Helena has revealed that she took a huge risk taking on the role as the Queen Mother in her upcoming film The King’s Speech as she was still contracted to play Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a predicament that could have ‘brought down’ the film that is now a front runner for the Oscars next year. When Tom Hooper, the director, asked her to play Queen Elizabeth in the film she initially turned it down; “Tom asked me to do it… but I did have other obligations and duties, because I was doing Harry Potter at the same time, so I did say, ‘No’… I kept saying ‘No’. In fact, I don’t think I said ‘Yes’ but I ended up on the set, dressed as the Queen Mum…”. She admitted that it was risky as the Deathly Hallows team could have called her away from the set at any time, and she’d be legally obliged to comply: “You know what they did? It was completely illegal and really quite risky. In fact, fantastically risky. Harry Potter never released me. They said ‘Even if you work on weekends, we get first choice’, so potentially, I could have brought down The King’s Speech.”> You can read an interview with Helena in Jamie’s post above.
Source: Contact Music