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30 May 2013

Daniel Radcliffe takes over BBC Radio 1's My Playlist

Daniel's episode of BBC Radio 1's My Playlist was broadcasted yesterday 29th May 2013 at 21:00. He took over for an hour and picked some of his favourite tunes but also answered some questions which you could send in via Facebook and Twitter. Here's one of them:

- What would you do if you were stuck on a desert island which Harry Potter cast member would you eat first?
''I think I might go with Michael Gambon. Only for the reason that we've been getting on each other's nerves for years and winding each other up. I think we'd get to the point where he'd make one joke too many and then I'd say, 'Right, Gambon, I'm going to eat you!' ''

If you missed it you can listen to it via BBC iPlayer. (until a week after the broadcast)

Dan's playlist:

Hot Chip- Ready For The Floor
Delta Spirit - 9/11
Dog Is Dead- Glockenspiel Song
The Pixies - Allison
Tame Impala - Elephant
She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here
Slow Club - Two Cousins
Spector - Chevy Thunder
M.Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
The Wedding Present - Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now
John Cooper Clarke - I Wanna Be Yours
The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?

Transcript via snitchseeker.com:

Hello, I am Daniel Radcliffe and for the next hour I am taking over Radio 1 with My Playlist. My playlist tonight is about nothing in particular. I haven’t themed this at all, so it’s basically just a mix of things I’m listening to at the moment, things I’ve been into for awhile and just some stuff that I think maybe doesn’t get played enough on the radio so I’m trying to do a public service of kinds here as well. I’m going to be playing tracks by She & Him, Spector and Tame Impala. And I’ll also be answering some questions you lot have left for me, telling you what I’m doing with myself now that I’ve finished playing Harry, and looking after Radio 1 until 10pm.

So let’s start my playlist with Hot Chip Ready for the Floor.

That was Hot Chip on Radio 1. I’m Daniel Radcliffe and this is My Playlist.

So, hello everybody listening to Radio 1. I am Daniel Radcliffe, once again. I feel like I’ll be saying that to you a lot over the next hour. Music has always played a massive part in my life. My mum and dad are very into music, particularly my dad. He had a life-size poster of Mick Jagger in his bedroom when he was growing up and was a huge tux fan of Bowie and things like that. So he got me into all of that. And when I started working on Potter, the chap who would drive me to work every day, Peter Harvey, who became a friend for 10 years, he was massively into Beatles and Pink Floyd, so then all of that started coming in. My friend Will was the guy who introduced me to punk music at about that age, which explains the presence of a couple of things you’ll hear later on this. But yeah, I’ve always been pretty obsessive. So my tendency is to, as soon as I like a band, try and learn as much as I possibly can about them. I am that kind of fan.

This is a band that I just came across. Actually I saw them performing this song on Jools Holland, and it was one of those live performances that just had such energy. I’d never heard the song – or heard of them – I was just immediately became excited about them. And of course I missed who they were and I’d changed the channel so I couldn’t rewind and find out, so I had to try and remember the lyrics to the song and type them into Google . Eventually I found this song, which is kind of a modern protest song, I suppose. It’s called 911 and it’s by Delta Spirit.

That was Delta Spirit with 911. I’m Daniel Radcliffe and this is still My Playlist.

So the back history of me is that I was pretty rubbish at school when I was going to school. When I was 8 or 9 I wasn’t really enjoying it. It was suggested to my mum and dad that maybe to give me some other experience that I should audition for the BBC’s production of David Copperfield, which I did. Nobody expected me to get it, having displayed no desire to act or do any acting in the past, beyond one tiny thing in a school play. I got it, much to everyone’s amazement. And I love it. I really enjoyed being on set. I enjoyed the fact that it meant I wasn’t in school. I was having a great time and it was giving me a sense of confidence. I think the thing that then went on to happen on Potter was I really started to find my confidence. In a sense of, people think of film sets as being very cold, clinical kind of places and possibly not good places for kids to grow up. But actually, particularly because it was the same crew for 10 years, there was an incredible sense of community that grew up around the Potter set, as well. I just loved it there. I got very lucky in that I loved it. So yeah, it’s pretty hard to condense those 10 years into anything more concise than that, I suppose. But suffice to say I had a very good time and feel like I’ve just had the most amazing start to my career. Since that, doing Equus – well, obviously that went on during – but the musical on Broadway and the films I’ve got to do last year, it’s just been very exciting. I’m thrilled to be able to work with as many interesting and diverse, different projects on stage and film. As I’ve said probably about five times in the last two minutes, I’m incredibly lucky. But I also love my job and I work hard at it. There’s nothing I’d rather do. And music has always been a huge part of my preparation. I think possibly it might be a sign of lack of training more than anything else, but I definitely always found that music is part of my technique. I find it can absolutely transport you into a different place and a different mindset. It’s a very immediate thing. I’ve always found it very, very useful. I know I’m not the only actor that does that. It’s definitely helpful. I remember I listened, on the set of the Potter film, there was a scene where I was coming out of the pensieve at the end and learned the truth about the story – I won’t spoil it for people that haven’t seen it – but I remember I was listening to a Sufian Stevens song You Are The Blood and it just for some reason absolutely put me in the right mode for that scene. I think it’s probably some of my best work I did in the film. So thank you, Mr. Stevens. I always make a playlist for a character, whatever character I’m playing. So my iPod’s full of very … in Horns, particularly, that film has a very angry mainly metal-based playlist.

The next track is by a wonderfully-named band called Dog is Dead and the song is called Glockenspiel Song. I like it. I maintain it’s very hard to write an unsentimental, but very upbeat, happy song. And this is definitely one of those. So enjoy.

That was Dog is Dead. This is Radio 1. I’m Daniel Radcliffe and this is My Playlist.

