Actor Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) appeared on the Graham Norton Show.
Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and co-star Jude Law (Albums Dumbledore) appeared on the Graham Norton Show to chat about their Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film. As you can see, Eddie brought along a leg injury, which he compared to that of Tom Cruise, who famously halted Mission Impossible filming after leaping from a building and breaking his ankle. He revealed he sprained his ankle after tripping up on a crash mat while filming a ‘hardcore’ stunt.
“Well, I was on set of a quite hard core ‘stunty’ thing about two people in a hot air balloon and they had this crash mat beneath the balloon in case you fell out. I walked on to the crash mat, tripped on it and fell and sprained my ankle.”
“Now I look like RoboCop – they told me I had to wear it and I am being obedient.”
Talking about his role of the Magizoologist Newt, he told host Graham: “When you get to be in JK Rowling’s world, you suddenly get a wand – you’ve pretty much waited all your life for this moment and you think you are going to be a pro at it, but you really don’t know what to do with it.
“So, I actually got a movement coach to help me work out how to use it – whether to do it over the top or minimal – we really studied it.”
Jude, who plays a young Albus Dumbledore added: “I took it very seriously too.”
“I actually studied these wonderful films of Picasso painting through glass to see how he held his brush and I watched films of conductors conducting, and I get to do just one spell in the film and it was at a distance where I vaguely waved it in the air.
“It was so disappointing.’ he added, ‘I also worked with a magician so I could do all the sleight of hand tricks and when I got there, they said, “Nah, we CGI all of that stuff.”
The father-of-five revealed his children are very excited about him playing the legendary Hogwarts headmaster, as they said: “They are, but of course I can’t tell them anything about what I am doing. It’s all a secret.”
He added, “I, like so many other parents, had read the books to the children as they grew up using lots of accents – scary and funny voices – and I actually had a voice for Dumbledore. I’d had years of preparation for the role.”
Explaining why he wanted to meet JK Rowling when he got the part, The Holiday star said: “I wanted to question her about the backstory and the life of this incredible character because he is hugely beloved and I felt it was a big responsibility.”
You can watch the entire interview on BBC One on Friday at 10.35pm. We added some sneak peek images of the two attending the show to the photo gallery.