News round up: H2S, Woman in Black, scheduled Dan appearances
How to Succeed roundup
Dan’s time with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying may have come to an end, but we still have some news relating to the show for you.
The company of How to Succeed have shown their thanks for Dan’s successful run in the show by placing an ad in the January 3rd edition of Variety. The image (courtesy of Dennys Ilic’s Twitter) can be seen below. Be sure to click on the thumbnail for the larger version.
Dan’s leading lady, Rose Hemmingway, who plays Rosemary Pilkington in the show, spoke to Broadway.com about her friendship with Dan. She said:
[…]I got involved in How to Succeed in December 2009, when I participated in the reading of the musical. That’s where I first met Daniel Radcliffe, and we hit it off immediately. After the reading, Dan approached me and said, “Have they offered you the part on Broadway?” I was thrilled to be asked such a thing, but I had to explain to Dan that I would most likely have to audition a few more times, and even then I could be replaced with someone else. I said, “No, not yet. I’m just taking it one step at a time.” His reply was, “Well, I’m going to fight for you because I want you to be my Rosemary.” I truly believe that he did just that, because here I am. I will always be incredibly grateful for his support.
Following the reading, Dan and I became fast friends. Although the Broadway production of How to Succeed was still far off, we began to hang out when he was in town. Geoff and I took him to our favorite soul food place one night, and watched as the line cooks in the back almost fainted at the sight of Harry Potter eating their mac and cheese. Dan returned the favor when he took us to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. There, we walked the red carpet with him for the first time, and it was our turn to feel faint! I think my favorite memory of those early days happened one night when Dan came over to hang out at our apartment. We were having a great time, and it got to be pretty late. Finally he said, “Well, I’d better go now, ’cause I’ve gotta wake up early tomorrow and open my theme park.” He’s so down to earth, sometimes you actually forget he’s Harry Potter![…]
In honour of Dan leading H2S’s fundraising for BC/EFA, the charity has donated $50,000 to The Trevor Project. [source] Pictures and additional news under the read more!
The Woman in Black roundup
We also have information about the world premiere, which will take place in London.
On Tuesday 24th January 2012 Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, screenwriter Jane Goldman and director James Watkins will attend the Worldwide Premiere of THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the Royal Festival Hall.
Based on the classic ghost story, THE WOMAN IN BLACK tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK also stars Ciáran Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), was adapted from Susan Hill’s novel for the screen by Jane Goldman and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) [Snitchseeker].
DRC’s own Lauren will be in attendance, and I’ll be camping out, so we hope to bring you some exclusives.
The Woman in Black opens in US cinemas 3rd February, and in UK cinemas10th February.
Dan will be interviewed in this Sunday’s edition of Parade magazine, and from the excerpts released (which you can read below), it looks to be a very candid and heartfelt piece in which Dan talks about love, causes close to his heart, and his hopes for his future career.
Dan had the following to say:
Daniel Radcliffe opens up about life after Potter, falling in love, and fame in this weekend’s issue of PARADE. And with his first post-Harry Potter film — the psychological thriller The Woman in Black — out next month, the actor admits he doesn’t do well without fear.
In the highlights below, the 22-year-old actor discusses entering the second stage of his career and what it means to really be in love.
Be sure to check out this weekend’s issue of PARADE magazine in your local newspaper for the full interview with Daniel Radcliffe.
Are you a romantic?
“Yes. I don’t know where my romanticism comes from. My mom and dad would read to me a lot. Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, tales of chivalry and knights, things like that. Those are the stories I loved growing up. I still see something very romantic in the world that perhaps isn’t there. I suppose I want it to be the place of knights and that kind of stuff.”
Knights marry princesses. Do you want to get married?
“Yes, absolutely. When growing up, I thought of marriage as being very official, drawing up a contract. It seemed slightly clinical to me. But then you meet somebody that you really love and you think, ‘Actually, I wouldn’t mind standing up in front of my friends and family and telling them how much I love you and that I want to be with you forever.’
Are you in love with girlfriend Rosie Coker? [Radcliffe met Coker, a production assistant, on the set of the last Potter film.]
“Yes, absolutely. When Rosie’s here, every day seems better….I’m not an easy person to love. There are lots of times when I’m a very good boyfriend, but there are times when I’m useless. I mean, I’m a mess around the house. I talk nonstop. I become obsessed with things. This year it’s fantasy football, which means Rosie has to listen to me talking 24 hours a day about this team. ‘Should I take this player out, do you think, darling?’ And she listens to it, and she loves me for my oddness, my awkwardness, all of those things that I hate about myself. She finds them cute. I guess that’s love.”
Why was that?
“I hated dating because I’m crap at it! [laughs] With Rosie, I didn’t know what was appropriate, like on which date you’re supposed to try and kiss her. At the end of the second date I pulled a move out of the Bela Lugosi Book of Woo—I went to kiss Rosie and at the last minute lost my nerve and ended up kissing her neck, which is such a weirdly intimate place to kiss somebody on a second date. Afterward, I texted her, saying, ‘I’m sorry, what I just did probably seems very odd to you.’ Fortunately, she just found it really funny, so she kept coming back.”
Last year you gave up alcohol. Why?
