MyLeaky Login

Join the largest Harry Potter Social Network on the Web! | FAQ

In the News

Dan Radcliffe Talks to Esquire about Potter, Life, and More in New Interview

Radcliffe Interviews
Posted by: Edward
July 03, 2009, 02:47 PM

The August issue of Esquire Magazine features an eight page photo spread and interview with actor Dan Radcliffe.  In this interview, the young Harry Potter actor speaks at great length about a number of subjects related to the Potter films, his life in the limelight, and his future.  This most candid interview begins with Mr. Radcliffe talking of a recent injury sustained fighting a "giant snake" during a recent day of filming.  He says:

"I was doing this scene where I fight a giant snake and, being the hi-tech, multimillion production that we are, the snake was being played by our stunt coordinator holding a long pole with a boxing glove tied to the end with gaffer tape.  I was fending it off with a chair and was caught unawares.  The chair went flying into my top lip.  To be honest, it was brilliant because I saw the playback later and I go down like a bloody boxer!"
Mr. Radcliffe goes on to speak of life filming the Harry Potter films, calling the environment at Leavesden Studios in England by saying, "I've got all my mates there, it's a really safe environment and always has been... I love being there."  He continues:
"You just immediately felt that you were in some band of brothers in the French Resistance or something.  You were one of those cool ones suddenly, and I'd never been one of the cool kids at school, so that was awesome.  You realize that all the kids who were really cool at your school were actually scuzzy and horrible and boring.  The nerds are the ones that make the films and do loads of other really cool stuff in their life."
The magazine continues to discuss other elements of the young actors life, including his continued education and various media reports, many of which Radcliffe dubs "hilariously misinformed."  As the interview comes to a close, the conversation turns to the future.  Speaking of his current study of "the basics of ballet," he notes that "the thing is, in a few years I'll be 21, 22, and that's when all the guys who've been at drama school will come out.  They've been learning dance or singing and all that stuff, and I'm going to need to compete with them because I won't have Harry Potter as my safety net anymore.  I need to make myself as viable a choice for any part as I possibly can."

One of those possible future projects, Radcliffe relates, has him portraying a father, which he says is "very strange."  He continues:  "Occasionally I'll be reading scripts for stuff that might happen in the middle of next year, and then I'm taken out of Potterland for a while.  But this is basically where my head's at for the next year." 

A slight caution for parents, this interview does contain discussion on a number of subjects that may be inappropriate for younger readers.  The full series of scans from the August issue of Esquire Magazine can be seen right here.

Thanks to our Order Partner DanRadcliffe.com!

Previous Article | Next Article Browse all Recent Radcliffe Interviews News

31 Comments

Kc_lucius1_thumb
4007 Points

I loved that interview! It made dan seem so genuine

Posted by KC Nox on July 10, 2009, 02:21 AM report to moderator
You must be logged in to MyLeaky to comment. Please click here to log in.

Finding Hogwarts
PotterCast Interviews Jo Rowling! Click here to Listen! The Books Everything...Half-Blood Prince...and the rest of the HP Films Leaky Apps

Guess That Book

Black was sprawled at the bottom of the wall. His thin chest rose and fell rapidly as he watched Harry walking slowly nearer, his wand pointing straight at Black's heart.[br]"Going to kill me, Harry?" he whispered.

Learn to knit your own 'Weasley Sweater'. Learn to brew your own 'Butterbeer'. Find out how at Leaky Crafts!

Scribbulus Essay Project

Issue 28 - Jul. 2014

Scribbulus is THE place for Leaky Cauldron readers to submit their essays and opinion pieces!
See more over at Scribbulus!