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Presswatch 2008

by ClaireAug 1, 2008

Here’s a collection of comments by and about Daniel Radcliffe, published by the media from January 2008 to 8th July 2008.


Source: Telegraph, 08th July 2008

London’s West End theatre productions enjoyed record-breaking audience figures last year

“Although musicals dominated the West End, attendance figures for plays were also healthy, boosted by some star names – Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Equus proved a particularly strong draw.”

Source: Forbes.com, 11th June 2008

Daniel Radcliffe ranks #64 in the Forbes.com’s Top 100 Celebrity List.

“Last summer the British-born boy wizard, 18, signed a jaw-dropping contract worth an estimated $50 million to continue his leading role in the last two installments of the Harry Potter series. (The final story, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, has since split into two movies, meaning even more cash for him.) He also played the title role in the BBC’s TV movie My Boy Jack, a World War I story about Rudyard Kipling’s ill-fated son, and he’ll be baring all on Broadway in Equus. “

Source: Stylelist, 24th April 2008

Dan is featured on this year’s Stylelist’s Most Stylish Teen Stars list. They had this to say about Daniel:

“In his acting and his fashion choices Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has proven his isn’t afraid to take risks. It’s rare for any man to have the confidence to rock a colored suit and actually pull it off, let alone one who’s only 18 years old.”

Source: whatsonstage.com, 7th April 2008

Thea Sharrock speaks of bringing Equus to Broadway, Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe:

“And working with Daniel Radcliffe is nothing but a pleasure. I’ve never met anybody of his age who has his discipline and level of professionalism – and yet there was also a genuine nervousness and naivety because he’d never worked in the theatre before. There’s something very special about being part of somebody’s training, which is essentially what I was doing with him. We had a lot of madness over Daniel here and I’m sure it’ll be the same in New York. The funny thing about the craziness is that, when you’re right in the middle of it all, you still just have to get on with things. If you take your head out of the job, of course you notice all the paparazzi following him to work and back home again, all that. But you have a choice – you either see it from their point of view and become part of the monster that the media can create or you step away from that and remember that that’s nothing to do with me, nothing to do with the job I’m doing. The job that I’m doing is directing this actor in the room, and you just get on with it.”

Source The Evening Standard, 29th March 2008

Actress Clémence Poésy, who played the part of Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, recently had this to say about playing in a Harry Potter movie alongside Daniel Radcliffe:

“We got on very well. Most of my scenes were with Daniel and I’m very impressed by him. I think he’s going to have a beautiful career and that he’s handling everything in a very smart way. His feet are very firmly on the ground and his eyes are wide open to what is going on in the world and in the arts. I thought that was very precious because he could have gone to a very different place.”

Source: Boston Globe, 20th March 2008

In a short interview, Dan shares some thoughts on Harry Potter, the war in Afghanistan and ‘wizard’ musical groups.

He’s a wizard at winning roles on stage, screen

Even after five films, playing Harry Potter doesn’t get old, according to Daniel Radcliffe. “There’s always something fresh to do, new aspects of the character to explore,” says the British actor who plays the bespectacled star of J.K. Rowlings’s books. “We’re constantly innovating so it stays fresh.” Still, Radcliffe’s keeping busy. In June he’ll be on Broadway in “Equus,” and next month Radcliffe, 18, rears his handsome head on WGBH, starring in “My Boy Jack,” the true and tragic story of Rudyard Kipling’s only son. (During World War I, Jack joined the Irish Guards, an infantry unit destined for the front, and disappeared during a battle.) “That there are 18-year-old boys going to war right now is terrifying and bizarre to me,” said Radcliffe. (“My Boy Jack” airs April 20 at 9 p.m.) The actor took issue with President Bush’s comment last week that the war in Afghanistan is, in some way, “romantic.” “Being with a beautiful girl on a moonlit beach at midnight is romantic,” he said. “War is not romantic.” Reached on the set of the next Potter pic – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – Radcliffe told us he knows of the Boston band Harry and the Potters, but he’s never heard them. “I’d like to. Are they good?” he asked. “My favorite Potter-related song is by the Liars. It’s called ‘If You’re a Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses?’ . . . I like that one.”

Source: EW.com, 28th February 2008


Entertainment Weekly has included Dan in its list of Top 30 Actors Under 30: The finest young stars in the Hollywood firmament

BROKE OUT IN… 2001’s mega-blockbuster Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the prodigal boy wizard.