“My inner life was being drowned. I’ve worked with Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, all those actors who went crazy when they were young, and I always wanted that. The idea of that kind of life and chaos was always so appealing to me. Unfortunately, the way I do it, there is no romance to it! [laughs] There is nothing glorious or triumphant about it—it was pathetic, boring, and unhappy.”
Your dad is a Protestant from Ulster and your mom is English and Jewish. Were you raised in a particular religion?
“There was never [religious] faith in the house. I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I’m English. My dad believes in God, I think. I’m not sure if my mom does. I don’t. I have a problem with religion or anything that says, ‘We have all the answers,’ because there’s no such thing as ‘the answers.’ We’re complex. We change our minds on issues all the time. Religion leaves no room for human complexity.”
You’ve had enormous success for someone so young. Do you fear that it won’t last?
“Yes. But it’s reality, not fear. It will happen, and I have accepted that. In a way it’s a great relief that I will never, ever do a film as successful as the Harry Potter series. But neither will anybody else. [laughs] Or it will take them a long time.”
On giving back.
“I got involved in The Trevor Project [a charity which works to prevent young gay people from committing suicide] in late 2008 when I was in New York doing Equus. A few of my friends had made me aware of it. It sounded like such a fantastic thing. People need it. The suicide rate for gay teens is four times that of straight kids. I couldn’t believe that nothing like this had existed before. I think that any free-thinking person who becomes very wealthy and has strong opinions on things would get involved with something like The Trevor Project or scholarships for schools or whatever. Fame is very useful in directing attention toward those things.
“I got paid so well for doing the Harry Potter films, it’s ridiculous. If somebody asked me, ‘Did you think you deserve that money?’ No, of course I didn’t. ‘But would you have taken it anyway?’ Of course. I happened to have found this industry where people get paid stupid amounts of money. That’s the reality. I feel almost guilty for having done so well out of Potter. But there’s a moral imperative to help others. You know, the fact that I wake up in my lovely apartment in New York and get to stroll down here and do a couple of shows, and there is somebody in some country waking up wondering where he’s going to live that week—it’s a horrendous feeling. There is a sense that you have to do something. I feel Brad Pitt would agree that the way to help is to really get behind things that you’re passionate about, like The Trevor Project. You have to give back.”
“Realizing that other people have a problem with [homosexuality] was the weirdest thing for me. As a kid it wasn’t even something that was mentioned. It was never something that was even explained to me. It was just, “That’s Mark and he’s gay.” Mark was just another friend of my dad’s who would talk about his boyfriend instead of his girlfriend. I was 5. I didn’t care. It seemed perfectly normal, and still does….It just drives me crazy…that people can make such sweeping, ignorant statements and bring religion into it….Why would you want a god that’s up there picking and choosing who he lets in?…That doesn’t make any sense.”
“I’ve got a great example to look at in my parents, because they’ve been married for at least 25 years and, I think, they were together for about five more before that. So they’ve been together a long time. I wouldn’t recommend anybody marrying an actor, really. [laughs] Of course, there are cases where it works, but I’m an actor and I know what I’m like. Actors and actresses are generally pretty neurotic.”
On work — worrying about it, achieving the most.
“I do worry about things like I’m not going to be good enough or my next film is not going to do well enough and that eventually people will go, ‘Oh well, why don’t you move on and do something else?’ … Of course I worry about all of those things, but it comes out of a place of pride, in my knowing that I’m smart enough, good enough, hard-working enough to achieve. I now want to make as big a mix of everything as I can, from stage acting to film, and just keep working. What’s lovely is that [my fame] will really help get a small independent film made, because my name carries bankability at the moment, and it will do for a few more years. If you look at somebody like Brad Pitt or George Clooney, those are guys who have immense fame and do some very successful commercial films, but they balance it by doing stuff they love, that interests them. Both could have gone down just playing romantic leads for the rest of their careers and made a very nice living. But they wanted to do different stuff. The majority of Clooney’s career, acting and directing, is what I look at. If I can achieve half of what he has achieved, I’ll be happy.”
On his love of poetry.
“I think true poetry is a color—it’s as fundamental as that. It can provoke a profound, basic human reaction. Understanding what the poet is saying comes from something fundamental in us that is moved by the musicality of language. I love T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.’ I was so obsessed by it. That poem is how I see myself. It’s how people feel who have an inner life they struggle to express. That’s what’s so powerful about that poem. To me it’s about somebody who wants the world to be the world in his imagination and is constantly disappointed that it is not. Poetry once was not an elitist thing. Somewhere along the line, writing poetry became viewed as a kind of girlish thing to do, not something that real men should be concerning themselves with. English writer Tony Harrison is a modern poet and my hero. It’s tough, muscular, brutish, angry language, and it’s exciting to read.”
On his new film, The Woman in Black.
“On the surface it’s about a young lawyer, a widower, who is given a task to collect the paperwork of a recently deceased woman in her house in rural England. He goes and is terrorized by the ghost of a different dead woman. Every character that you meet in the film has been touched by bereavement at some point. It’s character-driven. Stanley Kubrick said that any film about the supernatural is inherently consoling because it implies an afterlife. That’s what our film is about, really. On the surface it’s about being terrified, but actually it’s about love.”
Dan will appear on the 12th January episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which airs on NBC at 00:35 Eastern time.
And as a reminder, don’t forget that Dan will host the 14th January episode of Saturday Night Live. SNL airs at 23:29 ET.