AP Interview with Michael Gambon

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Jul 16, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The Associated Press has released their interview with Michael Gambon where he discusses his role as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. Echoing many of his comments heard earlier from the LA Times, this acclaimed and versatile actor remarks on playing an iconic figure like the beloved Hogwarts Headmaster:

He established himself on the stage with widely hailed performances
of Shakespeare (“Othello,” “Macbeth,” “King Lear”) and Harold Pinter
(“Betrayal,” “The Caretaker”). He was given the nickname “The Great
Gambon,” praised for the physicality, nuance and unpredictability of
his performances. “I’ve played quite a lot of crooks and killers,
and that’s quite interesting,” says Gambon. “Then Dumbledore is the
complete opposite, isn’t he? He’s a nice old man.”…Gambon says, it’s common for a young child to anxiously spy him while sipping coffee at a cafe. “It’s
very odd,” Gambon said in an interview shortly after the film’s crazed
London premiere. “I hadn’t realized before just how powerful these
things are. I just do the job and go home and you forget it” ” adding a
snap of his finger…This[being part of the Harry Potter series] will stick out as being a happy memory, being with a thing for so
long and the worldwide love of it,” says Gambon. “You never forget
that.”





43 Responses to AP Interview with Michael Gambon

Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: "But the 68-year-old actor, who keeps cigarettes hid under Dumbledore's robes," Ok, call me crazy or whatever but this is something i didn't want to know. It's quite disturbing, at least for me, knowing that while he's shooting he has cigarettes in his robe..., though it is somehow quite entertaining at the same time, another proof of his rather, well if you follow the stereotypes, strange and eccentric character. I'm glad though he recognizes the importance of what he's doing.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Well, despite what I said a few days ago, I have to say he did an amazing job this time!! He was our Dumbledore!! Thank you Mr Gambon.Avatar Imagearas says: He does play a great Dumbledore ...Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I just wish he would explain that goofy rubber band in his beard... Avatar ImageIsabell says: I think he did a great job in HBP, finally a portrayal somewhat closer to my own image of Dumbledore. Avatar ImageGinevra86 says: Well... of COURSE he did Dumbledore a little bit better this time... it's his LAST CHANCE to get it right! :DAvatar ImageJohn-Robert says: iiiii like him.Avatar ImageHydrus says: Didja notice his beard was whiter in this weeks movie?Avatar Imagebeewell says: He did great as Dumberdore this time. Still wish he would get rid of that band in his beard..makes him look stupid.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: I'm glad that he is finally realizing that he has personified Dumbledore, a character beloved by so many. Sure, it may just be acting - another job - to him, but Dumbledore is real to so many people which is why we get so aggravated at the "angry" Dumbledore we've seen and are so praise filled when his character is spot on. I must admit the opening scene on the train platform in the HBP movie where "angry" Dumbledore demanded Harry take his arm replaced the "let us step out into the night and pursue that flightly temptress, adventure" Dumbledore of the book negatively colored my view of the movie. Michael Gambon will only ever understand and portray the Dumbledore that is presented in the movie script and he seems to be doing a good job of that.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Hes not my favorite Dumbledore. Richard Harris was but I still like Gambon too.Avatar Imagecghambright says: He was AMAZING as Dumbledore in HBP! And I'm really proud of the amount of publicity he and the other older actors are doing for this film. Bravo! I've always liked Gambon. I think he's perfect! Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: i really like gambon honestly. He screwed up GoF but he's gotten it right the other times! HBP was perfect. Richard Harris, as much as i loved him, couldn't have done the spirited dumbledore we see in the these later books, he works perfectly for the first two. Avatar Imageskiving snackboxes says: ok, I'm sorry but I really DO NOT like Gambon as Dumbledore. This book is really Dumbledore's book. He is wonderful and witty... Gambon does not play this well at all. He did the best in PoA, in my opinion. Avatar Imagececmal says: he was more like Dumbledore in this film, not as angry and harsh as in GoF. More the gentle old man Dumbledore really was.Avatar Imagececmal says: he was more like Dumbledore in this film, not as angry and harsh as in GoF. More the gentle old man Dumbledore really was.Avatar ImageAradion says: I don't know...It's just that I'll always have Richard Harris in my mind, he was great in the first two films and I suppose his figure has just stuck in my head.... although I suppose it's more complicated than that...Avatar Imageis.this.real says: I, too, thought that this performance was an improvement. I did not think his portrayal of a harsher Dumbledore held true to the books. In my mind's eye, I still invision Richard Harris' Dumbledore. I truely wish that he could have finished the movies. And for what it's worth, I like the pony holder in his beard - it keeps the beard neat, no fly-a-ways!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I Love Dumbledore!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: dumbledore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageAndreaB09 says: Wow - you would of never figured, based on how he plays Dumbledore, that he played killers and opposite roles as this. He really is magnificent!Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: i like his potrayal of dumbledore in this series.Avatar ImageMissDracothan says: Gambo is pure great. Avatar ImageGTHunter says: this is disturbing..about the cigs..Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Like *Noble Birth Descending* said, what is missing from Gambon's Dumbledore is the subtle, witty humour and manner of speech, as exemplified in the quotation by *Noble Birth Descending*, "let us step out into the night and pursue that flightly temptress, adventure." But Gambon himself is not to blame for that, it's the scriptwriters who have ripped the movie-Dumbledore of his characteristic way of speaking. I absolutely adore the book-Dumbledore's manner of speech! But, unfortunately, the scriptwriters have taken that away and replaced it with words like "assassin" (Dumbledore would *not* use such a word!) and crude, hurried lines of explaining why Dumbledore cuts his hand in the ante-chamber to The Cave, instead of keeping the wonderfully humorous and so very Dumbledore-ish "Oh, surely not. How crude" when he discovers the blood sacrifice in the book. And what's with Dumbledore's sudden interest in Harry's love life? That's not Gambon's fault either of course, he definitely tries to make the best of the lines he's given. All in all, I'm very happy with Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore in HBP. He is very intense, more intense than the book-Dumbledore, and sometimes a bit too hasty for my liking, but I sincerely doubt that can be attributed to Gambon himself, but rather to Yates and the scriptwriters. The "Severus....please" in the Astronomy Tower was quite perfect. And I liked how they tried to convey Dumbledore's increasing weakness with making him stumble to sit on the stairs after seeing Slughorn's true memory.Avatar Imagedoublecore says: I am a Gambon fan till the end. He is Dumbledore. Harris may have been to old and sick to rise to this level. All i can say is long live ALBUS :)Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: yes but more importantly... has he read the friggin books yet!!???Avatar Imagesessionka says: This time, he finally got it right (IMO). This is the Dumbledore I've been waiting for. Truth be told, as great as an actor as Richard Harris was, If he had lived this long, I don't think he would have been able to handle the physicality of this role.Avatar Imagesessionka says: BTW... I think him having cigarettes under his robe is HYSTERCAL!!!Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: I liked him in PoA, in GoF he was mean, in OotP he just avoided Harry, and I haven't seen HBP.Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: As much as I loved Richard Harris as Dumbledore, I think Gambon has stepped up to the plate and done a magnificent job as Dumbledore. Harris, in his prime, could have done great in these taxing last scenes, but all those years of living wild took it's toll on him. Gambon perfectly balanced his aged vulnerability and his wizened masterfulness in HBP! Fabulous! Heart-wrenching! I love that Gambon is a rebel...so was Dumbledore! Avatar Imageiceymoon says: i agree with skiving snackboxes: he was best in PoA. GoF DD was disastrous and OotP DD made me uncomfortable, and while HBP DD was better, it wasn't by much. i think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the script had more funny lines from him this time.. but even then, he managed to deliver a lot of them in a rough or crude manner. Dumbledore is one of my favorite (like, top 3) characters in the books, and in the movies he becomes more like top 30.. so whether it be because of the writer's, director's, or actor's choices for DD in the films (it's most likely a bit of all), he's just not doing it for me. i think the way Dumbledore was portrayed will always be one of my major complaints for the films. it doesn't stop me from having enjoyed the films at all, but it certainly makes what was one of the most lovable characters in the books into a character that i prefer not to think about too often in the films.Avatar ImageJrae says: Finally, Dumbledore was portrayed as in the book. Gambon was excellant! Avatar Imageiceymoon says: oh, but i forgot to add that Gambon does play a good Dumbledore in the moments when he's supposed to be serious (battle versus Voldemort, escaping from the Minister, cave scene in HBP, death scene). it's the moments when he's supposed to be kind, silly, funny, compassionate, or understanding that i don't agree with Gambon's portrayal of DD at all (with the exception of PoA).Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: At least he acknowledges that Dumbledore is an iconic figure to the legions of fans!Avatar Imageempressa says: here i was, thinking i was the only one that wasn't sure about gambon playing dumbledore. go figure! i am sure my opinion will change after today (FINALLY seeing the movie).Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I thought he did a marvelous job in HBP plus I find it kind of funny that Dumbledore is played by this complete eccentric old rebel. I think book Dumbledore would find it funny that Gambon would play him in a film of his lifeAvatar Imageempressa says: just got back from the movies... yeah, my opinion has totally changed about gambon. i really enjoyed how dumbledore was portrayed in this one.Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: I thought he did great in HBP. That was his best version of Dumbledore since PoA.Avatar Imageorljustin says: I have to agree with iceymoon. I'll go further, and say thankfully, that Dumbledore has died, and we don't have to deal with Gambon through an entire movie again. He is definitely horrendous in any non-action scene. He doesn't know how to deliver the subtle humor and tone that is portrayed in the book. He just gets worse with each film.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: i like how he add humor into the script with his tone of voiceAvatar ImageNonMagicFolk says: I am yet to see the latest movie but am hoping that your comments are right and Gambon has improved! I can't help thinking he's fighting a losing battle though, he just isn't Dumbledore for me. It would help if the movie makers would pay attention to details though - where are his piercing blue eyes and half moon spectacles?? Richard Harris was perfect, he had the gentle voice and kind eyes but Gambon can only get better! Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: it'd be interesting to talk to him i think :)

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