Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One Special Coverage: TWINSPEAK

TWINSPEAK

James and Oliver Phelps are England’s most popular twin actors today. But how do they deal with the separation of their characters, Fred and George, in Deathly Hallows? Total Film Indonesia finds out.

PORTRAITS LORENZO AGIUS

Just like in the movies, the Phelps twins are nearly indistinguishable in real life. We know that Oliver, who plays George Weasley, was born thirteen minutes earlier than his brother James, who plays Fred. We also know they support different football teams from their hometown of Birmingham – Oliver is an Aston Villa supporter and James is a Birmingham City fan. But that’s all TFI knows of what sets them apart. When they entered the interview room, despite wearing different clothes, they still managed to appear completely identical. They also spoke with the same level of enthusiasm of the Weasley twins’ dramatic journeys in similar baritones. All of this might be the reason why James and Oliver Phelps are ecstatic with the directions their characters are taking. That is to say, in two separate ways…

We really have to ask you about what you think of the one scene everyone has been talking about, the Seven Potters. What was it like filming it, with Daniel Radcliffe studying you?
James Phelps (JP) Yeah, it was quite intense. I mean, the whole of that scene just went on… it was a two week shoot. It was night shoots, as well, for most of it, so we were just drained by the time we did it. Because literally you’d act what you’d do anyway and then Dan would come and David Yates and yourself would kind of direct Dan on what to do. It’s proper scrutinising yourself, because it’s like… apparently I stand like I’m pigeon-toed. I stand weird or something. I never realised it until then. And my facial expressions, when I’m concentrating or something, were a bit odd. So, that was a bit weird, but Dan really did… We saw that scene, a couple of weeks ago…
Oliver Phelps (OP) The special effects, as well, and the visual effects… they’re pretty new technology…
JP Even the fact of how the faces change and everything… that was pretty cool!
OP I don’t know how Dan did it. It took something like 120 takes or something. It was something ridiculous, like that, to get every single one. That’s a testament to Dan’s character and stamina, that he would keep going, and do it. When we saw it, it looks fantastic.

Oliver, don’t you lose an ear in the first movie? And what sort of ear would you like to get to replace that one you lost?
OP That scene was pretty cool – I always wanted to be a bit battered. In all the films, playing Quidditch and everything, you never see a scratch on Fred and George. And it was cool, watching the guys in the creature effects department… you really see how they earn their money because it’s fantastic. Without going into too much detail and taking too much away from the people watching it… it was really, really interesting… beforehand, they had to take a full cast of my head and shoulders, to mark the ear, and how they’re gonna do it. Basically, when you go to the dentist, and you get that paste they put in your mouth, to mark out your teeth… but here they put it all over your whole head for fifteen minutes and you’re breathing through straws. And, any ear I could have? Gosh… uh… maybe, like a Simpsons ear, you know, just a little thing.

Continue reading

Sense and Sensibility and Severus Snape

In the past few entries, I’ve been focusing solely on the young actors of Harry Potter. Then I looked at my journal and figured it needed something more… I don’t know… spicy, I guess. Don’t get me wrong — the young Potter actors are marvelous. But so are the adult ones.

And then on Sunday evening, as I came home from my regular outing, I found my mother watching Sense and Sensibility, the 1995 movie directed by Ang Lee whose script was penned none other than the esteemed Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney in the movies, of course). Seeing as this was the film I grew up with (yes, I’m a child of the ’90s), I settled in to watch the last third of the movie. The moment I sat on the chair, HE came on.

Yes, him.

HE WHO PLAYS SEVERUS SNAPE.

Who is, obviously, playing someone else in this movie. Namely the mystifying and dashing Colonel Brandon. (I don’t care what anyone says — he’s dashing and that’s that.)

After that, I don’t quite remember what succeeded. I mean, I know I watched the movie until the end. And after that I went online, on Twitter, to flail madly about him. I think I may have scared a few children while I virtually squeal on the virtues of HIM as an actor, especially those who are wondering, “Why would anyone be excited about the greasy haired man playing the nasty Hogwarts professor?” I’m not quite sure, though; perhaps some of those children joined me in my exuberant fangirling. But I do remember that, when I finally fell asleep at 4 AM in the morning, I was thinking the whole time how madly sexy HE is.

So now, instead of working on the long overdue translation for the Phelps twins’ part of DH Part One special coverage, I’ve decided to fangirl a bit more.

Do I even need to say more? I don’t think so. Although, I do have one more thing…

It is entirely possible that I may continue to exist in this world just by looking at this picture of him in the red military jacket. (Also, Kate Winslet, I do so envy you so much forever.)

