “blood, sweat and tears” while filming Escape from Pretoria because he was so determined to Tim Jenkin’s story justice.In the new drama, the Harry Potter actor plays Jenkin, an anti-apartheid activist who escaped from Pret…

Daniel Radcliffe gave his “blood, sweat and tears” while filming Escape from Pretoria because he was so determined to Tim Jenkin’s story justice.

In the new drama, the Harry Potter actor plays Jenkin, an anti-apartheid activist who escaped from Pretoria prison with Stephen Lee and Alex Moumbaris in 1979 by replicating prison keys out of wood.

The real Jenkin was on set for the shoot and that made Radcliffe work much harder to get his portrayal of the political prisoner just right.

“Tim’s lovely and really, really kind and was very encouraging of all of us on set,” the British star told Fox News. “And I think now that we’ve finished the film as well, he’s really happy with it, which thank God. But yeah, when you become aware of we’re actually just actors in costumes playing at your life and you actually lived this, it’s a very strange feeling, but I think it does motivate you, or certainly me, it motivates you to work even harder and to sort of just invest more of your sort of blood, sweat and tears into doing justice to his story.”

The 30-year-old explained that he was attracted to the role because he loves prison break stories but had never heard of Jenkin’s experience.

“It was the chance to be a part of telling this incredibly cool story about these guys who did something really audacious and amazing and crazy,” he replied, when asked what appealed to him about the movie. “And because they are in prison for incredibly honourable reasons so you can really root for them escaping as well, you really want them to get out.”

Escape from Pretoria is in cinemas now.

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Daniel Radcliffe in ‘no rush’ to reprise Harry Potter role

Daniel Radcliffe is “no rush” to play boy wizard Harry Potter again.The 30-year-old rose to fame as a child star when he was cast in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s hit novels in 2001, and he reprised the role for seven more films until the fra…

Daniel Radcliffe is “no rush” to play boy wizard Harry Potter again.

The 30-year-old rose to fame as a child star when he was cast in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s hit novels in 2001, and he reprised the role for seven more films until the franchise ended in 2011.

The Harry Potter universe has continued with the spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the hit stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and when asked if he could see himself playing Potter in one of those properties, Radcliffe made it clear he was done with the character.

“I don’t think so. I don’t like to say no to things, but it’s not something that I’m rushing to do. I feel like those films have moved on and they’re doing just fine without us,” he told Variety, referring to his co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. “I’m happy to keep it that way. I like what my life is now. I’m not saying that I’ll never go back into any franchise, but I like the flexibility that I have with my career now. And I don’t want to get into a situation where I’m signed up for one series for years in advance.”

Since he finished playing Potter, Radcliffe has starred in a wide variety of weird and experimental projects such as Swiss Army Man, Horns, and the upcoming Guns Akimbo, and he told the film publication that he didn’t pick them just because they were strange.

“There’s nothing I’ve shied away from. But I wasn’t like, ‘Find me the weirdest thing out there.’ I wasn’t picking projects that were weird for weird’s sake,” the actor insisted. “I think people saw me play one thing for so long that it seems more notable that I do loads of different stuff now.”

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Helena Bonham Carter joins film adaptation of Enola Holmes

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes. The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to…

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes.

The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be based on Nancy Springer’s The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series, which began in 2006 with The Case of the Missing Marquess. The young adult series is made up six books and follows Sherlock’s much younger sister Enola – who turns out to be a highly capable detective in her own right.

Wonder screenwriter and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne has been tasked with adapting the books for the screen, while Harry Bradbeer, who has helmed episodes of British sitcom Fleabag and hit thriller series Killing Eve, will serve as director.

The Stranger Things actress will also produce the project with her sister Paige Brown for their PCMA Productions company, while Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee the project for Legendary Pictures.

The 15-year-old will soon be seen reprising her role of Eleven in the hit Netflix sci-fi series when the third season is released in July. She recently appeared in Godzilla: King of Monsters and is set to star in its sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as the drama, The Thing About Jellyfish.

Bonham Carter, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2010’s The King’s Speech, has completed voice work on sci-fi TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and will be seen portraying Princess Margaret in season three of Netflix’s The Crown later this year.

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Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright unveils eco-friendly swimwear line

Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright has joined forces with Fair Harbor bosses to release a sustainable swimwear line. The star drew from her own love of the beach and surfing while developing the capsule collection with designers at the swimwear label,…

Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright has joined forces with Fair Harbor bosses to release a sustainable swimwear line.

The star drew from her own love of the beach and surfing while developing the capsule collection with designers at the swimwear label, insisting they commit to promoting eco-friendly looks.

