By: Heath McCoy From Calgary Herald Website -
August, 17 2011
MacInnes was about 11-years-old when he first became hooked on Harry
Potter, devouring each new volume in the young-adult fantasy series
as fast as author J.K. Rowling could write them.
When word spread that the books were going to
be made into movies, and that there was a casting call for the
actors, MacInnes’s friends joked that he should try out for the
One thing prevented me from that,” explains
MacInnes today. “I wasn’t actually an actor at that time.”
But today, the former Calgarian who’s now
based in Vancouver is indeed an actor and he’s proud to say
that, in a roundabout way, he gets to be a part of the Harry
Potter craze after all.
Tonight at 9 p.m. on TMN (The Movie Network)
MacInnes appears in Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story,
a bio-pic produced by the Lifetime Network. He will be playing
the role of Sean Harris, Rowling’s best friend in high school
and the real life inspiration for Harry’s loyal sidekick, Ron
“It was kind of a neat, cyclical thing to get
to play the guy behind Ron Weasley, years after the fact,” says
“(Rowling) is usually quite vague as to how
he inspired Ron,” MacInnes notes. “But we know he was one of the
first people to encourage her to be a writer and chase her
In the part of the movie that focuses on
Rowling’s younger years, the role of Harris is a significant
one, MacInnes says.
“You’ll see how Sean was able to keep her on
track in what were some very dark years,” MacInnes says. “Her
mom had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at that time, so
she was going through a rough patch.”
Even Weasley’s enchanted Ford Anglia, with
the power of flight and invisibility, can be traced back to
“That was Sean’s car in reality,” MacInnes
says. “(Rowling) lived out in the country ... and he would come
and bring her that freedom of the car. . . .
“All of a sudden in the book, the Ford Anglia
becomes a flying car.”
Given that he only began acting
professionally two-and-a-half years ago, inspired by theatre
classes taken at the University of British Columbia, MacInnes’s
successes have been significant.
He recently scored a recurring role in the
fifth season of the CBC family drama Heartland, shot in Alberta,
and he played the murderous villain Icicle in the popular TV
series Smallville, based on the adventures of Superman.
Acting is not MacInnes’s only artistic
pursuit, however. He’s also dedicated to his love of music, a
passion that takes him back to his Calgary days when he played
in a rock band called Shades of Gray while attending Rundle
College Jr/Sr High School.
These days MacInnes has a country oriented
solo project on the go, recording as Wes Mack, his first album,
Green Flag due for release in the fall.
“I’m dead split between acting and music,” he
says. “Often, as this business goes, things will cool down a bit
and if you’re not acting you can pick up a guitar and write a
“I find that it allows me to be more
proactive, pushing a couple of stones up the hill.”
Copyright Calgary Herald 2011