Our Super Megafest Interview with Tom Felton

At what seemed like his millionth convention appearance of the year, Potter alumnus Tom Felton spent his weekend among fans at Super Megafest in Framingham, Massachusetts. Tom signed and took photos with fans for almost the entire weekend, only taking an hour or so break to attend a Q&A.

During the session, Tom was asked a lot of great questions, including a few by MuggleNet.

When asked about his thoughts on Fantastic Beasts, Tom said that he thinks “it’s great that Jo is getting back to it” and lamented the fact that Draco probably would not have anything to do with the story. We then asked him which of the Potter directors he would pick to take the helm, and he praised all the directors for their individual strengths but in the end stated that he was “a big fan” of David Yates and that Yates “knows [the world] like the back of his hand, so fingers crossed they’ll give him another crack at the whip.”

When asked about his OTP (one true pairing) involving Draco, he stated that some of the pairings really frighten him, and although it took him years to figure out, he is a fan of Drapple, which – for those of you who don’t know – is a ship between Draco and the apple he carried around in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Yes, apparently, that is a thing. Watch the entire Q&A below.

 

 

 

 

Tom was at ease, funny, and very connected with the fans during the one-hour Q&A session, which continued into our discussion with him immediately following.

In our chat with Tom, we talk about the project he is currently working on, including his jump to television, the late Richard Harris, how it feels to continually play the baddie, what he enjoys about fan conferences, and so much more.

Be sure to catch Tom at the Ottawa Pop Expo in just a few weeks. For those unable to attend, MuggleNet will be there to bring you all the wonderful coverage.

Did you attend any of the conferences this year and get to meet Tom? Share your experiences with us below.

Full Transcript with Tom Felton, Saturday, November 23, 2013

Transcribed by Marissa Osman

Kat Miller: This person wants to know, "Always the baddie, never the hero. How does that feel, and has anyone ever reacted super negatively towards you because of your onscreen persona?"

Tom Felton: It definitely feels bad to be a villain [rather] than a good guy. I've played a couple of good guys in some of the less popular stuff that I've done, but I enjoy playing the antihero. Whether that's the villain or not, I don't know, but it's fun to play someone who's a real abstract, different character from what I am in day-to-day life. And as far as reactions go, [I've gotten] quite a lot of negative reactions [from] youngsters. Anyone 6 and under generally doesn't react too well to me thrusting my hand [out]. They're usually more freaked out by the fact of how [much] friendlier I am in real life. I think if I was Draco-esque they might find it funny, but the more, [in a high-pitched, friendly voice] "Hi!" I am, the more [they're] like, "Oh my God, this guy is freaking me out." So that tends to be the reaction from the youngsters.

Kat: No one [has] ever tried to hit you or anything though, right?

Tom: No, [there's] lots of, "Leave Harry alone!" It's like, "It's a story, I don't have control over the character." I dare not shatter the illusion to these people, I just nod and agree. [laughs]

Kat: Sure, sure. [laughs] You have a couple of TV roles: Full Circle and Murder in the First. Where are you with those? Are they filmed? Are they set?

Tom: Full Circle is out and done. We did that in two days. It was a very quick shoot. I think the last episode has just aired, I'm not 100% sure. [For] Murder in the First, we shot the pilot in July and it got greenlit about a month ago for another nine episodes that we start shooting next month. I'm in the first two. He's definitely not the hero, but I don't think he's a villainous character. Saying that, I don't know which direction the TV show is going to go in, so I'm at the mercy of the writers at the moment, but [I'm] looking forward to working on it. It's a really cool character and I think it's a cool TV show, so [I'm] looking forward to it.

Kat: How does it feel being on TV instead of film? Does it feel different?

Tom: No, not at all, really. I think the quality of TV now is so good and they seem to take just as much time getting TV right as they do [film]. Some of the smaller-budget films that I've worked on recently shoot even quicker than TV does. It's always an experience depending on how quickly they want to do it. [With] the pilot, we had a bit more time because it's the first episode, so they allow three and a half weeks to shoot it. So I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the actual episodes to see how long we get. It'll be pretty "go, go, go" I'm sure.

Kat: What about theater, stage, something?

Tom: Yeah, I've always wanted to do [that]. It's what I started with. That's what I used to do as a whippersnapper, when I was a little kid. [It's] definitely where it all started from. [It's] definitely the best place to get instant feedback. As far as enjoying [watching it], I went to go see Daniel's show a couple of weeks ago, maybe a month ago now...

Kat: [The Cripple of Inishmaan]? It was great, right?

Tom: Yeah! [It was] highly enjoyable. He was very good in it, obviously. That kind of stuff really intrigues me. The downside for me, at the moment, has been the commitment to it. Sometimes - a lot of time - there are 6 to 8-month commitments with the shows and right now I'm a bit all over the place to be able to commit to [that].

