Callum Turner has discovered a coping mechanism for keeping one’s head on straight when your career is about to blow up: Pretend that the blockbuster franchised movie you’re starring in is the usual small indie, and everything will be just fine.
That is, of course, until the studio heads plan a viewing party for the trailer, and diehard fans are flown into New York from worldwide, and you’re face-to-face with people bearing tattoos of the creatures from said “small indie.”
Turner, the 28-year-old London native, joins J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” franchise for its second installment, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” out this Friday. Known for his roles in films like “Tramps” and “The Only Living Boy in New York,” Turner is getting his first taste of mega-movie buzz with the release.
Now that the moment has come, he seems to be taking it all in stride. “It’s different,” he says, relaxing into a corner booth in the restaurant at the London Hotel in Midtown, dressed in a button-down shirt, jogger bottoms and Adidas sneakers. “I’ve not been in something with the same sort of level of interest. It’s nice, you know, just having conversations with people that are invested in