So I hope everybody is ready for some shameless self promotion. I am about to open in a new play on June the 8th in the Noel Coward Theatre. It’s a play called – it’s not a ‘new’ play, it’s new to me – it’s called [i]The Cripple of Inishmaan[i]. It’s by Martin McDonagh, who many of you will know from his work in In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. For those of you seeing that, obviously very, very dark comedy. A huge amount of the comedy in it is derived from people being incredibly cruel to my character. It’s a wonderfully funny play. I feel like I’m tricking you all because it is also very, very sad at times, but you will spend a lot of time laughing – hopefully, if we all do our jobs right. So we’re in rehearsals for that at the moment. The Irish accent is coming along. I’m pretty confident with it now, to be honest. None of us are going to be doing the exact Aran Islands accent. We have been assured that we will not be understood by a London audiences if we do that. So we’re all having to pull back slightly from the extreme. I mean, getting the accent, I started working on it a long time prior to rehearsals because otherwise you don’t really stand a chance of learning any of that dialogue. I was in the very fortunate position of Michael Grandage, the director of the play, basically came to me with a couple of other plays as well as Cripple of Inishmaan and said, “Look at these. We’re doing a season next year. We’d like you to be involved,” which obviously I would have cut my left arm off to be involved. He said, “Pick a play,” which is a ridiculous position for an actor to be in. But it was wonderful. As soon as I read [i]Cripple of Inishmaan[i] I just loved it. And then obviously I had to meet Martin to make sure Martin was happy with me to do it and everything. But then we had a really good meeting and it’s just gone from there really. The hope is always that – because obviously there is an awareness of me because of Potter and I have a bit of a fan base from that – and that’s wonderful because that means I can … and I suppose I’m known for making offbeat choices, as well. That’s something that’s great because it means I can do Equus and a load of people will come see [i]Equus] that might not otherwise come and see it. Hopefully the same will be said of Cripple. I was taken to the theatre a lot as a kid and I still like going. I know theatre isn’t something that everybody likes. I think some people think of it as being a chore. I think it’s no coincidence that for a lot of people the first time they go to the theatre is with school. It’s made to feel like a school thing that you’re somehow obliged to do. But I think if people start going regularly rather than just having the odd, one bad experience in something they didn’t like once, they’ll discover that there is so much out there that’s … I love film. I grew up on film. Film is my home in so many ways. But I am the first person to admit that great theatre is always more thrilling than great film because you’re there with the people. There’s some sort of very natural – just being there in the room with them it means you really physically feel what they feel. So if it’s a good production … I’ll also admit that very few things are worse than bad theatre because then there’s nowhere to run.

So you’re listening to My Playlist. I think it’s probably time for another song now. I picked a Pixie’s song – I could’ve picked a load of different ones. I’m sorry if you don’t like this one, but I just feel like it doesn’t get played enough particularly. It’s a short shop shock and I love it. This is Allison by Pixies.

That was Allison by Pixies.

This is My Playlist. I’m Daniel Radcliffe – almost called them ‘The’ Pixies then, which as we all know would’ve been a horrendous embarrassment. It is like somebody calling me ‘Haffy Potter ’. It’s actually like somebody calling me ‘Harry Potter’. It does seem to be the first sign of aging when you start to say things like ‘The Radiohead’. My dad won’t thank me for this, but he always manages to also remove the ‘the’ from bands that need it like he calls them ‘Strokes’ and ‘Libertines’. Plenty of you have been sending in questions and I will now do my best to be interesting and answer them.

From Karima: Daniel, if you were trapped on a desert island with the cast of Harry Potter, who would you eat first?
That is an interesting question. I think I might go with Michael Gambon. Only for the reason that we’ve been getting on each other’s nerves for years and winding each other up. So I think probably it’d just get to the point where he’d make one joke too many and I’d turn around and say, “Right, Gambon. I’m gonna eat you.” So I’ll go with Gambon on that, and I hope he hears this.

From Chris Moon: If you were ever going to end up in jail, what would it be for?
If I were to end up in jail for something, I would imagine it would be pick pocketing. Something like that because I’m small. My skill set lends itself to that. I watched Oliver so many times as a kid that there’s a certain glamour that goes to it so I could easily be led down that road by a Fagan.

From Ruth on Facebook: When you read the Harry Potter books, do you imagine yourself as Harry?
Well, Ruth, I tend not to read them as much anymore. But I think torwards the end when we were in that period between when we were still filming them but there were a few books left to come out, I think when those books came out I definitely read them and imagined, “Oh I’ll be having to do that in a couple of years” or something. Yeah, so there was definitely an element of that.

All right, enough of those questions for now. We will get some more of them later. This is a song which has one of the coolest lyrics I’ve heard in a long time which is, “He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac ‘cause he doesn’t like it looking like he looks back.” I think that’s just an awesome line. It’s Tame Impala with Elephant.

That was Tame Impala with Elephant. Very rarely you get to mention two animals in a song outro.

Hello, I’m Daniel Radcliffe. I’m still here for My Playlist and here are more of your questions now.

From Charlotte Spencer: Broadway or West End?
Oh Charlotte. You’re a stirrer, aren’t you, Charlotte? I honestly could not possibly choose. Mainly because I want to work on both again. They are very different atmospheres. In the West End we do have a certain amount of English reserve, whereas on Broadway the audiences are generally very , very vocal. There’s one thing that happens in New York which still freaks me out. You get a round of applause for just walking onstage, which is still bizarre to me and sets me off slightly every time I have it. It’s just weird to me. But, you know, mustn’t complain.

Helen on Twitter wants to know: What is your mobile phone background picture?
That’s a good question. My mobile phone background picture is of a – it’s going to sound really boring, but – it’s of three … I was filming in Vancouver up near a logging facility and there were these three huge tree trunks all piled up on top of each other. And then one of the guys who obviously worked there had just graffitied on the side of one of them, “I am going to be a house.” So that’s the picture I have on my phone ‘cause that made me laugh one day.

