After delving deep into some of the most evil minds ever put to screen, Ralph Fiennes admits that all that bad juju has taken its toll on him. In a characteristically charming interview with the Evening Standard, Fiennes explained that after forcing his face, voice and body into so many replications of the darkest evil, he feels a bit tuckered out:
"You have to go to weird places in your head and — well you can never say never — but after an SS commandant, a serial killer in 'Red Dragon' and Voldemort, I decided I didn’t want to be that definition of evil any more. If you play those parts, I feel you have to put your head in the place of that person. And it fucks with your head."
Voldemort is the very "definition of evil," and Fiennes's portrayal of him gave the #HarryPotter series a marvelous villain — not to mention the following electric climax of the saga:
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Still, better the Horcrux you know, right? In the same breath as lamenting his fucked-up, evil-plagued head, Fiennes said that he wouldn't have it any way: Voldemort may be a noseless, evil, racist motherfucker, but he's HIS noseless, evil, racist motherfucker:
"[If] Voldemort came round again, I would feel possessive... protective. I would like to not let that go."
Damn straight, Mr. Fiennes. If we ever get more Voldemort on our screens — maybe in the next four Fantastic Beasts movies? — your magical community will have need of you!