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Ian McKellen will not be playing Dumbledore!!!

Published at: Dec. 30, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here... Ok, you read the story headline.... that's the story. Ok? Got it? The rumor began online weeks ago. Then the British Tabloid THE SUN resurrected the damn lie, then it seems everybody and their gimpy brother Jorge decided to run the story as being absolute fact. Meanwhile, McKellen has repeatedly said that HE WILL NOT BE DUMBLEDORE specifically because he wouldn't want to play another Wizard, because he's played the best. The mutual friends of Ian's and this site continue to confirm that he is NOT PLAYING DUMBLEDORE, the great guy that runs The Official Ian McKellen Website says he is NOT PLAYING DUMBLEDORE and Ian has said it on his own site too! So I don't care if it is on Zap2it or IMDB or laser-etched on the Moon - it is not so. I've received about 700 emails repeatedly saying that McKellen is DUMBLEDORE - so many that I now hate the name Dumbledore. And Moriarty is about to go postal over the thing, so just send Dumbledore casting theories here! because he wants to hear it. He really does!

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  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:01 a.m. CST

    So...ummm...hes playing Dumbledore?

    by BLADE

    Ohhh...not Playing Dumbledore...sorry... much like Two Towers, I'm a little slow.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Strict adherance to the book really that necessary?

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Why not introduce new characters and such, or promote one of the existing characters with the actors that are there, rather than replace a dead actor? I'm sure Rowling would be more than supportive in helping to write a slightly adjusted storyline to allow for the death of a character/actor in the movies.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:02 a.m. CST

    This is a good thing

    by onetrueking

    Seriously, Dumbledore is a completely decent character, but he's a background player in the grand scheme of Harry Potter. Frankly, as cool as it sounds that we might get to see more Ian as a bearded wizard, I think we're all hoping to catch a few more moment with Gandalf. And I think we'll all be horribly disappointed if our once amazing Gandalf suddenly became simply good Dumbledore.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:09 a.m. CST

    True?

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Who frelling knows,i dont but dont use Sir Ians site as an example that he`s NOT doing it because it does`nt say that. What it says is that the rumours from last month about him playing Dumbledore are false and its dated from before the newest rumour in the Sun,the Sun may be a tabloid/gutter press but they dont always get it wrong. I`ll wait for to hear McKellan say in public that he`s not doing before i dismiss this completely

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I cant spell

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    and my grammar`s crap

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Dumble-bore

    by jsm1978

    They're going Episode 2 with the whole thing and going digital. Like the beer commercials with John Wayne in them. Not that it matters... Harry Potter is a pile of smeg anyways. All ripped off from other (and usually better) sources... LOTR, Star Wars, Larry Potter...

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Why replace?

    by jsm1978

    Because if you don't and you change the story, the Harry Potter people will get throw hissy fits like the LOTR people did with all the changes, and we just can't have that many angry geeks at one time.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Longshanks - King Edward I

    by BeerdedOne

    Patrick McGoohan

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Can't they just...

    by wato

    paste a copy of Richard Harris' head onto a stunt double like they did for Christopher Lees' fighting scenes in Episode II? No one will notice how a frail and arthritic body suddenly becomes agile and buff...no one at all.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Give it to connery..... He Could be good

    by Quo Vadimus

    Initially I wanted him for gandalf... but can see him doing it after mckellen....he should play dumbledore.....could be good.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Good

    by Darth Melkor

    I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but a huge LOTR and SW fan. I'm glad he won't be playing the role really cause it would just be too confusing. Think about it. Both films come out a month apart with him as an old, bearded, wizard guy. Seems like all the "geek" franchises use the same actors anyway. Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Patrick Stewart, etc.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:28 a.m. CST

    how bout Hulk Hogan?

