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Robin Williams Wanted to Play Hagrid in 'Harry Potter'

Robin Williams Wanted to Play Hagrid in 'Harry Potter'

The casting director of the Harry Potter movies has revealed that Robin Williams wanted to play a role in the franchise, but was turned away because he was not British!

The late actor wanted to play Hagrid, which ended up going to Robbie Coltrane.

Robin [Williams] had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure,” casting director Janet Hirshenson told Huffington Post. “It couldn’t be.”

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  • Visitor

    Of course. Can you imagine if Americans rejected all the British people starring in their movies?

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    we wouldnt have any spider-men

  • SquidBillie

    If Americans did that, the Brits would be in a snit.

  • Sansa Squad

    this is actually really sad – he would’ve been so perfect for the role, and I can’t help but wonder if or how his life would’ve been different if he’d been part of that franchise :(

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  • Anna

    What a missed opportunity. He would have been great as Peeves as well.