Daniel Radcliffe Attends “Horns” Press Conference at SDCC
Daniel Radcliffe attended San Diego Comic-Con this week to promote his new movie Horns, due out on October 31. Alongside director Alexandre Aja and Horns novelist Joe Hill, Radcliffe offered quite a few tidbits about the new movie, touching on everything from the religious and darker themes of the story to possible Harry Potter references.
Dan portrays Ig Perrish, who awakens one morning after the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Merrin, to find that he has horns growing from his head. Ig soon discovers that these horns give him supernatural abilities. Since Ig is suspected of committing Merrin’s murder, he sets out to find her true killer.
Early on, Radcliffe explained what fans can expect from such a dark and gritty character as Ignatius, the lead character whom he portrays in the film. Radcliffe commented:
For me, there is always something more interesting about a part that is multifaceted and has a dark side and it’s more true to life, even in this very heightened world that we’re in in the film. He’s a true antihero and he is absolutely good and you should root for him and you should be with him all the way, but that’s not to say he doesn’t do some questionable things, but even he questions them. It’s not without consequence. And as he says, he learns from that so that he can be, in some sense, redeemed by the end.
Further explaining the depths of playing Ignatius, Radcliffe also offered this insight on how he felt about the religious undertones of the character and the film as a whole:
I’m not a religious person, but I have always been fascinated by the mythology… in all religions, particularly, Christianity’s got some fantastic stuff in there. And actually, when [Alexandre and I] first met, we had a discussion… about my theater role obsession with the devil as a character in literature and music, obviously, as well. He is traditionally this very charismatic character, so I was very excited to play him.
Sounds like Dan is going to an entirely new place to get into character for this film! And speaking of getting into character, who would Radcliffe cosplay as if he could attend Comic-Con as a regular fan? His answers (two of them!) might surprise you. It certainly made us laugh:
Well, a half an hour ago, I did exactly that as Spider-Man from head to toe. I also posed at the Sharknado 2 poster, which was pretty awesome. I’m excited for that. I loved it. That’s why I’m so excited for Sharknado 2. And I say that… unironically. I really, really enjoyed it. It was fantastic!
Finally, Radcliffe addressed some of the recent press rumors that have been circulating as to whether or not his Horns costuming and the appearance of a certain slippery creature in the film were direct references to Potter. The answer as it turns out is…definitely not!
It’s not, that’s the thing! Those were all in the book and you can correct me if I’m wrong, but getting me to wear yellow and red was in no way a Harry Potter reference. But it definitely has been read in to like that by some people, but I promise you, I’m not referencing my other work in other things. The snakes were awesome. I had a six foot long python wrapped around me for the last half of the film, which is the best prop any actor can ever have. And there’s no acting required when you’re wearing a snake!
Whether the Gryffindoresque wardrobe and multitude of snakes were Potter references or not, it certainly seems like Radcliffe had a great time making this film and has so far enjoyed his very first Comic-Con experience. You can listen to the entire interview between Radcliffe, Aja, and Hill below, wherein they further discuss at length the dark themes of the film, their working relationships on set, and where Radcliffe offers a preview at his upcoming film Frankenstein and what he hopes to achieve in the coming years.
A number of stills and new posters for Horns were also released. You can view them in the gallery below:
Catch up on the latest Horns and other Daniel Radcliffe news on Radcliffe’s MuggleNet Cast Page!