Ralph Fiennes Discusses Lord Voldemort

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Dec 07, 2010

Posted by Mel

In a new article in USA Today, Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) talks about his character in the Harry Potter films:

“He’s really sort of the devil,” says Fiennes,
47. “He’s completely emotionally detached. He has no empathy. You find
that in psychopaths.”

For Fiennes, an Oscar nominee for playing a Nazi officer in 1993′s Schindler’s List,
knowing your character’s driving force is key to unlocking his
potential for malice. “It’s about power with Voldemort,” he says. “It’s
an aphrodisiac for him. Power makes him feel alive.”

Fiennes goes into Voldemort mode at the mere mention of Potter.
“Daniel’s very nice, but Harry Potter’s a pain,” says Fiennes, scowling
and hissing.

Others in the Harry Potter cast weighed in on Fiennes’s portrayal of Voldemort. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) noted the presence Fiennes has while acting:

And no matter the lights, cameras and presence of
dozens of crewmembers, Radcliffe was consistently unsettled by Fiennes.
“When Ralph’s doing his Voldemort stuff, he just really freaks me out.”

Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, says he also was unnerved.

“Ralph is mesmerizing,” Felton says. “He never
did two takes the same. … I had to keep reminding myself: ‘Stay in
character. Don’t just sit there and watch his performance.’ “

Even when the cameras stop, the aura of Voldemort remains.

“He dominates scenes in the film, and it’s like
that off the set as well,” Felton says. “He’s quite a charming guy. And
when he opens his mouth, people listen. Let’s put it this way: No one
talks over him.”

You can read more here.





