London, Nov 17 (IANS) ‘Harry Potter’ actor Tom Felton says he knows the value of a hard day’s work as his father forced him to take a job as a car park attendant in a fishery at the height of his wizard franchise fame.
The actor was plucked from obscurity to play wizard bully Draco Malfoy in the hit series, starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint and even though he was earning a fortune from his work in the movies, Felton was ordered by his father to take a low-paid job when he was 13-years-old so he could learn the value of money, reports mirror.co.uk.
‘Around the third film, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’, my dad had a thing about me not understanding the value of the pound. While my mum was always protective, saying, ‘You’ve earned it, do what you like,’ my dad was like, ‘Acting’s not a proper job, standing around doing (nothing). You need to learn.’ So I went to the fishery my brother worked at from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., working in the car park for 20 pounds a day,’ said Felton.
Despite his tender age, Felton reveals not all his customers were impressed with his star status.
‘Fisheries don’t always attract the nicest people, so as a little 13-year-old kid telling them where to park, there were lots of middle fingers flying about. It was very different from life at ‘Harry Potter’. But that 20 pound was all of a sudden valuable,’ he said.