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  • As one of the young breakthrough stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Tom Felton

  • grew up in front of the whole world, right alongside his character, the villainous Draco

  • Malfoy.

  • He may not have been a member of the heroic trinity in the series, but among Potter fans,

  • Felton's name became just about as well-known as his co-stars.

  • So, it seemed logical that he'd be among those who'd slither in to the A-list after the series

  • came to an end in 2011.

  • Unlike some of the others, though, Felton has since struggled to shed his status as

  • an alumnus of Hogwarts, which means his career outside of the World of Witchcraft and Wizardry

  • has been anything but magical.

  • Whereas Daniel Radcliffe has become something of an indie sensation and Emma Watson headlined

  • an entirely different blockbuster with curses and castles, Tom Felton hasn't been able to

  • ride his Nimbus 2000 to the top of the Hollywood ladder just yet.

  • Let's take a look at some of the reasons Hollywood won't cast him anymore.

  • Conflicted feelings

  • Starring in an eight-film mega-movie franchise might seem like the opportunity of a lifetime

  • for any actor, but Tom Felton didn't cherish the experience of being an overnight cinematic

  • success story as much as others might.

  • Before the final film Deathly Hallows, Part 2 hit theaters, he told the Daily Mail that

  • he looked forward to the "freedom" of not starring in the films anymore, saying:

  • "One thing that people keep on saying to me is that the wealth and the fame must have

  • made up for missing out on my childhood.

  • But the idea of money, putting a price on your childhood, is ridiculous.

  • To me, fame is not a positive thing.

  • The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality.

  • It's fantastic when you go to premieres and people cheer you, but it's not real."

  • Considering most of those fans who were cheering him on at those very premieres were the ones

  • he'd need to see his next movies, those words may have come back to bite him harder than

  • Nagini.

  • A career left turn

  • After Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe decided to give the Broadway circuit and small-budget

  • films a whirl.

  • And Emma Watson went to college, became a beauty brand ambassador, and left Hermione

  • behind with films like The Bling Ring and This Is the End.

  • "I'm not f---ing around!"

  • Meanwhile, Tom Felton's first big post-Potter move was to rap.

  • Yes, rap.

  • In 2011, Felton revealed that he'd scored a recording deal with an independent label

  • to produce some hip-hop music, saying:

  • "I was thinking of doing some N-Dubz-style stuff.

  • I am looking to get into the grime rap UK scene."

  • Felton added that he intended to "change [his] image," and although that public persona overhaul

  • never seemed to pan out, some of his music has made way to the public sphere.

  • However, despite a few EP releases and a moderate amount of viral attention on YouTube, his

  • music has hardly been successful enough to qualify as a new career path.

  • Too familiar

  • His emcee effort might've at least been a change of pace, but Felton's next big screen

  • adventure was far too similar to his Harry Potter persona.

  • Felton claims he's not at all like the kid that made him famous

  • "To be honest, I'm very un-Malfoy like in my day-to-day biddings"

  • However, in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he played a small part as Dodge Landon,

  • a cruel zoo security guard who tortures the film's central sentient ape, Caesar.

  • "Take your stinking paw off me you damn dirty ape."

  • Like Draco, the character is remarkable only for his sniveling demeanor and the ease with

  • which audiences root against him.

  • Between this role and his villainous TV turn on TNT's Murder In the First, he may not be

  • distancing himself from the role that made him famous, which could make him seem a little

  • one-note to casting directors.

  • Indeed, even Radcliffe has had to work hard to extricate himself from the world of broomsticks

  • and floo powder, taking roles that are far off the mark of the Boy Who Lived.

  • By heading right back into an unlikable mini-baddie role after Deathly Hallows, Felton may have

  • made a huge career misstep right from the start.

  • Regaining confidence

  • Another surprising downside to the safety of a long-lived role like Felton had in the

  • Harry Potter series is that the series' end can feel a little like being thrown into the

  • ocean without a life vest.

  • The actor has admitted that returning to the regular practice of auditioning for parts

  • to sustain a lifestyle, rather than just trying to fill in the blanks between sequels, was

  • very difficult for him to adjust to.

  • He told the Daily Mail in 2011:

  • "I'm much more nervous in auditions now than I was at 11.

  • You take a lot of hits before you get something good.

  • The first few were heartbreaking."

  • The disappointment of being denied certain roles was so disorienting for him, in fact,

  • that he considered walking away from the business altogether, saying:

  • "I thought, 'I can't do this.'

  • They are cutthroat in America.

  • Before you've even started, someone's playing on the BlackBerry.

  • You're reading your lines, physically convulsing, and they just say 'Thank you.'

  • That means, 'Get lost.'

  • I did 19 auditions and got the 20th, for the film The Apparition."

  • To make matters worse, that movie would mark the start of a series of box office flops.

  • Missing box office magic

  • Although the Harry Potter series was a box office phenomenon, Felton has still not proven

  • himself to be a bankable actor.

  • His small-time thriller pic The Apparition failed to recoup its financiers' investment,

  • despite having both a Harry Potter star and Twilight alum Ashley Greene leading the cast.

  • Since then, he's yet to appear in a film that made any kind of impression at the ticket

  • booth.

  • Even movies that have been relatively well-received by critics, like the regal biopic Belle and

  • A United Kingdom, featured him only in supporting roles and brought in very little money during

  • their small theatrical runs.

  • Felton's not the only one of the Harry Potter alums who has struggled to convince muggles

  • to see his movies, but being associated with so many bombs likely isn't making his new

  • agent's job any easier.

  • Blond ambition

  • Considering his dismal box office streak, Tom Felton's chances of nabbing a leading

  • movie role anytime soon seem low, but it might not be a good idea to tell him that.

  • In fact, the actor's ambitions seem to be unfettered, he not only wants another franchise,

  • but he wants one of the most iconic and long-lasting of all time: Bond, James Bond.

  • He told Metro that playing the suave 007 agent is an "unfulfilled career ambition" for him,

  • adding:

  • "I haven't landed James Bond yet.

  • Playing Bond or a Bond villain was why I wanted to do movies in the first place."

  • Considering that may be the most coveted role in all of Hollywood, his expectations may

  • be a bit lofty and unrealistic.

  • Time to turn it around

  • These days, Tom Felton does seem to be settling in with a more low-key professional lifestyle.

  • In 2016, for example, he nabbed a recurring role in the third season of The CW's The Flash,

  • and while the role didn't carry on to the next season, it did help introduce him to

  • a new and different fanbase in the comics community.

  • He was also cast in the little-seen, but ambitious adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet,

  • titled Ophelia, alongside some big names like Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts.

  • Neither project has put him on a new trajectory for success yet, but they have helped Felton

  • stretch into new territory that might better convince casting agents he's capable of doing

  • more than a bunch of Draco Malfoy impressions in the future.

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為什麼好萊塢不會再選湯姆-費爾頓? (Why Hollywood Won't Cast Tom Felton Anymore)

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