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Helen McCrory Talks Filming on Spinner's End for Half-Blood Prince

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Posted by: sue
July 11, 2009, 10:17 AM

Actress Helen McCrory has given a new interview where she discusses filming her role as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Noting her appearance in the film is short, she also jokes about the fleeting appearance made by actor Timothy Spall as Wormtail in the Unbreakable vow scene at Spinner's End. Quotage:

"She appears in the two final films of the series, but warns: "Don't reach down for your popcorn, because by the time you do, I could be off the screen, in Half-Blood Prince I am literally like, whoa, there she goes! But everyone was like that. In our first scene, Helena Bonham Carter and I are rolling past this blue screen, and we knock on the door and Tim Spall comes out.

"Tim pulls open the door and looks. That took about a day and a half of filming, and then it was, 'Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, that's a wrap on Mr Spall,' and you go, that's it? You have people like Tim, that most producers are killing themselves to work with, and that's the fun of doing (Harry Potter]. Everyone is giving their all and they're all used to playing the lead parts. They're going, 'How shall I open the door? Do you want me to do it like this, or like this?' That sort of attention to detail, because, you know, they probably last did Hamlet. So David is surrounded by actors going, 'Right, I can give you this, or I can give you that, or I can give you . . .' and he's like, 'Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.'" She laughs heartily. "He's extraordinary, because it's a huge project: the pressure!"

As the mother of two young children – with her husband, actor Damian Lewis, she has a daughter Manon, two, and a son, Gulliver, one – I wonder if she approached Narcissa in the spirit of Cruella de Ville, or that of a ferocious mum defending her cub?

"In this film it's about protecting her son. The fact that you have children probably makes a bit of a difference, but not enormously, because you do spend a lot of time as an actor trying to imagine what the other person's feeling, anyway. As a woman you've played mothers before, and you don't have to be a mother to understand what feeling protective is all about."

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48 Comments

Ron1_thumb
3703 Points

“’Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.” Bahahaha. Funny stuff :D She seems like a good person. Can’t wait for HBP! Three more days!

Posted by Christine on July 11, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
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12005 Points

I like the ferocious mum idea.

Posted by budgie on July 11, 2009, 10:31 AM report to moderator
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39234 Points

shes nowhere near who i imagined as narcissa. i imagined more delicate, fragile, much more fleur like i suppose, but still with that malfoy edge about her – not quite as weak as she seems :D but i am eager to see Helen McCrory, i cant wait to see movie narcissa :D

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on July 11, 2009, 10:44 AM report to moderator
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594 Points

Oooh, I like her! Great interview. ;)

Posted by Kissa on July 11, 2009, 10:44 AM report to moderator
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271 Points

I think mother cub really captures it (don’t know about in the movie yet…haven’t seen it… SOON) but it was her love of her son that led to her decision to help take Voldemort down. (warning: You are entering tangentland)
geez… If Draco took all the energy he spend on trying to look “bad and hardcore” and applied it to his studies and being a good person…it just blows my mind as to the time and energy he wasted…. he would be such a skilled wizard.

Posted by Amy Darlene on July 11, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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3370 Points

Hmm…not what I picture Narcissa to be, but she seems goo. Can’t wait to see what she’s got!!!

Posted by Tiannangel [FTC!] on July 11, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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6165 Points

good interview but you know idc what u guys say her hair is really weird looking :((

Posted by SeVeRuS<3 ツ [ITC] on July 11, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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271 Points

energy he spent..

i am very much looking forward to the unbreakable vow… i hope we get to see them walking up to his house… or perhaps throught he playground (which would be PERFECT) so we can see where Lilly grew up

Posted by Amy Darlene on July 11, 2009, 10:52 AM report to moderator
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2408 Points

It really is so awesome that Harry Potter has this incredible wealth of talent. The films are full of British icons, I can’t wait to see what the legacy of the films will be in 20 years time. Well actually I can wait. I’m dreading when the last comes out. It’ll all be over. :( I really like Helen McCrory she always gives frank and enthusiastic interviews

Posted by KiwiMcI on July 11, 2009, 10:52 AM report to moderator
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159 Points

i like her can’t wait to see the movie.

Posted by sinwillys822 ROAR on July 11, 2009, 11:03 AM report to moderator
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240 Points

:)

Posted by TasyaWeasley on July 11, 2009, 11:04 AM report to moderator
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89 Points

David is surrounded by actors going, ‘Right, I can give you this, or I can give you that, or I can give you . . .’ and he’s like, ‘Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.’
Ha ha that’s so funny.

Posted by shellscotie on July 11, 2009, 11:10 AM report to moderator
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115 Points

LMAO @ Timothy Spall’s role! OPENING THE DOOR!!!

Posted by LargeBlondDeathEater on July 11, 2009, 11:31 AM report to moderator
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80426 Points

There are no small roles… Only small actors!!! lol

Posted by Won_Two on July 11, 2009, 11:36 AM report to moderator
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8876 Points

This interview is really neat because, we all know the level of acting is to an incredibly high standard and the actors are all like the best of the best but, there’s just something about the way she says about the attention to detail because they’ve all just done Hamlet or something really brings home the fact that these are all huge actors doing HP movies. That’s just so cool :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 11, 2009, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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