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kateb
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There has been rumors and stories about the Harry Potter films besiding that the book series causes a rise in santanism. Here are some "UL'S" about Harry Potter

Haley Joel Osment(the kid from the sixth sense) was rejected to play the role of Harry Potter as he was American and the producers wanted an all British cast.

Daniel Radcliffe voice was broken during the filming of the first film and a young actor named Joe Sowerbutts was hired for his voice.


There are many other rumors of UL if you look up websites with infomation about it

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First off, welcome to the board.

Second, it wouldn't surprise me if the UL you mention about Haley Joel Osment was true. It's true that the producers wanted an all-British cast I just don't know if Haley Joel Osment was actually approached before that decision was made.

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franjava
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Welcome from me too!!

Daniel Radcliffe's voice did change during filming, but they filmed the entire movie in sequence so it changes gradually in the film. They did not dub his voice. Since the story takes place over an entire school year, it is perfectly reasonable that his voice changes. Had they not done it in sequence, it might have been a different story.

I don't think it was just the producers that wanted all-Brit. cast. I think Rowling herself wanted it that way. If I remember correctly (I often don't [dunce] ) it was one of the agreements made with her before she allowed the films to be made.

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A story that I have heard may be linked to the Osment story. I heard that Steven Spielberg was approached to make the first film. He wanted to move the whole story to America, with the school being an American one as well, of course. JK Rowling rejected this because she wanted it to be a British film set in a magical version of a British public school (as in the books).

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I also heard that Robin Williams was also to play Dombaldore.

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Here are the stories relating to Haley Joel Osment as reported on IMDb:

From Studio Briefing - An American Harry Potter?

From WENN - Osment Blasts Harry Potter Movie Plans

ETA:
Here are the IMDb news stories about Joe Sowerbutts.

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Accordig to Wikipedia, Spielberg also wanted the film to be animated and Harry voiced by Haley Joel Osment. Link (may have to click "Films" in table of contents)

It also mentions on Terry Gilliam's page that Gilliam was turned down on the first movie and supposedly refused to direct any of the later films because of it.

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Originally posted by cubbie:
I also heard that Robin Williams was also to play Dombaldore.

Oh geez...the sounds and images going through my head...there are no words.

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franjava
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Robin Williams as Dumbledore?! I love him, but that movie would've SUCKED! (Insert vomiting graemlin here!)

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I had heard the rumor about voice dubbing referring to the second or third film (I forget), not the first. The rest is new to me.

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I heard about Williams when the first movie came out, but was rejected because of the whole british cast thing.

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Bubby
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Interesting point about a British cast...

In a Readers Digest article she stated that when she was originally afraid that an AMerican director would "mutilate her baby".

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Ghost on Toast
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J K Rowling did demand all British actors for the roles but that makes sense.

The book is set in England with English characters so why should they be played with American accents - that would just be weird, surely?

Not everything has to be American - we have actors in Britain as well you know!

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The book is set in England with English characters so why should they be played with American accents - that would just be weird, surely?
Well, it worked for Willy Wonka...oh, wait. Never mind.
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I throught Britain was just part of Rowling's vivid settings. Are you telling me it's a real place?
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Bloody hell! (said with upstate New York accent.)

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I always thought Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson were American and were doing bad British accents. Shows what I know (about Harry Potter movies and about accents).

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quote:
Originally posted by pob14:
I always thought Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson were American and were doing bad British accents. Shows what I know (about Harry Potter movies and about accents).

Such are their acting skills, you be forgiven for thinking that - let me explain why.

One of the hardest things an actor has to do come across naturally - not stilted, or searching for lines, or pre-ocuppied. The actor loses themselves in the character to help attain this natural feel (amongst other things).

The kids in the HP movies are so awkward (and, basically, untalented) that it sounds to your ears that their accents aren't their own, that they are struggling to maintain their British accents and that they might slip at any moment.

Also, the fact is that they 'are' putting on accents - they've been coached to sound plumbier, a bit more 'gosh jolly' and you can hear the struggles around this too, especially during exposition elements of the script when the poor souls are really exposed.

It doesn't help that they are acting alongside such excellent character actors, but I have noticed an improvement in 'some' of the kids' acting as the films have progressed but this stands to reason - they could hardly have got any worse [Smile] )

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pob14
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
quote:
Originally posted by pob14:
I always thought Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson were American and were doing bad British accents. Shows what I know (about Harry Potter movies and about accents).

The kids in the HP movies are so awkward (and, basically, untalented) that it sounds to your ears that their accents aren't their own, that they are struggling to maintain their British accents and that they might slip at any moment.

Also, the fact is that they 'are' putting on accents - they've been coached to sound plumbier, a bit more 'gosh jolly' and you can hear the struggles around this too, especially during exposition elements of the script when the poor souls are really exposed.

That would, indeed, explain it. Although I am keeping open the possibility that I don't know what I'm talking about. :-)

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franjava
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I thought they sounded British, just "green." Their acting has certainly gotten better as time moves on. They seem much more confident in themselves and in their characters. Except, maybe Rupert (Ron.) He has this constantly dopey look about him. Of course, Ron does in the books, too. Maybe he's a better actor than I thought. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Ghost on Toast:
J K Rowling did demand all British actors for the roles but that makes sense.

The book is set in England with English characters so why should they be played with American accents - that would just be weird, surely?

Not everything has to be American - we have actors in Britain as well you know!

Also, IIRC, she stated that she did not like the was a British Accents sound when faked.

I wouldn't know about that, but Mel Gibson does a pretty decent job of covering his Aussie accent and sounding American (although it shows sometimes though if you listen closely) [Wink]

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