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Actors are sometimes called upon to act in certain ways that would never in a million years fit their own personal lifestyle. In the case of Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in Imperium, the former Harry Potter actor had to play an FBI agent who goes undercover with a white supremacist group, in order to prevent a terrorist attack. Which, of course, meant that Radcliffe would have to say and do some pretty racist things. Things that, according to the actor himself, he apologized profusely for after every take.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah recently had Daniel Radcliffe on the show, and naturally Noah was curious about how an actor we’ve all come to know as the embodiment of one of literature’s greatest heroes coped with engaging in spewing racial epithets. Radcliffe, the consummate nice guy that he is, performed admirably, but with the following caveats:
I would have to go up to the actors afterwards and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I have to say it, it’s like ‘I know you know I don’t mean this,’ but I still feel like I have to say it. […] We were the most apologetic group of skinheads.
Obviously, Daniel Radcliffe, or any other talented actor in his position, would carry on with the scene at hand with as realistic a performance as possible. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the trailer for the film, which is included below. However, that also means that the apologies for such behavior would be just as intense as the performance itself, if not a little more so, in order to make up for the behavior. While he may not have meant what he said, Daniel Radcliffe still treats racial slurs with their obvious gravity, so as not to cheapen his performance in Imperium.
Daniel Radcliffe has come a long way since his Harry Potter debut in 2001, and his career certainly doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon. It’s because of performances like Radcliffe’s work in Imperium that he’ll continue to remain an actor who not only entertains his fans, but also keeps his career fresh. But just like any of us, he’s a human being that empathizes with his fellow performer, and even if he doesn’t mean to insult someone in real life, he’ll do it for the scene, and remember to apologize afterwards.
Imperium hits limited theaters, and VOD platforms, this Friday.
Daniel Radcliffe will be the latest big-name screen actor to show up onstage at the Public Theater, the Off Broadway company that has recently hosted Lupita Nyong’o (“Eclipsed”), Claire Danes (“Dry Powder”) and Anne Hathaway (“Grounded”) — and also served as the launchpad for Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton.”
Radcliffe, who regularly returns to the stage on both sides of the Atlantic and has appeared on Broadway in “Equus,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” will lead the cast of “Privacy,” a new play written by James Graham, the book writer of “Finding Neverland,” and directed by Josie Rourke. The production marks the first collaboration between the Public and the Donmar Warehouse, the London theater of which Rourke is artistic director.
With both Graham and Rourke credited as co-creators, “Privacy” takes a look at privacy in the digital era through the lens of what is revealed about the life of a lonely guy (Radcliffe) through the digital trail he leaves. It sounds like some audience participation will be involved, too, since, according to reps for the show, theatergoers will be asked to keep their cell phones on throughout the performance.
De’Adre Aziza, Rachel Dratch, Reg Rogers, Raffi Barsounian and Michael Countryman are also among the cast of the show, lined up for a summer run July 5-Aug. 7.
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Greg McLean’s upcoming Jungle, a thriller based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s account of spending three weeks lost and trying to survive in the Amazon, Arclight Films confirmed to EW.
Radcliffe also confirmed the news on his Google Plus page, where he wrote that he is “incredibly excited and honoured to have a role in furthering people’s awareness of what happened” to Ghinsberg and his fellow travelers.
“Their story is a truly remarkable one that sheds light on both harrowing and hopeful aspects of human nature,” he said. “It should be a very intense and physical shoot (obviously we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if it wasn’t) and I can’t wait to start work on it.”
Ghinsberg journeyed through the Amazon in 1982 after meeting a man who claimed to know where to find gold in an uncharted section of the expansive rainforest. That man turned out to be lying, and Ghinsberg soon ended up alone for three weeks before being found and rescued.
Ghinsberg went on to write about his experience in a 2005 memoir titled Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival, which Jungle screenwriter Justin Monjo used as source material. His story was also spotlighted in an episode of Discovery Channel’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive.
Radcliffe first became known for playing the title character in the Harry Potter franchise, and has gone on to headline smaller films like 2013’s Horns and 2015’s Victor Frankenstein. More recently, he starred in Swiss Army Man, a comedy-drama that debuted at Sundance in January and features Radcliffe as a corpse that Paul Dano’s character discovers on a beach.
