Dunkirk casting director reveals why Harry Styles got the role

"It wasn't because he's a well know pop star - if anything that was more of a detriment"

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Casting director John Papsidera has revealed just why Harry Styles nabbed his leading role in upcoming film Dunkirk, and it'll probably make you so proud you'll involuntarily burst on the spot. You've been warned. 

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Speaking about casting Hazkaban, John said: "Harry was absolutely right for the role. As an actor he is unknown, but his readings made him an obvious choice. We thought he was fresh and interesting and he won the role". 

He also hit back at any claims Harry was only cast for publicity, saying: "It wasn't because he's a well know pop star - if anything that was more of a detriment, because it could bring the wrong message - and we don't want people pulled out of the film because of who they are. 

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"So Harry had to really overcome hurdles to get past that. He fought hard for it and his work was impressive and that's what attracted us to him. He read for me, and then us collectively in London. He did half a dozen readings, coming back and forth and it was no easy task for him." 

(Sidenote: he really must have practised speeding up his speaking, well done boo. Anyway - back to John...)

"This is a young man who passionately wanted this film and we looked at a lot of actors, certainly in the hundreds, some of them very well-known and many who had been to prestigious acting schools. 

"It's a great achievement for Harry that he won it, a great feather in his cap and we're very excited having him in the film. I hope for him that he goes on to bigger things in Hollywood, he's a lovely guy." 

JOHN STOP IT YOU'RE MAKING US LEGIT WELL UP HERE. 

"It is absolutely his own talent and hard work that has got him a part in a Christopher Nolan movie. It was because of his passion for being in the film, he jumped through every hurdle we put him through and really won it of his own accord."

Told you you'd be so proud you'd burst. 

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