Put yourself in the position of the average rumpant. You know, that magical creature that’s a cross between a rhino and an elephant. (Come now, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them opens in just over a week, so you’d better get clued up on all of them.)
Anyway, back to said rumpant. You’re wandering around New York, minding your own business, when all of a sudden Eddie Redmayne is giving you the eye.
This exact scenario was acted out by Eddie last night (November 9) on The Tonight Show, where he showed host Jimmy Fallon how to do a rumpant mating dance.
We don’t know why or how this particular scene comes up in the film, and nor do we want to know before we see it for ourselves in the theater. All we know so far is that Eddie’s character Newt Scamander, an introverted, eccentric wizard employed by the British Ministry of Magic, turns up in New York in 1926 clutching a briefcase bursting with magical creatures, and somehow, somewhere, he is forced to entice a rumpant.
We’ve all been there.
Turns out Eddie’s commitment to his art meant he studied the mating dances of a number of exotic birds and creatures, and practiced his own, sending video upon video to director David Yates until he got it right. Here he is to explain:
Another brand new clip of the movie was also shown, in which Eddie as Newt Scamander tried to track down some of the creatures who’ve gone missing.
Not only that, but always game Eddie played a round of ‘Know It All” with fellow guest Lily Collins, and the first quick-fire round was on a familiar topic: “Harry Potter Characters.” Sure, Eddie and Lily acquitted themselves pretty well, though if we’d been in charge of scores, we’d have been a little more strict about their tactic of using different members of the Weasley and Malfoy families.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is out in theaters from November 18.
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