    by aphekqs

    "Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself, Brother!!!" we all knew it was coming.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Conspiracy theory

    by Egon Spengler

    Sure he'll do it, he will play Dumbledore but keeps denying it until it's "official" and his contract allows him to admit it. "Them" or "The suits" doesn't want this news to interfere with Chamber Of Secrets' current run so they hold the news off as long as they can. And man never landed on moon, there's prehistoric mammal living in scottich loch and so forth.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:56 a.m. CST

    by Wingnut1A

    I agree that Patrick McGoohan would be a good choice for Dumbledore. I also think the amazing Max Von Sydow would be an excellent casting choice for the role. He would be able to do a wonderful job.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Dumbledore can't be written out

    by Maizey

    His role in the books, while small, is important. I'm a huge fan of LOTR, HP and SW, and while it would be neat to see Ian Mckellen as Dumbledore, there are many other wonderful british actors who we need to see more of. It just wouldn't feel right to see Gandalf playing Dumbledore, to me at least.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:35 a.m. CST

    who the fuck is Dumblewhore? oh, is he the old guy who died in t

    by Mr President

    oh well. McKellen is Gandalf and shouldn't take any other role from now until his departure...

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:48 a.m. CST

    no continuity risk at all

    by berend

    I didn't recognize Harris as Dubledore in the first place when I saw the first one. Surely anyone could be made up to look the part?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:57 a.m. CST

    This series is stiffer than Harrison Ford

    by Lazarus Long

    Bringing Alfonso Cuaron into the picture will only prolong the inevitable: Harry Potter doesn't have legs. When you consider the rave reviews (it's amazing how harsh the critics are on some franchise films--AOTC--and overlook the many flaws of others--Spider-Man, Harry Potter), it's a little shocking that the Chamer of Secrets didn't do better at the box office. Think about it: LOTR fell just short of HP #1's totals, Two Towers is already close to passing HP #2, and Return of the King will likely rule over HP#3. Even though it won't have any competition, will anyone really care by #4, aside from the fanatics? It will wind up becoming a Bond experiment, where various directors keep coming in to try and breathe new life into the series. Don't be looking for any good names here; after Cuaron picks up his paycheck he'll be back to doing his own thing ("One for them, one for you"). As long as they refuse to deviate from the apparently Bible-untouchable novels, the films will stagnate to the point where there are no surprises left to the book's readers, and the non-book fans won't give a shit any more. Look for #6 or #7 to be direct-to-video, or completely animated. Emma Watson will probably rather be doing porn than go through the motions again. The producers will also have replaced the wooden Daniel Radcliffe with a fully CG actor capable of the same acting range. Rupert Grint isn't likely to find work anywhere else, so he'll probably stick around. How many washed-up or under-appreciated British actors will be left to appear as Hogwart's teachers? Please, Michael Caine, don't give up your recently-regained dignity. Thank god Alec Guinness is already dead and doesn't have to consider the opportunity.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 5 a.m. CST

    Writing Him Out

    by DarkZero

    They can't write Dumbledore out of the movies because it looks like he might have a larger role in the last three books. The entire suspension of disbelief in the Harry Potter books (moreso in the recent ones than the early ones) is based on the idea that all of the bad guys have to try to sneak into Hogwarts and stealthily manipulate people because Dumbledore could probably take them all on single-handedly if they openly challenged him. From the setup for the rest of the series in the last book, it seems like that scene might actually happen at some point in the future. Besides that, despite the fact that Harry Potter is a kids' book series, it is actually a Leaning Tower of Continuity, and it seems like about a quarter of each book is devoted to recapping seemingly meaningless events in the previous books. If they change one big thing like this, they're bound to end up changing other things down the line, especially as they get to the later movies.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 5:08 a.m. CST

    blah

    by dancing_shoes

    first of all the actors who play the teachers are not "under-appriciated washed up" british actors secondly micheal cain??? Let me take a wild guess...you are not british are you??

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:31 a.m. CST

    NOBODY with an iota of sense takes The Sun seriously !

    by RobinP

    It's a rumor rag, a shit sheet. Its main selling point is topless women on page 3. Damn good selling point some days, but here's the type of thing they do. America's War Against Terror, or the impending war on Iraq. Headline news, no ? Uh...not for the Sun, not if they've seen a soap opera star drunk in a nightclub the previous evening and have a picture. It's that low a paper, that trivial, meaningless, and that much of a waste of time. Sad thing is, it's the UK's highest selling paper. But then, we're the country who've spent 40 odd years watching Coronation Street, the country who put crap like Blind Date on top of the viewing figures, and the country who are now having orgasms over reality shows and house makeover shows in primetime !!! No wonder we lost the fucking empire !! I'd move my family to the U.S. in a heartbeat. Anyhow, getting back on subject I'm still holding out for Christopher Lee as Dumbledore.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:48 a.m. CST