From Ian on Facebook: What is the best present you’ve ever given someone?
The best present I ever gave someone actually I may have given to somebody last night, because I saw my friend Amy last night and she is a diehard David Attenborough fan. I had met him at an interview ages ago and got his autograph for her – and have been forgetting to give it to her for upwards of like 18 months or something – and last night finally gave it to her. So I think that could probably be … that was probably one of the best reactions I’ve got, definitely.

All right, thank you for all of those. That was very, very kind of you. Some excellent questions, and genuinely questions I have not been asked before. The next track is by She & Him and is called Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? Check out the video. It’s very cool.

I’m Daniel Radcliffe. This is Radio 1 and that was Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? by She & Him. I am a huge fan of M. Ward, and how could anyone not be a fan of Zooey Deschanel? So that’s why I picked that one. The next band I picked for a reason of much heavier personal bias. I was in one of their videos. I am grateful to call them friends. They’re very, very cool people and one of my favorite bands. To be honest, I think one of the most underplayed bands in the country. So I’m trying to rectify that. They are Slow Club and this is their great song Two Cousins.

Hello, I’m Daniel Radcliffe. This is Radio 1. That was Slow Club with Two Cousins.

All right. I’ve been charged with telling a story, but I can’t think of any stories so I’m going to tell a very, very short joke, which I think is very funny. Why can you never trust atoms? They make up everything. If you didn’t laugh at that, we can’t be friends.

Somebody awhile ago sent me this song, or told me to check it out. This song Chevy Thunderby a band called Spector, who I’d never heard of. And I’ve been listening to it for ages and really enjoying it and then when I knew I was going to be coming on the show and doing my playlist I thought I’d look up the band just to check they hadn’t perpetrated any war crimes or anything that I shouldn’t be associating myself with. Then I found out that the lead singer is Freddie MacPherson who was a couple years above me in my school. I had a bit of a rough time at school and he was one of the few people that actually gave me the time of day and was really, really a very cool guy. So I’m very pleased to be able to plug him. As I said, that school was not the best time for me, like going to Potter and coming back and generally being a teenager. It was a bit rough and he was always so kind to me . Such a fun guy, and always, obviously, had great taste in music. His band, or a version of his band, Les Incompetents – I was never sure if that was supposed to be pronounced with a French accent or not – played at a school battle of the bands. I’m not sure if I even saw them perform at it. It was probably boring enough to go home before it started or something. He was a very, very cool guy always to me, and a great song.

This is the aforementioned Spector with Chevy Thunder. If you’re driving a car, I would encourage you to go fast but not faster than the speed limit.

This is Daniel Radcliffe on Radio 1, and that was Spector with Chevy Thunder.

Hello everyone, I’m Daniel Radcliffe. I hope you’re enjoying my playlist and my music isn’t too offensive so far. Next week we have AlunaGeorge here, so this is your chance to get your questions in for them. You can text now 81199 or tweet @BBCR1.

Okay, so we now have some either or’s for me. So we’re going to try and crack through these as well.

Get your work done in advance or leave it ‘til the last minute?
Oh, get my work done in advance. Absolutely. I think it used to be the other way around when I was in school, but now that I have a job I’m definitely in advance.

Under water or up in the air?
Up in the air, definitely. I like flying.

Bangers or mash?
Bangers.

Taxi or drive?
Taxi. I don’t have a license.

Laptop or desktop??
Laptop.

Cupcake or cookie?
Cookie.

Pulp or no pulp?
Pulp.

Whales or dolphins?
Dolphins.

The Queen or Prince Charles?
The Queen.

Sweet or salted?
Salted.

Real book or ebook?
Real book.

What was your nickname at school?
Didn’t have one. Didn’t do anything interesting enough.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home?
The first thing I do when I get home may sound pretty dull but I’m that kind of guy. I catch up on Pointless. I’m a big Pointless fan. There’s a lot of that to watch.

Hello, I am still here doing My Playlist. This next track is called Never Have Nobody Like You. It’s by M. Ward. He is absolutely one of my favorite artists. I don’t think he’s, in my opinion, made a bad album. Everything he does is interesting and different and generally very, very catchy. I think he’s one of the masters of writing unsentimental but very romantic love songs, of which this is a shining example.

I’m Daniel Radcliffe. This is Radio 1. That was the fantastic M. Ward with Never Have Nobody Like You.

Well, there’s a debate going on in here as to whether this next band are The Wedding Present or Wedding Presents. I’m sure somebody will be able to tell us. This song is just a great song about an argument, and to make something so mundane into something so poppy and fun is brilliant. It’s Wedding Present with Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?

So now we move on to what I consider the public service portion of the A playlist. This song is definitely the only song on this playlist whose lyrics also appear on the national curriculum. I got into John Cooper Clarke when I was about 13. I was given a copy of a punk compilation CD and it had one of his tracks on it. I immediately loved him and found him very, very funny and exciting. As I’ve grown older, I go back to him more and more and he just seems cleverer and cleverer. This is, I think, the greatest, most concise Indy love song ever written. I think he was on Have I Got News For You the other week and he referred to it as being something like the first dance song of humanist weddings. So yeah, enjoy. This is I Want To Be Yours.

That was the legendary John Cooper Clarke with I Want To Be Yours.

I meant The Hold Steady backstage at an interview. Normally when you meet bands backstage they are very, very disappointing and often very dour and don’t really want to chat to people – especially enthusiastic young fans like I was at this point. But I met The Hold Steady and they were the coolest bunch of guys I’d ever got the chance to actually hang around with. They were really, really nice and, again, like M. Ward, they’re a band I just keep coming back to again and again and again. I think this was probably one of their … it’s by no means my favorite song, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s Chips Ahoy. See if you can follow the story.

That was Chips Ahoy by The Hold Steady. This is Radio 1 and I am, once again, Daniel Radcliffe.

Well, this is pretty much it for me now. Thank you so much for listening. I hope I haven’t been too dull. I’ve never been entrusted with a radio program for an hour before, so this has all been very new. But I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the music. It’s been a pleasure. So thank you very much.

