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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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70 Comments

jasmine

Obama’s so popular nowadays, one would fear for his life if one badmouths him. lol. But I’m with Dan. Obama represents change and hope and that’s more than you can say for some politicians. Anyhows, let’s wait at least until his first 100 days in office for that change to really matter.

As for the best interviewee among the trio, hey, Dan has said it himself. When you’re there on the spot and someone’s shoving a mic down your throat, you’re put under tremendous pressure and you respond in ways that may be the opposite to what you usually do. It’s fortunate that Dan is an expert in “Grace under pressure” and still comes out eloquent and intelligent in his response. Emma tends to be rattled sometimes and as for Rupert, he clams up and only says ‘cool’ and ‘yeah’. Hopefully, with his solo movies he’ll get used to talking for himself and not rely on his co stars to deal with the press.

Posted by jasmine on January 29, 2009, 05:38 AM report to moderator
FREEDOM FIRST

CAT,

I CORRECTED MY SPELLING MISTAKE, EXCUSE THE HECK OUT OF ME. I SIMPLY THINK THAT WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG, THE PERIOD OF HISTORY THAT YOU DRAW FROM TO FORM YOUR OPINIONS, POINTS OF VIEW, ETC IS VERY SMALL. WE HAVE HAD PRESIDENTS WITH SIMILAR IDEOLOGY, AND, ONE CAN INVESTIGATE HISTORY AND SEE WHAT THE RESULT OF THAT IDEOLOGY WAS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO IGNORE THAT, WHICH IS WHAT AN OBAMA VOTER HAD TO DO, AND FOCUS ON ORATORY SKILLS, CLEVERYLY CUT SUITS OR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT HE IS NOT SOMEONE ELSE (I.E. BUSH) IS AT BEST NAIVE AND AT WORST MORONIC.

Posted by FREEDOM FIRST on January 29, 2009, 12:16 PM report to moderator
Miriam

Freedom First, you’re being very presumptuous about Dan and any people that voted for obama. Dan is a keen historian, i doubt he hasn’t any idea of the bigger picture. And i also doubt that only under 30 year olds voted for obama. It’s a presidency, not the mtv awards.

Posted by Miriam on January 29, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
pl

‘He is everything the rest of the world liked about America and now likes again.’

Wait, so Dan didn’t like us before Obama was President?

Posted by pl on January 29, 2009, 08:34 PM report to moderator
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885 Points

I think this is the video that the Twilight fans went ape over… wasn’t it?

Posted by SylvieTheHufflepuff on January 30, 2009, 06:27 PM report to moderator
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This was definitely the funniest interview from Dad I’ve read thus far! The little American-isms he talks about are incredibly accurate, as well. His sendoff was also incredibly witty, if you ask me. :) He is definitely coming into his own and its a pleasure to see how well he is maturing.

Posted by Ginevra86 on January 31, 2009, 12:17 PM report to moderator
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586 Points

This has to be one of the best interviews with Daniel Radcliffe. I at least got more respect for him after this :)

Posted by thereshegoes on February 01, 2009, 09:30 AM report to moderator
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8069 Points

It is amazing how well he does in interviews.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on February 11, 2009, 09:59 AM report to moderator
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I’m sure there has to be a lot of pressure on a young actor of his stature. He’s managed to hold up pretty well.

Posted by Garden State Geek on February 24, 2009, 12:28 PM report to moderator
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I am looking forward to his work after Harry. He is very talented and so hot, he could be a big Hollywood heartthrob in no time.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on September 15, 2009, 07:49 PM report to moderator
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