I will end this post by saying that I bow completely to The Purr.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One Special Coverage: KICK-ASS, HOGWARTS STYLE

KICK-ASS, HOGWARTS STYLE

Every hero needs a sidekick, but Neville Longbottom is nobody’s sidekick. He’s Kick-Ass, the Hogwarts version of it.

PORTRAITS LORENZO AGIUS

Matt Lewis’ appearance outside the Hogwarts uniform his character, Neville Longbottom, wears is far from what we see on screen. The young man – born in Leeds, 27 June 1989 – is tall and has a longish face. He also has a tattoo, an ‘XI, written on his arm. “It’s my lucky number,” he says. “I’m not superstitious in the slightest. Ever since I was young and playing football, I’v always worn the number eleven.” Football, of course, is one of his hobbies. It’s no secret that he is a big supporter of his hometown club, Leeds United. “In fact, there’s an actual true story,” he continues. “There’s a Leeds United player called Eddie Lewis, who was an American, who played on the left wing. He wore the number eleven and it was really easy for me to go into the shop and say, ‘Can I have Lewis 11 on the back of my shirt?’ And so from then on I always wore eleven and I wear it for everything.”

Lewis is also confident – a far cry from the rather clumsy Neville, although his character will have a golden moment in Part 2 – and is able to eloquently converse on many topics outside Potter. TFI‘s conversation with Lewis started off randomly – about Lewis’ other favorite sport, cricket, and dining in Leeds. Deeper into the conversation, we began to seriously think that if Kick-Ass, the wannabe superhero of Mark Millar’s titular comic book, needs a partner, he would do well to team up with Neville, the ultimate ass-kicking hero of Hogwarts, or even Lewis himself…

Hi. You sound like you got a sore throat?
Yeah. I don’t know why. I just woke up with it yesterday and it hasn’t gone yet.

Have you been cheering at cricket too much?
Mmmh, might be. Did you watch yesterday? It was pretty good, wasn’t it? That’s what cricket is all about. [the England vs Pakistan match took place the day before this interview]

We saw your sad Tweets at @mattdavelewis that you couldn’t be there…
Yeah, Especially because it’s in Leeds. I’d very much like to be there.

Speaking of, since you’re obviously very familiar with the city, is there anywhere in Leeds you could recommend for a nice meal?
Oh okay. There’s an Italian place called Bibi’s. Very old school, 1930s Chicago style…

Thanks! So now we start… can you tell us how making Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 are different from before?
It was filming both films – not back to back – but simultaneously that was kind of difficult, because you had to remember which part of the film you were at and what was known at the part where you were acting, because we were going from Part 1 to Part 2 and Part 1 again and it was all a bit all over the place and that kind of was confusing. We’ve never had to do that before, so this was the first year that I’ve had no idea what it’s going to look like whatsoever. You know usually you can get a vague clue, because you’ve been following the script all the way through, but this year I’ve no idea. I don’t remember half of it, because we started what, filming February 2009… so it’s going to be weird. But it was great, you know the crew were fantastic, as they have been every year and we really couldn’t have done it without those guys. We’ve got such a good bunch there, who knew exactly what they had to do, and the schedule could have been a bit of a nightmare if we’d not had such a great bunch of people behind us, so that was all right.

Neville’s so heroic in the end, which is wonderful, so what’s your definition of a hero and who is your hero?
Well, the Leeds Rhinos [his favorite rugby team] were my heroes, last night! I don’t know if you caught the game; they were unbelievable. But no, my real definition of a hero is… obviously, all the people who are in the Middle East right now. You know, those guys are the heroes. I don’t personally know anybody who’s out there, but I know friends of friends that are and it’s shocking. It’s wholly shocking that in the twenty-first century, that sort of thing still goes on. Those guys are out there, doing a job, and they don’t wanna be there, but they are, and I think that’s courage and heroic.

Continue reading

Bonnie’s Twilight question

I feel the need to say, regarding that Twilight question that was included in Bonnie Wright’s interview, that the question was NOT ours per se. The interview was a round table with a few other journalists and that question came up. Since we thought people might want to know the answer, then I decided to include it for the print edition.

Also, we never mentioned Jamie Campbell Bower’s name to her either because when we were coming up with questions, we wanted to respect Ms. Wright’s privacy. But his name came up anyway (I assume people find the fact that Bower managed to get roles in both the vampire movie and the wizard movie is something fascinating. That’s because he is awesome – I have known this since he serenaded “Joanna…” in Sweeney Todd and did a cameo in RocknRolla. The only thing he should do now to make himself Master of the Franchises is to star in Narnia, but this is all beside the point.)

Nonetheless, I think everyone will find that Bonnie Wright is not only stunningly gorgeous person in real life but also very tactful and diplomatic. I was already halfway in love with her (although not as crazy as I am about Evanna Lynch, whom I think should start her own fashion line) before the interview and now I’m head over heels.

That’s all.