The cho­sen one

Tom Fel­ton delivers his slime­ball role in Harry Pot­ter to per­fec­tion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By ROBER MOORE By STEVEN ZEITCHIK

FOR ev­ery hero, there must be a foil, a vil­lain of such pro­por­tion that de­feat­ing him seems im­pos­si­ble right up to the moment the im­pos­si­ble hap­pens, an allpow­er­ful em­peror for Luke Sky­walker to bring down. For The Cho­sen One in the Harry Pot­ter books and movies, that vil­lain is Lord Volde­mort.

But in such sagas there are also step­ping­stone foes, “donors” as the Rus­sian scholar Vladimir Propp ( Mor­phol­ogy Of The Folk­tale) called them, a Darth Vader who tests the hero’s met­tle early and of­ten, and then maybe sec­ond-guesses him­self.

In the case of Harry Pot­ter, that foe might be his teacher Severus Snape. Or it could be his school neme­sis Draco Mal­foy.

Tom Fel­ton has played Draco, son of Lu­cius (Ja­son Isaacs in the films), the Hog­warts bully, Slytherin slime­ball and al­ways in Harry’s way dur­ing each phase of the young wizard’s quest.

We reached Fel­ton, 23, a na­tive of Sur­rey, Eng­land, an en­thu­si­as­tic mu­si­cian and es­tab­lished child ac­tor ( The Bor­row­ers) be­fore Harry Pot­ter came along, in London. What’s been the most fun about Draco’s jour­ney?

The last year or two, the last part of that jour­ney, has been a joy. It’s so nice to have es­tab­lished a char­ac­ter who grows from child­ish bully to snot­tish teen, and then have the chance to ex­plore, in the last films, why he’s like that. Hope­fully, af­ter all the years of hate for poor Draco, he’ll get a bit of em­pa­thy, now.

He’s ques­tion­ing his re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther. He’s pet­ri­fied. Lord Volde­mort has crashed his house, and be­lieve you me, he does NOT make a pleas­ant house­guest. All that makes him ques­tion who he is and why he is the way he is. There’s an ur­gency to the per­for­mances in Death­lyHal­lows:Part1.

Oh, we’ve been pas­sion­ate about these films from the start. But we’re giv­ing it all we’ve got in these fi­nal ones, to make sure we go out with a bang. We savoured ev­ery moment, too, be­cause it’s com­ing to an end. What’s been the best fringe ben­e­fit of be­ing in the Pot­ter films?

The great thing I think we’ve all de­rived from these films is mak­ing a lot of peo­ple

Ja­son Isaacs (left) and Tom Fel­ton in a scene from So with the last Har­ryPot­ter film in the can, what do you have planned for the fu­ture?

I’m launch­ing an in­de­pen­dent record la­bel to put some of my stuff (search “Felt­beats” on YouTube). And I just fin­ished Rise Of The Apes, a Planet Of The Apes pre­quel, and I was down in New Or­leans do­ing a part in this in­de­pen­dent film about golf, From The Rough. Did an­other one with Ashley Greene called The Ap­pari­tion.

ndijk) happy. I was at the pre­miere re­al­is­ing how fan­tas­tic it is to be able to make a child’s day just by sign­ing a piece of paper. We’ve brought some­thing chil­dren love to life. That’s our great re­ward.

You’ve been grow­ing up on set, for a decade, with the cream of Bri­tish act­ing. Who have you learned the most from?

They’re all in­spir­ing and if you watch them, you can’t help but learn some­thing. Ja­son Isaacs has been very help­ful for me as a young ac­tor. He­lena Bon­ham Carter (Bel­la­trix Les­trange) makes you bet­ter just be­ing in the room. Ralph Fi­ennes (Volde­mort) is a mas­ter of his craft, even in all that make-up. And I can’t for­get Daniel (Rad­cliffe, Harry Pot­ter him­self). Act­ing op­po­site him has been won­der­ful be­cause he treats the job so se­ri­ously, it makes you treat things just as se­ri­ously.

We’ve been two sides of the same coin, in a lot of ways, as young Draco and young Harry. But it’s been great fun to de­velop this weird re­la­tion­ship, which we ex­plore in these last two films. One minute they’re try­ing to take NATALIE Port­man goes sap­phic with Mila Ku­nis in the up­com­ing Black Swan. Now she’s get­ting her racy on in a dif­fer­ent way.

For the past few weeks, Port­man and col­lege friend Laura Moses have been shop­ping to Hollywood stu­dios a rib­ald com­edy that they have writ­ten, said two stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives who’ve read the script.

The project, called BYO (for Bring Your Own), con­cerns two very dif­fer­ent 20-some­thing women who, af­ter find­ing them­selves un­lucky in love, de­cide to throw a party to which each fe­male at­tendee brings an el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor. The ex­ec­u­tives who’ve read the script de­scribe it as a fe­male-themed Su­per­bad.

Port­man will star as one of the fe­male leads and pro­duce the movie, and the stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives said they’d been told Anne each other’s heads off and the next, try­ing to help each other out. Bizarre. Is there any­thing about these movies, that have been such a big part of your life, that you won’t miss?

For the bet­ter part of 10 years, ev­ery week or so, dur­ing film­ing, I had to get my hair dyed blond.

Ever done that? It gets old. Very fast. And I’ve been through it sev­eral hun­dred times over the past 10 years, so I’m glad to fi­nally be through with that, at last.

I won’t look so Aryan, will I? – The Or­lando Sen­tinel/McClatchy-Tribune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices n Har­ryPot­terAndTheDeath­lyHal­lows: Part1 is play­ing in Malaysian cine­mas.

Natalie Port­man is a re­pressed bal­le­rina who lets her hair down in Black­Swan.

Rel­ish­ing the role:

Har­ryPot­terAnd TheDeath­lyHal­lows:Part1.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.