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Daniel Radcliffe talks character-driven The Woman in Black; meeting young fans
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Written by Red   
Thursday, 25 November 2010 03:29

In a new interview to promote Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Daniel Radcliffe opened up about The Woman in Black, how faithful it is to the book, and his character's storyline in it. He also quipped about his favourite scenes in Deathly Hallows, and how young fans, including his godson, treat him.

Is The Woman In Black a psychological horror?
“I would call it a character-driven horror, along the lines of The Orphanage or The Others. It’s a slow-burning Victorian drama. And it is very scary, but it’s also about loss and family and fear. An overriding sense of death pervades the entire film.  I’m very excited about it. It’s still very early days. We haven’t finished filming yet. But I saw some cut-together footage the other day. It looks beautiful, first and foremost.”

Is it taken from the book by Susan Hill or the stage play?
“It’s taken mostly from the book. Like the play, which is its own adaptation of it, we are our own adaptation. Not a huge amount has changed. One big difference is that in the book, it’s an older man reminiscing from the very beginning, as it is in the play. We’re taking it more as a first-person thriller, so it’s happening now rather than being reminisced about. But other than that, we’re faithful to the story, pretty much, down to a tee – although we’ve changed details. In the book, his son comes later. But in the film, I have a son from the very beginning, and that just raises the stakes of the drama a lot more. It makes it more cinematic. But the idea and all the characters are as they are in the book.”

“Rather than it being random magic, there are rules within it, which I think people quite like.
“And in terms of what makes it a phenomenon, is that it has embedded itself in the consciousness of about three generations. It’s become a part of everybody’s collective understanding of the world, and that will continue to be passed off.”

What’s it like when little kids meet you in the street?
“It’s like they’re meeting God! I am Harry to them and I am this wizard. My godson, who is only four, was saying to me ‘How do you do the magic in films?’ He’d asked his mum and she said, ‘Dan will explain it to you!’ And I was going, ‘Let’s talk about this another time. There are too many Muggles around!’”