Robert Hardy on his Former Role as Cornelius Fudge


Feb 14, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Actor Robert Hardy has given a new interview, where he discusses his former role as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge for the Harry Potter series. Confirming the part of Fudge is not in the upcoming HBP, Mr. Hardy reflects back on the joy he had when working on the set with his fellow Potter actors. Quotage:

I loved my time as Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic, but my
character has now been erased! I knew it would happen, because he’s
quite a good part in the book, but there was no way they were ever
going to fit everything into one film.

All three producers
rang me up, separately, on the same day to give me the news – so I was
told three times. They said, ‘We’re so sorry, we’re having to cut the
book by half,’ so that was the end of that. I was very sad, because of
the amusing and wicked people I worked with, like Robbie Coltrane,
Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith, who is an old friend. It was such fun
to film, and there were so many laughs on set that it was hard to come
up with a sober face just before they shouted, ‘Action!’

Robert Hardy also mentions some of the issues facing him as an older actor working in films (he is now 83 years old).

Every time I do something now, I have to jump the medical hurdle.
The doctors usually say, ‘Good God, is that how old you are?’ then they
report to the insurers, who immediately cry, ‘Help!’

insurers for the Harry Potter films were insuring me for a massive
amount of money and being extra reluctant about it. I could almost hear
them saying, ‘Is he worth it? He’s broken most of his bones, he’s had
cancer and he might drop dead at any moment!’