WHY HIM He’s utterly charming and managed to do the growing up thing with grace, even with a skin-baring role in a West End production of Equus. Plus, he’s got a teeny tiny fan base, seeing as how the Potter blockbusters have grossed nearly $4.5 billion (movie’s biggest franchise ever!) around the world.

WHAT’S NEXT World domination! No, really, Radcliffe’s got the last two Potter flicks — Half-Blood Prince is set for release in November, and Deathly Hallows in 2010. Broadway, too, will see his Equus in 2008.

Source: The Mirror, 27th February 2008

Dan’s publicist had this to say about the now famous/infamous kiss incident at the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards:

“It was a spontaneous gesture by James which was very funny. Daniel took it in the light-hearted spirit that was intended.”

Source: Whatsonstage.com, 21st February 2008

Daniel won the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year for his performance. Here’s what he had to say about his award:

“I’m truly delighted to have won this prestigious award and thank you so much to everyone at Whatsonstage.com for voting for me. Equus is a tremendous and thought-provoking play and I’m so proud and honoured to have been a part of this incredible production. Thank you to Peter Shaffer, Thea Sharrock, Richard Griffiths, David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and Barbara Houseman for having faith in me – playing the role of Alan Strang will remain one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Source: USA Today, 11th February 2008

Daniel talks about his plans on the BAFTA awards’ red carpet:

“Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said that he is in final talks to star in a biopic about Dan Eldon, the British photojournalist who was stoned to death in Somalia in 1993. “It’s a long way off, but if it happens, I will do it.”

Apart from his Broadway debut in September, Radcliffe is happy to say he has no plans. “I am taking my first holiday in a long, long time, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m just staying here. I hate the beach. I don’t do beaches. I’m too pale. I don’t tan. I just burn.”

Source: BBC News, 10th February 2008

Daniel is interviewed on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony in London:

“I’ve never been to the Baftas before, and what’s exciting for me is meeting all these amazing people. I’m most excited about meeting Daniel Day-Lewis – his performance in There Will Be Blood was amazing.”

Source: UK Press Association, 10th February 2008

Daniel attends the BAFTA Awards Ceremony in London, to present an award:

Harry Potter star Radcliffe got one of the biggest cheers of the night from the crowd.

The actor is presenting an award. He said: “I’m very excited. I’ve never been to the Bafta’s before. This is great, even better than the Oscars because it’s British. I’m so excited about all these amazing people that turn up.”

Source: This Is London, 17th January 2008

Daniel is one of the many celebrities fighting to save the Bush Theatre:

Radcliffe saddles up for fight to save the Bush

Daniel Radcliffe, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters have joined the campaign to save the Bush Theatre from a grant cut which threatens its future.

They are among more than 150 actors and directors publicly backing the tiny west London venue’s fight against Arts Council England’s proposal to reduce its funding by £180,000.

Source: Reuters, 10th January 2008

In an article about forthcoming film projects, Reuter talks about Journey.

“There was the news, again in the Observer, that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is due to swap his school blazer for a flak jacket, playing the part of Dan Eldon – a young photographer killed in Mogadishu in 1993 while working for Reuters – in a film called Journey, which will be based on his tragically short but prolific career.

Eldon was one of four journalists stoned to death by an angry mob after a botched bombing by international forces in Somalia killed and injured dozens of civilians. He left behind 17 journals documenting his work in Africa, which were compiled into a book, “The Journey is the Destination”, selling more than 200,000 copies.

Eldon’s mother Kathy told the Observer she’d met and turned down several other stars eager to play her son, but Radcliffe fits the bill perfectly because of the many parallels between the two – not least a global outlook, magic and poetry.

And for those looking for feel-good films about war, Journey seems to fit the bill. “The film is a teen coming of age story – entertaining, funny, dark at times – but ultimately triumphant,” Kathy is quoted as saying. “People will leave the cinema feeling inspired, thinking: “Oh my God, let me start living right now!” It won’t be pious. We’re not trying to idolise him or make him or a hero.”

Filming is due to start this year in Kenya, with profits going to the Creative Visions Foundation, which supports artistic activists trying to raise awareness and motivate people to take action on social, humanitarian and environmental issues.”

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