As many of you may already know, Daniel Radcliffe is starring in Broadway’s The Cripple of Inishmaan as Billy, a disabled boy with dreams of Hollywood stardom.
In a recent interview, Dan talked about preparing for the role by doing some extensive research on the subject of physical disabilities to make his portrayal of Billy as realistic as possible. Dan was quoted as saying,
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. 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.
Dan went on to discuss his desire to seek out unconventional roles that interest him. Since Potter, Dan has sought out roles that set him apart from the boy wizard, both on stage and in film. So far, he has starred in a horror movie as a young lawyer in The Woman in Black, a singing con man in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as a mentally unstable teenager in Equus, and many others.
Since his success in the Harry Potter franchise, however, Dan’s stardom has skyrocketed around the world, most noticeably here in the United States. When asked what it was like to have cheering fans shower you in applause the moment you step on stage, Dan touched on how different his American fans are from his English ones,
It’s just something we are so unaccustomed to in England. Obviously, it’s a sign of being very liked, and that’s lovely. It’s just something I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.
Are you one of Dan’s gushing fans? Will you be cheering for him on stage in The Cripple of Inishmaan or in one of his other exciting upcoming projects? Let us know which of Dan’s projects you’re most excited for in the comments below!