85 Responses to Robert Hardy on his Former Role as Cornelius Fudge

Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: What a shame. It would have been so cool to see "The Other Minister" and Mr. Hardy seems like such a good guy (clearly a nod to his acting skills as he is nothing like Corny Fudge-face).Avatar ImageProf_Tofty says: Yes, I'm going to miss that chapter too.Avatar Imagecheekysnake09 says: He's such a great Fudge, I wish we could have seen him in HBP.Avatar ImageIngvia says: He's great as Fudge and I would love to see that chapter too, but I'm not actually surprised they're not including it... Avatar ImagewrockfangirlSQUEE says: whoa 83? more power to him!Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: Fudge isn't my favorite character, but he played the part of Fudge so well. He was a good actor as Fudge, but I don't even like fudge in the books that much.Avatar Imagejenvomitvos says: i''m really not surprised that the cut that scene. it would have been cool thoughAvatar ImageGinevra86 says: I can't believe he's that old!Avatar ImageDances with Dobby says: It's real pity they cut out that scene, but I'm not surprised at all. Fudge is one of those characters I never put much thought into, but I must say he's always done a good job playing him and it will be sad to see him go.Avatar Imageanne1 says: wow I cant believe he is that age! I do remember watching All Creatures Great and Small in the 1970s as a child, when he was already a reasonable age. But even so, I was imagining he was in his 60s! Maybe I'm in denial about my own age.Avatar ImageCatherine says: its sad he cant come back! He was great!Avatar ImageCatherine says: its sad he cant come back! He was great!Avatar Imagewizardinventor says: I didn't know that he was that old! 83, really? I hope that he comes back for Deathly Hallows and the whole MoM sequence. Avatar ImageLargeBlondDeathEater says: He's 83 years old?!??! WHAT!?Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I can't believe that is how old he is! Wow! I will miss the other minister chapter, but I knew they couldn't fit everything into the moviesAvatar ImageJohnB says: Either he is the youngest 83 year old I have ever seen or HP had some good make up artists.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: aww that's horrible, being told three times? geez.Avatar ImageSareptheRavenclaw says: He's 83?? He doesn't look it. It's a shame, but they can't do a six hour long movie.Avatar ImageErinM says: No minister and minister scene? Too bad. Of course, I hate when they have to cut anything out. Movies are ok but my true love of HP comes from Jo's words. Of course!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is truly a pity that they did not include him in the film. He certainly has given a superb rendition of the Minister Fudge! Nonetheless, I wish him the best of luck in his future projects.Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: What a great sense of humor about his age and his health! I'll miss "The Other Minister" chapter - I wonder if this means they won't do anything with Percy and Scrimgeour? But they've got to set them up for their position in DH. Do we know if Scrimgeour has been cast?Avatar ImageSophie Treklemmer says: 83????? Wow! He looks 50, if that! I'm so sorry to hear that he's not going to be in the movies (maybe he will do a small performance in DH?). That was a really entertaining interview :) I would love to see some behind-the-scenes footage of the adults too, not just the "kids". It sounds like they had just as much fun making these films as we have watching them ;DAvatar Imageligress says: I'm going to miss his performance as fudge.Avatar Imageomgitslouise says: I loved him as Fudge. Is he seriously 83? I thought he was a lot younger than that...Avatar Imagecdewson says: they could still have the other minister chapter but just with Scrimgeour. but really Fudge isn't needed in HBPAvatar ImagePureblood-Slytherin says: i wanted to see that chapter in the movie "the other minister" too.. i can't believe he's that old.. wow.. they're cutting half of the book, ouch!!! that's kinda scary... i just can't wait for HBP now... Avatar ImageArthur22 says: I really wanted to see "The Other Minister" scene, too bad.Avatar Imagekelseycrucio says: I'm really not surprised they're cutting that chapter but still, I am disapointed. I would've liked to see that in the film! He seems like a really great guy though. I can't believe he's 83! Wow.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Too bad. That is one of my favorite chapters. Mr. Hardy looks fab for 83!Avatar Imageeliza_morwen_black says: "They said, 'We're so sorry, we're having to cut the book by half,' so that was the end of that." By HALF?? Um... anyone else read that?Avatar ImageNatters says: 'my character has now been erased! I knew it would happen, because he's quite a good part in the book.' I love that the way he says this sounds like he's saying 'I knew it would happen because he's a good part and of course they always cut the good parts out of the film.' I'm inclined to agree.Avatar ImageBrad Ausrotas says: What a cool guy. Now if only the character he played had been that awesome!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Wow, I had no idea he was so old! Well, I'm glad he had a good time, though of course I wish we could have The Other Minister. Fudge is so great in that chapter. Oh well. Avatar ImageSirius B says: I can believe they cut out his part from HBP but the worse news is when he said they've cut out half the book. Just another in the mounting reasons to totally fear how bad HBP is going to be, and giving greater fear to how bad DH is going to be even though they are making it into 2 movies!!!!!Avatar Imagerinanorreh says: I had no idea he was 83. He looks good for 83. Umm..."we had to cut the book by half" -->>>SAAAADDD :(Avatar ImageTonks1 says: What a great gentleman. I will miss that chapter. With them making the movie into two you wonder why they had to cut it. It was a great bridge between muggle and wizzard world. Sad :(Avatar Imagerunaroundkid says: Whoa, I can't believe he's 83! He looks much, much younger than that. I thought he was in his 60s or 70s.Avatar Imagebealen says: Aww I'm so sad he won't be in HBP, I love him as an actor and I was so happy when he was in the films. :( Avatar ImageEdmundstaustell says: Robert Hardy is a fascinating man. He's in incredible shape for his age, and is one of England's greatest character actors. He is also an internationally recognized authority on medieval arms and armour, and has written a book on the subject. He's a serious scholar, with a degree from Oxford, I believe it is. (And did I mention a background as a Shakespearian actor?) Quite a guy! Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: ok i seriously didn't know he was that old! it kinda makes sense that he's not in the movie he was a good character though!Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Aww poor Mr. Hardy! He's pretty awesome though- 83 and still going strong! I'm gonna miss him in HBPAvatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: It's a shame the other minister seen was cut because I really loved it. Hardy actually did a good job playing Fudge.Avatar Imagesp00kym00ny says: WOAH...We're having to cut the book by half?!?!? NOW I'm scared... My great-grandma's turning 90 this year and she can't remember anything or walk more than 12 feet at a time. He's 83?!?!