Casting the perfect actor for a role is easier said than done. Even when a beloved Hollywood star moves on, sometimes tough choices must be made. For example, actor Robin Williams did not get the role of Hagrid in the Harry Potter series due to a certain rule.
In an interview, casting director Janet Hirshenson explained why Williams got a “no” answer when he applied for the role of Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
According to Hirshenson, the film’s director, Chris Columbus, set a clear rule with writer JK Rowling. The cast was allowed to consist only of British and Irish actors. Therefore, Williams, who was born in the United States, was not allowed to act according to these rules.
However, Williams did not leave it at that and later volunteered for the role of Remus Lupin, who would make his debut in the third film. In this case too, Columbus had to stand his ground. “It was very difficult for me to say: ‘It has to be British. “I can’t help it.” Columbus says.
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