This past Monday, July 21 (aptly, the seventh anniversary of the Deathly Hallows book release, but I digress), Daniel Radcliffe was in Toronto, Canada, for the premiere of his new film The F Word – or as the rest of the English-speaking world knows it, What If. Our friends at the Late Night Low Down attended on our behalf. Check out their report and video below!
When Harry Potter is such a huge part of your life, it’s hard to differentiate an actor from the character they played for over 10 years.
Daniel Radcliffe has been working to prove us the opposite, and he’s done just that in The F Word, a film so far from the magical world of wizards and set smack in the centre of where I grew up: Toronto. Alex and I were graciously offered tickets to the Toronto premiere from our friends at MuggleNet, and we jumped at the opportunity to not only see the film but also get a glimpse at Radcliffe himself. The dapper star arrived on the Red Carpet and greeted his fans the way he always does – by taking their phones and getting as many selfies with them as possible.
He speaks highly of Toronto and his excitement of the film finally being released 2 years after filming. We gather inside and await a brief introduction from director Michael Dowse, who presents the film in what he calls “its purest form.” The film’s title and some language had to be changed for other markets but was approved as is in Canada. The lights dimmed, and the film opened with a beautiful shot of the city skyline. What we most gravitated towards during the film was the fact that Toronto was made its own character.
Daniel plays Wallace, a young man who’s broken up with his girlfriend and bitter about love. He keeps his accent for the role, and we’re able to finally see him play a present-day awkward guy who falls for the girl he can’t have – a “friend.” It goes to show that Daniel can really play any role he’s given. The film was beautifully shot, well written and hilarious. Daniel’s co-star Zoe Kazan was quirky and fun, and the two of them have amazing chemistry. The film allows Daniel to expand his range to somewhere he has not yet gone on screen: comedy.
Whether it’s called The F Word or What If, be sure to check it out when August rolls around!