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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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328 Points

HBC is absolutley perfect for the role. I can’t believe they ever considered anyone else – she’s a genious! x

Posted by VoodooPadfoot - {WBM} on July 07, 2009, 11:58 AM report to moderator
8317 Points

She really fits to the character.

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on July 07, 2009, 01:09 PM report to moderator
2482 Points

What a funny, brilliant and wonderful interview!!! I think Helena is an incredibly interesting person..

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on July 07, 2009, 01:46 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

Helena’s very independent and she doesn’t seem to care what the press thinks of her in her physical ways. She doesn’t care that she’s on the Worst Dressed… but I like how she wants actual people to know who she really is. The real her is not a porn star.
She makes a perfect Bellatrix :].

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on July 07, 2009, 02:15 PM report to moderator
4024 Points

Cool! :D

6921 Points

Lol. She’s a great Bellatrix. Sooo evil.

Posted by badger666 on July 07, 2009, 08:05 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I doubt that anyone could perfect the character as well as she has. She captures the insanity and passion that drives her character with the credibility and enthusiasm that she can. I cannot wait to see her in the Deathly Hallows.

Posted by Kirk on July 07, 2009, 10:29 PM report to moderator
4007 Points

who would have guessed that helena would be so nice!!

Posted by KC Nox on July 10, 2009, 11:42 PM report to moderator
770 Points

I am also confused by the comment Bellatrix becomes Hermione…isn’t it the other way around. And that’s not in the Half-blood prince that she takes the potion but the Deathly Hallows. Chicken fillet made me laugh. I think Helena’s great and am glad she took the role. After all, even if she doesn’t play that big of a role in the Order of the Phoenix it gives her publicity. I didn’t know who she was until Harry Potter and now I love watching her movies.

Posted by crazyforSeverus on August 12, 2009, 10:58 AM report to moderator
28 Points

She was the most perfect person for the role! She plays so many other outragious roles, this was probably like a walk in the park!

Posted by ProfessorDobby on October 25, 2010, 04:51 PM report to moderator
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