A confession: from a very young age, I have been fascinated by drunken British actors. I have read no less than three biographies of Richard Burton. I have seen “The Dresser” more than twenty times. I own Peter O’Toole’s autobiography in hardcover (Loitering With Intent: The Child). And more than anything, I have striven in every way to model every aspect of my life, no matter how seemingly insignificant, on that of Oliver Reed. (I am drunk and beating up a waiter as I write this.) And I know he’s Irish, but I include in my list the late great Richard Harris. Here he is charming the audience on a UK chat show just like a true Irish man.
The upshot being that it was a bittersweet delight to give him the business in the second installment of the Harry Potter series. We laughed a lot during this production, which I see as a good sign.