For a lot of people, Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter. It was never a question of how good his acting was because there wasn’t any separating the two, but Radcliffe would disagree.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Radcliffe talks again about his dislike for watching himself on screen, but this time he got specific about what bothers him in particular about seeing a “Harry Potter” movie.
“Doing Potter was an incredible blessing because it gave me this opportunity to start a fantastic career,” he said. “But then the moments I’m not as proud of, mistakes other actors get to make in rehearsal rooms or at drama school, are all on film for everyone to see.”
Radcliffe calls out “Half-Blood Prince” as a particularly bad example of that on-the-job learning process. “And that’s why it’s hard to watch a film like ’Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ because I’m just not very good in it. I hate it,” he said. “My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across.”
If that’s his personal worst, what’s the best? According to Radcliffe, that honor belongs to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” because he “can see a progression.”
You can check out Radcliffe’s more honed, post-Potter acting skills in “What If,” in theaters now.