09 November 2011

Updated(2): J.K. Rowling: "Daniel Radcliffe, Emma, and Rupert are 'too good looking' for the roles"

I posted here before about the conversation of Daniel Radcliffe and J.K.Rowling which will be featured at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 DVD/Blu-ray. Hypable has published another part of the interview which you can read below.

Update: More parts of the interview via Hypable (First day of filming & Harry's green eyes)
Update: 10th November 2011. A video is added to "Harry's Green eyes" below about Dan being allergic to the glasses.

Early on in the conversation Dan explains to Jo that when he was first cast he was told they were to shoot six films in the United States. Upon hearing this, Rowling says to him in a surprised tone, “They didn’t tell me that!” “That’s probably why it stayed in the United Kingdom, you put your foot down,” Radcliffe replies.
Rowling then goes into when and where she saw Dan for the first time:

“The first time I ever saw you was in my home, on my television screen. They sent me a video of you. I saw you on that audition video. I don’t think I ever really told you I found it incredibily moving. [Because] at that moment I didn’t have a son. I phoned David up and said ‘He’s great, he’s fantastic.’ It was like watching my son on the screen. Harry feels like this ghostly son I’ve had in my life. To be honest, you and Rupert and Emma are all too good looking. The characters were geeky and you –”

Dan: “Did you know that was going to happen?”

Rowling: “I’m not an idiot. It was really lucky – I spoke to Emma first before I met her. I fell absolutely in love with her. She said to me, in a rushed tone, ‘I’ve only ever acted in school drama plays before! And my god! I just can’t believe I got the part!’ She spoke 60 seconds without drawing breath and I just said to her, ‘Emma, you’re perfect.’ I just kinda had to go, “It’s film, go with it. I’m still going to see the geeky, ugly duckling Hermione in my mind.”
First day of filming:
Radcliffe: I remember my first day was quite scary. I remember looking on my call sheet and it said me, Emma, Rupert and Robbie Coltrane. We were shooting the last scene in the film first.
Rowling: Don’t you love Robbie?
Radcliffe: Yes, he’s wonderful.
Rowling: David Heyman said to me, “If there’s one actor that you really want for one of the parts,” And I said Robbie for Hagrid. I just kept saying it and saying it. And they talked about other people. That was a bit of a deal breaker for me.
Radcliffe: While we’re talking about the other characters, Alan Rickman. My relationship with Alan has changed totally since the fifth film. Because on the fifth film I found him very very intimidating.
Rowling: He is scary.
Radcliffe: And he is a scary guy. And then I went and did Equus, and we went out for dinner afterwards, and suddenly I found that Alan is actually hilarious. And really funny and self deprecating and wonderful company. And so supportive of me when I was going on stage. At one point he cut short his holiday in – I think Canada – to come back early and see the show so he could talk to me about it. He does things like that, he’s amazing.
But how much did he know originally? Because there’s always been this thing of “Alan knew something.”
Rowling: Alan makes me laugh. It’s absolutely true. I told him really early on that Snape had been in love with Lily. That’s why he hated James. That’s why he projected this amount of dislike onto Harry. So he knew that. And then I heard –
Radcliffe: At one point –
Rowling: You told me! That he’d been saying, “I just don’t think Snape would do that. Given what I know.” And I thought, “Alan, are you really milking this now?” (laughter) “If your camera angle’s not good enough, are you–?!” [Impersonating Rickman:] “No I really feel at this point, Snape would be center stage in the good light — because of what I know.” (laughter from Rowling/Radcliffe). So do you remember I told you, “let’s pretend I told you lots of stuff!” So anything they try and make you — but you wouldn’t go for it. Very principled of you.
Harry's Green eyes

Radcliffe: What was lovely for us, and I think I speak for everyone on set. You were around a lot at the beginning and early on. And as you kind of saw that we weren’t going massively off script you backed off. Was that hard?
Rowling: It was easy and a relief. I was around a lot early on. I wanted the Great Hall to look right, I wanted Diagon Alley to look right. There were details that I saw so clearly in my mind. I knew I could help. I knew I could genuinely help and make it right for the readers. I felt a huge protectiveness and loyalty to the readership. Once I knew it was running, it was fine.
I have to say, inevitably you have to depart from the strict storyline of the books. The books are simply too long to make into very faithful films. I could think of many places it works just beautifully. It didn’t have to be a word for word transcription.
Radcliffe: I do sometimes think, if we did make a 6 hour Harry Potter film there would be an audience.
Rowling: And they’d still be complaining that things were wrong. And they’d still want the directors cut. So let’s not even go down that route.
Radcliffe: Is there anything – talking about things being cut out – is there anything we’ve cut that you were upset about? And is there anything we put in that weren’t in the book that you thought were great? Because I remember with Alfonso and the Dementors..
Rowling: No, I remember exactly what it was with Alfonso. First of all, on the Dementor point I thought he did those beautifully. I loved the fact that they created the visceral dislike for the Dementors. I love what he did for the Dementors. What it was, there was something in the script. Alfonso really wanted to get music into the film. He put the choir in, which I loved. But at one point he had this bizarre scene where Flitwick was conducting and there were miniature people in an orchestra inside something. And I just, you see, this is my geekiness, I said to him, “But why?” I know it’s visually exciting, but part of what fans enjoyed about the literary world is there was a logic that underpinned it. There was always logic to the magic no matter however strange it became. I know it’s intriguing to go through the mouth of whatever it was and see these little people, but why? Why have they done it? For you to film it! That’s just what it feels like. You know, normally with the magic there’s a point. So we had a bit of a discussion about that. Sometimes I’d dig my heels in about the funniest things. I’d say, “Yeah change the costume. Yeah it can happen in that city instead of that city. And all of a sudden, I’d say, ‘But they wouldn’t do that spell. Why would they do that there? So I think sometimes I confused people. But I also remember, right back at the beginning when you were cast I remember David Heyman calling me up and saying, “We’ve tried green contact lenses. We can digitally alter his eye color in post production. How important is it that his eyes are green?”
Radcliffe: That I will thank you for.
Rowling: And I said, um, “The only really important thing is that his eyes look like his mother’s eyes. So if you’re casting Lily, there needs to be a resemblance, but they don’t absolutely have to be green.” “Oh thank Christ,” he said. Were the lenses that awful?
Radcliffe: There is a very small percentage of people apparently who have a very extreme reaction to contact lenses. And I was one of them.
Rowling: You poor thing. I feel really bad.
Radcliffe: No, don’t worry! It was 10 years ago. It was really fine.