It was only a couple of days ago that we posted a roundup of some of Daniel Radcliffe’s recent press appearances. Yet, since then, plenty more have been released since Daniel continues to promote his new film What If. As part of his promotional tour, Daniel has continued to appear on an eclectic selection of media, answering all sorts of questions from whom he would “snog, marry, avoid,” to why he acts.
Firstly, in a Q&A with the Independent Ireland, Daniel spoke about why he acts:
‘Cos I don’t know how to do anything else. I fell into it when I started. I never planned on being an actor. There is a slightly misleading quote from me on the Internet that I obviously said when I was 11 or 12, that I always wanted to be an actor. I didn’t really. When I was five I turned to my mum and said I wanted to be an actor; she said, ‘no, you don’t’. She had very shitty experiences being an actress, and so had my dad, so I had never really pursued it.
Then I got David Copperfield and Harry Potter. Certainly on Copperfield and a film I did called Taylor of Panama, I was like ‘this is getting me out of school – this is fantastic’. It was on the third Potter film when Gary Oldman and David Thewlis came in. And I had much more to do with Alan Rickman than ever before. They had never met me when I was a kid.
They met me at 14 and treated me like a young adult rather than a kid. That was the moment I was like, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life’. There are a lot of actors out there who don’t enjoy their job as much as they could because of the way they are. Being part of the film crew, being on a film set, is the place I’m happiest.
He also talks about what he would change about himself:
My smile – I really hate my smile. It is weird. I was having this discussion with Zoe [Kazan, Radcliffe's co-star in What If]… she hates her smile. Paul [Dano], her boyfriend, hates his smile. Actors in general have a thing about it, I think. I mean, mine is crooked. You do those press lines at premières and hold that rictus grin. You see the shots and are like, ‘oh my God, that’s so cheesy’. I don’t enjoy it.
Check out the full interview here.
Meanwhile, Daniel spoke to Sugarscape and answered some quick fire questions – as well as answering this “snog, marry, avoid” conundrum: Dudley Dursley, Professor Umbridge, and Nearly Headless Nick. Check out the video below:
Daniel was also on the radio again this week, this time on BBC Radio 2, where he hung out with Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor (as seen in the picture at the top of this article). If you’re in the UK, you can catch up here.
Finally, Daniel spoke to the Telegram about the new ending for What If (also known as The F Word in Canada). He said,
My concern was that it would just go on too long, and it would take away from the impact of the emotion of the last part of the film, but it really doesn’t.
It leaves you on a high.
Daniel also reveals some secrets about having to go back and film the ending again:
I don’t know if I should say this, but I’m going to — the scene with Adam Driver and Mackenzie and I… we were not together. They filmed it the day before, and we did the reverse on me the day after, when I got there.
The actor also said,
What was actually surprising to me was how I really enjoyed when I went back to do that additional shooting.
I was like, ‘This is lovely.’ Because after you finish filming you go, ‘OK, I’m never going to play that character again,’ and it was nice to actually get an unexpected reprise of that.
Read the full piece here.
What If is out NOW in theaters! Have you been to see it, yet? Did you enjoy it?
And what would your answer be to Sugarscape‘s question – Dudley, Nearly Headless Nick, or Umbridge?
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