Here’s why Jude Law will make a promising Dumbledore

Here’s why Jude Law will make a promising Dumbledore


Text: Rachel Chan

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Starring as a young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we dig deep to see what makes Jude Law like the famed wizard

1. He's pretty remarkable
To be Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, one has to be quite a legend in one's own right. The 45-year-old has a humble list of award wins and nominations to his name for both film and theatre. His first big role as Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which brought him to prominence, won him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Suspense and the Santa Fe Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor, with nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.

2. He takes risks
Throughout his filming career, especially in the beginning, this British star took the unconventional route of playing in a wide spectrum (and sometimes challenging) of roles. From playing Oscar Wilde's gay lover in Wilde to Jerome Morrow, a disabled former swimming star in Gattaca, Law even went the extra mile of learning how to play the saxphone and dance ballet in The Talented Mr. Ripley and A.I. Artificial Intelligence respectively. He said in an interview: "You've got to hold out a little more in your twenties for character-driven, richer roles as opposed to the ones you get offered most often, that of the dashing leading man."

3. He stays humble
Living a life under public scrutiny and being chased by paparazzi for years, notably circa 2005 when he was caught having an affair with his children's nanny, he's still one of Britain's leading men, having learnt his lesson. "In this country certain parts of the media have written things, sometimes true, mostly untrue, about me that have portrayed me in a certain way. People assume that I'll be like that. You have to separate it and say, 'Well I know it's not me'. You learn to live with this dichotomy of who you are and who they're saying you are," he confessed in an interview.

With regards to his job as an actor, Law said: "I think you have to know that you've found something that you can both do and live with for a good few years. It's a much longer experience than just turning up and playing a role. It might be one of those things that I'm developing now if things align."

4. He has compassion
Whenever he's not acting, you'd probably find Law busying himself with humanitarian work. In 2004, he raised £2.5 million for the Young Vic Theatre in London for its £12.5 million redevelopment project, and donated an undisclosed amount himself. Together with his former wife, Sadie Frost, they directed a Shakespere play in an orphanage in South Africa and brought their children to Durban to help those who lost their parents to AIDS in 2006. Law, together with actor Jeremy Gilley, travelled to dangerous parts of Afghanistan for 10 days to make a film, A Day After Peace, about peace movements in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Peace a year later. In 2011, he also joined a street protest against the first and only Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko.

5. He's such a dad
Dumbledore may not have children of his own, but his dedication towards caring for Harry Potter and the students at Hogwarts could pretty much make him one. Law has five children from three different relationships, with his eldest son, Rafferty, and daughter, Iris, making their mark in the fashion world as models. "I worry about that terribly because the public eye can bring all sorts of unwanted intrusions and problems. But he's treading his own path," said Law about Rafferty. He also mentioned in another interview: "Being a daddy is what counts. I used to sleep until noon, but it's not so bad to have to get up at 7 and give them breakfast."

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