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"If you fell in love with him in ‘The English Patient,’ you’ll die for him in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’"
Okay, it’s a stretch. But there really should be a way the studio can take advantage of the link between the two films: acclaimed British actor Ralph Fiennes.
Lord Voldemort, sorry, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, finally makes his grand, sweeping, cauldron bubbling, wand-exploding, in-the-flesh appearance in "Goblet." And if the deliciously malevolent Dark Lord seems eerily familiar to fans of the Oscar-winning epic, "Patient," it’s with good reason.
Fiennes, who burns up the screen as the evil Voldemort, played the ill-fated pilot-patient in the film adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel.
In "Goblet," Voldemort’s freakish face — created by the film’s creature effects supervisor Nick Dudman — is glistening, tissue-thin skin with bubbling veins, stretched over Fiennes’ skull.
In other words, Voldemort looks just like Fiennes’ disfigured "English Patient" pilot would have if his silly nurse had taken the poor chap to a decent burn unit to get skin grafts.
Photo: Ralph Fiennes, right, mock-attacks Daniel Radcliffe at the New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
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