Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe On Journey
By Olly Richards for Empire Online, 22nd January, 2008
Potter on his first big post-wizard role
You think Daniel Radcliffe and you think Harry Potter – unless, of course you’ve seen Equus, in which case you think images you never needed to see. But, with the end of the Potter series approaching, Radcliffe is looking to make his move to grown up movie acting. He’ll start with Journey, the story of Dan Eldon, a photo-journalist who was stoned to death by a mob in Mogadishu in 1993. Empire recently spoke to Radcliffe and talked a little about the film, which Radcliffe says is not quite as close to production as reports have suggested.
“There’s a lot of stuff flying around about this at the moment,” he said. “I am absolutely attached to it and it would be amazing to play that part. But people are making assumptions about when it’s going to happen and it won’t happen – if indeed it does happen – for a while yet. But basically…Eldon grew up in Africa and discovered a gift and a passion for photography. Eventually he got too caught up in something that lead to his death”.
To prepare for the role Radcliffe spoke at length with Eldon’s family about his life. “They showed me some of his diaries, which the film will be based on mostly,” he continued. “They’re incredible. There have got to be 20 books and they’re all inches thick, with things sellotaped into them and with wires coming out and everything. He was someone who died very young, but seemed to live as full a life as much as anyone who lived to be a ripe old age. It’ll be incredible to play him”.
We genuinely believe Radcliffe could well pull this off and we hope it gets made. If he can transfer the range and passion that he showed on stage in Equus to something on the big screen, then many a Potter critic will be silence.