Tom Felton talks superfans and going incognito ahead of “superfan” documentary
Tom Felton’s (Draco Malfoy) directorial debut, Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, airs tonight on BBC Three at 9 p.m. GMT. Ahead of the show, Tom spoke on the UK morning show This Morning about why he made the documentary. Over the past few days a number of clips have been released from the program, which you can see here.
In the interview with This Morning, Tom said,
I always wondered what makes people want to wait outside hotels for people and dress up as their favourite characters.
You don’t get to explore why they do it, whether it’s a good thing or a weird thing.
He further talked about how he came up with his incognito disguise for the conventions he attended and how he felt in costume:
We went to a few; the first one was a bit of a fish out of water, plain clothes, stand out like a sore thumb. So the second attempt we went incognito; the outfit was five or six sizes too big.
It was odd; people were looking at my costume, but my instinct was people thinking, ‘Why is Malfoy dressed up as the joker?’
You can see a clip from the interview here:
In another interview with Newsbeat, Tom talked about the term “superfan” and its negative connotations:
Why is kicking a ball into a net any less weird than liking a fictitious wizard?
For things like sport or music, it’s considered cool to be a superfan, but as soon as it goes into Star Trek or My Little Pony or something a little bit obscure, it becomes a bit weird, and people are keen to look down on it.
He continued to say,
I wanted to find out what separates the passionate from the obsessive… people who wait outside hotel rooms and [who are] really into a certain project or music or whatever it is.
Tom Felton Meets the Superfans airs on BBC Three in the UK tonight (March 23).
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