    He should play Dumblemore and then a Jedi Master in Episode 3

    by granhalcon

    ... Just to cover all possible franchises. Too late for the Matrix sequels and T3, though. Well, you can

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 7:32 a.m. CST

    If Ian McKellan doesn't want the part of Prof. Dumbledore, offer

    by Red Raider

    I heard he wants the part, so why not?! ____Another talkbacker had mentioned T3. I've been repeatedly seeing the trailer for T3 in front of The Two Towers. I certainly hope the movie is better than what's been shown. What I've seen so far screams LAME! ______ When seeing the Terminator 3 preview, I began to wonder: Where did the T-800 gets another pair of cool biker clothes, complete with jacket? Did he rip them off from yet another biker? This T-?(the bad terminator chick in tight leather...LOL!), if she's technically superior to even the T-1000, why send back a T-800 model? Why not send back at T-1000 model to protect John Connor? That shot where the new Terminator chick leaps off the hillside onto the top of a moving truck is some really bad wire work, even if they did erase the wires! _____I hope I'm wrong. I hope the movie proves the trailer was assembled with outtakes and the worst moments of the film. I hope T3 exceeds my expectations. Alas, one can only wait till May 2003 to find out.....

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Thank GOD...

    by CoolDan989

    ...because Ian McKellen looks absolutley nothing like Dumbledore. It would take some thick prosthetics, let me tell you. I really don't think Dumbledore should be replaced. Out of respect for Richard Harris, I think Dumbledore should just not be in the third movie, but that's just my opinion.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 8:44 a.m. CST

    is this the final word?

    by imageburn13

    LEts rejoice if it is, I mean shit damn its been yes/no for fuckin weeks!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 8:56 a.m. CST

    a good dumbledore.....

    by uberbill

    Brian Fellows would be great in the role....."I'm Brian Fellows!....tell that talking snake to stop usin my credit card!" and Harry is like who are you talkin to there is no one there....."I'm Brian Fellows!!!"

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Patrick McGoohan/ Max von Sydow

    by JAGUART

    Absolutely. Either one would be excellent.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Kudos to McKellen!!

    by ZaphodBB

    Hats off to Ian! I admire his stalwart attitude ... he chooses to be true to his ideals rather than selling out to corporate temptations. Hoorah Ian! You inspire the spirit of the fellowship in all of us!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:39 a.m. CST

    "He's already played the best...."

    by FranklinCobb

    That pretty much sums it up as diplomatically as possible while reminding everyone who the king of fantasy was.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Ian McKellen already has LOTR & X-Men

    by Bad Guy

    Christopher Lee does LOTR & SW and starred in several Dracula movies. Connery was Bond and Indy's dad. Give it to Max Von Sydow. Great actor and he hasn't appeared in a franchise. Besides who cares? The HP movies have already begun their downward spiral. Dull.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:52 a.m. CST

    McKellan's playing Dumbledore?!?!?

    by rev_skarekroe

    That's fantastic! What a scoop! sk

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Dumbledore a great Wizard?

    by rancor

    If Dumbledore is such a great wizard, why does he keep hiring these crazy professors that cause all these problems?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Killing of Dumbledore

    by zacdilone

    Rewrite the movies to accomodate Harris' death? Eliminate Dumbledore and create new characters instead? You obviously have no clue what Rowling is doing. She's got a future for each of the characters mapped out, and Dumbledore figures prominently in those plans. He isn't a minor character that can just be replaced by another minor character. She needs to follow her story arc. Dumbledore must remain.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Use his corpse!

    by General Sarcasm

    Hollywood is great at wirework, hook some wires to his corpse ala Weekend at Bernies and voila!!! He's back for HP3! I think Sean Connery would be terrible, imagine if they would have used him for Gandalf in LOTR, it would have blown!!!! Nobody is capable of replacing Richard Harris so... they should use a "nobody" to replace him.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Replacement Dumbledore

    by geileskey

    It's really a no-brainer. Peter O'Toole can really be the only realistic replacement. I alledgedly heard that Richard Harris even stated this on his own deathbed

