Daniel Radcliffe says that he would “love to do a big film musical” and discussed Broadway career
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Radcliffe further discusses his upcoming reprisal of his role in The Cripple of Inishmaan, as well as his stage career, Broadway, singing, and future roles.
On his upcoming role as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan and the darkness of the script, Daniel said,
“I like dark comedy; I think I’ve always liked watching it as well as doing it. I know that Martin is a very dark writer, and actually this is one of his least violent plays. What I think is impressive about the play as a whole is that it manages to be so cruel but also has this heart. When you think about the play at first, you think about it as this dark comedy, but I actually don’t think people expected it to have this really heartbreaking, very beautiful, very tender side to it as well, and I think that’s what makes it work.
About his character, Billy, and his ambitions, Daniel considered how he differs from Billy:
“There are many huge differences in mine and Billy’s life, but the particular difference is that, whereas I was getting to live that life and be on those sets that Billy dreams of when I was 10, 11, 12, Billy is just dreaming of them.”
Daniel also reflected on his past Broadway experience, which he says was a “total learning experience” and a reality check:
“At the same time that we started Equus, there were a couple of shows that I very distinctly remember had big-name casts and were really great plays that didn’t necessarily last very long, and I just remember that as a wake-up call. Not that I was ever being complacent, but I remember thinking, ‘It doesn’t matter who you’ve got in your show; it has to be a good show that people want to see.’ Otherwise, it won’t survive in New York.”
Daniel further talks about what he has learned by appearing on Broadway, but he also considers the future and says that he would
“love to do a big film musical. I think when they’re done right, they’re incredibly exciting and fun and cool. Everyone thinks of the ones that come to mind immediately like Grease and things like that, but what was that slightly bizarre but wonderful John Turturro film? Romance & Cigarettes. It’s a bizarre musical, and I love weird, interesting, different stuff like that.”
To read the full interview and see what Daniel had to say about his stage career, Broadway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan visit this page.
The Cripple of Inishmaan begins previews at the Cort Theater in New York on April 12.
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