The Life and Lies of… Michael Gambon?
Sir Michael Gambon, considered by many to be the best Dumbledore of the two actors who portrayed him in the Harry Potter films (himself and Richard Harris), admitted at the London Film and Comic Con yesterday that he lied in order to get the part.
I told them I’d seen the first two. They asked me what I thought of Harry Potter and JK Rowling and all that, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s just breathtaking. The first two episodes I saw were just fantastic – I can’t believe I’m going to be in this.’ Liar!
Of course, the character Albus Dumbledore himself has been known to be less than, shall we say, forthright? So perhaps this only proves what a great fit for the part Gambon really was.
During the conference, Gambon also confirmed that he has not been asked to participate either in the stage play The Cursed Child or in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off.
No, none of us have been invited into the new Harry Potter. I’d like the money! But I don’t think they’d like me in it, anyway. They haven’t asked me back. Or Daniel.
Personally, I’m disappointed to hear this news since Dumbledore is one of the only characters that we know from the Potter-verse who was actually alive during the Scamander era. It would have been great to have a familiar face in the films, even if that familiar face happens to fib occasionally to get parts in great films.
What do you think? Are you disappointed to hear that Michael Gambon won’t be making a cameo in Fantastic Beasts?