The Hollywood Legend who sadly passed away in August 2014 is said to have been declined a ‘major’ role in the explosive Harry Potter franchise.
Williams starred in a huge variety of top films, that will continue to be watched for years to come. The role of Daniel Hillard in ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ was a huge success after releasing in 1998 and is still watched by many to this day (nearly 20 years later). He also played Alan Parrish in ‘Jumanji’ and the much loved ‘Genie’ in Walt Disney’s ‘Aladdin’.
It is rumored that ‘Williams’ contacted Harry Potter director Chris Columbus to ask if he could play the role of HAGRID in the films.
Apparently Columbus had to sadly decline Williams the role as they wanted to keep the box office smash hit a ‘British-only’ feature.
Speaking to Huffington Post, the film’s casting director Janet Hirshenson, said:
Robin [Williams] had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure. It couldn’t be.
It is rumored that JK Rowling’s request on having British-only actors, made Steven Spielberg’s decision to decline the opportunity of direct the film easy.
But when it came to the well loved character of Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane was always (author) J. K. Rowling’s number one choice for the role and I think we can safely say, Coltrane completely bossed the part of the friendly giant.