Phil and Alice are up next, but for now I’m going to leave you with a song that I believe should be played every day in schools. It’s Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest.

source: bbc.co.uk

27 May 2013

Updated: Time Out London magazine's interview with Daniel Radcliffe

Time Out London magazine had an interview with Daniel and they have posted a few quotes from their chat online which you can read below. He talks about The Cripple of Inishmaan, a tattoo he is getting, writing a screenplay, Star Wars and more.

Pick up Time Out London magazine on  4th June for the full interview.

Update: 4th June 2013: The Full interview is online and is added below. (Features a few new photos from a shoot by Hugo Glendinning)
Update: 5th June 2013: Another photo can be viewed at Twitter.

A sleek car purrs up to the back of Time Out’s offices and the agent (blonde, on the phone) and the muscle (two big rippling men) shoulder their way out of it. It’s a standard showbiz entrance. Until Daniel Radcliffe appears behind them: jumpy, nervy, intense, apologetic, beaming, dwarfed by his minder and driver (he’s 5 ft 5), and sucking hard on the last inch of an untidily rolled gasper.

There’s fame – and there’s Potter. Radcliffe has not only survived both, but grown up into one of the most unpretentious actors you could hope to meet: a lucid, bright 23-year-old with credible roles such as the horse-bothering Alan Strang, in stage debut ‘Equus’, already behind him. He’s an object lesson in how to survive the curse of being a child star: relationships conducted quietly out of the limelight; brief teenage flirtation with booze swiftly abandoned; rigorous focus on working with the very best people. That’s what brings him back to London: a physically and mentally demanding stage turn as ‘Cripple Billy’, a bullied Irish village boy in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’. Also coming soon are a couple of surprising film turns: as gay beat poet Allen Ginsberg in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ and as a guy who sprouts horns in, well, ‘Horns’.

No horns today; Radcliffe is rumpled and grimy after eight hours chucking himself around in rehearsals. But he is still full of beans, talking at a mile-a-minute and jumping up to demonstrate how he twists his body to play the role. Ultimately, it’s his judgment as well as his enthusiasm that marks him out now, as more than the boy who lived through the Potter franchise, but the adult who’s outgrown it.

Famous at 11, multi-millionaire at 19. Why aren’t you a completely fucked up egomanic? ‘That’s the question. I had really good parents. And I got lucky and loved it. I’m always amazed at the way some actors’ behaviour is truly disgusting. That’s one thing that will never happen on one of my sets, if I ever direct. Life’s too short to work with arseholes. and I’ve been lucky enough not to have to.’

You stripped naked in ‘Equus’, your last London performance. Was that a version of teenage rebellion?
‘No. It was a statement of intent. Some people were always going to be salacious and focus on the nudity but the people that mattered sat up and said, “Okay, that play’s no joke, it’s a bold move, he wants to do something serious.”’

In your new indie movie about beatnik Allen Ginsberg, people are already talking about gay sex scenes rather than poetry…

‘I don’t care why people see the film. If they see it for the wrong reasons they’ll still see it and they might take something from it. I think it will be an ‘Equus’ moment for me when ‘Kill Your Darlings’ is released this autumn. And not just because I'm getting naked. It’s not full frontal, so you don’t have to worry about that! It’s a performance and film that I’m proud of.’

Now you’re back on the West End to play a lame Irish village boy who dreams of going to Hollywood. Why this role now?
‘This was a complete no-brainer. I read Martin McDonagh’s play and fell in love with it.’

Your character, Billy, gets bullied by everyone. How's that?
‘I love getting beaten up. I encourage people to just hit me harder. There’s one fall where I take it on my arm and not only is it really fast and looks horrible, it also makes a really loud noise. I was taught how to fall by stuntsmen on Potter. For ages, in my lunch hours, I would just go round and choreograph fight scenes. For fun. So now I’m very good at being thrown around. I bounce, in the words of my friends.’

What impact does that Mark Rylance-style physical acting have on your body? When Rylance played Rooster Byron he even seemed to get shorter.

‘Fuck, I hope that doesn’t happen to me! My calves and lower back are really hurting but if I can get through rehearsals I won’t ever have to be in that position for longer than I am now. Though my arm’s going to look like this for a while (shows a huge lumpy bruise).’

Why push yourself like this?
‘The stories I’m interested in are challenging ones and maybe that requires a little bit more of you. I love my job and I want to earn the right to do it every single day.’

Are you a workaholic?
‘Yes, 100 percent. I don’t know when the last time was I had a holiday. I am now actively trying to develop other interests. I went rock climbing for the first time the other day. My idea of relaxation is not lying down by a beach. I have to move around, do stuff. Though I’m a massive quiz show person. I watch “Pointless”, followed by “The Chase” on ITVplus one, because they’re on at the same time, so you need plus one if you want both. And “University Challenge”.’

Do you ever watch your own movies?
‘No, not at all. Never, ever rewatch them.’

Does the fact that you’re liable to get papped stop you going out in London?
‘I stay in a lot. Going out’s not worth it. It’s not that I do get papped every time, but there are these moments. And going out has a certain level of anxiety around it. Most people are going to be lovely but there’s always one drunk guy who gets loud.’

Would you play Harry again if JK Rowling wrote a sequel in ten years' time?
‘Even if Jo did, which is unlikely, I’d take a LOT of talking round. I’ve done so much work to establish myself as something outside that series I’d be really hesitant to go back. I’m 23, which is too old to be running round in a schoolboy’s cape. I’d never totally close the door. But no more schoolboy stuff. A cameo as Harry's dad? That would be perfect!’

Would you ever do another big franchise, like Potter?
‘Yes. Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word. If directors like JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. “Star Wars” would be awesome. That’d be crazy cool.’

When Time Out last interviewed you a couple of years ago, you were living in Chelsea quite near to your parents. Do you still take your dirty washing home?

