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Helena Bonham Carter on Role as Bellatrix Lestrange

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Posted by: sue
July 06, 2009, 04:52 PM

Helena Bonham Carter has given a frank and funny new interview to the Daily Record where she discusses her role, and her costume she sports in the role of  Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. Currently winning rave reviews for her turn as the demented Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena reflects back to her orginial hesitation over the part in Order of the Phoenix, but was heartened after a conversation with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

When she first read the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she was disappointed to see she only had a few scenes with Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort. But Harry Potter's author stepped in to reassure her that the role would get better, and bigger."When I showed some reluctance in playing a tiny part, J.K. Rowling said Bellatrix's role was going to be significant in the last film," she said. "But significant could mean a lot of things. That could just mean a significant plot point. It doesn't necessarily equal a big part."


Ms Bonham Carter then goes on to give some very fun and candid new remarks on the look she sports in the Harry Potter films, as well as conversation with her co-star Emma Watson for Deathly Hallows. Quotage:

"Returning to the role of the gothic witch meant fitting Helena with a skyhigh hairstyle and a set of false teeth."You have to keep them in so you get used to them," she said. "But you forget they're in and if you then eat something, they break. That's very expensive."To complete the look of the only female Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena sports a gothic corset and a pair of impressive boobs.

"I have chicken fillets," she explained.

So when she finally got a chance to choose her cleavage, her first instinct was to go for chicken fillets that were turkey-sized.She said: "I thought it was my chance to have the boobs I've always wanted. But my assistant said, 'You look like a porn star.' And that was not the image I was going for."

For Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena also helped Emma Watson by inviting the actress to her house to talk through a scene where Bellatrix becomes Hermione after taking a magic potion.Helena wanted to know everything about Hermione in order to get the transformation right, but she also reassured Emma that being a young actress didn't mean she had to worry about her image all the time."I'm top of Heat's Worst Dressed list," she told Emma. "Who cares?"

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55 Comments

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Helena is wonderful! She plays a perfect Bellatrix…and she’s married to Tim Burton, lucky her D:

Posted by ClariceCuri on July 07, 2009, 01:44 AM report to moderator
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@RhrSoulmates I totally agree with you. I was lost for a second….

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on July 07, 2009, 02:09 AM report to moderator
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How perfectly lovely. I am so happy she has children and that she and Tim Burton have Indian names for each other. Really, really lovely.

Posted by Curandera on July 07, 2009, 02:15 AM report to moderator
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32 Points

Oh my gosh, she is fantastic and just amazing, I wish i had half her confidence

Posted by abbygator112 on July 07, 2009, 03:08 AM report to moderator
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Folks, think it through – what would be easier – to put make up on Emma Watson so as to look like Bellatrix as portrayed by Helena, or, to have Helena act like Hermione acting like Bellatrix.

Quick quiz – what other movie has Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes cast as supporting roles?

Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I did a double take when watching the credits go by.

Posted by NuttyAsSP on July 07, 2009, 03:10 AM report to moderator
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She’s always so good at doing barking mad -and Bella definitely has some sick fantasy about the big V going on. Does the woman not get that he’s never going to give it up for any girl? Very much looking forward to seeing the duel between Bella & Molly Weasley at the end -those two actresses should have a great time with that.
By the way – maybe I’m odd too, but her living arrangements sound brilliant to me. The perfect marriage!

Posted by CathrynOCamdentowne on July 07, 2009, 03:18 AM report to moderator
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I can’t imagine anyone else playing Bellatrix.

Posted by AvanelleWood on July 07, 2009, 03:40 AM report to moderator
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13757 Points

she is a great actress….how does the person who plays voldemort look in real life???

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 07, 2009, 04:08 AM report to moderator
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2616 Points

Oh yeah…I had forgotten that she married Tim Burton. I need to watch some of her movies. I haven’t seen anything of hers besides OotP.

Posted by danaskeeter *ROAR!* on July 07, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
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I love how the adult actors always seem to be mentoring the younger stars XD

Posted by Kamidee {ROAR!} [TZS] on July 07, 2009, 07:38 AM report to moderator
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What I want to know is how that reporter keeps his/her job. A lot of the sentences made no sense and the Hermione/Bellatrix transformation was either completely misunderstood or incorrectly expressed. It must be bad enough for the actors to have go around hawking the film like salesmen without having to read such a bad piece of reporting afterwards.

Posted by Graymayne on July 07, 2009, 08:27 AM report to moderator
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She is perfect as Bellatrix and I definitely want to see her in Alice in Wonderland!!!!

Posted by Pollytomat on July 07, 2009, 09:01 AM report to moderator
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341 Points

She’s just amazing, Helena! She is really fitting for the role.

Posted by hermione97 on July 07, 2009, 09:11 AM report to moderator
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i LOVE helena, she is soooo perfect in this role, shes amazing =D

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on July 07, 2009, 11:16 AM report to moderator
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Hermione is the one that is suppoused to transform into Bellatrix, isn’t it? in the last book?
I hope they’re not gonna switch it ’cause it will ruin everything.

Anyways, I love Helena SO much, she is one of my favourite actresses, so dark and talented. The combination of her with her husband (Tim Burton) just kills!

Posted by Jillian {WBM} on July 07, 2009, 11:22 AM report to moderator
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