Lastly, a question from a Harry Potter fan who will kill me if I don’t ask it. Did they ever consider having you wear green contacts?
They did! Absolutely. On the first film I wore green contacts for like the first two weeks. But I’m in a very small percentile of people who react very, very badly to contacts. And I was in so much pain they had to stop. Because basically, ultimately, the woman whose job it was to put the contacts in, she had to go to the producers and say, “Look, I’m not going to make this little boy cry anymore.” So yeah, we did try and they thought about doing visual affects on it. In the end they went, no one’s gonna care!
I read that you don’t have an email address. So does that mean that Twitter and Foursquare are totally out of the question?
Foursquare? I don’t even know what that is. Don’t laugh at me! What is Foursquare?
You check in where you are. For instance, you’d be like, “I’m here at the Peninsula Hotel.”
Oh no, that would be a terrible idea for me to do that! Are you crazy?
Okay, for you that’s true. But no email?
I don’t have an email because, I did have one for awhile, but I checked it so irregularly that people would be getting pissed-off at me that I wouldn’t reply to their emails. It’s like, no dude I just haven’t read it. You know? So in an effort to stop pissing people off, I just don’t have an email. I’m sure one day I will probably have to have one, but at this day, no.
So, how do you stay in touch with people?
Texting. I’m a big texter. I call people. Skype is a big thing for me now that I’m living over here [in New York]. Skype is fantastic. That’s only something I’ve discovered this year. I’m so behind on technology, but Facebook and Twitter and all of those things I just think… I just find that I don’t value my opinion that highly so I don’t know why other people would, basically.
Your Broadway play is called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, so how is your business sense in real life? Are you a business-savvy person when it comes to investments?
No, terrible. My mum is. My mum handles that side of things. She’s very good with it. She’s invested some of the money. The only sensible investment I’ve personally made is in art.
I definitely respect that.
And also, I don’t look at it like an investment. That’s kind of — that’s not the way to buy art. I buy what I love. But that’s the only sensible thing. Other than that, my mum looks after it and does all that. She’s very clever with it all and I trust her.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
There’s a wonderful guy I’ve come to know called Jim Hodges who I bought – wait, this is an awesome song! Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This is a fantastic song. Sorry —
No, it’s great. So, Jim Hodges.
Yes, thank you. So I went to the Frieze Art Fair in London, saw this piece and was like, “Oh my god, that’s amazing. I really want to buy that.” And the dealer said, “Oh no, well we’re actually waiting for a more prestigious collector to buy that.” And I was like, “Dude, I’m offering you the money now!”