‘No, that has stopped! Sometimes they will come round and see me put something away and go: “Oh, very good! You’re learning how to do that now!” I’m taking better care of myself, generally. I’m cooking for myself a little more now. But I’ve never cooked for someone else. At least not yet.’

Your teenage years were exceptionally exposed – but many people find their 20s even more difficult. How are yours?
‘Your 20s are weird. You feel like you should be grown up but actually you’re not. They’re quite bewildering really. You’re constantly torn between that thing of, “I’m young!” And then, “I’m not!” There are certain expectations you have about your 20s when you’re a teenager and none of them really happen. You think everything’s going to be simpler but life gets more bloody complicated. I hope to be more settled. I want to direct before I'm 30. And finish writing something I’m proud of. I’ve just finished a screenplay, a very, very, very dark comedy. I’ve always loved the way Martin McDonagh writes. Economical, rhythmic. That’s the kind of writing I aspire to. And my screenplay’s got a fair amount of blood in it too. In that way I’m just ripping Martin off!’

Would you like to settle down and have kids?
‘I really want to have kids. I’ve grown up around lots of people who were having kids when I knew them, because a lot of them were a lot older than me. And I saw the wonderful change in them. A lot more tired, a lot more happy. I see that it gives you a sense of purpose that I only really get from work. I want that. And I’d like to get started on it before my thirties. I like the idea of being a youngish parent. So I’ve got energy to play football, even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four. I’d like to run around with them and do all sorts of stuff with them that I didn’t do when I was young.’

Would you be a pushy parent?

‘I’m definitely going to be one of those parents who pushes their kids into things. Not the film industry! But sport. I’d love my kids to be a boxer. Yeah! Cricket too. I will have to find a VERY tall wife if they’re going to be good at sports. You could be my size as a boxer, you’d just have to be a superfeatherweight or something.’

No regrets about not having that childstar meltdown and tattoos to show the kids?
‘Actually, I am planning to get a couple of tattoos. It’s going to sound really pretentious but there’s a Beckett quote I really like which I’m going to get tattooed on me. “Try again, fail again, fail better.” That’s what I’m about.’
Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

source: timeout.com
picture source: Hugo Glendinning

24 May 2013

The Daily Telegraph photoshoot

I posted already before about the interview from The Daily Telegraph's Review. Some more pictures from the photoshoot by Andrew Crowley taken at the Noel Coward Theatre on St Martins Lane, London as promotion of The Cripple of Inishmaan have now turned up online and can be viewed below.








picture source: Andrew Crowley

23 May 2013

Google+: Daniel Radcliffe's 2nd video diary

Back in April I posted Daniel's first video diary, now the second one has been uploaded on his Google+ page in which he tells more about his rehearsals for The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Title: "Video Diary 2..."
"I am Daniel Radcliffe. You know that already presumably because you are watching this video. Join me at another glamorous location for the second instalment of the video diary. I have a feeling most of these will be taken place in various corridors"

The Google+ link at this page is Dan's post shared via this site's Google+ page

21 May 2013

Updated: Official London Theatre's interview with Daniel Radcliffe

Official London Theatre had the chance to interview Daniel today. First off they asked for questions to ask him this morning via Twitter. Now that the interview is over they have updated their Twitter account with a picture and posted Dan's answers to some of the questions, which I have captured for you all, so you can find it below.

Their full interview will be posted in June, when it's online I will add it here.
Update: 18th June 2013: Full interview is online.


@O_L_T
 Here are the answers @MichaelGrandage's #CrippleOfInishmaan star #DanielRadcliffe gave to some of your questions...

From @PaulineM_: After How To Succeed Daniel will sing again, on Duckworth Lewis Method album. Was it a good experience he'd like to renew?
- "I’d love to sing again. I definitely hope that musical theatre is something I’ll be doing for a long time."

From @Sbluepop: Has he any plans to move to USA!? Or will he always stay in UK?
- I’m fairly split. This year I’ll mostly be in London. But I love New York and I miss it when I’m not there.

From @PerditaSuspiria: What one role he would still like to do?
- "Maybe when everyone’s forgotten how good Mark Rylance was I’ll have a go at Rooster in Jerusalem...That’s the most electrifying part I’ve ever seen played on stage."

From @_titch: What has been the hardest scene to film in his newer movies? ie Kill Your Darlings, Horns or The F Word?
- "In Horns I had to drive a car with a snake around my neck. I don’t drive & the snake was latching on to everything." 

source: Twitter (@)

20 May 2013

Updated: The Daily Telegraph's Review: Dan the man

The Daily Telegraph's Review section from past Saturday, 18th May 2013, features an interview with Daniel and a photo by Andrew Crowley, but for those of you who would like to read the whole cover story, check it out below.


Update: 23rd May 2013. I replaced the scan with the text from the online article, it's the same, features another picture from Andrew Crowley.



A couple of years ago, the British theatre director Michael Grandage was dining with Daniel Radcliffe in New York when, across the restaurant, a young girl recognised Radcliffe as the star of the Harry Potter films. “She kind of went into trauma – that’s the only way I can describe it,” Grandage tells me. “She just stood there, breathless, pointing. I’ve never seen anything like it, but Daniel managed to calm her down. He signed something and off she went. He said that happens to him a fair bit.”
One of the curious things about Radcliffe, whom I met recently in Grandage’s Shaftesbury Avenue offices, is his refusal to moan about the price of fame. At 23 years old, he is extremely rich (his fortune has been estimated at £60million), but money is not, he says, the motivating factor in his life. To have grown up in the public eye, in the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, has carried barely imaginable psychological pressures. “There are moments when you have an awareness there are very few other people in the world who understand the position you’re in from your point of view,” he says, but that’s about as far as he’ll go in circumnavigating the strangeness of his life.