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The FIFTH Star Wars movie AOTC grosses $310 million and we have

    by togmeister

    Answer : because trolling Star Wars is a fast and effective way for lonely internet geeks to get attention. Just a theory that happens to fit the facts. Star Wars is alive and well, thank you. Oh yeah, and Tom Baker should play Dumbledore.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter 3 : Weekend at Potter's

    by Khopesh

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Apologies to the great Mr. Harris.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Dammit, someone beat me to it

    by Khopesh

    grrr

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 12:13 p.m. CST

    two obvious people...

    by I_AM_A_WOOKIE

    the most obvious choice is Peter o'toole, think about it, he could do justice to richard harris, and he could inject a bit of himself into the role. the other obvious actor is Patrick Stewart. he's a trained RSC actor and a geek icon, with proffesor x And captain picard under his belt, he's a fanboys dream.(shame he didnt get the part of gandalf in the end.)and the bonus with patrick stewart is that he is not likely to die in the next 6 years. O'Toole is getting on a bit i suppose. when it comes to Christopher Lee though, HOW CAN WE HAVE A MAN WHO HAS PLAYED EVIL PEOPLE ALL HIS LIFE AS DUMBLEDORE!!! that is just wrong!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna say this once...........................

    by Solrider77

    JOHN NEVILLE FOR DUMBLEDORE ! !

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 12:22 p.m. CST

    While we're at it.......................

    by Solrider77

    Here's some other Potter casting ideas. Sirrius Black-Robert Carlyle, Remus Lupin-Anthony Stewart Head.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Wasn't it officially declared a little while ago, right after Ri

    by NeofromtheMatrix

    I think that it was even posted here on AICN.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:01 p.m. CST

    To the HP trolls:

    by Bramton1

    Begin your mass suicides. This comes directly from Sir Ian McKellen's official web site: "Ian McKellen has NOT agreed to succeed the late Richard Harris in the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. He has expressed interest in perhaps playing a different role some time in the future of the series." That's right folks, he won't be Dumbledore. But he is interested interested in another part. Mad-Eye Moody, perhaps?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:03 p.m. CST

    You know who would be a good Dumbledore?

    by ejcarter9

    That guy who played Magneto. Or wait, even better, see if they can get the guy who played Gandalf. Either one.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore should be played by...

    by Aristan

    Christiopher Lloyd!!! He makes an incredible, sweet and wise mentor. He looks good in a wizard get-up (The Pagemaker). Heck, he even resembles the original Dumbledore! And I am sure he is available! If only a minion like myself had the ears of the studios. You know, they NEVER ask me for my briliant ideas... >sigh< Well am I right or am I right?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore should be played by... (fixed my typo)

    by Aristan

    Christopher Lloyd!!! He makes an incredible, sweet and wise mentor. He looks good in a wizard get-up (The Pagemaker). Heck, he even resembles the original Dumbledore! And I am sure he is available! If only a minion like myself had the ears of the studios. You know, they NEVER ask me for my briliant ideas... >sigh< Well am I right or am I right?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore drinks a beer and cheats on his wife.

    by Mattdub

    I just love that freakin' phrase.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Don't take me for a conjuror of tricks!

    by Evil Chicken

    You cannot "not have Dumbledore in the next film." To do so would be a travesty to the original text. Someone mentioned Max Von Sydow and Peter O'Toole's name has been thrown around as well. With the best regards for Harris's performance, either of these gentlemen could pull it off. Now Colin Firth simply must be Serious Black!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Santa to play Dumbledore?!!

    by Capt. StrideR

    Or better still, give it to Billy Drago. Sure he's not British, or anything like Dumbledore, but at least, he'll work for cheap. Doesn't matter anyways, it's just going to go to Hopkins. Won't it be funny if Michael Jackson was abducted by aliens and forced to play Dumbledore's cross-dressing cousin?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:34 p.m. CST

    o'toole as dumbledore

    by dantuso

    Not that I have any interest in seeing anymore of these dull as dirt movies, but it seems to me that Richard Harris' old friend and fellow drunk Peter O'Toole should take over the role as a tribute.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The best suggestion on here is Patrick McGoohan

    by SamWave

    ..who would do a great job. But I'm willing to bet that the role goes to the double.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Christopher Plummer as Dumbledore

    by Darth Cuddles

    He'd be perfect in the role. He's currently starring in a production of King Lear and you can go here http://www.christopher-plummer.com/ to see a picture of him in the role. It's not a big stretch to picture him as Dumbledore after you see that picture of him in beard and make-up. He's also a great actor in his own right. I haven't seen his name mentioned before but I believe he's the best actor out there to take over the role from Richard Harris. The transition would be seamless. I hope he's being considered.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:39 p.m. CST

    well, Dumbledore just has to be...

