Eddie Redmayne, who plays wizard Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s new film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” had to explain to customs why he had a wand in his briefcase.
“I brought it because I felt like it would be reassuring to have Newt’s wand,” the 34-year-old actor said during a BUILD Series talk on Friday.
"But then we were coming through customs and I suddenly realize that a wand looks like a really sharp, scary object and then to try and explain it to a customs person, I was like, ‘Have you seen the … No?’ That was a bit disastrous.”
Redmayne also struggled with whether or not to use his personal briefcase after filming, since his character carries one around at all times.
He said of his dilemma, “This is a case I use in life and now when I’m traveling I’m like, ‘Do I take the case with me?’ ‘Cause now people are going to think, ‘Oh you were cast as Newt Scamander who has a case and now you walk around with a case.'”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” comes out on Nov. 18.