Although Kevin Bacon was previously in talks to also star in Jungle, Radcliffe is currently the only confirmed actor. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Daniel Radcliffe has joined J.K. Rowling in paying tribute to Alan Rickman, remembering the man who played Severus Snape to his Boy Who Lived in the eight Harry Potter films.
“Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with,” Radcliffe wrote Thursday on his Google Plus page. “He is also one of the [most loyal] and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.’”
Radcliffe continued, “People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”
As a young actor on the Harry Potter set, Radcliffe added that Rickman was one of the first adults to treat him “like a peer rather than a child.”
“Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career,” he wrote. “Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”
Rickman died Thursday at the age of 69. Head here for a look at his best roles.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard in the films, will be honored with the star on Nov. 12, in advance of the Thanksgiving release of his new movie, “Victor Frankenstein.” “Harry Potter” director Chris Columbus and comedian Chris Hardwick will speak on Radcliffe’s behalf.
“Fans of all ages have been waiting in anticipation of Daniel’s star ceremony,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies. “They are constantly asking when it will happen. Finally, we have him here in Hollywood, and we are proud to dedicate his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
The event will be live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person and will begin at 11:30 a.m. PST.
Radcliffe’s star will be the 2,565th on the walk.
His career began when he was nine years old, when he starred in the BBC/PBC adaptation of Charles’ Dickens’ novel “David Copperfield.” Other film credits include “The Woman in Black,” which has become the most successful British horror film of all time. Last year, he starred in horror-thriller “Horns” and most recently appeared in “The Gamechangers.” His acting work also includes television appearances on “The Simpsons,” “Robot Chicken,” “BoJack Horseman,” and a guest role as himself on British show “Extras.”
Radcliffe is also well-known for his stage work, starting with “Equus” in 2007 in London’s West End and in 2008 on Broadway. He also notably starred in a ten-month sell-out run of the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
He has also been previously awarded for his work, having won Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 Entertainer of the Year. He has also won two Teen Choice Awards and a Scream award and has also been nominated for two People’s Choice Awards, and his performance in “Equus” earned him an award for Best Leading Actor at the Annual Theatre Fan Choice Awards.
In addition to acting, Radcliffe is a spokesman for The Trevor Project.
FORMER Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says James McAvoy made him suffer for his art during the filming of their new movie Victor Frankenstein.Daniel, 26, who plays Igor in the remake of the horror classic Frankenstein tale, says he was left black and blue from fight scenes with the 36-year-old actor.
The film tells the story of brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein, played by James, and his ill-fated attempt to create a life out of death, assisted by his sceptical sidekick Igor.
“James is a very good physical actor and I’m very good at having the c*** beaten out of me so we worked really well together,” says Daniel.
“Sometimes it is hard to get other actors to really go for it but not James.
“He didn’t hold back and I felt it too! But it worked for those scenes and we remain good buddies.”
You can watch Daniel literally take it on the chin when Victor Frankenstein hits cinemas November 25.
After last year’s I, Frankenstein opened to abysmal reviews (The Guardian’s Mike McCahill called it a “barely functioning multiplex-filler”), it seems as if we’re ready for a new reimagining of Mary Shelley’s novel.
Victor Frankenstein stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, the assistant to the titular character, a scientist researching immortality. But when Victor goes too far, it’s up to Igor to pull him back from the brink of madness.
The trailer promises lavish effects, bad haircuts and plenty of shouting. It’s from director Paul McGuigan, best known for Lucky Number Slevin and TV’s Sherlock while the script is written by Max Landis, who broke out with Chronicle.
“It’s about their journey and how they spur each other on towards greater and possibly more terrifying things” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly.
It’s one of many projects on the horizon for Radcliffe, who will also be seen in BBC drama Game Changer, sequel Now You See Me: the Second Act, drama Swiss Army Man, crime thriller Tokyo Vice, period drama Brooklyn Bridge, fact-based white supremacist thriller Imperium and political comedy Young Americans.
• Victor Frankenstein hits US cinemas on 25 November and is released in the UK on 4 December