14 May 2014

IN New York magazine interview

Daniel is featured on the cover of IN New York magazine's June issue. They did talk with him while he prepared for the opening night of The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway and you can read the interview below. A HQ photo from the cover is posted on CoI's Facebook page.

And Daniel's official Google+ page did post:
"Plus 1 if you like Dan's cover of June's IN New York Magazine!"
The interview:

How does it feel to be doing live theater again?
It’s fantastic, especially with a New York audience: They’re so vocal and they give you so much. It’s not just that they laugh at the funny moments; they’ll also gasp! Some of the humor in the show is quite dark and quite shocking at times, and you’ll hear people being scandalized by a joke—which is just a brilliant feeling for an actor on the stage!

(© Matthew Lyn/Corbis Outline)

Is the humor too sharp for American audiences?
We thought it might be, but so far people seem to be really enjoying it. It’s interesting, because there are so many politically incorrect jokes in the show. There’s one towards the end when my character is slightly rude to his aunties, and the doctor says to me, “You shouldn’t talk to them like that,” and I say, “I know, but they keep going on and on.” Then the doctor says, “I know they do, but they’re women!” Now, even though it’s set in 1934 and there have been a number of politically incorrect things all evening, that’s the joke that got a big laugh every night with a British audience. But in America, you just sort of sense a lot of men looking nervously at their wives to see how they can react!

Do you still get recognized on the street from Harry Potter?
Yeah, I do, absolutely, but people in New York are always really polite about it. They’re always very sort of sweet and enthusiastic. On the whole, Harry Potter is one of the more well-loved franchises. I’m lucky to have been connected to something that’s close to people’s hearts.

Your parents were in the arts. Did their experience help give you good support at home?
They had so much advice that they could pass on, particularly with my dad about scripts. As a literary agent, he was all about finding new writers, new material and new voices. And that’s been a really big influence on me. Originality is, I hope, a theme that runs through all the work I want to do—and also intelligence.

Did your mom help you knock on doors?
No, no, no, my mum has never put a word in for me for any part! The way it came about for my first-ever job was [through] a friend of hers, Sue Latimer, who was an agent. When I was 9 and doing really badly at school, my mum said, “He’s a really unhappy kid.” And Sue said, “Why don’t you send him up for an audition? That’ll be something that makes him feel a bit special.” So that’s how I wound up an actor.

You virtually grew up on film and stage sets. How did you make friends?
There is something about being out on a stage together and having to step in and save each other’s ass, it really does bond you as a group. How to Succeed was probably one of the biggest—I still have so many friends from that production.

How did you avoid typecasting?
For me, it just meant taking on as wide a range of parts as early as I could, starting with Equus in London. Whether you liked or didn’t like my performance, the one thing that couldn’t be disputed was that it was the action of somebody who wanted to be an actor and wasn’t content to just coast on their fame. And since then it’s been just about repeating that, continuing to push and challenge myself. As long as I’m doing that, then I’ll be doing something hopefully fresh and unexpected.

Do you own a place in New York?
Yeah, I do. I just love it here. It’s so easy to live in New York. The people are friendly, and it’s just a great city! It’s the only place anywhere in the world, other than London, where I get off the plane and I don’t feel totally like an alien.

Any favorite places in town?
I live near the Hudson River, so wandering around Hudson River Park is beautiful. There’s a great place called Fat Cat, a bar that has table tennis as well, which I’m a big fan of. I think one of the wonderful things about New York is the food. In New York, you can just sort of wander in any direction from your house, and you will find something that you haven’t been to before.

Say you have friends coming in from London. Where do you take them in New York?
I’d probably just take them for a walk around the city. Just go out and start exploring. The people-watching in the city is insane fun, just because there are some crazy people here—and som very uninhibited ones!

source: innewyork.com
picture source: Matthew Lyn