Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning actor Jamie Parker stopped by The Tonight Show May 10 to discuss playing Harry Potter on Broadway. Parker explained to Jimmy Fallon he’s very much made the role his own in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and fans seem to have embraced his interpretation of the famous literary hero.
“They're amazingly generous,” Parker said of audiences at the Lyric Theatre. “You can go a bit mad with the 'iconic' thing pretty quickly. If you want to do good material and you're lucky enough to get a chance to do it, then chances are probably somebody pretty nifty will have been there before you. When I got the job on Cursed Child, I was doing another show in the West End and I was playing a part that Marlon Brando had played.”
Parker played Sky Masterson in the West End revival of Guys and Dolls, a role Brando performed for the musical’s movie adaptation.
Fallon wanted to know if the other Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe (who originated the role in the film franchise), had come to see the play yet. “No, he hasn’t been in yet. We’ve been trading bunches of flowers at the moment. Whenever he opens a play or I'm opening something, we’re sort of outdoing each other with goodwill,” Parker said with a laugh.
“But I understand why he might be a bit circumspect about sitting in a confined space with 1,600 Potterheads.”
Parker also spoke about how he and his castmates are spending their days off—as part of the Broadway Softball League. (Watch the video above to find out their team name.) And the actor couldn’t say farewell without performing a magic trick of his own: