The daily gossip: Daniel Radcliffe honors Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane, Seth Green claims Bill Murray dropped him into a trash can, and more
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Daniel Radcliffe honors Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane
There's no Hogwarts without you, Robbie. Tributes are pouring in for Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and died Friday at 72. Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, honored his former co-star in a statement. "Robbie was one of the funniest people I've met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set," Radcliffe said. Remembering "fond memories" of Coltrane "keeping our spirits up" on the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Radcliffe said he feels "incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him." J.K. Rowling also called Coltrane an "incredible talent" and a "complete one off," whom she was "beyond fortunate" to know. During the HBO Max Harry Potter reunion, Coltrane reflected on the legacy of the films and the fact that people will still be watching them in 50 years. "I'll not be here, sadly," he said. "But Hagrid will."
Seth Green claims Bill Murray dropped him into a trash can when he was 9
If you've got a bizarre, upsetting Bill Murray story to share, now's the time. The actor is facing allegations of misconduct on set, and on Good Mythical Morning, Seth Green told his own strange story about an encounter with him. Naming Murray as the rudest celebrity he's ever met, the Robot Chicken creator said he met the Ghostbusters star when he was nine and doing a spot on Saturday Night Live. Murray, who was hosting, "made a big fuss about me being in his seat" in the green room, Green said. He claimed Murray then "picked me up by my ankles, held me upside down," and "dangled me over a trash can" while declaring, "The trash goes in the trash can." It doesn't sound like a playful interaction, either. Green said he was "screaming" and "horrified" as Murray dropped him in the trash can, leading him to run to his dressing room and cry. But will anyone ever believe him?
Harrison Ford may be joining the MCU
Groot … we're home. Harrison Ford is reportedly joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replacing late actor William Hurt as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. The Hot Mic podcast with John Rocha and Jeff Sneider first reported news that Ford has closed a deal for the role, which was then independently confirmed by Slashfilm. He'll be debuting as the character in Captain America: New World Order, according to Sneider. He would presumably then appear in the Thunderbolts film as well given, well, he is Thunderbolt. It would be an absolutely massive get for the MCU if true, though the idea of Ford joining another big franchise comes as a surprise after he spent years lobbying to get killed off in Star Wars. Plus, given Ford is famous for saying things like that he has "no f--king idea what a Force ghost is," good luck explaining the plot of Multiverse of Madness to him.
Ke Huy Quan returns to 'The Goonies' set after more than 30 years
Ke Huy Quan is making us feel everything, everywhere, all at once. The actor has shared a photo of himself returning to the Warner Bros. soundstage where he shot the pirate ship scene in The Goonies for the first time in over three decades. "I got a bit emotional as all my wonderful memories of my Goonies Gang came flooding back," Quan captioned the Instagram photo. He famously played Data as a child in the 1985 classic, starring alongside Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and others, and he also starred as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But Quan later quit acting for about 20 years, only to get "serious FOMO" when 2018's Crazy Rich Asians came out and make a big return in this year's Everything Everywhere All At Once — which may earn him an Oscar nomination. You might think his love for The Goonies could have faded, but after all, Goonies never say die.
Liam Neeson to reportedly star in a 'Naked Gun' reboot
Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills needed to lead a new Naked Gun. Mainly, his name sounds like Leslie Nielsen. A reboot of the classic comedy The Naked Gun is in the works, with Neeson taking over the lead role, according to Deadline. Akiva Schaffer of the Lonely Island will reportedly direct, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is producing. The original Naked Gun movies, based on the show Police Squad!, starred Leslie Nielsen as the hilariously buffoonish detective Frank Drebin. While Neeson is better known these days for starring in a steady stream of identical-looking action movies, he's also dabbled in comedy before to hilarious effect. According to Deadline, he would possibly be playing the son of Frank Drebin, suggesting this will take place in the same universe as the originals. But we're going to go out on a limb and guess O.J. Simpson will not be asked to reprise his role.