Tom Felton has been extremely busy recently – from SoccerAid and Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie, to “Half-Blood Prince” and “The Disappeared.” He’s really kept us admins at Feltbeats.com on our toes trying to cover his many projects! So, to help us out, Tom agreed to give us a ring and discuss what he’s been up to and to answer a few questions for us.
This interview is the third part in a series of four:
- Click here to read Part One of our interview with Tom Felton, where he discusses MySpace accounts, his dog Timber and the process of posting Feltbeats videos on YouTube.
- Click here to read Part Two of our interview with Tom Felton, where he discusses “Emma of Lulworth Cove,” “The Disappeared,” and kissing.
Our fourth, and last, part of the interview will be posted Monday, November 10, to promote Tom’s appearance on “Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie” which airs on ITV2 Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 9 pm GMT (3 PM US-Central).
It is an amazing interview, and there is a slight, remote, tiny, distant, sliver of a chance you might be able to see a picture of the highest-ranked stunt in our “Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie” poll.
Additionally, Feltbeats.com will be hosting another online viewing party during Tom’s “Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie!” episode! We will all meet in the FeltChat room and, barring technical difficulties, will attempt to watch the show live via screen sharing.
- “Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie” Viewing Party: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 PM GMT (3 PM US-Central).
A FEW NOTES: Because Feltbeats.com also had a question or two for her (about YouTube accounts and what she did for a living, etc.), Tom asked his girlfriend Jade, the assistant to the stunt coordinator on Harry Potter films (in addition to many other films in the industry), to be on speakerphone with him as well. This week you may hear her laughing in some of the audio.
And, several times throughout the interview Tom refers to America or asks me about the States because that’s where I live.
Feltbeats.com: Regarding the upcoming Harry Potter movie, Half-Blood Prince, we Felton Fans are extremely excited to finally see a movie with a more in-depth, rounded-out Draco. Were you happy to finally be able to better flesh out this character?
Tom: Yeah, sure. When David Yates dragged me [aside] at the beginning of it and said, “I have full faith in you,” yadda yadda, and I hope that you’re going to embrace the role and so forth. And I was fairly terrified. We did a read-through with Michael Gambon, and I was petrified at the thought of the final scene.
But after that, I guess I sort of learned a lot on the set, and David Yates was really my motivation. He was very, very, complimentary of everything he saw and very good with direction. He knew exactly what to say to get the results he wanted. And what the producers saw, they were very, very happy as well. And that sort of spurred me on even further. And, it was great fun. I really, really enjoyed it more than any other film, without a doubt. Sort of, embracing the role, if you will, and making the most of it.
AUDIO: Tom talks about the experience of filming the sixth “Potter” movie.
Feltbeats.com: Was it a big relief to show a different side of Draco?
Tom: It was great; it was probably the most exciting thing about playing the character this year. Obviously, he was a little bit two-dimensional in previous films. He was just a rather spiteful git for the sake of it; whereas in this film you get to see why he’s a bit of a git because of his father and his upbringing and so forth. You get to see both sides, really, of his extremes – the side where obviously his father is away and he’s trying to take on the male role and so forth.
But equally, the pressure will get too much for him, and you’ll see a much weaker side of him. So yeah, it was great playing a bit more versatile character, rather than just two-dimensional.
Feltbeats.com: I have heard that there is a scene in “Half-Blood Prince” in which Draco actually cries?
Tom: Yeah, in the bathroom. When he gets a rather guilty stare from our young Potter friend and he can’t handle it anymore. I’m not sure how much I can say here, but yeah, he makes his way to the bathroom and things get a bit too much for the young man.
AUDIO: Tom discusses the crying scene in “Half Blood Prince.”
Feltbeats.com: In terms of “The Deathly Hallows,” are there any particular scenes – well, really, aren’t there only two or three Draco scenes?
Tom: There are two scenes, really, aren’t there? There’s one in the Malfoy Manor and one in the Room of Requirement.
Feltbeats.com: Yeah, those are the big ones, and he’s also in the opening scene.
Tom: Yeah, he’s in the last scene as well.
Feltbeats.com: Yes, standing around watching the fight and hiding from everyone.
Tom: (Laughs) That’s right. Yeah, yeah. He’s about, he’s about.
Feltbeats.com: Which of the scenes are you most excited about? And, as you were reading the book, how did it feel to have Draco’s wand so prominently featured in the plot leading to Voldemort’s demise?
Tom: It was obviously great fun reading it. And, obviously, you try not to, but whenever you see your name in print your heart starts racing and you think, “Here you go. What’s going to happen here?” So yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing my house, you know, and sort of being in the house with Jason [Issacs] and all the other Death Eaters that I worked with in this film, because they were all a great laugh. So that will be fun, no doubt.
And obviously, the big fight at the end, where I lose one of my campadres to the fire, or summat like that. That will be great fun, because it will be like a full-on battle scene which has been long overdue.
AUDIO: Tom talks about his favorite parts of “The Dealthy Hallows.”
Feltbeats.com: Yeah, a lot of fans are looking forward to the fire scene, so I hope they don’t cut it.
Tom: I can’t wait. I can’t wait. I hope it will be a long shoot so we can get some time to enjoy it.
Feltbeats.com: And they can’t cut it because it is a Horcrux scene, right?
Tom: That’s right! Yeah. Certainly there will be no cutting it. Yeah. And actually, there will be some rather daring stunts for the young man.
Feltbeats.com: If only we had a good stunt coordinator to help with that…
Tom: (Laughs) Now I know you’re being sarcastic!
Feltbeats.com: Just a little bit!
Tom: You nearly had me there. (Laughs) I was about to say, “You’re joking! You’ll never guess what Jade does for a living!”
Feltbeats.com: I asked her about it before!
Tom: Yeah, I guessed. (Laughs) You are very crafty! You two are going to gang up against me here, I can see it…
Feltbeats.com: No question!
AUDIO: Tom says I’m very crafty. (Yes, that’s Jade laughing in the background. You can tell because she has a totally cute laugh, whereas mine is rather annoying! *sigh*)
Feltbeats.com would like to thank Tom Felton for taking time (and it was a long while, actually!) to talk to us. We are eternally grateful, appreciative, pleased, and so forth. Yadda yadda, as Tom would say.
COMING NEXT WEEK: We discuss explicit language, his greatest fear, and his version of extreme sports. Also, Tom speculates as to how Draco would react if Jack Osbourne told him to jump off a cliff.