'Lupin' nearly fired

  October 19, 2003 at 8:24 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via The Sun)

David Thewlisopens in new window, who will play a werewolf in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is so good that he was nearly firedopens in new window as his bosses feared he would terrify young cinema-goers.

His character, professor Remus Lupin, spooks Harry and his fellow wizardry pupils when he changes into a monster at the full moon.

His stare and make-up get more intense and he goes into weird spasms. Then a stunt man takes over the part of the nine-foot werewolf, striding around inside a giant costume.

David says:

"The directors thought it might be too scary - but kept it."

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