Casting the perfect actor for a role is easier said than done. Even when Hollywood’s beloved star introduces herself, tough choices must sometimes be made. For example, due to a certain rule, actor Robin Williams was not given the role of Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.
In an interview, casting director Janet Hershenson 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 Hershenson, the film’s director, Chris Columbus, has taken a clear stance with writer JK Rowling. The cast was allowed to consist only of British and Irish actors. And Williams, who was born in the United States, was not allowed to act under these rules.
However, Williams didn’t stop there and later volunteered for the role of Remus Lupine, 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: ‘She must be British. I can’t prevent it.” says Columbus.
? | Robin Williams was turned down from playing Hagrid in Harry Potter because of the JK Rowling rule
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