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Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban - Gary Oldman and Michael Gambon Q&As



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Were you influenced by any cinema bad-guys as a child, or when preparing for the role, and how did your kids feel when they heard you were going to be in the new Harry Potter film?
A.
I haven’t really been influenced by any other film bad guys - Bela Lugosi, maybe. But when it was announced that I was going to be in this movie, I became a superstar overnight at my children’s school. They’ve now got the T-shirts and posters and an articulated action figure. They’re loving the whole experience. One of my children is still a little young, at five, but Alfie, who is 15, will be at the premiere with me. I’m thrilled to be a part of this family and this phenomenon.

Q. Did you feel intimidated coming on to the set and working with the children?
A.
Well yes, because I did sort of arrive from a different planet, as Alfonso says. I did feel a little intimidated, because I was aware that Daniel was a fan, and so had the added responsibility of hoping to live up to his expectations. I didn’t want to disappoint him and I wanted to do the best Sirius Black I could. But we were made to feel at home very quickly, even though, at first, I did feel like an outsider coming into this family.

Q. Do you remember a teacher who maybe influenced you at school?
A.
I don’t actually have a single good memory of going to school. To me, it was like being banged up every day, like being in prison. It always amazes me, now, how my children love going.

Michael Gambon Q&A

Q. What was it like coming in - as you are another of the new arrivals?
A. Well, I’ve known most of the other actors for some time anyway, I mean I’ve known Maggie Smith for 40 years, so despite being a little nervous during my first week, I was quickly able to relax with them.

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