In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tom talks about having his puberty onscreen for the world to see, going from nervous to relaxed while giving interviews over the years, and how he is capable of doing more than just his iconic character, Draco Malfoy. They also make mention of Tom’s “bouncy acoustic” music he made under the moniker that inspired the creation of this website – Feltbeats.
Daniel Radcliffe, who portrays the titular young wizard, has made an online skit with filmmaker Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) in which he sends himself up, while Tom Felton, who plays his blond rival Draco Malfoy, has been entertaining American talk-show audiences with his favourite sexually suggestive magic double entendres.
“We are relaxed,” Felton says. “Doing a talk show or talking to a newspaper journalist is a lot more relaxed and a lot more fun; it used to be much more of a nervous thing when we were kids. And by now we’ve learnt the right things and the wrong things to say, plus we’re genuinely passionate about the films, so it’s nice to talk about something you’re excited about sharing with people.”
“As the films have gone along, they have got darker,” Felton says. “But the humour has also gone up tenfold. It’s a unique type of humour. It’s British dry wit — there are no jokes, just awkward silences. In my opinion they’re not just scarier, they are also funnier.”
“It’s a strange experience and the gravity of what we’ve done together hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he says. “To have your puberty documented in a series of films is weird and even looking back at it now you can cringe at some of the early ones because of how young you look.
“It’s hard to come up with a sentence that explains it all but it’s been an incredible journey and we’ve got more and more excited each year.”
Felton, who quietly records and releases bouncy acoustic-pop songs as Feltbeats, has learnt how to accommodate the feverish interest of young fans and Harry Potter obsessives in the media.
He’s no longer perplexed when asked what Draco might think of a given situation, or what the character’s favourite spell is; it’s a fair trade for a screen career that will extend well past July’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
“As a youngster I wasn’t completely sure this is what I wanted to do with my life but being around so many fantastic actors has embedded a massive passion for filmmaking within me,” Felton says. He will star alongside James Franco in the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, in 2011.
“It’s far from plain sailing but it’s an exciting time for me because doors are open and I know I can convince people I can do more than Draco.”
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