Interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher) on His Role in “Deathly Hallows”

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Oct 12, 2010

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Harry Potter Fan Zone has an exclusive interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher), where Linden discusses a variety of things, among them the scenes Mundungus appears in:


HPFZ: When did you start filming Deathly Hallows?

AL: That would have been late February/early March 2009. I do believe mine was the very first scene [shot].

HPFZ: Was that the Seven Potters scene?

AL: No, that was later on. This was a scene in
Diagon Alley. The scene is set where it’s absolutely chucking it down.
It’s [raining] relentlessly. Needless to say, I was quite the big drip
all day.

HPFZ: Could you talk about what other scenes
Mundungus appears in? There’s another scene in the book where he gets
attacked by a house-elf.

AL: Yes, Dobby and Kreacher attack him in the
kitchen. I do believe it’s Kreacher that brings him back from Diagon
Alley because he stole the [locket]. Eventually, he’s questioned by the
three of them regarding it. There are three very good scenes and it’s a
lovely little cameo. I had such a great time doing it.

HPFZ: Does Mundungus appear in Deathly Hallows: Part II at all?

AL: No, alas, Mundungus is not in Part II which is a shame really, but he’s a joy to play.

Linden also goes on to discuss the technical aspects of the Seven Potters scene:

HPFZ: What was it like doing special effects scenes for example transforming into Harry?

AL: Time consuming [laughs]. It’s all highly
technical so consequently all the scenes are broken up if you know what I
mean. You’re kind of acting to nothing really. It’s hundreds of little
series of eye liners and pulling faces and trying to anticipate what’s
coming next.

HPFZ: Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that that sequence took ninety-five takes to film.

AL: Yes, and that really wasn’t the inability of the
actors. It was technical. It was [the crew] having so much coverage
that they’re spoiled for choice if you know what I mean.

HPFZ: Did you get to ride on a broom as well?

AL: Yes, I did [laughs] but in the guise of Harry
Potter. By then everybody had taken the Polyjuice [Potion].
Consequently, we’re all decoys. That particular scene took a long, long
time simply because Daniel had to replicate all our different
expressions and movements.

HPFZ: It sounds like it was a pretty intense process.


AL:

Yeah, somewhat elongated shall we say. But I had
a great time on Harry Potter. I thought the cast were wonderful; the
crew are fantastic as well. You’ve got a crew there that know exactly
what they’re doing. They’ve been doing it for ten years and you’re in
good hands.

You can read more of the interview here. Thanks very much to Harry Potter Fan Zone!





46 Responses to Interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher) on His Role in “Deathly Hallows”

Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: Sounds like we get to see Kreacher whack him with the frying pan. SweeT!!! I love that scene and the line Kreacher says about hitting him one more time.Avatar Imagekatielilly says: This was an exciting bit. Can't wait for the 7 Potters! It's what I'm most looking forward too.Avatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! but why is dobby there??? spoilersAvatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: he looks so awesome just as is for a Dung actor hes perfectAvatar Imagehermy091098 says: awesome. perfect part for Mundungus. 5th! (wow that sounded lame)Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: He doesn't look anything like how I pictured Mundungus - especially bald. ::grumble::Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: This is great! I'm glad Mundungus is in the movie because they could have easily sacked him from it if they wanted to. Can't wait to see it all!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: The photograph is of the actor, Andy Linden, as himself, not as Mundungus. He was in the film The Secret of Moonacre.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: he looks so awesome just as is for a Dung actor hes perfectAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I like this guy! He seems really fun and appreciates his small part in such a BIG production. I love how he was respectful of the crew.Avatar ImageDawna says: He is bald in that still photo of the 7 Potters, too. But Dung is supposed to have a mop of ginger hair. Would a wig have been too much to ask? Ah well...Avatar ImagePetra says: That scene in Diagon Alley sound amazing... can't wait to see it...Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: @taoist1: Hope to see the whacking as well! :)Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Thanks for the interview. Always love reading from different actors perspectives. Avatar Imagehermionelily says: I can't wait!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Oh, I'm very anxious to see him in DH1 as Mundungus, it seems like he's going to do a very good job! :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Wow! It sounds like a lot of work to film the 7 Potters! I am sure it will turn out fantastic!!Avatar ImageAlec wick says: He looks awesome for Dung I can't wait to see what he does with the character plus from what he says it sounds pretty close to the books which is really exciting Avatar ImageSindi says: i love it! poor Dan.. hahaha such a tough scene to film but its the one we are all looking forward too ... cant wait.. mandungus gets whacked by kreacher with a frying pan, it be awesome if we get to see it haha Avatar ImageSmitch says: Great interview, thanks for posting. I'm sure there is a lot of "standing around" because of those technical aspects. Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: He looks so perfect for the role, like guy who woke up on the steps of a pub.Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: He looks like Mundungus. Good casting. :)

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