If you were tasked with taking on a younger version of a role that’s been brought to life by two different actors across eight different films – a character who has additionally originated in written form across even more novels – what would you do to prepare yourself? If you’re Jude Law, the answer is simple: go right to the source.
Law, who is gearing up to play a younger version of future-Hogwarts-Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the forthcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ simply decided to speak directly with the writer of the original book series and creator of the ‘Harry Potter’ universe for direct inspiration. When asked about his process during an interview at the Golden Globe awards, Law explained:
“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom. She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”
When asked about the details of the sequel itself, Law was coy, of course, stating only “I can’t say much,” and then proceeding to say nothing else on the topic. He did, however, take the opportunity to wax poetic about being at the Golden Globes to celebrate his nomination for his work in ‘The Young Pope’ – as well as touching on the “Time’s Up” social movement:
“Well, I’m just here to enjoy myself. I would agree with you, but, you know what, I’m in an amazing group of actors, so any group that’s headed by Robert De Niro or Jeffrey Wright, I mean all of them are wonderful. Ewan McGregor is an old friend of mine. When we were both starting out in London, we shared a flat together – isn’t that funny? We go way back, so it’s a wonderful group, and I’m happy to be in their company.
“I think it’s important, on a night like this, where we are celebrating our work, it’s also an opportunity to be in solidarity with the men and women who have been brave enough to raise awareness of an issue that our industry needs to reform over. I made a donation and I’m very proud to be here supporting it as a cause.”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will be released in American theaters on November 16, 2018.