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7ft tall Ian Whyte body-doubles for Madame Maxime
by David Haber, Wizard News Wizard
In an interview on the ic Teeside web site which talks about Ian Whyte's transformation from basketball player to movie actor, Ian descibes his experience of appearing in the next Harry film.
Shortly after playing a monster in the film Predator, he was offered a job on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as his towering 7ft-plus frame made him perfect to work as Hagrid's love interest Madame Maxine.
Whyte is actually the body double for the actress playing Madame Maxine's role, Frances de la Tour.
"A lot of the guys working behind the scenes on Predator had also worked on previous Harry Potter films," said Ian. "So when they were beginning the fourth Potter movie they said there might be a job for me. And there was.
"The reason Frances needed a body double for long shots was that Madame Maxine is eight feet tall - my territory. Francis is a lovely lady, by the way."
Ian worked mainly at a studio in Watford and the film is due out in November.
"I can't say too much about it because it's top secret," smiled Whyte, "but for Potter enthusiasts it's amazing, a massive production."
• Face to Face: Ian Whyte
Published March 29, 2005
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