“I live in California and I surf, so I spend a lot of time on the water,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And every weekend since I was born, I have been going to the south coast of England – not to California, though. The English Chanel isn’t really the Pacific Ocean.”

The brunette beauty, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in the blockbuster franchise, enjoyed collaborating with the brother and sister team behind the label, Jake and Caroline Danehy, creating the pieces from recycled items like plastic bottles.

“I’ve always loved Japanese indigo dyeing and the patterns that come out of those processes,” she adds. “And then I always love a classic red swimsuit, sort of Baywatch-esque.”

The 28 year old has been promoting the items in recent weeks by sharing a series of swimsuit photos on Instagram, and next month (May19), she’ll join a global network of environmental volunteers from Greenpeace to help launch a survey of plastic pollution in U.K. rivers, encouraging scientists to collect water samples along the River Wye for analysis.

The items in the The Bonnie Wright x Fair Harbor collection were crafted with polyfibers from discarded bottles that are spun into yarn and weaved together to create fabric. Proceeds will also go to a good cause – 15 per cent of all sales will benefit Heal the Bay, an environmental organisation working to hasten the clean-up of coastal waters around Los Angeles.

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Daniel Radcliffe ranks Swiss Army Man as hardest film role to date

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Wo…

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.

The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Woman in Black, crime drama Imperium and offbeat fantasy Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In it he played corpse Manny, opposite Paul Dano as a man stranded on a deserted island who befriends his character.

“I did a Broadway musical for 11 months once and honestly, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on. Doing a musical eight times a week, that was a real physical challenge,” he told StarLifestyle when asked to name his most challenging role.

“In terms of acting and the performance side of things, Swiss Army Man is probably up there just because there’s nothing you can base that on. Every role I’ve ever done, I could prepare for it. That one I didn’t know what to do for preparation, so I went out there and just trusted the directors knew what they wanted, and they did.”

The 29-year-old also touched upon why he hasn’t appeared in any blockbusters since the final Harry Potter wrapped in 2011.

Admitting it’s not a deliberate decision, Daniel explained that he simply says yes to projects where he likes the script.

“It’s hard to get anyone to spend money on (scripts that are) too big of a risk. A lot of the big studios, I find the scripts are not as challenging or weird or interesting as the stuff they make in the indie world or even in the TV world,” he said. “So the things that I gravitate to, so far they just happen to be in the indie world.”

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‘Ignorant’ Ralph Fiennes almost turned down Voldemort role

Ralph Fiennes almost turned down his career-making role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.The 56-year-old actor first starred as the iconic villain in 2005 movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and reprised the role until the end of the…

Ralph Fiennes almost turned down his career-making role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.

The 56-year-old actor first starred as the iconic villain in 2005 movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and reprised the role until the end of the franchise. However, during an interview filmed ahead of Saturday night’s (16Mar19) The Jonathan Ross Show, Ralph admitted he wasn’t sure about taking on the part at first.

“The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books,” he explained. “I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.

“Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me. Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant.”

And it was Ralph’s sister who eventually persuaded him to play He Who Must Not Be Named in the films.

“I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, ‘What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!’ So then I rewound my thinking,” he smiled.

Ralph recently starred in movies such as Spectre and Holmes & Watson. He’s also turned his hand to directing, and helms upcoming movie The White Crow, which features ballet star Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev in the tale of the dancer’s defection to the West.

While making the film, Ralph was keen to shoot a scene inside the Rembrandt Room at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, to show Nureyev’s passion for art.

However, as the Hermitage bans film shoots on the premises, the screen star had to do some persuading.

“We put a lot of energy into the mission. The director (of the museum) listened and said we could shoot because we’re making a film about a great artist and because, thankfully, we were interested in one particular painting,” Ralph told the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.

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Daniel Radcliffe: ‘I’m not the last Harry Potter’

Daniel Radcliffe is certain he won’t be the last actor to play Harry Potter on the big screen.The 29-year-old starred as the boy wizard in eight movies based on J.K. Rowling’s world-famous books, with the franchise coming to an end with Harry Potter an…

Daniel Radcliffe is certain he won’t be the last actor to play Harry Potter on the big screen.

The 29-year-old starred as the boy wizard in eight movies based on J.K. Rowling’s world-famous books, with the franchise coming to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

The interest in the stories hasn’t waned though – with play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child still a sell out in England, America, Australia and Germany.

And reflecting on the current trend for rebooting classic movies, Daniel told IGN that he believes it’s just a matter of time before someone tries a new take on the tales.

