Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald star Ezra Miller approaches acting with an intelligent swagger and a ferocious passion.
He doesn’t take a superficial approach, whether it be describing the process of movie-making as being “Gesamtkunstwerk” (the German word for the ideal of unifying all works of art via theatre) or dealing with Harry Potter fans who try to get him to reveal secrets about the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Miller has played two distinct characters over the past year in feature films that come with a massive amount of mythology.
While the two characters might look different to the audience, the 25-year-old New Jersey native finds a lot of similarities between Credence and The Flash.
“They are both essentially what nerds would refer to as OP (overpowered) characters, but I think the OP comes from a very interesting place in both cases,” Miller says.
“In both cases, it really has to do with the ways gifts given to the human psyche can present as both blessing and curse no matter what you do.”
In Crimes Of Grindelwald, Credence becomes the primary focus of Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) after he escapes from prison. Credence is an important part of the evil wizard’s plan for world domination.
Miller says he spent a great amount of time preparing for and playing a role. Acting to Miller is a journey of discovery that starts with creating the bricks for the foundation of his performance based on research.
Background information of Credence is plentiful through J.K. Rowling’s writings. Equally as plentiful has been material dealing with The Flash through the decades of DC Comics featuring the scarlet speedster. Miller absorbs anything he can about the role he’s playing.
“I find information helpful – always,” Miller says. “There was a while where I would fear certain information and I would not refer back to certain source material because I feared it would affect my character’s awareness.
“But, I have come to incorporate the collective unconscious and the unknown and untapped human omnipotence that dwells within us all.
“In those contexts, you can justify knowing about anything.”
Miller made his feature film debut in the 2008 release Afterschool. That was followed by We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Stanford Prison Experiment and Trainwreck before leaping into two of the world’s biggest film franchises.
Before he became an actor, Miller trained as an opera singer and sung with the Metropolitan Opera. He sees both his acting and musical backgrounds as parts of the same entertainment medium. – Tribune News Service