Saying the magic phrases. Alan Cumming had a number of selection syllables for “Harry Potter” producers after they supplied him a task within the billion-dollar franchise.
“The Good Spouse” star, 56, was within the operating to play Hogwarts professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and techniques” in 2002 alongside actors Rupert Everett and Hugh Grant. In an interview with the Telegraph, Cumming defined why he declined the coveted position.
“I didn’t flip it down,” he informed the British publication. “I informed them to f–ok off!”
“They needed me and Rupert Everett to do a display screen take a look at, they usually mentioned they couldn’t pay me greater than a sure sum, they only didn’t have any more cash within the price range,” the Scottish performer added. “And I had the identical agent as Rupert, who in fact, they had been going to pay extra. Blatantly mendacity, stupidly mendacity, as nicely. Like, when you’re going to lie, be intelligent about it.”
“I mentioned, inform them to f–ok proper off,” he continued. “And thought, nicely Rupert’s going to get the half. They made him display screen take a look at, and I bear in mind he introduced his personal wig. After which they f–king gave it to Kenneth Branagh, got here out of the shadows.”
Cumming starred within the Apple TV+ comedy musical sequence “Schmigadoon!” as Mayor Menlove and has lent his voice to the controversial HBO Max sitcom “The Prince.”
The “Harry Potter” movie franchise accomplished its run in 2011 after eight movies. It has grossed over $7 billion on the field workplace since its inception in 2001. To have fun the upcoming twentieth anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” WarnerMedia is about to create a quiz-style recreation present and retrospective particular on HBO Max, Cartoon Community and TBS later this yr.