The last time we checked in with Daniel Radcliffe, he was particularly excited to get started shooting his movie “Horns,” in which he plays a young man who, via a series of intriguing events, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a set of horns growing out of his head.
While we won’t see the film for a while, Entertainment Weekly has the first photo of Radcliffe on set wearing his horns, and it’s a doozy — mostly because of the horns protruding from his forehead, but also because Radcliffe’s expression in the photo is one of quiet intensity, with a layer of discontent/danger. He’s leaning against what looks like a telephone or electric poll, hands placed in the pockets of a stylish leather and suede jacket, over a yellow hoodie and crimson button-down. The photo has our curiosity decidedly piqued. We’re dying to know: What is he thinking in that shot?
“Horns” is directed by Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) and is based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill. In addition to the whole waking-up-with-horns issue, Radcliffe’s character must also deal with the fact that he is the prime suspect in the brutal killing of his girlfriend, but thanks to a newly discovered power associated with the horns, which forces people to confess their darkest sins, he can use it to find out who really killed his girlfriend.
“The script is so good, the story,” Radcliffe told MTV News about why he was attracted to the film. “There’s nothing really, I think, that can be so exciting to an actor as an original idea. It’s an original idea that’s tackled in an original, fresh and vibrant way. There are opportunities, especially at the beginning of the script, for some very dark humor,” he said. “It’s a script that, as it goes on, becomes really very emotional. It has the potential to be very moving and kind of heartbreaking, really.”
Radcliffe also said that the horn prosthetics are just the beginning of the makeup/facial accessories he wears for the role — just don’t associate him with trying to be Ron Pearlman in “Hellboy.”
“Hellboy is what we’re trying to avoid,” he laughed. “It’s not that on-the-nose. It is interesting. There will be a lot of prosthetics involved towards the end, because some terrible things happen to my character.”
Check out everything we’ve got on “Horns.”