    by Mithril

    Peter O'Toole. Not only does he have the twinkle in the eye and the right look, his casting would also act as a tribute to Harris, being the great friends they were. (Though people like John Neville or John Mills would be good too.) ***Oh, and Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann for Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Not only do they look the part (right look, right age, right attitudes), I want that Withnail & I reunion! Hell, Richard Griffits is already there, and you know Ralph Brown's got to turn up at some point... ***And as far as casting is concerned in general, would someone get off their asses and do a Kalevala movie before Christopher Lee (a huge fan) is too old to play the lead? I don't know about you, but I can't think of any other 80-year-old guy who could believably kill people using his voice, be a kick-ass demigod and still find time to chase nude blond chicks into ponds. ***Which reminds me, just saw an old movie with the coolest casting ever: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas and Robert DeNiro all in an old horror film! And I could swear I saw Patrick McGoohan there too... Man, that was sweet.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I think it should go to Jimmy Krankie

    by WAVYDAVY

    FANDABBYDOZZY!!!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Harry as Dumbledore

    by rite4u

    <EOM>

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:02 p.m. CST

    way to scoop harry

    by ZO

    this is "cool" news now?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Dr. Haing S. Ngor as Dumbledore

    by God Shamgodd

    It works on so many levels.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 4:56 p.m. CST

    good. get an unknown.

    by KONG33

    McKellen is gettin' too big!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Give it to his double

    by obi5kenobi

    I have heard that his double looks almost exactly like him and can do the voice pretty well too. I hope he gets it, there will be less visual confusion and I'd like to see an unknown given the chance to shine. That's all. -Obi5

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:19 p.m. CST

    The not so obvious chioce for Dumbledore-

    by MasterShake

    Tony Randall could do a great Dumbledore. Go rent "The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao", you'll be convinced.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Michael Gambon

    by daph26

    E News is reporting that Michael Gambon ("Gosford Park"; "Sleepy Hollow") is signed, sealed and delivered as the new Dumbledore. Interesting choice. He is a great actor but not one to overshadow the role or diminish what Harris had brought to the series. Kudos to WB if this is true and Good Luck Gambon.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Lynxpro - check your facts

    by daph26

    Lynxpro - last I checked, Max von Sydow is very much alive and co-starred in this summer's film "Minority Report". He's well into his 70s, but still alive. Who's the tool now?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Michael Gambon

    by proximo67

    He is the new Dumbledore. Last as LBJ in HBO's "Path to War".

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Sun Lies

    by Telewest

    To the illiterate moron who questioned christopherleeweb.com publishing the news and if Christopher Lee is McKellen's agent or not. Is this site? Are you? The headline reads "Sun Lies" and is quotes "Sir Ian

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 6:57 p.m. CST

    McKellen should be Karkaroff in HP4.

    by dirtyapes

    Jeremy Irons would work too. Now who's going to play Sirius Black and Remus Lupin in HP3? Shouldn't they have cast those roles by now?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Michael Gough...

    by Trusty Mutsi

    Thinking back on his perfomances as Batman's Alfred, I think he'd be a GREAT Dumbledore!

  • I haven't heard the Ian McKellen rumor, but I don't doubt Harry has because he doesn't go nuts like that for his health! Okay, Ian is not Dumbledore, can't say I'm surprised since the role--as handled by the movies--comes off as a watered down version of Gandalf/Merlin/Obi Wan etc. Personally, I saw a short guy like Richard Attenborough when I read the books, and I always thought he should have more whimsy than Harris gave the part(and I suspect any replacement will be asked to play the part the same as Harris did). I frankly don't care who they get for the part now so long as they keep the kids in the roles through the fourth movie--sending them away just before the series reaches it's finest installment is stupid. And anyone worried about their looking too old has lost sight of how old the kids are in the books, and how Hollywood usually handles teens in general. These kids can play these roles for a while yet. Now if a fifth book will be published before it's time to make a fifth film is a real big question mark--and don't even dream of the sixth. Rowlings is talented, and I don't want her to grind out this stuff regardless of quality, but I think she's hit a slump one way or another. Not that any of that matters to illiterate Harry Knowles!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 10 p.m. CST

