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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the very first Harry Potter movie, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which started the lucrative franchise and introduced the world to three little-known actors who would go on to become global superstars, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). Like many big-budget blockbusters based on a wildly popular novel series, the casting has to be just right to ensure any kind of success, and it's safe to say that the filmmakers behind Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone certainly got the casting right. Today we have new details from casting director Janet Hirshenson, who reveals the casting process wasn't easy by any means, along with the unusual yet perfect reason why Daniel Radcliffe was cast in the role of a lifetime as Harry Potter.
The Huffington Post caught up with Janet Hirshenson to delve deeper »
There are a lot of great voices. The ones that capture you with their signature sound, whether it’s Garrison Keller leading A Prairie Home Companion, Morgan Freeman narrating The Shawshank Redemption, Sam Elliott’s drawl in truck commercials, Alan Rickman reading sonnets by William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou reading her own works aloud or actors Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Gambon emoting onstage.
There is also Richard Armitage, whose trademark baritone has spawned a decade-long career in voice work in addition to his celebrated screen and stage roles, which currently includes Kenneth in Roundabout Theatre’s limited Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love and Daniel Miller on Epix’s espionage thriller, Berlin Station. (Both the play and season one of the series draw to a close on Sunday, Dec. 18.)
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“There’s nothing nicer than having a story told to you by a great reader,” Armitage tells Et »
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