“The most wonderful thing I hear is people coming up and saying 'Thank you for my childhood’, which still blows my mind but is very sweet. When people say 'What’s it like to be associated with such a big franchise?’ I say 'It’s very easy when your franchise is something that is so loved.’” He’s approached, too, as something of a confessor figure. “I’ve become people’s confidant in pubs. Somebody will be drunk and start telling you something about their relationship with their parents. You can end up provoking a huge range of reactions.”
Radcliffe is in the early stages of rehearsing Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, an uproariously funny, dazzlingly intelligent modern classic, set on the Aran Island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, and not seen in London since its 1996 National Theatre premiere. It is his first appearance in the West End since his triumphant 2007 debut in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. Just to hear him enthuse about playing “Cripple Billy” – another orphan hero, derided by those around him, who dreams of Hollywood stardom circa 1934, and the filming of Robert J Flaherty’s enduring documentary Man of Aran – is to receive a powerful adrenalin rush by osmosis.

Despite looking wholly down to earth in a white T-shirt and jeans, he exudes star quality. He’s also savvy enough to sense what not to divulge. When I try to coax him into talking about his love life, he replies with a smile: “I’ve learnt that no matter what I say or don’t say, people form their opinions anyway, so I’m now going to let everyone guess and leave it there.” But he’s also chatty, self-deprecating, articulate, focused – all of the things many young men would like to be at his age but often aren’t.

You might expect an overgrown brat – well, at least a brat of 5ft 5in. Certainly being who he is, he finds “you affect the room you’re in and people will turn around and have certain perceptions of what your life must be like. I feel like 'child-star prick’ is the image many people have of actors who started young; that’s the stereotype you’re coming up against.” That could easily sound aggrieved, but he says it with a laugh.

It’s only when I try to revisit the subject of his boozing that he clams up. He quit drinking in 2010 but only after going through a bad binge period when he was 18 and filming The Half-Blood Prince, which resulted in him turning up on set “dead behind the eyes”. He trails off when I ask him why that happened, and fixes me with a look of determined resolve that recalls young Harry facing down an assault by Dementors. So we move on. His unhappy skirmish with drink – which in the past he has attributed to anxiety about his post-Potter career, and a romanticised idea of self-destructive living – has been replaced, in any event, by self-acknowledged workaholism.

That’s not a bad word in his vocabulary. He regards his late pal Richard Griffiths as a model of contentment, curiosity and ceaseless industry. “I didn’t know many actors who were as consistently working as Richard was,” he says. It has been tough going into rehearsals for The Cripple of Inishmaan not long after Griffiths’s death in March following heart surgery. The actor was like a father to him during the early Potter films, in which he played nasty Uncle Vernon, and was also a big support as his co-star during his rites-of-passage debut in Equus (“I was so nervous before we did that show, he made it all seem far less intimidating”).

Radcliffe wept at the funeral and felt a pang to find himself back in the same rehearsal space they had worked in. But there’s no time for staying in mourning: “He wouldn’t be wanting me to slow down.” Going slow isn’t in Radcliffe’s nature. “Hyper” is how those who know him would describe him, he reckons. We need to catch him live while we can in the gilded Michael Grandage Company season, because following the success of The Woman in Black last year – the highest-grossing British horror film in 20 years, and a crucial post-Potter excursion that showed him facing supernatural threats without a wand or sidekicks to assist him – it’s all systems go. “The weight of expectation is a lot less now that that film has come out and done well,” he admits – but even so, the challenge is to see whether he can achieve the versatility he obviously craves.

This year alone, we will see him in an indie romantic comedy, The F Word, from Canadian director Michael Dowse, in which he says, “essentially I play myself – in a fun way – and I didn’t have to get covered in blood or mud”. We can also see him in Horns, a “fantasy thriller” based on a Joe Hill novel by French director Alexandre Aja, in which he stars as a young man accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, who wakes to find that he has sprouted special devil horns that allow him to glean people’s inmost secrets. “I don’t think I’ve ever done something bad on screen – and he does some very nasty things to people. It’s a weird, dark movie and I’m thrilled with it.”

He’s equally thrilled with the finished result of Kill Your Darlings, from New York director John Krokidas, in which he plays Allen Ginsberg in 1944 – a point at which the young Ginsberg was discovering his homosexuality, his vocation as a poet and meeting fellow “Beats” William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

There are some wildly passionate scenes with co-star Dane DeHaan. Describing the fast, unsparing experience of those shots, he has joked that Krokidas gave him his best-ever director’s note: “When we started kissing, I was too hesitant, and John went, 'No! Kiss him! F---ing sex kissing!’ The things directors have shouted to me in the past usually involve which way I have to look to see the dragon.” As soon as the run of The Cripple of Inishmaan ends, he’ll play a hunchback: Igor, the servant to Frankenstein, in a remake by Max Landis that Radcliffe describes as “the most exciting script coming out of the big studios I have read”. Straight after that, he’ll be off to Japan to shoot another film, Tokyo Vice, in which he stars as an American crime reporter called Jake Adelstein who risked life and limb investigating the Japanese underworld.

“He never stops,” Grandage tells me, in awe. For Inishmaan, “Dan”, as he likes to be called, has arrived at rehearsals not only with all the lines learnt, but physically and vocally ready for the part. He has a personal trainer to ensure that his body can take the stress of Cripple Billy’s shufflings and contortions. He has consulted a voice coach with cerebral palsy to see to it that he can bring that to the role, too. And though he boasts Irish ancestry of a sort – his father, who effectively became his manager when the Potter series began filming, hails from Belfast – he has studiously immersed himself in recordings of the Aran islanders.

In a sense, it’s obvious what Radcliffe is up to right now. Having succeeded in show business without really trying, he now has to consolidate childhood’s achievements in adulthood. “I don’t want anyone to ever say that I don’t belong where I am,” he admits. “That’s a very easy thing for people to say when you fall into something very young, something so huge, and you are wildly lucky to have ever got it in the first place. I want to earn my right to be doing these jobs. It’s a case of don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” He might have ended up like Cripple Billy, yearning for that elusive dream of Hollywood stardom, maybe even a figure of fun. Was that a reason he jumped at the chance to play him? “I definitely saw something in that that was very appealing to me, yes.” He recognises that he’s a character actor, not a conventional leading man – “Because I’m short and slim, I can identify with somebody who’s an unlikely fit for something and desperately wants to be part of it.” And it was a bit of a fluke really, his getting the Potter gig in the first place – thanks in large part to having wound up starring as David Copperfield for the BBC aged 10.

