So I’m gonna transcribe this whole interview by hand. I just hope you understand how much I love you, James Phelps phans (yeah that’s right, I just did that).
Unwind with… JAMES PHELPS
For more than a decade, 25 year-old James Phelps has played prankster Fred Weasley in the most important film franchise of a generation. With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this month, he finally says godbye tot he character he’s been playing for almost half of his life. Tego Sigel caught up with James to talk about finishing the series. [Image by Ben Gold bengold.co.uk]
How does it feel knowing you’re this close to the ending of such a massive period in your life?
Surreal, I guess is the best word to describe it, because, for eleven years I’ve known it was going to come to an end. Now it’s here it’s kind of not actually [laughs]… Because we haven’t had the premier just yet it hasn’t exactly sunk in but I know that once we come back from doing all the promotional stuff that’s when it will sink in I think.
What was the final day of filming like?
I tried to appreciate everything that was there one last time - everything that I took for granted beforehand, all the sets and that kind of stuff and was aware that it wasn’t going to be like that again.
What’s your best memory from the 11 year period of working on the film?
My best memory would be the premier for The Half Blood Prince. It was in July and I’ve never seen rain like it in London, it was insane. It was literally like a flash-flood had just happened and they reckon there was still around seven-eight thousand people in Leicester Square for it. The roar when we got out of the car, the roar of the crowd was incredible, it just gave testament to how much these movies mean to people. I think being so close to it, we don’t really appreciate it so much, but then you see how much it means to everybody. It was quite touching really.
Have you gotten to grips with how much Harry means to people?
No [laughs[. I know it means a lot to people but I don’t think I’m fully aware of it. I think maybe I don’t really try to be as aware because a lot of the time it takes the pressure off playing these characters that people love so much from the books.
Do you still struggle to keep the secrets from the films before they’re released?
Slightly. There are actually some things that happen in this film that I really want to talk about but obviously I’m not allowed to until after 15 July. It’s a bit frustrating in that respect bt it’s also great to see the anticipation building and building and I think it’s really just going to go out on the biggest high that any film ever has done.
Wow. You’re that impressed with the final film?
Yeah, from what I’ve seen. I haven’t seen it completely but from what I’ve seen, a good 50% of it, it really is, even for a non-Potter fan, you will just be blown away by the effects on it and the performances by certain people. I remember when we shot the scene with Ralph Fiennes, this is without all the digital effects on him and all that kind of stuff, it was just… There are bad guys in movies and he is just another level, incredible to watch.
Where do you think it rates in terms of the franchise?
I think it’s going to be the best one. I think because it’s moved away from the first two movies which were aimed towards a much younger audience and now you could go and watch it with an older brother who’d never gone and seen a Potter and be blown away by it I’m sure.
On the love/lust topic:
Lust! I lust the Aston Martin DB9, because I was lucky enough to take one of those on the last tour when we were in Belgium, we were able to take one of those out on the test tracka nd take it through its paces and since then I’ve wanted on. I’m in lust with that car.
And really… who could blame him? So there you have it, tumblr Phelps phans (I know you exist, you’ve been attacking my blog all week :D)… the RWD magazine interview. You can see the interview in all its .PDF/flash glory by clicking here. Hope you enjoyed it!
**Sorry that the photo isn’t all that HQ; I had a hell of a time with it… you can get the better quality one by clicking the link and downloading the issue, and if anyone ELSE can figure out how to extract it from the .pdf, you’re more than welcome to do so. :) Just make sure you credit the mag and Ben Gold.
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