Daniel Radcliffe’s next turn against the forces of darkness won’t come equipped with lightning-bolt scars, vomit-flavored jelly beans, owl-fueled postal deliveries, or any other form of childlike wonder associated with the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But that doesn’t mean he has any idea what this coming adventure will actually look like, either.
At the Sundance Film Festival this year, MTV News spoke extensively with Radcliffe, who had traveled to the Utah festival for his first time ever to support his critically-acclaimed indie, “Kill Your Darlings.” During our conversation, we asked the erstwhile boy who lived about one of his most hotly-awaited upcoming projects: “Horns,” director Alexandre Aja’s thriller about a young man who one day wakes up from a bad hangover with horns growing out of his forehead — horns that force the truth out of anyone he meets.
Radcliffe has wrapped filming on “Horns,” but the “Harry Potter” actor’s vision for how the movie will come together is far from complete. “A few weeks after we finished I woke up one morning thinking, ’What was that? What was that film I just did?'” he recalled with a laugh. “It’s so crazy. I feel like I have less concept of what it’s going to be now than when I first started, which is bizarre, but it’s very exciting.”
How bizarre does “Horns” get, you ask? Here’s an example from Radcliffe himself: “I got to have burn make-up on, and then I got to come out of the Pacific Ocean after having been burned alive and drowned — and I survived that, because I’m a boss.”
“Horns” isn’t the only film on Radcliffe’s radar that would transform the movie star into a monster. He also confirmed his interest in a “Frankenstein” movie written by “Chronicle” scribe Max Landis, which would cast him in a hunchbacked, Igor-type role.
“I love that script … but to say it’s in any way an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ’Frankenstein’ is probably [not accurate],” he laughed. “It’s a Max Landis script, so anyone familiar with his work, you’ll have some sense of what that means.”
Radcliffe is already set to play a disfigured character in the coming year, headlining the revival of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” in London this summer. Between that play and his potential starring turn in “Frankenstein,” Radcliffe’s back is going to have its work cut out for it.
“My chiropractor is going to be very grateful,” he joked.
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