Transcript of interview taken on the set of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – all copyright to Warner Bros.
– On Yusuf Kama’s Development
“For nineteen years this person was haunted by the idea of revenge. He’s like one of these people whose childhood was stolen by something else. So his childhood never existed – he never had friends, he lived alone and all he’d had on his mind was revenge. Now he’s in a new family and he has maybe started eating things, I don’t know, maybe he has started just interacting with people and watching people with a different eye. And like people who have been thirsty for a very very long time, he’s been filled, nourished, with these things. So we see a, I want to say rejuvenated, Kama, a Kama who is less sick, who is less haunted physically and mentally.”
– On Learning More About Dumbledore
“This third phase, chapter, allows us to go deeper into Dumbledore’s history and we realise that he is human, that he has suffered, he’s been through things. That he’s not necessarily who we think he is, he’s not necessarily a saint – he’s someone who’s part of this humanity; and that tells us a lot about ourselves.”
– On Working with David Yates
“I have this theory that there’s many David Yates’ because only one David Yates couldn’t do that. He’s basically using many brains at the same time – not only directing two sets, or two units, at the same time, being on the monitor controlling what’s happening there and then being [over] there, but he has this phenomenal superpower of being always present. When he’s with you he is so present and it’s interesting because it’s like there’s a little bit of a butterfly effect with him. He never raises his voice, he’s very soft-spoken, but extremely precise, and he tends to bring you to that sort of intimate acting, and he wants that. From time to time he will come to me and say, ‘William, just bring it down to yourself’.”
– On What Fans Will Like
“The fascination of magic, the fact that this world frees the imagination and allows us to break the shackles that we live with every day. And so, we have that density and that darkness, but things are unravelling a little bit here, and we have the element of fun.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be available to buy on DVD/BluRay/4K from Monday July 25th.