At the time, he wasn’t enjoying private school in London and felt like an underachiever, and “it was like 'Why don’t you go up for that?’ So I went for it, got it, which came as a surprise to everyone, because I’d been a monkey in a school play when I was six, and that was it. I’d never done any other acting. I enjoyed it, so when chances to audition for other things came up I said yes, not because I thought 'I love acting’ but because I loved being on a set and working.” His parents – his father, Alan, a literary agent, and his mother, Marcia, a casting director – famously hesitated before putting him through Potter. “I do sometimes wonder where I would have ended up had my parents said 'No, you can’t audition,’” he reflects. “It doesn’t really bear thinking about, though,” he adds with another laugh.

Perhaps he will drive himself to some kind of breakdown, pushing away at proving himself to the exclusion of anything one could call a normal life. And yet he seems, as has often been said, wise beyond his years. He knows what he’s up against – “there are many corners to turn” – and counts his lucky stars that it hasn’t gone belly-up so far. He won’t be hobbled by Harry Potter. “It was such a fantastic opportunity, some people can’t believe it could be entirely a good thing. When there were no problems during the series and none of [the young stars] got screwed up, the focus shifted to coming out of it – 'Well, that’s when it’s going to fall apart.’ But for me in my experience of it – I can say the same for Emma [Watson] and Rupert [Grint] – we have just gone off and we’ve been doing OK. We’re going to be written about in connection with Harry Potter forever. That’s fine. In terms of whether it has affected our ability to get other jobs, so far, touch wood, no, I’m relieved to say. “I’ve had an amazing decade. I just need to make sure I’ve got a good next one,” he concludes. “It’s all about longevity for me.” Will he stay in the limelight for as long as we’ll allow him? Maybe he will step to one side at a moment of his choosing, he hints. “The main thing I’d like to do over the next five to 10 years is write and direct.

“I’m writing something at the moment. I’ve just completed the first draft of it.” What’s that, then? He flashes that winning smile of his.“It’s a case of watch this space,” he says simply. He can be sure we will.

source: telegraph.co.uk, owlgalleon45 (Tumblr)

18 May 2013

Daniel Radcliffe on The Graham Norton Show

Daniel was (again) a guest on The Graham Norton Show which was recorded Thursday and aired yesterday on BBC One. He mainly talked about his upcoming play The Cripple of Inishmaan (and some Equus too) but also a bit about Horns & Kill Your Darlings. Other guests were Isla Fisher, Baz Luhrmann, Ed Byrne and Wretch 32. The pictures can be viewed via this site's Google+ page and below. A photo via Shakka on Facebook.

Note: There is some mature content throughout the show

The BBC clip





picture source: Ian West/PA Images

14 May 2013

Updated(2): Daniel Radcliffe special guest on the new Duckworth Lewis Method album

Daniel is announced as a special guest (just as Stephen Fry, BBC cricket commentator Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld) on the new album from the Irish pop group Duckworth Lewis Method. The band consists of former The Divine Comedy man Neil Hannon and Pugwash's Thomas Walsh.

The new album 'Sticky Wickets' & Single 'It's Just Not Cricket' are out July 1st. This new album is the follow up to the bands debut self titled album in 2009, a concept album all about cricket.

Update: 7th June 2013. The track 'Third Man' aired at the BBC Radio 6's Radcliffe and Maconie Show. The song starts at 54.24. Daniel's so called "spoken cameo" part can be heard at 57.19 (listen back until a week after the broadcast)
Update: 24th June 2013. London Evening Standard posted today that 'Third Man' is now set to come out as a single! Thanks to Duckworth Lewis Method HQ for the link.
It features a cornucopia of vocal talent; Henry Blofeld on 'It's Just Not Cricket', Daniel Radcliffe on 'Third Man', Stephen Fry on 'Judd's Paradox' and the whole of Lewis' local Taverners team, The Cavaliers, on the Python-esque 'The Laughing Cavaliers'.
Sticky Wickets Tracklisting:

Sticky Wickets
Boom Boom Afridi
It's Just Not Cricket
The Umpire
Third Man
Chin Music
Out In The Middle
Line And Length
The Laughing Cavaliers
Judd's Paradox
Mystery Man
Nudging And Nurdling
source: The Duckworth Lewis Method via hotpress.com & bbc.co.uk

US Vogue June 2013: Daniel Radcliffe as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan

You could already have noticed it via Daniel's Google+ page: the new June issue of Vogue magazine (US) features a new photoshoot from Daniel as Billy Claven in The Cripple Of Inishmaan. The iPad version can be viewed below.



source: owlgalleon45 (tumblr)
picture source: Anton Corbijn

13 May 2013

The Works UK Distribution acquired Kill Your Darlings + NL release date

And then more distribution news today. The Works UK Distribution acquired the British distribution rights for John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. They will release the film in the fall.

And for all the Dutch Fans: I knew it already some time but realised I had not made a post of it yet. Kill Your Darlings is set to be released on 17th October 2013 here in Holland. Lumière NL is the distributor, I checked it with them and they confirmed it. More info on this will come when I have it.


source: Lumière/THR

Lionsgate UK acquired distribution rights to Horns

It has been announced online that in the run-up to Cannes, Lionsgate UK has secured the theatrical distribution rights to Horns.

More about Horns via Joe Hill's website:



source: joehillfiction.com, variety.com

12 May 2013

Updated: Daniel and the cast of Merrily West End

Last night Daniel went to see the musical Merrily We Roll Along in London. The official Twitter page for the musical posted this photo of Daniel and the cast backstage after the show.

