Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turns 20 this year. As part of the anniversary celebration, sister publication Total sat down with film director Chris Columbus about launching the billion-dollar event on the big screen — and even confirmed a surprising casting rumor.
To maintain a degree of authenticity, one of the franchise’s early rules was that no American actors would be cast in the series: “That was the goal. There are no American actors in this film,” said Columbus, who is himself an American. are, they say.
some of it Interesting The conversation, which also includes one with legendary comedian Robin Williams—who seemed to have his heart set on playing the role of Remus Lupine. That role eventually went to David Thewlis, but Columbus revealed the story behind the rejection.
“I had a conversation with Robin Williams, who wanted to play Lupine,” Columbus explains. “It was very difficult for me to say ‘It’s all British. I can’t do anything.'” What could have happened…
Columbus also revealed that he had doubts about whether Alan Rickman would want to play the ridiculed Professor Snape after his turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
“I really didn’t think Allen would do this after playing such an iconic villain in Die Hard,” says Columbus. “I can’t imagine anyone else playing Snape. And Allen was just extremely professional.”
For more from the 20th anniversary retrospective conversation with Chris Columbus, be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of Total Film Magazine, get out.
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