Dan talks to The Guardian about moving on from Harry Potter; KYD Cut Up exhibition
Dan talks to The Guardian
Dan spoke to The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone during promotion for Kill Your Darlings, giving his thoughts on growing up in the public eye, and why the Harry Potter films feel like watching his acting lessons.
Asked who he thought was the best actor out of the Harry Potter trio, he said, “I think we were all good at different things. Rupert was the most outgoing of the three of us; he had this confidence when it came to comedy, and he still does. My tendency is to underplay stuff and sometimes I look at the films and I know I thought I was being subtle at the time, but actually I’m just doing bugger all. That’s a learning curve. You can’t dwell on the things you’re not happy with, though; you’ve got to move forward and get better. I still don’t want to be a big over-the-top actor. That’s never going to be the way I work. But I think I’ve got better at striking a balance where I’m being real but still being expressive.”
He talked about how he chooses his roles, detailing a method he devised with The Woman in Black director James Watkins. “ We call it the Fassbender test. If you’re ever being asked to do anything, you just ask yourself a question: ‘Would Michael Fassbender do it?’ This referred to a moment when I was being asked to do something a bit more corporate than I’d ever done before, and it came down to the Fassbender test, and we thought he wouldn’t do it. It’s a pretty good test for a lot of young actors.”
Kill Your Darlings Cut Up Exhibition
On Thursday evening, Dan posed for a photocall and spoke to journalists to promote the Kill Your Darlings Cut Up Exhibition, an art installation taking place across London this weekend. Featuring art created using the cut up technique that was a favourite of Ginsberg’s fellow beat poet William Burroughs, images are being projected onto buildings in London.
Dan spoke to AP about the project (and explained why he was keeping his beanie on – he just got hair extensions for his role as Igor, and hasn’t got used to dealing with very long hair yet), and video can be seen below.
You can see photos from the event in our gallery.
Kill Your Darlings is released across the UK on 6th December. Dan will be appearing on the Graham Norton show the same day to promote the film.