Note: the @mention they used is a fake Daniel account.

Here's an amazing shot of our cast with @DanielRadcliffe backstage after the show!
Update: 21:55 PM Another picture is posted at Daniel's Google+ page.

Dan saw the musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG last night and met the fantastic cast afterwards!
The Google+ link at this page is Dan's post shared via this site's Google+ page.

09 May 2013

New promotional still for The F Word

Entertainment One Films International has released a new promotional still for The F Word which is featured in a brochure from Entertainment One for Cannes 2013. The F Word is mentioned because the brochure included the latest details of Entertainment One's festival and market screenings (they debuted selected scenes from The F Word at AFM 2012). The film is currently in post-production and is not lined up for Cannes.



picture source:
Caitlin Cronenberg/Entertainment One Films International

03 May 2013

Daniel Radcliffe talks about The Cripple of Inishmaan (The Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal caught up with Daniel in a cafe in Fulham to talk about The Cripple of Inishmaan. And if you missed it on our Facebook page: Here a picture of Dan with photographer Matt Crockett who recently did a photoshoot with him for The Cripple of Inishmaan. Photo via Facebook.

How did you get involved in "The Cripple of Inishmaan"?
I met Michael Grandage for the first time when I was 14, when my agent was first starting to get me to meet a few people. I met him and talked about theater and the fact that I wanted to do it. Then years go by, I worked with Rob Ashford on "How to Succeed," and of course Rob is a child of the Donmar theatre in London as well. He was brought up through there, has directed loads there, and worked with Michael a lot. I guess Michael got good reports from Rob, and then Michael came and started talking to me and saying, "I'm putting together this season." He said that he wanted me to be in the third play of the season, and then he gave me five plays to read and we talked about them. To be honest, as soon as I read "Cripple," already being a big Martin McDonagh fan as I was, I was like "it's going to be hard to beat this one."

You will play "Billy" as a young man with cerebral palsy. How did you prepare?
I've got to learn a potentially tricky accent, and, obviously, the physicality of the role. I'm having classes at home with a lady called Janis Price, who's a vocal coach but she also has a very, very, very mild cerebral palsy. It's very slight so we're working on basically timesing what she has to the power of 10. In the play it's never specific, they don't ever mention what is wrong with him. They just say, one bad arm, one bad leg, and he's shuffling. So then it was a matter of really going through the play and extracting what information we could. After we identified it as cerebral palsy, that's when we got in contact with Janis. She told me about the condition, the mechanics of it, what it is and what you can and cannot do with your leg or with your arm. It's really been a matter of working out how brilliant you become with your right side. Learning about the disability has been really interesting, and my mission for it is that I hope that people who have the specific type of cerebral palsy that I have—because there's a term, it's hemiplegia—I hope they come and see the show and go, that's authentic.

What about this play attracted you?
It's such a challenging play because most of the humor is derived from cruelty. It's all about these characters being relentlessly cruel to Billy, not even cruel in a malicious way, that's just how they talk to him. They've called him "Cripple Billy" all his life, it's natural for them to make a joke about his arm, make a joke about his leg, take a piss, be horrible to him. That's just so run of the mill for him. For me, the interesting part of Billy is trying to express the difference between his inner life and his outer life. The frustration over the fact that they're so at odds with each other.

It's interesting because Billy is an orphan, while other characters you've played have complicated family backgrounds.
Well, let's count—Billy, David Copperfield, Harry, Maps [in "December Boys"]—this is my fourth orphan. Which is kind of interesting for somebody's who's had a really lovely family background. My parents are great. Chris Columbus maybe said it best when I had my first audition for "Potter," when he just said, "Dan's a really happy kid but he's just got something that looks slightly haunted about him sometimes," whether I mean to or not. And I think that's maybe my orphanish quality.

You're writing a screenplay. How's that going?
I finished my first pass at the thing I'm trying to do. I immediately sent it off to ["Kill Your Darlings" director] John Krokidas. He's the only person I've shown it to. I just said, get your red pen out and he actually gave brilliant stuff. He was giving me these notes and I was going, oh that's very clever. That's something I would definitely like to do, because it's just fun, and I want to direct. I think it's probably easier to write something yourself than to try to convince somebody to give you their script as a first-time director.

source: online.wsj.com

01 May 2013

Updated(3): Daniel Radcliffe to star in Tokyo Vice

Deadline has reported (also shared via Daniel's Google+)  that Daniel is set to star in Crime Saga Tokyo Vice. A thriller that Anthony Mandler will direct from a script by playwright JT Rogers. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing. Production will start early mid-2014.in 2015.

Daniel will play American reporter Jake Adelstein who, while working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper in Tokyo, covered the crime beat and locked horns with yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, called the “John Gotti of Japan.

Update: 6th November 2013. FilmNation Entertainment will finance and commence international sales at the AFM (news via Screen Daily) And filming will begin mid-2014.
Update: 2nd February 2014. Production is pushed back. Shooting starts next year as mentioned in this interview (Tokyo Weekender) with Jake Adelstein. So release will probably be in 2016.
Update: 7th February 2014. Shooting will start Summer 2015. A bit more info below.


The film is based on Adelstein’s memoir detailing how the journalist’s investigating and finally exposing the notorious gangster exacted a high personal cost and sacrifice which included death threats. Adelstein, who will be working with Rogers on the story, is still an investigative reporter who writes for The Daily Beast, The Japan Times, The Atlantic Wire, and is an adviser to Polaris Japan, a non-profit group that combats human trafficking. His second book, The Last Yakuza, will be published next year by Pantheon.
 source: deadline.com

The Cripple of Inishmaan teaser videos

The Michael Grandage Company has published two new teaser videos online for The Cripple of Inishmaan. Like Daniel posted at his Google+ (and mentioned at the Olivier Awards) he has started with rehearsals for the play on 29th April.






29th April 2013:
First day of rehearsals for THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN!
source: michaelgrandangecompany.com