Bonham Carter on Bellatrix: “Mad, Sadistic Witch”


May 12, 2007

Posted by SueTLC

Actress Helena Bonham Carter has been giving a string of new interviews recently, the latest found the Sunday Herald where she discusses her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Noting the role as the “mad, sadistic witch” in the upcoming fifth film, Helena Bonham Carter is quoted as saying:

“It was the other extreme,” she says. “That was six weeks and I had about five lines you just camp there and every so often do a bit of acting in front of green screens.” Given the dotty impression she makes, I wonder if it’s this that led to her Potter debut. “I don’t know,” she muses. “I obviously do madness quite well. I’m not sure. I’ve never done sadism, actually.”

Helena Bonham Carter is also currently filming the musical Sweeny Todd, which in addition to Johnny Depp, also co-stars fellow Potter actors Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew). In case you missed it earlier, Helena Bonham Carter made a recent appearance on the Jonathan Ross program earlier this month where she discussed her role as the Death Eater Bellatrix, and joked she had five lines and they cut three of them. There was video of this appearance, but that has now been removed, and we are attempting to find another video of this, so stay tuned!

16 Responses to Bonham Carter on Bellatrix: “Mad, Sadistic Witch”

Avatar Image says: Hmmm...she hasn't seemed too thrilled with her role so far-at least we don't see too much of her in HBP!Avatar Image says: I'm sure she plays the Bellatrix well but every time i have heard her speak about her role in OotP it has been with a slightly bitter tone that she wasn't very happy with her lack of screen time.Avatar Image says: Well me being the person that wants Lord Voldemort to win I am super pissed that Bellatrix dose not have more screen time.Avatar Image says: they shouldn't cut her lines Avatar Image says: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Hotsauce TV" Awww...Avatar Image says: It's a shame that they didn't give her more dialogue, since Bellatrix in OotP does all that creepy baby-talk to Harry and Neville. I would enjoy hearing Helena Bonham-Carter delivering those lines, but alas, it's not to be, according to these articles.Avatar Image says: I find it strange that they have added a scene about the release of the Death Eaters from Azkaban which is not covered in the book, but reduced Bellatrix's actual appearances when she is relating to other characters in dialogue. We need to know in what way she is mad via her words, not shreiks and messy hair.Avatar Image says: I think it was a lovely interview. She seems a really down to earth person, considering.. Thinking about the lines, I take the '5 down to 2' as a joke or bit of an exaggeration. Avatar Image says: helena bonham carter and tim burton perfect couple.they are very cute. I love this sentence:"And it is quite amazing to meet all these old actors. It's like a rest-home for British Equity, and we're all lying around and chatting"/Telegraph she is very funny and cute.Avatar Image says: I dunno... Bonham Carter's attitude about this role is beginning to annoy me a bit now. Avatar Image says: =0 Why? She's just telling the truth. All these big-name actors don't get much screen time. And she doesn't come off as the slightest bit arrogant either, if that's your meaning. She's honest and sweet and- er- perfect for this role anyway. lol. Because she can do the whole evil thing really really well. Avatar Image says: HBC ... hang in there ... you may have more lines in DH!!! Love, DiluviaAvatar Image says: It's sort of understandable, given the constraints of movie time, you can't give Bellatrix all of her lines and her character is reduced. (I understand from the OOTP test screenings, Voldemort is given a couple of Bellatrix's lines.) But I don't get the impression that she's unhappy with the role -- I get the impression she isn't given as much time as her character does in the book. There's always HBP (if they keep the Spinner's End bit) and definitely DH. HBC is a wonderful actress, and I hope she stays on the final two movies at least for continuity's sake.Avatar Image says: I adore her so, so much. Please to be remembering that a lot of what she says is tongue-in-cheek. I know some of you find subtle humour hard to detect, but even so...Avatar Image says: :)

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