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New photoshoot, interview wth Daniel Radcliffe on life, films, post-Potter with USA Weekend magazine
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Written by Red   
Thursday, 21 July 2011 02:54

Daniel Radcliffe took part in a very lengthy interview with USA Weekend to promote Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (so much so it was split into three stories, here, here, and here). Dan discussed his work in How to Succeed, continuing on as an actor after the Harry Potter series, what Chris Columbus taught him as a young child actor, and some tidbits about his life. That, along with a new photo shoot, are here.

Looking back now as an adult, do you have the perspective to see what an epic undertaking Harry Potter has been?
Yes, I can now. When I look at those first couple of films, I go, “My God.” The bravery it took on the part of Chris Columbus to say, “Yeah, I’ll make these films,” is massive. I think I only started to feel the pressure of what a big series this was on maybe the sixth film. I started going, “Wow, this is a big deal and I have a certain standard that I now have to maintain.” Really, I think we got, not a free pass, but in terms of our acting we were given a lot of time by audiences to mature and get better. And I think it was about around the time of the fourth and fifth film that people really started to expect something of quality in that respect when they came and saw the film. That was when we, the young cast, started to feel the pressure slightly.

At what point did you start preparing for your post-Potter life? A couple of years back?
It was more than that probably even. My agent and I always felt it was important that I should be seen to be doing other things while Harry Potter was going on, to ease that transition afterward. If you spend 10 years doing one series of films, and then you suddenly go, “Look, and I’m doing this!” it’s quite a jump for people. Whereas if, over the course of those 10 years, you go off in between films and do other stuff, whether it’s a film that doesn’t get seen by many people like December Boys or a play that attracts quite a lot of attention like Equus, there’s an awareness that you’re out there doing other stuff and you want to do other stuff. When it comes to this point where we are moving on, its going to be a lot easier for people to accept that transition.
You’re one of a select group of people in this world who can cause an instant, Beatles-like riot. Is there anybody you’re able to talk about that with?
It’s interesting because the people who have had the same experience are the people you don’t talk to about it. You both know, you’ve both been there and you know what it’s like and how odd it is. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with it and putting it into perspective, but there’s a recognition. It would be hard to explain. If I was to see Rob Pattinson, there would be a knowledge that we both know what it’s like and we don’t really talk about it because our opinions on it are quite dull. [Laughs] There’s an acknowledgement of “I know what you’re talking about,” but I’m sure we wouldn’t dwell on it.

Do you feel that that relationship was helped by the fact that you always worked with older actors in the Potter movies?
I hadn’t thought that but possibly. Also, we have some common ground in the fact that we both did series for a long time. I think he must have done Night Court for almost 10 years, and I did Potter for that. There’s an acceptance that we’re both particularly famous for one thing in particular. John has done so much other work, but the question he gets asked most about is Night Court, just as I’m sure throughout the rest of my career, the question I’ll keep coming back to is Harry Potter.

Now that you’re on your second production, have you figured out why so many people want to get to Hollywood rather than stay on Broadway?
Because they want to be famous — to an extent, I think. I’d say there are some people that film is something they’re really interested in and love and want to do, but there’s also a lot of people who think fame is what they want. I don’t think this applies to anyone I know or anyone I’ve worked with, but people who think they want to be an actor actually just want to be famous a lot of the time. If that’s your end goal, you will get nowhere ultimately. Because then, once you do achieve that fame, it doesn’t matter to you what you do because you’ve got it. Once you’re a known person and you just want all the perks of being a known person, then that’s when the work will start to suffer and your attention drifts on to other things and parties and stuff like that. You never really cared about the work to begin with, I suppose.

Much more can be read here, here, and here.