The comedy, This is the End, came out just days ago on June 12 and features Emma Watson. However, she wasn't the first Potter star to be approached about a role in the film. Originally, writer-director Evan Goldberg went to Daniel Radcliffe two years earlier.
Daniel declined the offer because he wasn't fond of the script. This decline pushed Goldberg to change it up to make it better. Goldberg stated,
[Daniel] very respectfully explained that the material was not quite good enough, and he was right. It was a bad early version. He taught us a lesson. We learned something from him that day.
What he seems to be saying is that without Daniel's insight, the film might have turned out rather poorly. But they were able to get Emma Watson instead, so it was a win-win situation on the film's part.
Have you seen This is the End? How might it have been different if Dan were in it instead? Discuss below!
Everyone knows the stars and production staff from the Harry Potter films are some of the best the industry, and it seems that many of them have been up to a lot lately!
Gary Oldman, who portrayed Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, is preparing to direct a film he wrote called Flying Horse, which is a biopic about Eadweard Muybridge, a man who played a key role in the development of motion pictures. What's more, Oldman is eyeing Potter co-star Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) to play the title character! Oldman would also have a role in the film, as Muybridge's attorney. Read more about the film here.
Meanwhile another Marauder, David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), has joined the cast of Eliza Graves, a film that will be directed by Brad Anderson. The film is based on "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" by Edgar Allen Poe. It tells the story of a young doctor working at a mental institution where he falls in love with one of his patients. Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, and Ben Kingsley are also cast in the film. Read the original article here.
Finally, Potter director David Yates has replaced Ang Lee as director for the pilot of the new series Tyrant, which is a political drama about an American family in an unstable Middle Eastern country. Tyrant is the creation of Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, who also created the hit television sereis Homeland. The project has been earmarked for FX. Read the original article here.
UPDATE: Check out this new clip of an interview Dan did with BBC News. Hear him speak more about Harry Potter and The Cripple of Inishmaan AND see a short clip of Dan's performance in the role of Billy. Thanks to Snitchseeker for the tip!
As Daniel prepares for the June 18 opening of The Cripple of Inishmaan on London's West End, he has been talking to the media about his upcoming performance. The Cripple of Inishmaan is a 1996 play by Martin McDonagh which tells the story of a Hollywood director visiting the island of Inishmaan to film a documentary. Island resident Cripple Billy, to be portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, decides that he wants to audition for a role in the film and becomes an object of ridicule on the island.
First, in an interview with What's On Stage, Daniel talks quite a bit about his process for becoming the character of Billy, where he would be if he hadn't been cast as Harry, and his memories of fellow Harry Potter co-star Richard Griffiths.
Do you ever think about what path you would've taken if it wasn't for Harry Potter?
If I hadn't played Harry Potter I find it hard to believe I would have become an actor.David Copperfield was my first job but I never really viewed it as something serious - it was more something to get me out of school. I think I would have ended up in the film industry in some aspect because of my parents both being in the industry and because I certainly wouldn't have achieved anything in the world of academia...In a way that's a theme in The Cripple of Inishmaan because it's about opportunities and missed opportunities. It's a game I play sometimes; imagining where I would be now. But I generally end up going 'thank god I'm not there' [laughs].
Does being back in the West End prompt memories of working with Richard Griffiths on Equus?
It does. He was an extraordinary man, as everyone said when he passed. My experience of him was that he was encyclopedic in his knowledge of the world. And he was generous, both as an actor and a person. He delighted in passing his immense knowledge to you, but it was never done in a pretentious way, or to prove how much knowledge he had. It was always done in a way that was interesting. He wanted to share it with you. It's odd thinking of the world without Richard in it because I learned so much from him; sometimes I wonder what else I'm going to learn now that he is gone. It's very sad but one thing that stood out in his funeral when everyone spoke about him was just how happy he was. He could be "Eeyore-ish", but he was also one of the most contented people I have ever met. If I can have that said about me at my funeral I think I will have lived a very worthwhile life.
In another interview with Broadway.com, Daniel spoke about getting caught in an awkward situation while doing some impromptu rehearsing for the role of Billy.
There was one moment that was quite funny, actually. One night, I was walking to the shop around the corner from my house to get some food, and I thought, "There’s no one around, I’ll just walk like I’m Billy for a while." So, I put my hood up so no one would notice me, and I started walking down the road in Billy’s walk, and just as I get to the corner, and I’m about to go into the shop, I notice that a woman is behind me. And in my head I’m going, "Well, I can’t just stop and suddenly break into a normal walk as I walk into the shop, so I’m just going to wait for her to pass me before I go in." Otherwise, she’ll think, "Who's that weirdo, pretending to be disabled?" Then she went into the shop that I was headed into, so I had to wait for her to come out so that I could resume my normal walk and go into the shop. Yeah, so,that was my experience preparing for this part!
Be sure and read the full interviews to hear more about Daniel's upcoming play! Will you be going to see The Cripple of Inishmaan?
This week, Hermione has a startling realization and is beside herself, when just seconds ago she was tasked with concentrating on the cutting of Harry's hair. What was her revelation, and was Harry's hair a casualty of shock? You tell us! You write the caption!
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Although Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is known to be quite private when it comes to her personal life, a very limited number of interviews have become available through the years, most of which are in print, on the radio, or on screen. In an article by Daily Mail, we are offered a glimpse into another interview of sorts, though in a different medium.
Pearson Wright, who won the privilege of painting J.K. Rowling’s portrait in 2001 noted “I like the idea that she’s a real person who eats the same food as everyone else, and boiled eggs are very leveling.”
The portrait, which features Rowling “barefoot, eating boiled eggs and soldiers”, began with Wright meeting J.K. Rowling in Edinburgh, sketching, and then “returning for a weekend to paint her at her home.”
Wright won the BP Portrait Award in 2001 as well as a commission to paint the famed author for the National Portrait Gallery.
Pearson Wright also comments:
“And when you get to know her she is very normal, as well as extraordinary because of her imagination. There are three eggs because she has three children and three of her own eggs gave rise to those children. “
What message do you think this portrait of J.K. Rowling gives? What would your portrait of her look like?
What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrel is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows.
Dumbledore Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 17, Page 296
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling's earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.