Daniel Radcliffe is, and always will be, Harry Potter to any fan of the book or film series. After all, the “Potter” star, currently appearing on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” landed the role at age 11 and has held it for literally half of his life.
Now, Radcliffe is in the midst of a major transition from the “Potter” franchise to different things, like “How to Succeed” and the forthcoming “Woman in Black.” One can only imagine that his constant connection to “Potter” can get frustrating for the actor at this stage of the game. But hearing it from Radcliffe himself, he’s not too concerned about his continued reputation as the boy who lived.
“I can’t have that attitude towards it,” Radcliffe told MTV News. “It’s been the making of me.”
But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get on his nerves sometimes.
“Somebody shouted, ’You’re a wizard, Harry!’ [during the end of a ’How to Succeed’ performance] and I just went, in a way, I’m kind of annoyed at you right now, but on the other hand, you’ve done quite well to restrain yourself for two and a half hours and not shout that in the middle of the show, so I kind of have to be grateful,” Radcliffe explained with good humor.
But anyone involved in a big, life-changing franchise — be it Kristen Stewart in “Twilight,” Elijah Wood in “The Lord of the Rings” or Keira Knightly in “Pirates of the Caribbean” — has to at least have some level of appreciation for the series that made them a star. Radcliffe, with several months left until “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” hits theaters, remains thankful for the movies that launched him into the film industry.
“It’s been the making of me,” he said. “I’m immensely proud to be a part of it, and it’s given me some of the happiest years of my life. And you know, the encouraging thing is more and more people do know my real name now, which is nice. It is, I won’t lie, that is a nice thing to have people call you ’Dan’ rather than ’Harry’ is a pleasure.”
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