'Lupin' nearly fired
October 19, 2003 at 8:24 PM ET
HPANA (via The Sun)
David Thewlis, who will play a werewolf in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is so good that he was nearly fired 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.
"The directors thought it might be too scary - but kept it."