Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 3)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (Feltbeats.com).


Speaking of traveling, have you been to Asia lately? If yes, where and how did you like that place? If no, where do you want to go to?

I haven’t been to Asia lately but I would love come back and see it all again!

As for where I would want to go, I would do anything right now to be back in Hawaii! I absolutely loved Maui, I’m so keen to do a film out there! I’d also like to visit Fiji one day!

Have you had any experience meeting fans from Asia? If yes, what was the experience like? If no, then that’s too bad, but we hope you’ll get that experience soon.

Not in any official way, but I look forward to meeting them soon! It would be great if we had a premiere out there and I got to go and meet all of them. I’d love to visit Singapore soon also – it is on my next list of places to visit!

Switching topics now, I cannot even begin to tell you how delighted I was when you released your first video on YouTube. Your music is nothing short of brilliant, so compliments on that. But it felt like something that came out of the blue — many fans didn’t even know you were THAT musically inclined up until that moment. Just how serious were you about your music back then?

Thank you for your comments! I appreciate that!

Music has always a passion and it has just developed over the years! I love to play music with my friend as a hobby and to just see the creativity that can come from all of us just jamming together and having fun. We all learn from each other and we all help each other progress our skills.

And how serious are you about your music now?

I don’t take it too seriously, I just have a passion for music and being creative with it.

Thanks to your music on iTunes and YouTube, your Twitter, and online interviews in Feltbeats.com, you’re now somewhat of an Internet phenomenon. How do you feel about your Internet fame?

I greatly appreciate all the support and interest from the fans. My fans are incredible! They are extremely inspiring and interacting with them via Twitter is such fun. Its amazing how you can be in touch with such a diverse group of people from all over the world.

I love hearing all their responses and thoughts on my music! I take it all in to account I assure you! I am completely flattered by their interest in my music.

I know this question has been asked before, but just checking again: do you prefer acting or singing? Which of these two would you like to pursue as a career after Harry Potter?

Acting definitely as a career, but I will always write music as I love being creative.

If you do pursue acting, after Harry Potter, what kind of movies or characters would you like to play?

Action or war movies would be fantastic to do, or even a film related to music. My ultimate character to play would definitely be James Bond.

According to reports, you rode an ostrich in South Africa. I couldn’t help but be amused when I first heard about it. Do tell us all about this because it’s not like every day we see a celebrity riding an ostrich.

It was great fun, but it was also terribly scary! I fell off which was actually quite hilarious! I’d highly recommend riding an ostrich!

Now, just for fun, if you were a wizard about to be Sorted in Hogwarts, which House do you think you – Tom Felton – would be in?

I, Tom Felton, would definitely be in Slytherin!

And if you could pick an occupation in the wizarding world, what would you be doing for a living?

I’d probably be a magical luthier and make some sort of musical instrument to sell on Diagon Alley.

Now pick your preference out of two options given. Don’t think too much about the question. Just answer with the first thing you’ve an impulse to say. First of all, Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood?

Luna Lovegood

Scones or pancakes?

Pancakes

Football or cricket?

Cricket

Acoustic guitar or electric guitar?

Acoustic guitar

Describe Tom Felton in three words or phrases.

KIND, CHARMING AND POLITE

Lastly, do you have any messages for your fans in Indonesia and Asia?

Thank you for your support! I can’t wait for you to all see the film and I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Tom, for this lovely interview.

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Credits and disclaimers: This interview was conducted with Tom Felton via e-mail exclusively for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Copying or using the whole interview without permission is strictly prohibited. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images used in the article are copyrighted by Warner Bros., Lost Tribe Productions Ltd., and ITV. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission. FiRST thanks Misha of Feltbeats.com for her help in this interview.

Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 2)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (Feltbeats.com).


First of all, let’s take a trip down memory lane. What do you remember from your audition for the Harry Potter movies? What did you have to do?

I remember going up to Leavesden Studios and meeting Chris Columbus with loads of other kids. He used to just talk to us and throw questions to see how we react. I remember in one of the early call backs we were running lines and he was holding an egg (supposed to be a dragon’s egg but represented by a chicken’s!). He then deliberately dropped the egg to see how I reacted! He was great fun and made you feel very at ease.

In the past, you mentioned that you tried for the role of Harry Potter, but got the role of Draco Malfoy instead. There must be some kind of emotion involved in that. How did you feel about getting the role of Draco Malfoy?

At the time of going for the different parts, unlike most I wasn’t already a fan of the books so it took me a while to establish the different characters. I am so happy with playing Draco and also think Harry Potter couldn’t have been cast better, or the rest of the cast for that fact! Personally though, if I could play any character it would be Draco! So I consider myself very lucky!

I was interested with something you said in a recent interview with Feltbeats.com; that you felt like Draco was your character. After playing Draco in six HP movies, just how well do you know Draco? How has Draco’s character evolved since the beginning?

Draco has evolved a little slower than young Potter, but in the latest film he really takes a leap into manhood. His early years consisted of mostly childish name calling, but in the latest film he really steps it up a gear. He is slowly becoming a man.

Although this might sound like a silly question, but I’ll ask it anyway. Have you read Book 7 in its entirety? What did you think of the Epilogue: 19 Years Later in the book? Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco have their own families. How do you imagine Draco’s life 19 years after the end of the story?

Of all the scenes, this is the one I look forward to filming the most! I can’t wait to see Draco, Harry (etc.) as men! I think Draco will look very much like his father – probably with a long ponytail and a silver cane!

One of my favorite scenes in the Half-Blood Prince book is the scene where Harry and Draco were involved in an ‘accidental’ duel in the bathroom and Draco was badly injured thanks to the Sectumsempra spell. A lot of fans liked that scene and consider it iconic and we hope that it isn’t changed in the movie. Will the fans be disappointed with that scene in the upcoming movie?

