Beating Harry Potter’s Spell
Source: The Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2007
DANIEL Radcliffe knows there is a long way to go before he breaks free from the worldwide spell he’s cast by playing boy wizard Harry Potter.
While the young star has been named Britain’s richest teen and is set to pocket a reported US$50 million for the next two Potter flicks, Radcliffe admits he hopes there is a time when the Harry-mania subsides.
In Sydney to promote December Boys, his first non-Harry Potter film which opens nationally next week, the star admits just by making the Australian movie he’s seeing audiences perception change.
“This is the first step in a very long process of being seen as something else, it is a very long process and I hope that at least 80 per cent will see me as non-Harry Potter in this film, that’s my aim, and most are,” Radcliffe, told film writer Erin McWhirter.
“Some people will always see me as Harry Potter and I know that every chat show I do from now until whenever I will always be introduced as the boy from Harry Potter.”
As hundreds of screaming Harry Potter went potty for the 18-year-old star at the Sydney premiere December Boys at Moore Park last night, it’s hard to imagine Radcliffe ever breaking free from the clutches of the magic whiz-kid.
Radcliffe, who rose to fame in 2001 following the release of the first Harry Potter instalment and signed on for the next six, two of which will be filmed between now and 2010, admits having the next three years of his life planned is restricting.
“Sometimes you do feel a bit like ‘Oh god I wish I just didn’t know what is going to happen around the corner’,” he said.
“But that’s a dumb thing for an actor to say because there are 99 per cent of actors who would kill to have guaranteed work for three years.”
In a position to pick and choose his roles at just 18, Radcliffe says he plans to reprise his controversial nude role in Equss on Broadway and complete the Harry Potter series before sinking his teeth into more challenging roles.