29 February 2012

WestJet magazine Q&A

Q&A with Daniel for WestJet magazine in promotion of The Woman in Black. They caught up with him at Manhattan’s Regency Hotel.

Are you a workaholic?
Yep. I don’t know what it is not to work. Since I was 10, I’ve worked every day and I love it, and so I don’t know why I would do anything else. I am happiest on a film set. 
 
In The Woman in Black, you play a widower, a father—someone who seems older than you are. Were you looking for an adult role?
Yes. As Arthur, I get the best of both worlds because the role is challenging and different from Potter, and it gets me out of a schoolboy outfit that I wore for 10 years. I play the part of a 24 year-old who seems even older because he’s a widower and a father of one who’s learning to deal with loss. So he wouldn’t be quite as peppy as I naturally am. I had to suppress my own energy and find a tiredness, a malaise and a general sense of detachment. Now audiences will see me as a dad, which is great. But Arthur is not so disparate and weird; it’s not like I’m playing a drug-addled rent boy. No one is going to say: “Oh, now Radcliffe’s trying to shock us into thinking he’s somebody different.” You have to limit the ammunition at both extremes. 

Does The Woman in Black belong in the fantasy genre?
Yes. Undoubtedly. It’s supernatural. It’s horror. But very different from Harry Potter. The ghosts in Harry Potter and The Woman in Black are as different as are the elves in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter: We have Dobby and they have Orlando Bloom. We have ghosts that are a much more frightening proposition in The Woman in Black. 

What did you think you would do when Harry Potter ended?
We finished filming Harry Potter in July 2010, and I knew I wanted to do something in the latter half of that year. I read a few very good scripts, but this one just rose to the top. One of the things that attracted me to it was that it was such a compelling story. The thing my dad always said to me, “If it’s not on the page, it won’t be on the screen,” and that’s very true; and it is all on the page. Everything. I got scared just reading it. It’s a film that’s going to freak people out. 

My Week with Marilyn is now out, which stars one of your cohorts, Emma Watson [Hermione Granger in Harry Potter], in a small role. Have you been offered small parts?
My understanding is Emma has more severe time constraints than me, right now. I’m not trying to juggle university [Watson is attending the University of Oxford], so that opens me up for being available for long periods of time. I would have nothing against doing a small part in something at all. It just happens that this first [post-Harry Potter] role was a lead and I got lucky, I guess. 

Do you think people will compare this film with the TV movie that came out in the 1980s?
Of course. Funnily enough, the person who played Arthur in the original TV movie [Adrian Rawlins] played James Potter, my dad, in the films. It’s a weird little twist of fate—and the TV film came out the year I was born [1989]. I haven’t seen it, because I’m a terrible mimic. Apparently, it was very good, very slow-burning. We have been very faithful in the tone and atmosphere to the book. And, even though our adaptation is different, I think real fans of the book will love the film. [The author] Susan Hill does, so that’s good.

What’s in store for you next?
I am looking for interesting roles that involve risk, as that’s often when you end up working with interesting people.

source: westjetmagazine.com

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