Robbie Coltrane always seems larger than life on the big screen, whether he’s playing the friendly half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, or less kid-friendly roles in movies like GoldenEye.
But a recent public appearance by the film star revealed that he’s become a wheelchair user, and is waiting for a surgery to correct a painful chronic condition.
Coltrane, 69, was spotted promoting the new theme park ride inspired by his iconic role, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Ride, with a wheelchair and a cane at a London press event.
But the actor promised fans he was "due a new knee," and would be "leaping around like an elf" once he had it.
A source told The Sun that Coltrane "has been in constant pain for years now" while suffering from osteoarthritis. But the source suggested an upcoming knee replacement procedure in America would ease Coltrane’s pain.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of the chronic disease, wears down the cartilage protecting joints like knees, hands, and hips, causing pain. While the damage is irreversible, it can be slowed through various treatments or repaired with surgery.
Art has begun to imitate life for Coltrane, who appeared in his latest TV series, 2016’s National Treasure, with a cane in hand.
[H/T: The Sun]