Rumor has it that British actor Rowan Atkinson, probably best known for his role as the comically inept Mr. Bean, is up for the role of the villanous Lord Voldemort, which would be quite the change from the usually endearing and goofy characters he normally portrays.
Rowan Atkinson is rumoured to be playing wicked Lord Voldemort in the next Harry Potter film.
Lord Voldemort is the arch enemy of Harry Potter in the highly successful series of books. It will be the first time the character appears “in person” on the big screen.
The role would be a major boost for the Mr Bean actor who has recently been treated for depression in a 4,000-a-week clinic in the US.
His depression is said to have stemmed from the critical failure of his last film, Johnny English.
I think Rowan is an excellent actor above and beyond his Mr. Bean persona, but I have to admit that I had a hard time imagining him playing a character as nasty as the books make Voldemort out to be. The more I think about it, however, the more intrigued I am at seeing him take on the role. Assuming the rumor is true, that is.
UPDATE 1/9/04: Looks like this is just a rumor afterall…
- British comic Rowan Atkinson has slammed reports that he will take the role of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire as lies. The Mr. Bean star – who has recently received treatment for depression – was named by a number of credible sources as the frontrunner to play the evil character, who is the schoolboy wizard’s arch enemy. But his agent Janette Linden says, “There’s no truth whatsoever that Rowan will be in the next Harry Potter movie.” – IMDB.com