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Daniel Radcliffe talks Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore, Woman in Black with Total Film
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Written by Red   
Monday, 16 May 2011 02:11

The July 2011 issue of Total Film magazine highlighted the summer release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, and interviewed Daniel Radcliffe about his work in the series, and projects post-Potter, including The Woman in Black and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

“Absolutely. I’m very proud of Harry Potter, but I now have to take a few risks to prove to people that I’m serious about this. I don’t regard The Woman in Black particularly as a risk, but certainly Equus was, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying could be seen as a bit of a risk because it’s something that I’ve never done before. I think that’s how you prove to people that you are prepared to take slightly more extreme steps than most actors would normally have to. I get bored very quickly when I’m not doing anything, and I’m very happy at work, so I don’t know why I’d stop! I do tend to play quite sad characters. I don’t know why – I’m quite happy!”

It seems to have plagued him since childhood: “When I was 11, Chris Columbus said he thought I had sad eyes. I think that’s largely the reason I play such sad lonely characters!"

On his latest character, Radcliffe said: “Arthur is grieving, numb and exhausted and I think it’s a struggle for him to get out of bed in the morning. “That was definitely something that I focused on – that sense of exhaustion and numbness – and it’s very useful because it just gives you a slightly different physicality.”

When we asked if he missed Gambon’s presence, Radcliffe responded: “Yes – those scenes with the two of us [in The Half-Blood Prince] were the most fun scenes. We shot them all in a period of about two months right at the beginning of the film. We were working together almost every day and it was great. But it was tough because there’s so much information to get across, and those scenes go on for the whole book. We had it all condensed into two scenes, pretty much.

“But The Half-Blood Prince wasn’t my favourite installment overall…” Why is that? “I just hated my performance,” Radcliffe told us.

“The film was good, but it’s a huge amount of exposition. I think it’s the most beautiful of all the chapters… but [it’s] basically about setting up number seven. "I just wasn't very happy with number six in terms of my own performance."

Part 2 is 200 miles an hour from the word go. We just go headlong into it; it should be very exciting.”

So what does all this mean for Harry? “The Deathly Hallows is all about what’s going on inside Harry’s head. He’s got the fall of the Roman Empire happening inside his head. “His friendships are falling apart; it’s all falling apart. He becomes a lot more distant from the people around him. It was the most interesting I think he’s been as a character.”