The “Crimes of Grindelwald” Cast Makes TV Appearances
With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald quickly approaching, the cast has been out and about promoting the film, answering burning fan questions, and apprising us about the production and what goes on behind the scenes of a Fantastic Beasts film (without giving too much away, of course).
Here’s what the cast has been up to this week!
Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) made an appearance on Today to speak about the significance of the Harry Potter series in his family life and the opportunity to portray a younger Dumbledore. Fondly remembering reading the Potter books to his children as bedtime stories, Law’s chance to put a new twist on Dumbledore and bring him back into the wizarding world is a Hogwarts homecoming.
I thought it was kind of a unique experience, because it’s not often you get to play a character who’s already been portrayed in his old age. It was an opportunity to go back. A lot of his childhood is talked about in the books. I met with J.K. Rowling, who filled in a lot more gaps and gave me details on the inner workings of the man, and they gave me carte blanche to start again. I didn’t feel like I had to recreate him. I felt like I could go back and layer him up.
Law also guest starred on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He chose his favorite young Dumbledore nickname (DumbleDAMN!), talked about the various pronunciations of Grindelwald, and compared the secretive atmospheres of the Fantastic Beasts and Captain Marvel sets.
I think it might be this British/American difference. With ‘Fantastic Beasts’ they’re like, ‘We assume you’re not going to give any of these secrets away, and if you do, we’re going to tell you not to again, and then we may quietly kill you.’ In ‘Marvel’ it’s like, “DON’T YOU EVER… TELL ANYBODY ABOUT THIS!’
Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), and Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) joined Extra after their visit to Parkside Elementary School to discuss the love triangle between their characters. Leta was “a love of Newt’s life when they were both at school” but is now engaged to Newt’s brother, leaving the three in a complicated scenario.
Kravitz said, “Now Newt is gone away and I’ve become engaged to his brother.” Redmayne added, “Newt is in love with Tina, and he’s desperately trying to get back to New York, but he massively cares about Leta.”
Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) sat down with Extra to discuss work on the Fantastic Beasts set, Jacob and Queenie’s risky relationship, and filming alongside Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald). Fogler considers life on set as the “best-case scenario.” He marvels at the immersive set designs, Academy Award-winning team, and sublime atmosphere. As for Jacob and Queenie’s love, he finds it to be an interesting, dramatic storyline, especially with the heightening stakes.
It makes for really dramatic and the stakes are so high for our relationship. It’s like these great scenes to play. Lterally, we can be thrown in jail for our love.
Sudol described what it was like to film with Depp. Despite her nerves, Depp “went out of his way to make [her] feel at ease” with jokes and supportive words. She appreciatively shared a more personal story about working with him.
I had a scene, which was quite hard on me and quite upsetting, and I was taking a break after it and I was kind of a mess, and he came over and he just started telling me wacky stories about his life, and it really did distract me and cheer me up, and he could sense what was going on and he was a good friend in that moment.
Zoë Kravitz and Callum Turner touched on the rumored jaw-dropping moments in Crimes of Grindelwald with Access. When asked if they thought the film was shocking, Turner replied, “Yep. I just put my jaw back, actually, after seeing the film,” and Kravitz described the complexity of the wizarding world as “psychedelic.”
They were also asked if the cast gives Jude Law a hard time about the nickname “DumbleDAMN,” a question to which Turner responded, “All the time,” with no hesitation.
Eddie Redmayne made a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he spoke about Crimes of Grindelwald “merging into the Potter territory,” filming an imaginary staircase scene, and life as the father of an eight-month-old son. What spell does he dream of casting? “Literally just a two-hour sort of sleep spell. People suggest gin. I haven’t gone there yet.”
Redmayne additionally played a blindfolded game DeGeneres created in the spirit of Newt tasting the ground to track a beast in the upcoming film. Redmayne licked various objects and attempted to identify them. Successfully guessing all the objects, he won the audience tickets to a screening.
What do you think about these appearances? Any theories about the “upsetting” scene Sudol had to film? Let us know!