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Daniel Radcliffe attends 'The Cripple of Inishmaan's opening night after party
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Monday, 21 April 2014 13:41

Daniel Radcliffe attended the after party for 'The Cripple of Inishmaan's opening night Sunday at the Edison Ballroom in NYC.

Daniel Radcliffe's new Proust Questionnaire with Vanity Fair
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Monday, 21 April 2014 09:41

Daniel Radcliffe's Proust Questionnaire was released recently by Vanity Fair, and can be read here.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Eating breakfast foods at a time of the day other than breakfast. Pancakes for dinner—I’m happy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My ability to invariably say exactly the wrong thing in any given situation.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance.

What is your favorite journey? From the airport to home.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Of the seven? Chastity.

On what occasion do you lie? Press junkets, backstage at plays (if required), and on questionnaires, obviously.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? My smile. It’s crooked.

Which living person do you most despise? Someone you don’t know.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “You know.” I catch myself saying it about five times per sentence when I’m nervous, and it’s annoying.

What is your greatest regret? I’m 24! I think it’s a little early for all that.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? So far it’s been working in the film industry.

When and where were you happiest? It’s hard to pick one time. I feel like I’m quite a happy person. My ninth birthday was epic, though.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could draw. I think it’s possible to become good at most things just by practicing a lot. But no amount of time and effort will make me good at drawing.

What is your current state of mind? Slightly taken aback by how deep this questionnaire wants to get.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would talk slower. When I hear myself interviewed sometimes it sounds like I’m running an auction.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Nothing. I’m lucky.

What is your most treasured possession? My treasure chest.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Something terrible happening to someone I love and being powerless to help.

Where would you like to live? London and New York.

What is your most marked characteristic? I’m quite energetic.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Intelligence.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence.

What do you most value in your friends? I like all my friends for different reasons, so it’s hard to pick one quality I value most highly overall.

Who are your favorite writers? Mikhail Bulgakov, Tony Harrison, P. G. Wodehouse, Peter Cook, Tom Stoppard.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? The Master in The Master and Margarita.

Who are your heroes in real life? My parents. Tom Brady. Tom Lehrer.

What are your favorite names? Linus. Hannah. Joseph. Iggy.

What is it that you most dislike? People who are convinced that being rude and being straight-talking are the same thing. People who think that working in the entertainment industry means they can behave like entitled sociopaths. And small portions of food.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? I have no idea. If I could come back as a person rather than a thing, I’d definitely prefer that.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? I would like to come back as a question setter on Jeopardy!

How would you like to die? In a blaze of glory. What is your motto? “Don’t be a dick.”'s review of 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 22:00

Here's's review of 'The Cripple of Inishmaan', starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The Cripple of Inishmaan is a deliciously dark comedy, written by writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths). Set on the island of Inishmaan in 1934, it concerns itself with a small close-knit, co-dependent community that is rocked by the arrival of a Hollywood filmmaker on a neighbouring island. Young, bookish orphan Billy Claven (Daniel Radcliffe) is instantly enraptured by the promise of the new life that Hollywood offers and dreams of proving that he is more than the name the island inhabitants have given him (Crippled Billy). The ensuing story is rife with twists and turns, keeping you engulfed and laughing for the entire 180 minutes.

Compared to McDonagh’s other work, this is a light comedy. Gone is the intensity of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (McDonaghs debut play) and gone is the cruel language and complicated story of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Despite this, political incorrectness still runs through the play like a theme, and touches upon subjects such as Michael Collins with such whimsy that you laugh in spite of yourself. Despite all this, it is still a heart warming story about family and finding your way home. 

Director Michael Grandage makes the characters shine past the Irish stereotypes that they represent, making for a gleeful cast. The island is small and self-contained, unburdened by the world’s troubles. Johnnypateenmike (Pat Shortt), who is the local gossip, wishes Hitler good luck after reading about him coming to power in Germany. Johnnypateen prides himself on having the best information on the island, trading important titbits such as a sheep born without any ears for meat and eggs, which he then takes home to his elderly Mammy (June Watson), a bed-ridden alcoholic.

Sisters and shop owners Eileen and Kate (Gillian Hanna and Ingrid Craigie) are the epitome of ‘cruel to be kind’. They are a sad but funny pair (declaring at one point that everything could end in “tears, death or worse”), but have Billy’s best interests at heart at all times. Armed with eggs and her comical brother Bartley (Conor MacNeill), Helen McCormick (Sarah Greene) provides a love interest for Billy, but playing hard to get is an under statement. Billy bounces back after each and every insult she dishes out to him proving, for a while, that love can be blind.

The star of the show is without a doubt Daniel Radcliffe. Playing a titular character sometimes presents problems, but Radcliffe shows no trouble in stepping up to the challenge. He keeps up a flawless accent throughout but yet never compromises on the emotion of his words. The disability of his character is never centre stage, instead quickly becoming part of the scenery. And the best thing is that he is playing yet another character that you haven’t seen him do before. He is broadening his range and you can see that he is leaving his Potter ties behind him; finally becoming the grown-up actor we all knew he was going to be. A great theatre future is ahead of him.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 21:44
Daniel Radcliffe at 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' opening night, talks play with AP
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:04

Daniel Radcliffe and 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' cast took a bow at the first preview night's curtain call this past Saturday. Dan also spoke to the Associated Press about the play.

"People who know the more brutal side of him will come to this play and be quite surprised by how moving it actually is," he says. "It's a beautiful play and a sad play and hopefully a play that will get people laughing despite themselves."

"You're on dodgy ground a little bit when you're an able-bodied actor playing a character who lives with a disability. So I want to make it as authentic as I possibly can and by that I didn't just mean learning the physical, superficial mechanics of a disease and mimicking them," Radcliffe says.

"It's so much more than that and I think it would be very offensive to people to think you could just play a disability as if it's like putting on a hat."

"I think that is quite a good cross-section of my tastes and personality," he says. "I think I've always had the idea that one of the keys to longevity is diversity. If you do the same thing your entire life, people either get bored of you or you get bored of doing the same thing. Either way, it's not good."

"At a time when everyone else was saying, 'Oh, he's only going to be Harry Potter,' New York just said, 'Well, let's see. Let's let him try to do something else.' That's a very cool thing to be given that opportunity."

"I like playing weird characters," he says, laughing. "I can only base things on the type of films I would want to see or the type of stuff that I would want to go to. That's how I make my decisions."

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