= O Avatar ImageZoom says: he sure as hell doesnt seem 83... good for him! Avatar ImageAraminta1987 says: I think it's kind of sad that they're cutting Fudge - it was such a good contrast between him and Scrimgeour - and both of them basically being crap for different reasons. But I guess the audience doesn't really need The Other Minister chapter - it's a lot of recap really, and you can show those things on film without describing them the way JKR did - that chapter is a very literary device. Still, it's a shame, I always thought he was a perfect Fudge.... do we know if Scrimgeour's in it/who's playing him?Avatar Imagelawahine says: I knew they probably would cut that, but it would have been such a fun scene. Avatar Imageeviden says: He was a great Fudge :-/Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I never realized he was that old, he looks good for his age!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: He was such a good Fudge. Since Fudge didn't die in the books, I wonder what happened to him, in Jo's world ADH (after deathly hallows). Avatar ImageChaniElizabeth says: umm so i guess the minister of magic scene from deathly hallows is out... aka lame. this is very dissapointing.Avatar ImageChaniElizabeth says: umm so i guess the minister of magic scene from deathly hallows is out... aka lame. this is very dissapointing.Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: I was really, really hoping they'd put the "Other Minister" scene into HBP. Mr. Hardy did such a wonderful job as Fudge.Avatar ImageChrissyPuff says: I guess I'm not surprised they cut the other minister, but I'll miss it. I thought it was funny. He looks good for his age though... I would have NEVER guessed that!Avatar ImageBell Dema says: 83 is not THAT old! I can't believe that people are so insensitive to him like that, rethinking their choice because of his age! He's a marvellous actor and he's got loads more to give to the world! I HATE it when people just dismiss people in the third age just because they are old... I support you, Hardy!Avatar ImageWimsey says: Well, it was not a scene that would have made any sense to anybody: only the hardcore fans would remember who Fudge was. Most of the filmgoers would just be put-off by the scene, as it would just delay the story. Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: he was a good fudge.Avatar ImageFresh Prince says: ITS SAD THAT HE WONT B BACK FOR THE LAST FILM HE WAS A GOOD MINISTER EVEN THO HE GOT ON MY NERVES IN THE FIFTH MOVIE AND BOOK LOLAvatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: he is an excellent actor and its a shame i would haveloved for them to get get who ever was the actual prime minister of the UK at the time and have him do the other minister sceneAvatar Imageangelac123 says: I cannot believe he is now 83 years old!!!!! Wow!!!Avatar ImageFlittwick says: what does it matter about the age of an actor ? !!! Playing the part is the reason people are employed to play parts in the films ! It is a great pity that hte films can't follow the books exactly but some bits have to be cut to make the film as the finished film can only be a certain length unfortunately. Now If us the fans were able to make the films then they would probably last a full year for each book ! (which would be great for us, not so for the film company) shame but we who have read the books will each of us have our own way of re-creating the situations which would be good but we cant so we have to deal with what is presented to us. Shame.Avatar ImageProfessorPotter says: Sad to hear he wont be back but he was superb as the paranoid Fudge. I hope he finds more roles to do but its quite understandable that film producers are afraid of casting a very old person in fear of illness or death. Insurances are high but for people like Robert Hardy, Peter O Toole, and Christopher Lee, they are worth it as long as they pass a medical examination. Avatar ImageLittleLoony says: I'm hoping this is not an early sign of the movie completely disecting and destroying the story of the half blood prince. If they are willing to completely take out cornelious, what else are they going to take out? I'll really hate it if there's no detail at all.Avatar ImageTyman28962 says: It's a pity he won't be back, but it's amazing he's still active at that age!Avatar Imagegryffindor2009 says: omg! he honestly looks really good for an 83 year old man! WOWWWW and we'll miss him on harry potter!Avatar Imageemmalily says: He was a great Fudge! I can't believe he's 83 years old! He doesn't look it! :-)Avatar ImageSabrinaDrolet14 says: He is sooo old! woah its really hard to believe it!Avatar ImageAccioCloak says: The other minister was one of my favourite bits of HBP - it's a shame we won't be seeing Robert Hardy back in the movie for that scene!! Can't believe how old he is though!!! Doing goo!!Avatar ImageRavenclawed says: I was just about to say the same thing as everyone else: he's 83? Wow !!! Though I would have loved to see the pinstriped cape and lime green bowler hat, his casting was absolutely perfect - just how I imagined Fudge. I work in government myself, and every now and then I send out an interdepartmental envelope with `Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic' crossed out and another person's name written in, just to give any other HP fans a laugh :)Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Wow, 83! I would have never guessed. Now I am clueless on how they will start the movie.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: That was such an interesting interview. The Other Minister will be missed. Aside from GOF is my favourite book opening. Littered with Jo's sense of humourAvatar Imagetinagin says: That is sad. I'm not surprised they cut the scene. Here's to his health! Avatar Imageonespeedonly says: It's a testament to how fine an actor he is how much I disliked Fudge in OotP. He really made me hate Fudge. Cheers Mr. Hardy.Avatar ImageScottMan says: That is too bad we won't be seeing him again, but I'm glad they had the perfect actor for the part of Fudge. And...I agree, he's 83?!?! ;DAvatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: He is such a perfect Fudge. I wish we could have seen him in The Other Minister...Avatar Imagedarkveela says: He is 83 years old?! Wow, I thought he was something like 65. Great actor, perfect Fudge :)Avatar ImageSilverMoose says: 83???? Really? No!!! Really?? wauwwwwww :) Anyway does that mean they're not doing any part of the first chapter????Avatar Imagerobijw says: Poor guy... I though the other minister would have been cool as well. Plus he could've added some comic relief in the first few minutes of the filmAvatar ImagetaystarHP says: I loved Fudge because he was alwas angry at Harry and it was funny to see him struggle. I wish they did keep him for HBP and the other time in the Prisoner of Azkaban at the end!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I would never have guessed Robert Hardy is 83. I was a fan before HP. I especially remember him playing a villain in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories with Jeremy Brett. He was very evil and very scary. He did a great job! Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: he is not that old! dannng he looked like he was in his 60s in orderAvatar Imagebadger666 says: I'm glad he enjoyed playing Fudge. It's great when the actors show genuine enthusiasm for Harry Potter. I will miss The Other Minister chapter, though. I think that chapter is quite funny.Avatar Imagebecmajec says: That's a pity, that chapter was great, would've been funny to see Fudge as he was described in HPB.Avatar ImageFairfortune11 says: he does NOT look 83!!!Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Well he's wearing pretty well for his age!! I always quite liked him as Fudge!!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: It's a shame they have to chop up these books so much.

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