I’ve only seen bits of it but I know that filming it was intense! What starts as a duel turns into a full-on wand fight! I can’t say too much but it’s very intense. There’s years of tension between Harry and Draco and it is certainly released in the fight – expect an epic ruck!

What was it like to film that scene with Daniel Radcliffe? As far as the fans can tell, there are no hard feelings between the actors who play Harry and Draco, so how did you and Daniel summon the intense emotions needed for that scene?

Dan’s great – ever a professional and great fun to work with! It’s funny that one minute we’re talking about a who should be in the England cricket team then 5 minutes later we’re trying to rip each other’s heads off in a bathroom. I think we bounce off each other’s energy, making it much easier to get the scenes as intense as they should be… and no hard feelings! We have a great relationship on and off screen, and I can definitely see myself working with him again in the future.

In the movies, you get to play as Jason Isaac’s and Helen McRory’s son, as well as Helena Bonham Carter’s nephew. Is it intimidating to be around them? Or do you feel comfortable around them, as if they’re your own family?

It is amazing to have these great English actors around you! Very intimidating at first but they are very nice and made me feel at ease very quickly. They are all great fun to work with, especially Helena Bonham Carter.

Let’s take another trip down memory lane. Your first movie was The Borrowers, which was recently shown in one of the cable channels in Indonesia. Do you remember anything from there? Jim Broadbent and Mark Williams, who are playing in Harry Potter, were in it as well. Did they recognize you on the set of Harry Potter?

Mark and Jim both remembered me and it was great to see them again – they are both extremely talented guys! I had a great time filming The Borrowers and it was a fantastic first film to do.

Afterwards, you played in Anna and the King. The story of this movie happens in the country we now call Thailand. Did you have to travel to South East Asia to film that movie? If yes, where did you go to and what do you remember from this experience?

For the movie, I went to Malaysia with my mum for 4 months. I was so young I unfortunately don’t remember much of it though!

One of my memories, however, is riding an elephant! I was so happy about it and couldn’t wait to tell my friends back at school. My mum is always reminiscing about her experiences so I’ve learned a lot about my experiences through her. Apparently I wouldn’t eat any of the food they gave me on set as it was so different from what I was used to in London, so she had to go to the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) she found 20 minutes away from set in a taxi everyday to get me a meal!

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Credits and disclaimers: This interview was conducted with Tom Felton via e-mail exclusively for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Copying or using the whole interview without permission is strictly prohibited. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images used in the article are copyrighted by Warner Bros., Lost Tribe Productions Ltd., and ITV. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission. FiRST thanks Misha of Feltbeats.com for her help in this interview.

Exclusive Interview: Tom Felton – Behind the Mask of Malfoy (Part 1)

Tom Felton: Behind the Mask of Malfoy

Interview by Amanda Aayusya, with the assistance of Misha (Feltbeats.com).

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This year Harry Potter and his brave band of Gryffindors return to the big screens after a two year absence. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will finally appear on cinemas in Jakarta in July after it was postponed for about half a year (it had originally been slated to open in cinemas in December 2008). Harry’s tale is more thrilling this time around, as he becomes obsessed with his schoolyard rival Draco Malfoy after suspecting him of evildoing. Harry and Draco will eventually face off in a battle of spells in Half-Blood Prince. Both actors who play these characters on-screen promise an intense epic battle between the two students of opposing Houses.

Everyone knows who Daniel Radcliffe is. The young man who’s been playing Potter for nearly a decade is one of the world’s most popular actors at this moment. But how about the one who plays Draco, Tom Felton? His pale face and sly, smirking expressions are Felton’s trademarks ever since he joined the Potter cast. Thanks to this, there have been more than a few people who are under the impression that Felton is as bad as Draco. Well, they’d be surprised to know that Felton is a down-to-earth, courteous young man and is not at all like his on-screen alter ego.

It’s a pity that, at this moment, Felton has not yet gained the massive popularity that Radcliffe enjoys in Indonesia. That is not to say, however, that he’s inferior to Radcliffe in front of the cameras. Just like his co-star, Felton has been acting since a young age. His face has graced the big screens since 1997, debuting in The Borrowers. And before becoming Draco, he played Jodie Foster‘s son in Anna and the King (1999).

Again, very much like Radcliffe, Felton has also begun building his career for when the Potter saga wraps up. In the past year or so, he has been in two horror flicks, The Disappeared (2008) dan 13 Hours (2009). But, more excitingly, last year Felton has revealed one of his greatest, most unexpected talents: music.

Felton has all the makings of a true aspiring indie musician: a catchy name that he uses for his solo act, Feltbeats; an account in YouTube, where he releases his videos and showcases his prowess in singing and songwriting; being listed at iTunes, where fans could purchase his albums. We look forward to bigger, greater things from this particular endeavor of his.

To let Indonesians know him better, FiRST’s correspondent and contributor, Amanda Aayusya, with the generous assistance of Misha of the biggest Felton’s fansite on the Internet, Feltbeats.com, managed to chase this actor who was born in London, 22 September 1987, in the midst of his hectic schedule of promoting Half-Blood Prince and filming the seventh movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have him answer several inquiries on Draco Malfoy, further plans for his life-after-Potter, and that uniquely bizarre experience of ostrich riding… exclusive for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia.

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Credits and disclaimers: This article was written for FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia, issue 18, July 2009. Pages scanned from FiRST Movie Magazine Indonesia and are not for commercial use. Images are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Indonesia. Do not hotlink and/or use without permission.