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Dan Radcliffe Talks Theater, Politics, Potter, and More in New Interview

Radcliffe Interviews
Posted by: Edward
January 26, 2009, 05:57 PM

There is a new interview online today from The Daily Beast with actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), which features the actor speaking at great length about a number of subjects related to his craft, his experience in America, the political and social climate of today, growing up in the spotlight, and much more. (Note:  Caution to parents of younger readers regarding the mature nature of portions of the interview).  Among the topics Mr. Radcliffe discusses is his experience during the run of the play Equus, noting it is something he'll be "very sad" to see end.  Mr. Radcliffe says that his work in the theater has brought him a "certain amount of respect. It will always be my first experience on the stage," before going on to note that would be open to doing a musical in the future, " It’s just a matter of finding the right one."

Mr. Radcliffe goes on to more of his experience in the States, relating a particular privilege to be here during the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Quotage:

I am so proud and happy for this country. He is everything the rest of the world liked about America and now likes again. He is both Martin Luther King and JFK. He is a pioneer. He is a symbol of progress which is what we dig about this country. What you love about England is all the old buildings and such. The traditions. I love that, too. But this is what we want from you.
Continuing on this subject, the young actor speaks of the landscape of the British political future, his British heritage, which tends to make him "go doubly British when [he is] away from home."  The actor also extends a personal invitation to the daughters of President and Mrs. Obama for "a private tour of the Harry Potter set."  Speaking then in relation to the world of Harry Potter, Dan Radcliffe observes that he has developed "two personas" to balance his day-to-day life with the sudden rise of fame.  He relates:
"It’s not even a conscious thing. Something happens...  People always say to me, “Oh, you’re so funny in interviews.” And I go, Well, I’m not really in real life particularly. That’s what fame does to you. You acquire another self."
The conversation continues, with talk of Goblet of Fire co-star Robert Pattinson's (Cedric Diggory) rise to fame and Dan's emotional approach to acting.  Daniel credits poet John Keats' theory of negative capability for this, and notes: "The truth is to be found in the things that are not certain and not solid and not easy and not simple.  Keeping your childlike attitude is important too. Having a sense of wonder about everything in the world. Harnessing that wonder is what acting is about."

Finally, the subject then turns to Mr. Radcliffe's work on the stage, and the kind of experiences he has had with various theater colleagues over the years. Acknowledging variances in the culture of theater verses film production, Mr. Radcliffe credits a wide circle of friends and homosexual colleagues during his youth as providing him with a different perception of homosexuality than his friends, who had "a rather different attitude toward it than I."

The full interview with actor Dan Radcliffe can be read via this link.


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angela leighton

Dan also loves kids, he is so sweet to invite Sasha and Malia to the Harry Potter set and give them a tour himself.

Posted by angela leighton on January 27, 2009, 11:16 AM report to moderator

dan is awesome to interview!

Posted by hpfan101 on January 27, 2009, 11:24 AM report to moderator

It would be so sweet to visit the set. They should take him up on his offer. Only a select view have that privalige. Also in every interview I seen Dan give he was always jumpy or in a hurry, so it looks like he is becoming more comfortable in the public eye. keep up the good work Dan & thanks for giving a couple of nice kids a chance to visit a place millions would sell their left kidney to see.

Posted by Joey on January 27, 2009, 11:35 AM report to moderator
Serge Gingras

What an intelligent interview from both sides, the Interviewer and the interviewee.

Shagge Dame Diana Rigg. Doesn’t that mean to go to bed with her?

Am I missing something here?

Posted by Serge Gingras on January 27, 2009, 12:44 PM report to moderator

Serge Gingras, look up Dan on Extras on youtube. Its a skit he did. All a Joke.

Posted by Rose on January 27, 2009, 01:11 PM report to moderator

His interviews are always great! I love him!!!!

Posted by potterfreak on January 27, 2009, 03:30 PM report to moderator

Rupert’s a much better actor than talentless Dan.

Posted by rupertfan on January 27, 2009, 05:06 PM report to moderator

That’s weird, why does one have to be considered better than the other? They are different from each other, and they are both talented. Variety is the spice of life.

Posted by sml on January 27, 2009, 05:09 PM report to moderator

I love this interview. Dan is great, what he said about gay men and Sasha and Malia Obama is great and I love how he is so modest and totally his own person. I think he would enjoy the leaky blogger jon’s (i don’t know if there is supposed to be a capital letter here?…) blogs, they are awesome and i think they (dan and jon) might have some of the same opinions. yay for awesome actors and decent interviewers!

Posted by kay on January 27, 2009, 05:20 PM report to moderator

Rupertfan you are such a troll and you are jealous of him.Great interview!!he is so intelligent.

Posted by Sarah on January 27, 2009, 05:23 PM report to moderator

LOL. “Britain is better than America. That’s how I stay so modest.”

Posted by LOL on January 27, 2009, 06:10 PM report to moderator

that was an awesome interview. i always hated daniel radcliffe (i personally don’t like his portrayal of Harry) but since i’ve been watching/reading some interviews with him, i’ve decided that he is quite alright.
quite marvelous actually.
i laughed SOOO hard when i saw the video of the Gypsy of the Year thing! it was wayy too funny.
and dan is so smart too.

Posted by kira902k on January 27, 2009, 08:46 PM report to moderator

Pres. Obama would probably like a tour of the set himself; he’s read all the books.

Posted by eb on January 27, 2009, 11:21 PM report to moderator

I’ve coined a new term. rupertfan is the perfect example of a “mo’ron”- geddit?

When rupert does more than blend into the wallpaper or furniture, i’ll get back to ya, ruperttroll.

To Miriam, you forget that those same interviewers are asking Dan the same questions. He manages to make memorable interviews all the time. As rupert would say, " cool!" Hopefully with these new movies under his belt, rupert will be able to say more than 4 words (or 1 word, whatever)

Posted by radcakesfan on January 27, 2009, 11:46 PM report to moderator

to sarah and radcakesfan

don’t get fooled by that rupertfan. she pretends to be a fan of rupert and been bad-monthing dan and emma for quite sometime now. can’t you see it?? you honestly thought that she’s a fan of rupert??she’s hypocritical and tried to make people hate rupert and rupert’s fans.

i can’t believe that you two still can’t see it, yet???

Posted by tina on January 28, 2009, 02:33 AM report to moderator
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