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Emma Thompson Makes New Comments on Decision Not to Return as Trelawney

Posted by: sue
January 02, 2009, 07:56 PM

In an interview before the release of her latest film, Last Chance Harvey, actress Emma Thompson has made some new comments regarding her decision not to return to the part of Professor Trelawney for the final Harry Potter films. Speaking with the San Francisco Chronicle, Emma Thompson addresses the outcry over her decision, and her upcoming work on the sequel to Nanny McPhee. Quotage:

Thompson does have a creative outlet other than acting, which is her writing. She's been working on a drama about British art critic John Ruskin, and this year filming will start on the sequel to "Nanny McPhee" (2005), which she adapted from a children's book series.

While this project might seem innocent enough, "Harry Potter" fans have been all over Thompson because of reports suggesting that she chose Nanny over Sybil (in the forthcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") when both were scheduled to be shot at the same time.

"I wasn't being rude at all," says Thompson, who adds that she loves Sybil. "It's so typical, where they take something very, very small and turn it into a big deal. I was never going to be in the next 'Harry Potter.' I sort of put that to bed."

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this sucks. :[

Posted by ibelieveinnargles on January 03, 2009, 01:41 PM report to moderator

I was never bothered by her decision to not return. Sure it would have been great to see her again, but I understand her decision. I really want to know what EXACTLY the journalist said to her. It makes me wonder if the journalist made us seem really nasty. Personally I thought most fans were pretty reasonable about her decision. Oh well. She’s a great actress. I hope she doesn’t have any ill will towards Potter now.

Posted by mollywobble on January 03, 2009, 01:50 PM report to moderator

Now that I think about it more, it does make sense for her not to come back.
Of course I do wish she could just make a short apperence but she seams to realy like her “Nanny McFhee” project and that is understandable. Best of luck to her in the “Nanny” sequel! :)

Posted by Lorelai on January 03, 2009, 01:57 PM report to moderator

Harry Potter fans. Like every large group of the human race that has ever existed, there will always be the ones who are selfish and unkind. It’s people like that which seperate the actors from the fans, for it is not difficult to imagine that the cast of Harry Potter would be much more closely linked with the fandom if it weren’t for the few people who make it difficult for them.

People should be grateful that Emma Thompson got involved with Potter at all, not calling her arrogant or stupid for deciding to focus on her own smaller-scale projects instead. It’s all a very sad affair and I’m actually quite disappointed that these people feel like they have the right to make such thoughtless, unnecessary comments.

Posted by Linny on January 03, 2009, 02:04 PM report to moderator

Wow. Is it really that hard for you people to comprehend that the “something small” she was referring to the fact that she wasn’t going to be in the movie? Trelawney is hardly pivotal in the overall plot of DH. Why should she waste her time on set for maybe a week at most when she has her pet project which should be more important to her seeing as she wrote it and is starring in it and has obviously put more work into it. I like Emma Thompson and think she’s a great actress and writer, but I think the writing for the movies that Trelawney was in just made the character more annoying than amusing.

Also she would know whether or not she was in the movie before they received a script. They cast before they issue scripts to people in a franchise thing like that. I think they would have given her a heads up as to whether or not they were needing her for the movie.

Posted by Melynda on January 03, 2009, 02:33 PM report to moderator

I understand she had to make a choice. But sirusly, her part in DH isn’t all the big. She can’t come back for one day of shooting?

Posted by Samantha on January 03, 2009, 02:35 PM report to moderator

Just for the record, Professor Potter, the plug has not been pulled on Narnia. Disney let it go, yes, but Douglas Gresham and the other producers are still very serious about making “Dawn Treader.” They just have to find another company to join.

Posted by Hermione on January 03, 2009, 02:42 PM report to moderator

What a waste of talent! Nanny Mcphea is such a lame series. If you are going to quit HP do it for a worthwhile project. Jeezzz.

Posted by Irrelevent on January 03, 2009, 02:49 PM report to moderator

Ehh, I don’t really care for her, because I don’t like the character Trelawney or Thompson as Trelawney. So whatever. I’m not affected by this.

Posted by Christine on January 03, 2009, 04:32 PM report to moderator

That sucks! She was perfect for Trelawney…im will admit that im disappointed. I just hope that they will get a new actress as perfect for the character as she was!

Posted by Envy on January 03, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator

I think it sucks that she isn’t returning. She definitely DID choose other projects over Harry Potter, and gave up an opportunity to be in one of the biggest British films of all time. It’s just sort of the principle, and she definitely just didn’t care enough about the HP role, which is the bottom line. She can say “oh I loved Trelawney” and “I’m really busy writing other stuff,” but HP7 hasn’t even started filming yet, and it is pretty common knowledge that the Nanny sequel is already in the works, so the two wouldn’t really overlap. It’s a surprising decision because Nanny McPhee isn’t really that popular or hasn’t been appreciated for it’s excellent writing or anything, whereas HP is extremely popular worldwide.

Posted by Sarah on January 03, 2009, 05:02 PM report to moderator
Joanna Martin

Its a disgrace..Anyone who portrayed a reoccuring character in any potter movie woud understand they would be expected to return should the book require it…If they cant then they should decline the offer to start with or we would have 100 actors playing 8 characters. SHould be a contract clause but warner hasn’t got any sense any way to forsee any thing..maybe Thompson can lend Waner her craysat ball as she won’t need it any more.

Posted by Joanna Martin on January 03, 2009, 05:39 PM report to moderator

“It’s so typical, where they take something very, very small and turn it into a big deal.” Ms. Thompson seems to understand the more ridiculous side of the Harry Potter fandom well.
You’d almost think she just read all the comments I did.

For crying out loud, it’s entirely possible she wasn’t even slated to be in the last two movies. She has her own life and career. Let her manage it. I think she’d do a better job than most of us on here.

Posted by Erica on January 03, 2009, 06:59 PM report to moderator
KB Prez

@Erica, WELL SAID!!!

Posted by KB Prez on January 03, 2009, 07:05 PM report to moderator

I’m sure Nanny McPhea was a good book; it just didn’t translate to film. I just couldn’t get over the make-up, especially that tooth. uggh.

Posted by spanky on January 03, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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