Ian Hart discusses importance of a good script, “Harry Potter”
Ian Hart (Professor Quirinus Quirrell) has revealed in a new interview that he does not like to rewatch his old work. The actor said,
I’ve never liked to. I’ve never watched anything, no, no. I’ve watched a few things by mistake, but I don’t make a habit of it.
He also discussed how important a good script is to him.
Sometimes poverty gets in the way, but when you remove that from the equation, it’s mainly the script; otherwise, you don’t want to go and see the director. The director can persuade you that weaknesses or faults that you find within the script can be overcome, and sometimes you will do that, even if you don’t think the script’s tremendous because you believe in the director, but it all starts with the script. There’s no point in anyone leaving the house unless you’ve got a good script.
Since Hart only starred in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he didn’t reap the rewards in terms of pay.
Warner Bros – I’m not going to slag them off – it was a long time ago now, but what Zo[ë] Wanamaker said about the pay, knowing that they were going to make a fortune, they were still paying you as if you were just a trivial English actor, and for brokering that notion on television and in the press, I don’t think she was invited back for the other films. What I’m trying to say is that everyone was cosy, and loads of people made a ton of money, but I didn’t. Even in the first film, I had no leverage because I wasn’t in the next fourteen films, so I had no leverage. I knew I was dead. They paid me and let me go. That was fine; I enjoyed it. I had a good time, and I enjoyed it, so I have no complaints.
The actor was most recently seen in BBC’s three-part drama series The Driver, which is now available to buy on DVD in the UK.