HeroComplex Interviews James and Oliver Phelps


Nov 12, 2010

Posted by John Admin

LA Times’ HeroComplex Blog has posted a new interview with James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). The interview, which contains plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, focuses in large part on the actors’ experience over the past ten years, particularly as filming came to an end.

Speaking about filming Fred’s final scene, James said:

“To be honest with you, I think ever since we started these movies, not specifically this character, but I’ve always wanted to die on screen [...] So I guess that was something ticked off the box. [...] I just had to lie there’ he said. “I guess that was quite easy.”

Oliver discussed how it was to film losing an ear and, more traumatically, losing a brother:

Losing an ear also proved pain-free for Oliver. “It was amazing how comfortable it was, losing an ear’ he said. “I’ve always wanted a bit of a gory effect, really, in any of the films, so to get to do something like this was really cool.” Less exciting for Oliver was having to play the part of a brother who survives his twin.

“I had to get myself into that mindset of what it would be like and try to make it feel as real as possible’ Oliver said. “There’s a scene where he’s laid out in the Great Hall, and to look at that, that was really surreal, actually, because they pale him up and everything. For me, it was really quite an odd scene to film, especially because I was supposed to be crying my eyes out, and to do it with the whole Great Hall full of people, as well. It was a different day of filming from anything we’d done before.”

The brothers also spoke about the films as an education in acting:

Oliver said that he and James often turned to Julie Walters, who plays Molly Weasley, for her advice on working specific scenes. And when the brothers were going to perform a reading with the Hallé orchestra, Michael Gambon read through the lines with them, showing them how he’d perform it. “I think we’ve almost been spoiled, really. It is almost like leaving a university-type place where we’ve had these great lecturers we’ve been able to always go to to advice’ Oliver said. “We’ve been at Hogwarts for longer than most people have been at high school.” Oliver speculates that George Weasley’s character has rubbed off on his “subconscious state” after a decade playing the prankster on screen.

Whilst there was much discussion of the ‘identical’ part of being an identical twin, the actors also spoke to how both their characters and themselves are different:

“We may be completely wrong, but to us it kind of seems that Fred’s a bit more of the leader, and George kind of just goes with it, which is completely different to Oliver and I, because we’re both trying to boss each other around’ James said. “When people aren’t twins or haven’t got twins in the family, they kind of relate them as just one group.”

Oliver said he and James support rival soccer teams. James dresses more casually. “And I’m definitely the tidiest of the two of us’ Oliver said. “Definitely. We live together, and it always seems to be me putting the dishes away.”

The interview ends on a note of Gryffindor pride, with James and Oliver describing the Weasleys as true Gryffindors:

“Fred and George are pranksters, and Ron’s clumsy, and whatnot; I think deep down, all the Weasleys have got a good heart on them. They may not have a lot, but they like to share it’ James said. “It’s about being courageous, never-say-die, always keep going’ Oliver said. “They show that later on, certainly in the ˜Deathly Hallows,’ when they’re prepared give it their all, give up everything they have for the greater good.”

You can read the full interview at this link.

16 Responses to HeroComplex Interviews James and Oliver Phelps

Avatar ImageSrose says: !!!!Yipeee! First Comment! I love the phelps twins...they do such a great job!Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: *SQUEE!* I absolutely LOVE these two! Especially Oliver <3 I am going to siriusly BAWL my eyes out when Fred dies! I fell in love with him! It is going to be so hard to watch. Great interview <3 They always make me laugh!Avatar ImageSindi says: wow great interview :D Im gonna cry like crazy when i see fred die... i love what they said on the weasleys, its absolutely true :D Avatar ImageTarana says: Wow, so many great interviews. Not so many with Jo, though. The Belgian programme De Rode Loper is supposed to have had one, but I have to record the replay to see. I can't believe, I missed it :o( A great site with all sorts of articles is http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/ I don't want to read all reviews yet, before I've watched the movies, but I'm saving them, although many seem to be a bit (or very) negative. Avatar ImageTarana says: Oops, I meant to say " before I've watched the movie" Obviously, it will be a long wait till July.Avatar Imageaval says: I want to marry them. Seriously they are just awesome guys :)Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: i love the Phelps twins!! also just saw a clip of Kreacher and the trio talking about the locket on mugglenet....VERY COOL!Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: Oh...I started crying so hard when I read about Fred dieing...AGAIN! Its goines to break my Heart :(Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: I just love the twinsAvatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: I love the Phelps twins so much! It's going to be so hard watching Fred die in July :( Avatar ImageWeasleyIsMyKing3 says: Awesome!! Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Great interview! They are such great actors!Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: I am loving this website!Avatar ImageLaura Potter says: omigod omigod omigodddddd love yhr phelps twins so much, hope they can provide a bit of humour in the films :) going to cry so muchhhh when fred dies, even got a bit emotional with them talking about it- love James' comment "i just had to lie there... i guess that was quite easy" :P :P Avatar ImageBroomsnitch says: I'm already depressed about losing Fred in the next movie. These two are amazing together...such great chemistry.Avatar Imagesuzyking says: I'm so going to cry my eyes our when Fred dies in the film, i cried when I read the book so I will at the film lol

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