“I’m sure there will be some other version of it; I know I’m not the last Harry Potter I’m gonna see in my lifetime – we’ve already got a few more,” he said, referencing Jamie Parker and Gareth Reeves playing Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

“It will be interesting to see how long those films stay… it feels like there’s a sacredness around them at the moment, but that’ll go, the shine will wear off at some point. It’ll be interesting if they reboot them and just do the films again or do a series; I’m fascinated to watch.”

Since starring in the Harry Potter movies, Daniel has gone on to appear in films such as Swiss Army Man and Jungle.

But while he continues to book work long after his wand-waving days, the actor is well aware that some directors may be hesitant to cast him because of his links to the Potter franchise.

“Any project that the script is good for, I would be into,” he explained. “I can completely understand why some directors would be hesitant about putting me into a franchise because I have a lot of baggage from another franchise, so I can see why that would make people not want to do that necessarily. But I would be very happy to.”

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Daniel Radcliffe cameo plans cut from Lego Movie sequel

The Lego Movie 2 director nixed a cameo by Daniel Radcliffe in his new animated sequel, because he didn’t want to upset the legions of Harry Potter fans. Radcliffe was game to voice the character Gary Potter – Harry’s cousin – in the new film, but Mik…

The Lego Movie 2 director nixed a cameo by Daniel Radcliffe in his new animated sequel, because he didn’t want to upset the legions of Harry Potter fans.

Radcliffe was game to voice the character Gary Potter – Harry’s cousin – in the new film, but Mike Mitchell decided it would be a bad idea to poke fun at the boy wizard.

“Gary was an unlicensed character. He didn’t make it in,” the filmmaker explained to Entertainment Tonight. “We were definitely going to go out to Daniel, and he was game, but unfortunately his character got cut.

“I don’t remember why it happened. I think it was because we didn’t want to upset any Harry Potter fans. They have such a following, so we decided to upset the Mary Poppins fans (instead). We just made Larry Poppins.”

There are still plenty of voice cameos in the film, popping up alongside stars Chris Pratt and Tiffany Haddish – Jason Momoa and Gal Gagot represent their superhero characters Aquaman and Wonder Woman and even top U.S. judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows up.

“We just decided, ‘Who would be not only the strangest person to invite to the wedding (scene), but a really fun person to add to the wedding?'” Mitchell said, “We’re like, ‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why not?'”

Bruce Willis also appears in the sequel: “I thought that was pretty great, that he was willing to poke fun at himself,” the director added.

And Momoa was on board before he was even invited to be part of the Lego Movie sequel: “Jason Momoa was ready to go before we were even ready to go,” Mitchell laughed.

“Just to dip our toe in the water, we did a little Comic-Con piece… and Jason made an appearance just because it was going to be shown at Comic-Con. So Jason came in and right away just started embracing that character as crazy as he is. He kind of created that character, and we’re like, ‘That was so great, let’s pull that into the movie’.”

The new Lego Movie opens in theatres next month (Feb19).

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Rupert Grint almost quit Harry Potter franchise

Rupert Grint almost walked away from the Harry Potter films because he couldn’t do anything else while he was portraying Ronald Weasley.The young star tells The Guardian he was on a break between two of the films when he thought long and hard about bre…

Rupert Grint almost walked away from the Harry Potter films because he couldn’t do anything else while he was portraying Ronald Weasley.

The young star tells The Guardian he was on a break between two of the films when he thought long and hard about breaking his contract and quitting.

“There were definitely times when I thought about leaving,” he tells the publication. “Filming Harry Potter was a massive sacrifice; working from such a young age for such long periods and I definitely remember thinking during one extended break, ‘This whole thing is so all consuming, do I really want to go back? Maybe it’s just not for me’.

“I guess I was probably just being a teenager.”

Rupert did stay with the franchise and portrayed Weasley in all the Potter films and now accepts he’ll probably never be able to replicate the success of the franchise in any future project – but he’s Ok with that.

“I peaked pretty early, but I’m fine with that,” he adds. “It would be ridiculous to think that you can replicate that level of success. It’s always going to be a challenge, but I’m kind of enjoying that. It’s quite fun to surprise people.”

Grint is now preparing for a supporting role in The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller series, according to Deadline.

Plot details are still vague, but sources tell the outlet the project will revolve around parents Dorothy and Sean Turner, who hire a young nanny to help them with their newborn baby. Grint set to play Julian Pearce, Dorothy’s younger brother.

The cast already includes Lauren Ambrose as Dorothy and Game of Thrones star Nell Tiger Free in an unknown role.

Shyamalan will executive produce the series, as well as direct the first episode.

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