The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie has been shrouded in secrecy, and Ezra Miller’s character, Credence Barebone, has an especially fraught storyline. TWIST talked to the actor at a roundtable interview for the film, and he entered the room with a beaming smile on his face, unlike the character he portrays on screen.
Without giving too much away, his character is the adopted son of an anti-magic activist. While talking to the actor, he revealed a secret about his costume. Designer Colleen Atwood sewed a very special symbol into the jacket he wears throughout the film — and the meaning is so touching.
“I had a really important discussion with Colleen at the beginning of the process about looking down the barrel of a role that seemed challenging to the psyche, and wanting to hold onto myself in the process. She sewed in the inside of the jacket that Credence wears, this symbol of an eagle and a horse to remind me of myself, even as I enter the role of Credence,” he told us.
The actor also opened up about his character’s difficult journey, and the lessons he’s gleaned from playing such a tormented character.
“I really built the character on the understanding of the foundation that people simply need to be cherished for who they are. [In this story], we really see the consequence of what happens when that love or support isn’t present for someone in their young life,” he revealed.
“Even [further], we see the backlash of a sort of violent indoctrination that, I think, happens all over our world that can really teach someone that who they are — or who they feel themselves to be deep down — is bad or evil or wrong or unacceptable or abhorrent. That is a trauma, and I think this character deals with the ramifications of that trauma throughout parts of his life.”
Despite the difficult message, Ezra says that the themes of Fantastic Beasts are true to the Harry Potter franchise. It’s all about standing up for what you believe in, even when the choice is difficult.
“JK Rowling is clearly reminding us that we always have the choice to help someone. We always have the choice to stand up against injustice. And we have these amazing tools like friendship, courage, and our willpower. And we have love. It’s like the Cedric Diggory thing, ‘[We have] the choice between what’s right and what’s easy.’ It’s easy to just go along with the crowd and tease the kid who’s getting teased. It takes a lot more bravery to stand up the bully and to stand beside the person who’s misunderstood,” he said.
“So I guess [I] want to encourage kids to live the lessons of the stories they love, and to be that hero. Because that’s what they are, that’s what we are, and that’s our potential-in-waiting.”
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