    Why Christopher can't be in HPIII

    by Electric_Monk

    Filming on HPIII begins in March. Filming on Star Wars: Episode III begins filming in the Spring. One is in England, the other in Australia. He's 81 years-old. No matter how good of health he's in, filming to movies in two separate countries almost simultaneously would kill a much younger person. I'm also sure, who ever is chosen, no one will agree with it. My choice would be Tom Baker. Happy New Year folks!!!

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 10 p.m. CST

    recasting is inevitable in this series

    by Magic_Al

    Everyone accepts that the child actors' parts will be recast at some point if the entire series is filmed. The kids will grow out of their roles faster than the movies can be produced and certainly faster than Rowling is writing. (They're already too old, by the books.) Certainly Harris' death is sad, but in a series hypothetically as long as this one, losing actors to physical inevitabilities is itself inevitable and doesn't justify altering the storyline.

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 10:51 p.m. CST

    "As long as they refuse to deviate from the apparently Bible-unt

    by KingKrypton

    Uh...stop me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the reason people reacted so badly to the JJ Abrams/Jon Peters SUPERMAN script BECAUSE it deviated from the source material?

  • Dec. 30, 2002, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Captain Picard Patrick Stewart will be happy to be Fumblemore

    by Regis Travolta

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Paraphrasing previous comments

    by Judo John

    Peter O'Toole as Dumbledore, Colin Firth as Sirius Black and Richard E. Grant as Lupin. Yeah, that would work for me.

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 10:30 a.m. CST

    dumbfuckdore

    by igby

    get phillip seymour hoffman to replace r.harris - at least that will keep him from playing Ignatius J. Reilly!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Rosie O'Donnell to play a Lesbian Dumbledore

    by Hate_Speech

    now that's gonna rock!

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 2:11 p.m. CST

    McKellen not playing Dumbledore!!! In a related story...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...Matt Damon WILL NOT be playing Gwen Stacy in SPIDER-MAN 2!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Anyone who actually wants the movies to deviate from the novels

    by Smeg For Brains

    If you've read the books already, and don't want to see the same thing you've read, then don't go see the films. Changing the films so that they are fresh for people who have read the books is a totally ridiculous idea. It makes no sense. who cares if one retard doesn't like watching a film based on a book they read. And the point about people who haven't read them not caring is even more pathetic. If they didn't read the book then how would they even know that it was changed? If you don't like how long the movies are, and how detailed the stories are then simply DON'T WATCH THEM. Especially if you have read the books and already know what they are like. What is with geeks who complain when things are changed, and then complain when they aren't?

  • Dec. 31, 2002, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Patrick McGoohan as Dumbledore

    by riskebiz

    If there ever was an actor who could play that role to the hilt, it's Patrick McGoohan. I don't think he'd sleepwalk through it like most of the names being bandied about.

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter SUCKS

    by Robert Blake

    The first Harry Pothead was one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. ////////// The characters were annoying and uninteresting. Well, sure, Hermione was kinda cool, but Ron was a total wuss, Potter himself was a dick, and Hagrid was just a fuckin retard. ////////// Also, there are no interesting action scenes, no interesting story, no reason to watch the sequel... ////////// ...except the fact that I've fallen in love with a girl who liked this piece of shit, so I'll probably watch it - and pretend it's a good movie! Aaaaargh, damn you Pothead!

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Peter O'Toole?

    by Maki Maus

    I say it's perfect. Same fey sense of humor, same twinkle, old drinking buddy of Richard Harris, and desperately in need of work, unlike a lot of the others we've been touting.

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 12:39 p.m. CST

    David Warner, he

    by TAURUSpetit

    Hey you people! Don

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Why hasn't anyone considered Richard Attenbourough??

    by RonMyester

    It really IS too bad how that phenomenal cast is already beginning to change...but as long as the RIGHT changes are made as the kids get older and what not...I'm pretty surprised that no one's thought Richard Attenbourough (John Hammond from the first two Jurassic Park movies) wouldn't make a cool Dumbledore.

