LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Harry Melling attends "The Tragedy Of Macbeth" European Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 17, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Harry Melling Has 'No Idea' What The Coen Brothers Saw In Him
Years after playing Dudley Dursley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, Harry Melling now finds himself a consistent collaborator with Joel and Ethan Coen. The actor appeared in the Coens’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” before reuniting with Joel Coen for “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” While Melling’s newfound success with the Coens is a mystery to him, he does have a theory.
In an interview with the Independent for “The Pale Blue Eye,” Melling revealed that he was cast in a leading role alongside Christian Bale in the film after his work on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Melling said he had “no idea” what the Coens saw in him, but he added, “I think they like actors who are up for [...] making a fool of themselves. People who are gonna take risks.”
Since “Scruggs,” Melling has had supporting roles in “The Devil All the Time,” “The Old Guard,” and the “The Queen's Gambit,” which paved the way for his leading role as Edgar Allen Poe in “The Pale Blue Eye.” The Coen Brothers have a history of creating magic with character actors like Melling, and it's no shock that his first collaboration with them has led to such success.