Kat: [You're] busy.

Tom: Well, yeah. I'm quite happy to be traveling a bit and I'm not sure if I want to be doing the same thing every night for eight months, right now, anyway. If the right project was put in front of me, then I definitely would jump at the chance to get back on the stage down the road.

Kat: Down the road, yeah. On your IMDb page, there'[re] a couple of things that I saw that I hadn't heard of. Grace and Danger and Fangs of War.

Tom: Both of those can be stricken from the records, I think.

Kat: Okay, great. That's what I thought.

Tom: A lot of the films in the last few years have tried to attach cast members before getting money to try and drive the production forward and I think those two projects were both things that I was willing to do. I read good scripts and [they] seemed like interesting projects, but I guess they never amounted to much through lack of funding, my guess is.

Kat: Alright. You touched on this briefly in the Q&A, about all the amazing British actors that you've worked with. I want to know, what would your dream cast be? Say you're the leading man in a movie. Who would play opposite you? And pick a best friend and a mentor. Three people you would just die to work with, whether you worked with them before or not.

Tom: Wow. Oh, God. It's a very tough question. I wish I had this one [beforehand]. This is one of those ones that when you're not here and I'm sitting alone, I think of brilliant answers.

Kat: You can tweet me, I'll send you a message. Tweet me. [laughs]

Tom: Alright, that one can be answered later on. [laughs] Looking back at it, I had so much fun with Jason Isaacs. Michael Gambon is also someone. A lot of actors that I've worked with. Everyone takes the job seriously, but some of the actors take themselves seriously, and maybe a little too far. Michael Gamble is a good reminder. He does not take anything that seriously. He likes to have fun, even if it. If they told him he only has one take, he'd still mess it up on purpose just to have a bit of fun, and I think he's a good reminder that you don't need to take yourself seriously to put in a good performance. That was the most bizarre thing about watching Michael on camera. All I can remember from him is joking around, laughing, pulling cigarettes out of his beard, and doing stupid stuff.

Kat: The whoopee cushion one; I've seen that one on YouTube.

Tom: Yeah, it's true. Yeah, lots of fun, stupid stuff. And when you see him on camera it's like, "Wow. Who is this actor?" [It] comes out of nowhere. So those two are definitely on the list.

Kat: Speaking of Michael, do you remember what it was like after Richard Harris passed away?

Tom: Very briefly. I had one interaction with Richard, and fortunately, it was a lovely one where he approached me when we were off set of the Great Hall. I think it was after the second film, maybe the first film, I forget exactly. But he just reintroduced himself, because I met him before, and he said something very complimentary. I forget exactly what it was, but he said something [like], "You're good," or something along those lines. He pointed, raised his eyebrows, and said something complimentary, which, to me, at the time, I suppose didn't mean that much. But looking back at it now, it was very heartfelt, very warming to know that I had the chance to not only work with him but share that brief interaction.

Kat: Just one more to wrap up. This is, what, your fifth convention this year, or something crazy like that?

Tom: Yeah, I think this has probably been the most [I've done in a] year.

Kat: What do you like so much about coming to these? Is just meeting everyone?

Tom: Yeah. One of the big things for me is [going to] different places. Not to say that I wouldn't do one in the same place that I've already been, but I love going [to] the places I've never been before. [I've] got another one in two weeks in Ottawa.

Kat: I know, we've got somebody coming there.

Tom: Great! I've never been there. So that's the first half of it. The second, really, is timing. The real hard thing about me and conventions is that, if it was up to me, I'd say yes to 25 of them and be like, "The ones I can go to, brilliant, the ones I can't, I won't." Unfortunately, there's been a couple of bad instances in the past where I've canceled but the promoter hasn't said anything, or whatever it may be, or I've had to cancel last minute through work commitments, and by doing that you upset a lot of people because they assume that you're just deciding not to come because you're busy. And of course, that's never the truth. So now I'm more reluctant to say yes to things without me knowing. That's why this was a good one and [unintelligible] was a good one, because I knew December was going to be pretty quiet. We're going to be doing some work, but because these land on weekends they work out well. So yeah, places, but most importantly the people. I really do feel a debt to the millions of people around the world who have kept us going. And all the thousands of people that have come along today, they were the ones who really helped keep the whole film franchise going. I said it in the Q&A, we never set out to make eight films. It was only because of the driving support that you guys and everyone else here were doing. It gives me a really warm feeling to be able to say thank you and meet these people face-to-face. I get a bit of a kick out of that, for sure.

Kat: That's great, thank you.

 

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Kat Miller

I am a 30-something Ravenclaw/Slytherin from Massachusetts. I've been lucky in life and can attribute a lot of that to Harry Potter. Without it, I wouldn't have at least 80% of the things that I do today, including my job & closest friends. I truly despise Sirius Black.