32 Responses to Ralph Fiennes Discusses Lord Voldemort

Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: Brilliant actor. Brilliant performer.Avatar ImageZeGrindylows says: I've never read about this guy before. It's cool hearing him talk about his character.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: good that we get to know him better. he was never on interviews beforeAvatar Imagemagichik says: I wonder how they get his face all weird? Make-up maybe...... or maybe animations like they do for Dobby. I miss Dobby! I cried when he died. BTW I don't know why I am talking about Dobby when this is an article about Voldemort. BTW I think it's really clever of J.K. Rowling to unscramble Tom Riddle to Lord Voldemort. I really Like J.K. Rowling. She si the best author ever!( in my opinion)Avatar Imagemagichik says: I wonder how they get his face all weird? Make-up maybe...... or maybe animations like they do for Dobby. I miss Dobby! I cried when he died. BTW I don't know why I am talking about Dobby when this is an article about Voldemort. BTW I think it's really clever of J.K. Rowling to unscramble Tom Riddle to Lord Voldemort. I really Like J.K. Rowling. She si the best author ever!( in my opinion)Avatar Imagemagichik says: I wonder how they get his face all weird? Make-up maybe...... or maybe animations like they do for Dobby. I miss Dobby! I cried when he died. BTW I don't know why I am talking about Dobby when this is an article about Voldemort. BTW I think it's really clever of J.K. Rowling to unscramble Tom Riddle to Lord Voldemort. I really Like J.K. Rowling. She si the best author ever!( in my opinion)Avatar Imagemagichik says: I wonder how they get his face all weird? Make-up maybe...... or maybe animations like they do for Dobby. I miss Dobby! I cried when he died. BTW I don't know why I am talking about Dobby when this is an article about Voldemort. BTW I think it's really clever of J.K. Rowling to unscramble Tom Riddle to Lord Voldemort. I really Like J.K. Rowling. She si the best author ever!( in my opinion)Avatar Imagemagichik says: I wonder how they get his face all weird? Make-up maybe...... or maybe animations like they do for Dobby. I miss Dobby! I cried when he died. BTW I don't know why I am talking about Dobby when this is an article about Voldemort. BTW I think it's really clever of J.K. Rowling to unscramble Tom Riddle to Lord Voldemort. I really Like J.K. Rowling. She si the best author ever!( in my opinion)Avatar Imagehewy says: Good information about Voldemort. Ralph must be some actor and such a commanding presence on and off screen.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Ralph Fiennes is an actor who really takes his roles seriously. His portrayal of Voldemort is spot on because he really understands the character. Look at how many times J.K.R. mentions "power" when referring to Voldemort in the series. It was a perfect choice of words. I realized how dedicated to this role Ralph Fiennes really was after watching the Making of Voldemort extras with the Goblet of Fire DVD. It was amazing how he could slip into and out of the character of Voldemort to demonstrate his points during the interview.Avatar ImageJenna27 says: I think it is really amazing that he always stays in character. I have never actually seen him without the voldemort makeup on. He seems like a really interesting guy.Avatar Imageweasleytwins55 says: The way that they do Voldemort's face is with CG. I saw some awesome behind the scenes shows on tv called Creating The World Of Harry Potter! You could see the dots on his face, so they can go back & put it in. Avatar ImagePeverellForever says: Don't they use a combination of makeup and CG? They have a part in Harry Potter Film Wizardry about it and i think they said that they use bothAvatar ImageZiadM says: never knew he was nominated for an oscar!!! thats something :)Avatar Imagehedwig_hp says: He really had a very powerful role!It seems to me the other actors respected him a lotAvatar ImageMissHermione says: Very cool article!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thats pretty cool! He is a great actor! He's got something for evil characters. I would be intimidated by him off set just because of the nose!Avatar Imageksddancer says: Very interesting. They have a great actor for Voldemort if people feel he dominates. Very nice!Avatar Imagegreenfinch says: He really does dominate every scene he's in- his performances have so much detail in them, it's incredible.Avatar ImagePenelopeW says: I can't believe nobody on here really knows who Ralph Fiennes is before he was Voldy! I suppose if it was mandatory to post ages on here I would know why. But I'm not that much older than all of you (I hope), and even I know that Ralph and his family are an extremely well known and popular thespian family here in the UK. His brother Joseph was Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (and in everything else the Bard has written for the stage, not to mention the US TV series Flash Forward, although I'm sure he'd rather I not mention it) and Ralph has been in many dramatic movies, not always the villan. Anyone seen the English Patient? Goodness me. Ralph is a lot like many British actors and takes what he does seriously, as is the only way you are trained over here. Bloopers are seen as an embarrassment unless you are a comedian or on a comedy to begin with. But in real life (other interviews) he is very sweet, very smart and chooses his words carefully before he speaks. He is a thinking man, and I suppose a thinking woman's kind of man. He most likely refrains from interviews in general and about Potter not because of disrespect but out of pure lack of interest in the whole media bonanza that engulfs anything anyone deemed a 'celebrity' does or says, he'll do his promotional duty, but he is a private man. I actually think it is the mark of a truly talented actor to be so. The three main potter actors seem to be taking a leaf from that kind of book, which I feel will help keep their careers going for a long while if they choose to continue on. I love the 'You find that in psychopaths.' comment. As if that is a given since we encounter that particular type of person on a daily basis. (Although I'm sure we encounter them more often than we think). But of course he takes his time to research understand his character. I know a few of you are too young to know this (it's not your fault), but that is what actors are SUPPOSED to do. That is in fact their main job. I understand your surprise though, and I suppose while we're at it we might as well commend the entire cast for being able to act whilst remaining fully clothed throughout the whole set of movies, unless bathing, swimming or in hazy visions provided by a locket. Avatar ImagePenelopeW says: research AND understand his character, that is.Avatar Imageweasleytwins55 says: Yes, Its a combination, but i believe it's mostly cg. The shape of his nose wouldn't work under any prosthetics, I mean there's no way his nose could be so flat under that makup for him to be able to breathe. He is an awesome actor, in everything he does. I've seen quite a few of his movies & he really gets into his characters. Its to bad he didn't win that oscar!!Avatar Imageweasleytwins55 says: I've been a fan of his work for a long time before he was ever Voldemort. He plays such a wide variety of characters; Terrifying villain, Goofy polititian falling in love, & many others. Not to mention all the cool roles his played since he became Voldemort!! Amazing actor!!!!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: "No one ever talks over him" - sounds a bit scary. He i the perfect Voldemort even if we don't see the initial acting, as we see a strange mix of special effects and make up. But his voice and movements and facial emotions (which we finally see a lot in DH1) - these are very good. He really is scary in the film, like Voldemort should be.Avatar Imageeccentricalice says: Ralph Fiennes makes an awesome Voldemort, really how I imagined him, and it's interesting to hear from him as I haven't seen any interviews with him.Avatar ImageSecretlyAWizard says: Very interesting. I'm glad to read something about him. He must be an amazing actor. :]Avatar Imageblackpadfoot says: Ralph Fiennes had a chilling performance in Schindler's list. Voldemort is a lot like the Nazi he portrayed. He's amazing at playing the terrifying villain. Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Love the quote from Tom Felton about no one talking over him!!Avatar ImagePHONELADY says: HE PLAYS HIS PART WELL, HE HAS VOLDYBUTT DOWN PAT!! AND WITHOUT THE MAKEUP HE A VERY HANDSOME MAN!!Avatar ImagePHONELADY says: AND HE RIGHT HARRY POTTER IA A PAIN IN THE BUTT, ALL THAT PLOTING AND PLANING HE DOES AND HERE COMES HARRY WHO DOESNT PAY ATTENTION IN SCHOOL!!! IF I HAD SOMEONE TRYING TO KILL ME I WOULD LEARN SOME NASTY SPELLS QUICK!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: I'm not surprised he freaks Dan out!

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