Joining a franchise as much loved and well known as Harry Potter must be a pretty daunting task, which is why we totally get why Eddie Redmayne was hella nervous about filming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Redmayne is currently on the promo trail for the upcoming Potter-prequel, which is set for release on November 18th. The star, who previously won an Oscar for his turn as Stephen Hawking, spoke to The Guardian about how he was worried that he’d screw up Harry Potter and it’s totally understandable.
“I feel the thing has been sold as Newt Scamander at the front, but it’s actually a quartet: it’s Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler,” Redmayne told the British paper, deflecting answers about whether he felt pressure about fronting the new franchise.
“Do you feel pressure? Of course you feel pressure. Also, particularly because I loved the Potter films. There was something so warming about being able to dive back into that world every year or two. And if you’ve enjoyed something, you don’t want to be the one who comes in and screws it up,” he admitted, finally.
Continuing, Redmayne went on to say that he always feels pressure when it comes to making movies.
However, the nature of Potter is slightly different.
“With The Theory of Everything it was knowing Stephen and Jane and the family would see the film. With The Danish Girl it was all the people that I’d met in preparation for the film who came from the trans community,” he explained. “It’s pressure here of a different type, which is called hardcore fandom.”
Along with the pressure from the fans, Redmayne says, there’s also the added excitement and nerves of things like Comic-Con, too.
Speaking about attending this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, the actor said that it was an “intense” situation.
“The whole situation is created like you are meant to go on like a rock star,” he revealed. “I remember feeling really nervous beforehand, waiting in the wings, and [co-star] Colin Farrell was giving me a little back massage going, ‘It’s going to be fine, Eddie, it’s going to be fine.’”
Redmayne also went on to say that he felt that Fantastic Beasts had been the hardest project he’s been involved with.
“For this, it was working with a lot of invisible creatures that weren’t there and trying to find a way to negotiate that. And Theory and The Danish Girl were both eight-week shoots and this was a six-month shoot, so it’s the difference between a sprint and a marathon,” he said. “So there were moments on this where I was like, ‘No, no, no, this is the hardest.’ I think it’s probably just human nature.”
It was recently revealed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would actually have five parts, something that came as a bit of a surprise to the cast.
Still, it’s not long too wait until the first film in the series hits theaters. In fact, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes to cinemas on November 18th (which is literally in just over 10 days!).