There’s a part of me that just sincerely died because I typed that. Not even because Tom Felton is the lesser-loved of the Harry Potter franchise (I rather like him, to be honest), but because there is a magazine out there called Da Man. Such a sorry state in which we live, friends.
Anyway, Tom took the cover of the most recent edition, where he talked about his career, his upbringing, and his future cinematic plans.
On how Tom feels about HP finally ending:
That’s kind of a strange feeling now that it finally has come to the end. It’s kind of what you’ve been looking forward to for the past five or six years [since the last book was published], I guess. It’s a very strange thing. But overall, we’re very excited and happy and the thing about this last film is that it’s a really great ending to the series of films.
On his new role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
The film is a very different and fresh look at the Planet of the Apes franchise. It’s a prequel; it gives an understanding of how everything happens. It’s really sort of a frank story where you have scientists testing various different trials on apes. But my character is a real piece of work. He actually makes Draco look very soft.
On being typecast as a Draco Malfoy-like bad boy:
I hope to embrace it [actually]. I think British actors have quite a good pedigree in playing villainous roles and they seem very happy. So, I hope to embrace it, rather than shake it.
On upcoming features:
… There’s two other films that we’ve already shot as well and they’re coming out probably next year. One, called From the Rough, which is an independent film that I shot in New Orleans earlier this year, was a lot of fun. Another one is called The Apparition, with Ashley Greene from Twilight and Sebastian Stan from Captain America. It was a very, very cool shoot and [the movie] is kind of sci-fi/thriller/horror. My character is an expert in supernatural scientific experiments. It was a very cool role to play and I’m very excited to see that film.
On who he’d like to work with in the future:
So many people. There are a lot of people that I’ve already worked with; I’d love to have the opportunity to work with David Yates again—the director of the last four Harry Potter films. He’s a real inspiration to me. In terms of directors: Guy Ritchie, Edward Zwick, James Cameron, [Martin] Scorsese … there’s a never-ending list of directors I’d like to work with. And as far as actors go, I don’t know, but people like Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins are the guys I’ve seen time and time again in so many different roles and I enjoy their acting.
He’s grown up so much from the pointy-faced Draco Malfoy, hasn’t he? He’s almost looking like a sober, hotter Eminem these days, and honestly, I’m excited to see what he brings forth. Emma and Daniel have set the example, Tom’s following, and now we just need to get Rupert off of his dead stoner ass and get moving!