The cast of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” are welcoming Jude Law into the Wizarding World and, as the actor tells ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante, the fandom is unlike anything he’s experienced before.
“I never experienced anything like it and I think, what struck me is the real personal impression it makes,” he says. The 45-year-old actor will step into the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel as a young and beardless Albus Dumbledore. Together Dumbledore will join forces with Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in an effort to thwart the evil Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) plans to allow pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
For Law, the stories and characters have such an impact on fans “because JK Rowling has written these books and created this world, that somehow the characters still have, such a familiar – they go through a familiar crisis – they are still anti-heroes. They aren’t obvious heroes, they carry problems and have doubt, and that is inside this wonderful world of magic which gives it this incredible excuse of escape, you know?”
It turns out Law had a little catching up to do when it came to wand techniques his co-stars Redmayne and Katherine Waterston nailed down in the first film, though they both admit it can be a challenge to get the perfect flick of the wand down.
“Sometimes it’s very nerve-wracking on set when they added something on the day, and they say, ‘Just do a little thing with your wand’ and it’s like, ‘whoa, whoa whoa – I can’t, we need to rehearse this!'” Waterston exclaims. “Because it is sort of so much fun to work out the distinct movements for various actions. We get pretty nerdy about it.”
“As actors, we want to put so much into one little movement, ‘I think Newt would do it like this,'” Redmayne says, demonstrating to laughs.
But if there’s one thing the cast can agree on, it’s the popularity of the fluffy, platypus-snouted Nifflers, who can’t wait to get their little hands on anything that glitters.
“They totally stole the show from us,” Redmayne says of the creatures who have been a staple of the Harry Potter books and made their on-screen debut in the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie. “The Nifflers were negotiating half for the second film, trailer bigger than mine.”
“They played hard to get,” Law jokes. “There was a script I read where there weren’t any. They were really worried they weren’t going to get in. He’d been offered his own show I think in reality TV.”
“Keeping up with the Niffler?” Waterston adds. “I’d watch that – I would!” Law says to laughs.
See the cast – and the Nifflers – when “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” opens in theatres on Nov. 16.