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Micheal Gambon (gosford park)

    by EdCrane

    he's been tipped to play Dumbledore, well thats what they say on the bbc website

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 9:18 p.m. CST

    MING DEAD? I THINK NOT!

    by TomVee

    "von Sydow is dead, you *toolz*!" Dead since when? He is very much alive according to IMDB.

  • Jan. 1, 2003, 9:45 p.m. CST

    FUCK THE MONEY, SAVE THE GRASS!

    by TomVee

    "The SECOND Harry Potter movie, Chamber of Secrets, grosses $250 million and i haven't seen one 'Harry Potter is dead!' post. How so?" Maybe because HP II Grossed $250 million in its first couple of weeks, moron. It probably will gross $400 million or more by the time is plays out in theaters.

  • Jan. 2, 2003, 7:42 a.m. CST

    IMHO

    by talbuckin

    the best actor to play the part is Max Von Sydow. He looks like Dumbledore and the voice is actuallt pretty close to Harris

  • Jan. 2, 2003, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Peter O'Toole?

    by superinbred

    Not that i want to rain on your parade, but isn't Peter O'Toole dead now?

  • Jan. 2, 2003, 3:10 p.m. CST

    My Piece.

    by Halloween68

    I am sincerely grateful that Sir Ian declined any offer to play Dumbledore, or I am sincerely grateful that he wasn't offered the role of Dumbledore. In any case, the outcome certainly makes me breathe a sigh of relief. That would be all we need. More association between Rings and Potter. Rowling isn't worthy of being mentioned in the same breath (pardon me) as the good professor. She's still the amature. Twenty years from now if she accomplishes anything near as deep and meaningful as Rings, then we can talk. Potter, as successful as it is, has still only proven to be the fad of the year. It'll dry up. Tolkien spent 15 years writing Lord of the Rings. He spent his entire adult life building Middle Earth, filling it with tales that we can relate with, or at least empathise with. Rowling was an overnight sensation. A product of pop culture. Her life isn't or hasn't been writing. She took it up to pass time. She'll never accomplish what Professor Tolkien gave us. Let's keep the films like the books, as it should be, separate and unaffiliated. The only thing these franchises have in common is genre. And even that is stretching it.

  • Jan. 2, 2003, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore is...

    by Kwame

    Michael Gambon...the guy that played Baltus Van Tassel in "Sleepy Hollow" w/Johnny Depp. The best scene in that movie was when his azz got speared with a picket fence post & pulled out the window by the headless horseman! Now, I'm not truly into blood & gore, but that was the best dayum scene in the whole film, 'cause the whole movie shot piss... Not to mention, he should be tall enuf like Richard Harris to play it! Kwame OUT

  • Jan. 3, 2003, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Sirius Black

    by bickyboo

    Christopher Eccleston would play a great sirius Black.

  • Jan. 5, 2003, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Who should it be...

    by JMYoda

    First off I was kind of pissed when newspapers had headlines saying "Harry Potter actor dies." I mean, Richard Harris is a legend of stage and screen. Yes Harry Potter is good, yes he was cool in it but it's not even in the top ten of his best roles. As for choices. I actually remember telling friends and family that they should get Ian McKellen for Dumbledore back when I first heard Harris passed on to that great theater in the sky. However I now agree with McKellen, after playing the most famous and fantastic wizard character ever created playing any wizard role would be redundant and since Fumbled is not a major character it would be a step-down and ultimately a disappointment after his brilliant portrayal of Gandalf. As for other choices. Peter O'Toole would probably like to take the role being one of Harris greatest friends but he could very well pass away soon and they'd have to recast yet again. Same for Christopher Lee is up there in age too, though I certainty hope he is around for a long while since he's career is in a upswing right now and he's finally getting the respect he's long deserved. I also want to see him as Dooku again since that was one of the bright spots that carried "Attack of the Clones" although it sucks that he's not in the first half of the film. (I don't care if he's an old man. I'd take him over Darth Maul any day.) He would be wrong for the part, they need someone warm, not scary. Now Christopher Plummer is an excellent suggestion as is John Neville. I hadn't thought of them. Plummer would especially be cool since he's one of my all-time favorite thespians.