“Harry Potter” fans around the world owe producer David Heyman a whole lot of thanks. He is the man who literally found Harry Potter when he petitioned Daniel Radcliffe to play the Boy Who Lived more than a decade ago. He is the man who convinced J.K. Rowling that she should trust Warner Bros to adapt her bestselling novels for the big screen. He is the man who acted as a father figure to the young stars of the series and help keep them from, for lack of a better term, Lohan-ing out.
But when MTV News caught up with Heyman last night at the NYC premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” he placed the majority of the credit for the movies being successful onto the shoulders of its four directors.
“We’re all standing on the shoulders of Chris Columbus, because he started us off. I’m not saying we haven’t progressed or gone in different directions, but he started it,” Heyman said. He added about director David Yates, who helmed the final four films, “He brought us home. He brought a humanity to every frame. He developed as a director but he also brought a passion and intensity and was incredibly inspiring, challenging all of us to do better each and every time. But above all, for me, he brought humanity to every single frame of every single film.”
He went on to speak about watching the series’ three stars — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — grow up in front of the camera into beloved adult actors.
“It’s great pride. You see them all go on a journey. They were innocent when they started,” Heyman said. “Now they are brilliant young adults: humble, warm, generous, and an awful lot of fun. It’s been a real privilege to work on the films, a real privilege to work side-by-side with them.”
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