Harry Potter: Why Ralph Fiennes initially turned down Voldemort's role in Warner Bros' fantasy adventure franchise
Ralph Fiennes said he was 'ignorant' about JK Rowling's wizarding franchise when he was first offered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005
Actor Ralph Fiennes has revealed he initially planned to turn down playing Voldemort because he was not aware about the Harry Potter saga.
The 56-year-old actor said he was ''ignorant'' about JK Rowling's wizarding franchise when he was first offered the role of the Dark Lord in second movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.
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He who must not be named… Brilliant #Repost from @smurphfx of Ralph Fiennes – the Dark Lord himself in the make-up chair – the dots on this image are where his nose will be removed digitally #Repost @smurphfx ・・・ The Dark Lord himself, Ralph Fiennes with the makeup nice and fresh, moodily contemplating the removal of his nose (digitally of course, hence those pesky little dots!) Makeup designed by Mark Coulier and Nick Dudman in Nick’s MUFX department on Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, applied by Mark Coulier, Duncan Jarman and myself. #mcoulier#dunxjar#nickdudman#harrypotter#deathlyhallows#voldemort
"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books. I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."
"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn't for me... Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha - who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 - she said, 'What do you mean? You've got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking," Fiennes said during an appearance on the The Jonathan Ross Show.
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