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Here's how playing the eldest Weasley child prepared Domhnall Gleeson for the role of General Hux

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Aug 23, 2018

Being a part of two major pop culture multimedia franchises isn't easy, but Domnhall Gleeson takes it all in stride.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Brendan (Mr. Mercedes), Gleeson became a part of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World as the eldest Weasley sibling, Bill, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1; his dad portrayed Mad-Eye Moody in the same film as well as in Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix.

While the role of Bill wasn't particularly large (he's introduced a lot earlier in the books) and while his encounter with the werewolf Fenrir Greyback is simply glossed over, the Potter-related experience was invaluable for Gleeson, who went on to play the First Order's General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

"Harry Potter was the best possible training for that," he told Entertainment Weekly while promoting The Little Stranger. "I felt a little worried about fan reaction, but you can’t control that; all you can do is your job. General Hux is ridiculous in lots of ways, but not in a hilarious way. But just anything to do with that level of…what’s the word? Pomp and all the rest of it, the higher reigns of military, all the badges and the medals. At a certain point you say, 'Why is that man wearing that hat? That doesn’t make him more powerful.'"

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And despite always playing an enemy of Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Domnhall insists that he likes his Ex Machina and Star Wars co-star a whole lot. 

"He was playing this man who’s manipulating me, and I found myself getting very paranoid around him, but he’s, like, the nicest person in the world! I love him," he said.

You'll see General Hux back in action when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.


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