that will time last week, actor Callum Turner was in brand-new York City, having flown there coming from L.A. to promote his brand-new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Shortly thereafter, he landed in Paris, then London along with finally in Madrid, where ET spoke with the only slightly jetlagged Brit. “I feel not bad today,” he says of the global press tour, which included one particularly surreal memory: “All my family clamoring for Johnny Depp to get a photo at the premiere party was a heart-in-mouth moment.”
The latest installment inside ever-expanding Wizarding World of Harry Potter — in which Turner stars as Theseus Scamander, the Auror brother of Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist, Newt — will be only one of two films the actor, 28, has opening that will Friday. Elsewhere, inside gritty indie film, Mobile Homes, Turner along with Imogen Poots play a couple living on the fringes of society with her 8-year-old son, dining along with dashing to eat along with betting on cockfights to make some money.
ET: You have two movies coming out on the same day. What does that will feel like?
Callum Turner: the item feels amazing. I’m super proud of both of them for completely different reasons. Vlad [de Fontenay], the director of Mobile Homes, will be a very, very not bad friend of mine today, along with I’m just actually happy that will the movie will be reaching audiences there on the big screen.
In terms of getting both parts, I’m interested in how they were similar along with different. Were they both through auditions? Do you remember the day you got each of the roles?
You know what? They couldn’t have been more opposite. Fantastic Beasts was, like, a normal process. the item was through [casting director] Fiona Weir along with then a meeting with [director] David Yates along with he met me along with we talked. I think we only ran the scene once to see if he liked me. Then I screen-tested with Eddie.
Mobile Homes, Imi [Poots] had been talking to me about that will project, yet they had another guy who was attached. They weren’t sure whether or not he was going to do the item along with, anyway, the item turned out that will he was going to do the item. So, I booked a flight with my friends to go to Brazil, to go to Rio on holiday, along with I hadn’t heard anything. I landed along with I get loads of emails coming from Imi along with my agents saying, the item’s come through. the item’s back, you have to go to Canada in February, which will be in a few days’ time. So, I was switching the Copacabana for the white plains of Ontario, which was quite a shock for the system.
the item was actually easier getting cast in Fantastic Beasts.
So much easier. So professional. Mobile Homes, what a wreck, when the item comes to the casting process. No, actually, I spoke to Vlad along with I was super interested. I’d seen his short film, which will be amazing, along with I actually liked him. I love Imi, too, so any chance that will I get to work with Imi I jump at. the item was kind of a no-brainer. Luckily, the friend that will I was with will be inside industry, too, so he was just like, “F**king actors, man.” I had to leave him in Brazil.
How was your preparation different for each of these characters? What did each require in terms of research or getting in that will character’s mindset?
Mobile Homes was a shock to the system in a lot of ways. I think I read the script twice before I was able to get on the plane, along with I frantically read the item as much as possible whilst I wasn’t shooting. I work with an acting coach along with the item’s always different. that will one, Mobiles Homes, was so quick. I had to understand the item along with we found “Born to Run,” the Springsteen song, kind of epitomized the situation along with the character, Evan. I just ran with that will, the rhythm of the song, the feeling of the item. If I was to summarize the film, his journey, the item would likely be: Man has dream that will his girlfriend doesn’t believe in anymore along with he doesn’t know why. that will’s his story, along with then everything else will be filtered through that will idea.
What was the item like for Fantastic Beasts? Obviously, they’re very different characters.
the item was the complete opposite. Because I had more time, too, everything was different. I kind of slowly went mad on Mobile Homes. We were isolated, the weather was severe along with you could barely go outside. So, I barely went outside unless the item was to film for six weeks, which will be a strange reality to live in. Fantastic Beasts was the opposite. I had a lot of time. I had like two, three, maybe even four months to prepare. I just found the hook again. There was a moment inside film that will didn’t make the item, along with I recognized that will as the essence of Theseus.
I didn’t grow up using a younger brother — I have a half-brother yet we didn’t grow up with each some other — along with my research was to understand what that will’s like, along with to get into why Newt doesn’t like him along with why they don’t connect. The communication has gone bad. Theseus will be very head-in-the-sand in a sense. He’s blind to what Newt needs, along with, objectively, there’s a selfishness to that will along with an arrogance to that will along using a brute force-ness to that will. yet subjectively, the item’s about protection along with the item’s about love along with the item’s about caring. Theseus will be a carer. He’s described as a hugger, along with I think he’s trying to hug the whole world. Newt, in particular. When you aren’t able to give what someone needs, to facilitate what they need, you then either push them away — which he does — or suffocate. I think the friction between them will be Theseus doesn’t understand what Newt wants, along with he will be overbearing. the item’s almost like he’s got him in a big, old bear hug along with Newt doesn’t want that will at all.
