Who says you can't become a celebrity by being the bad guy? Being a bad guy has its perks—especially if you are making millions while playing a part. And so it has been for Tom Felton, who essayed the role of Draco Malfoy in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies between 2001 and 2011. The now 27-year-old actor received worldwide recognition and fame, not to mention a fabulous platform on which to build his fim career. But it isn’t all haha-hehe for Tom, who's also had to take the brickbats that sometimes come with playing an on-screen villain.
Tom has recently confessed that several fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ films still think he’s a bad guy in real life. Shockingly, he recalls being referred to as an unmentionable body part (think below the belt) by a six-year-old while at the movie premiere of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ some years ago! “Some young fans really think I am Draco. Shattering the illusion would be like telling them there’s no Father Christmas”, says Tom good-naturedly, despite being sorely tempted to set the record straight.
As confessions go, Tom also revealed another sacrifice he had to make during the filming of the popular Potter flicks. It seems the films’ producers were so petrified about any of the stars getting injured before and during filming, they banned everyone from doing anything even remotely dangerous—‘remote’ being the operative word! “I wasn’t even supposed to drive a remote-controlled car, in case I drove it into my ankle”, Tom lets on. Talk about controlling your cast!
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