Why Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Harry Potter’ Cameo Was Reduce From ‘Lego Film 2’

Don’t expecto Daniel Radcliffe to point out up in “The Lego Film 2.”

The follow-up to the wildly profitable “Lego Film” is packed filled with usually riddikulus cameos. Amongst director Mike Mitchell’s favourite sequences are when Chris Pratt’s perpetually upbeat Emmet Brickowski walks via a “Mad Max”-like hellscape and when Tiffany Haddish’s Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi convincingly sings about how “not evil” she is.

The filmmakers had been in a position to “cram in” just about each wild thought for a cameo that they had, Mitchell stated, however there was one scene that they sadly needed to obliviate:  

“Gary Potter was the one one.”

In line with Mitchell, “Lego Film 2” initially concerned a joke “about an unlicensed character, Gary Potter, that I don’t assume made it into the movie, that made everybody chortle.”

“It was Harry Potter’s cousin,” he defined. “It was an unlicensed character. He didn’t make it in.”

Wait, Gary Potter? “Lego Film 2” doesn’t fiddle with its cameos; precise “Justice League” actors Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa voice their respective characters within the film. Would Gary Potter have been performed by the Boy Who Lived himself, (gasp!), Daniel Radcliffe?

“Oh yeah, we had been positively going to exit to Daniel. And he was recreation, however sadly his character bought reduce,” Mitchell stated, “I don’t keep in mind why it occurred. I believe it was as a result of we didn’t need to upset any ‘Harry Potter’ followers. They’ve such a following, so we determined to upset the ‘Mary Poppins’ followers. We simply made Larry Poppins.”

It’s simple to see why the filmmakers hesitated on Gary, assuming the reduce was made in order to not upset the Potter fanbase. Simply take a look at the bloodthirsty reactions to the most recent “Unbelievable Beasts” movie. Earlier than the film premiered, individuals had been upset about perceived plot holes (after which angrier after a very porous “Beasts” was launched). Maybe filmmakers surmised that messing with fervent followers of the treasured Harry wasn’t price it.

Even with out Gary, “Lego Film 2” nonetheless has cameo upon cameo. There’s an look by Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“We simply determined, who could be not solely the strangest particular person to ask to the marriage, however a very enjoyable particular person so as to add to the marriage?” Mitchell stated, “We’re like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why not?”

There’s the lately revealed cameo by Bruce Willis:

“Bruce Willis, I believed that was fairly nice, that he was prepared to poke enjoyable at himself.”

And, after all, Jason Momoa:

“Jason Momoa was able to go earlier than we had been even able to go. Simply to dip our toe within the water, we did slightly Comedian-Con piece… and Jason made an look simply because it was going to be confirmed at Comedian-Con. So Jason got here in and immediately simply began embracing that character as loopy as he’s. He form of created that character, and we’re like, ‘That was so nice, let’s pull that into the film.’”

“By the best way, everybody needs to be a Lego determine,” he concluded. 

Yer not a Lego, Gary Potter. However just about everybody else is.