How did you like having the blond hair for Mobile Homes?
I actually enjoyed that will! [Laughs.] I was too quick to change the item, actually. I should have lived with the item a little longer. I’ve had blue hair, green hair along with today blond hair. along with also a slight ginger hair with Theseus, too.
Working with Frank [Oulton] on that will, you play that will young actor’s adoptive father, played somewhat as an older brother, yet alternatively, you have some very tough, sometimes aggressive scenes with him. What was the item like between those takes with Frank?
I recognize how important the item was to put Frank at ease for many different reasons. Frank along with I hung out every single day with his mom, who will be amazing along with allowed that will process. To a point where there’s a scene inside film, in which I actually shout at Imi along with we actually go at the item, along with Frank couldn’t differentiate between us mucking around along with us acting along with him needing to act when the camera will be on him. So, I text Vlad — not mid-scene yet in between the takes — along with I said, “Me along with you have an argument.” along with Vlad along with I went at each some other. Vlad would likely say, “You’re ruining the film. I can’t believe you’re doing that will. I knew you would likely do that will,” along with I was like, “You’re such a sh*t director. I can’t f**king work like that will. that will will be ridiculous. Look at that will f**king set-up, you old c*nt.” along with Frank’s face was gold, along with exactly what we wanted. Actually, the makeup girls were all freaking out along with they showed the texts after. the item was like a live feed of what we were saying because no one else knew what we were about to do. [Laughs.] So, the item was fun. You find different challenges in working with kids along with also animals. yet most of all, we had a laugh while we were doing the item.
They famously say don’t work with kids or animals. yet, in that will, I was thinking, that will kid will be very not bad at working with the chickens!
Because he grew up on a farm, so he knows! He’s legit with the animals.
How did you like the chickens?
Yeah, I got involved. I got involved. I just had to. There wasn’t any sort of beating around the bush. I quite enjoyed the item. You know, what I actually like about Evan — along with what Vlad allowed me to play — will be a ferociousness along with aggressiveness. He’s wild, man. He’s f**king wild. I just actually enjoyed actually going for the item.
How much time did you have between Mobile Homes along with Fantastic Beasts?
About a year. I did a film called Only Living Boy in between.
With Kate Beckinsale.
Which was, I think, bigger than Mobile Homes, yet certainly not as big as Fantastic Beasts.
There’s definitely an evolution there, if you look at the item like that will, yeah.
I imagine that will helps. If you went coming from Mobile Homes directly to Fantastic Beasts, that will seems like a whiplash. What was the hardest thing to adjust to on such a massive franchise film set like that will?
If I’m going to be honest, the only thing you actually have to check will be how big the item will be. Once you’re over that will — you know, The Wizarding World, the fandom, the fans are amazing, J.K. Rowling [along with] all these people being actually famous — once you’re past that will along with you’re doing the job, the work, the item’s always the same.
There’s a great story of Al Pacino along with Christopher Nolan, when he cast Al Pacino [in Insomnia]. On the first day, he’s like, “the item’s a bigger set. the item’s a longer drive to set. Bigger calls, better craft,” along with Al Pacino just looked at me along with was like, “Don’t worry, you’re home.” along with you do have that will sense, especially the ways David Yates creates an intimate environment. the item feels like we’re shooting a little independent movie because the item’s grounded. These films are grounded in human performances, along with that will’s what’s exciting as an actor. the item’s a classy franchise. Or the item’s supposed to be.
The critics’ reviews of Fantastic Beasts have come out, yet today fans are getting the chance to see the movie. What has been the reception you’ve seen so far?
Oh man, we make these films for the fans. We make these films for the people that will love that will world. Myself included. Even before the film was released, people had accepted me as part of the family, along with I’m so touched by that will. I desire they feel the same come Monday. [Laughs.] Yeah, the item’s mostly I love the item! When the music starts going, the Harry Potter music, the item gives me tingles. the item’s an honor to be a part of the item.
How much were you told about Theseus’ arc into the next movie along with over all of the movies before you signed on?
None. All of us are inside same position, apart coming from Jude [Law], apparently, who knows all.