As fans eagerly await Daniel Radcliffe’s next role in Bizarre: The Story of Al Yankovic, Radcliffe is once again in the spotlight of his mostly private life. Always remembered as the titular Harry Potter of the magical series, Daniel Radcliffe has branched out considerably so as not to be pigeonholed.
The horns the actor gained instant fame with his starring role in Harry Potter and his fanbase remains as big as ever. Even so, there’s a lot about Radcliffe that isn’t common knowledge. Only the most dedicated Daniel Radcliffe fans would know these facts about the young star’s life.
Daniel started acting in a school play
The active gene was active in Radcliffe at a young age – at six years old to be exact. His first “role” was in a school play, where he played the prestigious role of a monkey. His next big role was the title role of David Copperfield in 1999, which led to a series of additional works.
Just two years later, Radcliffe finds himself in his first film The Tailor of Panama, who began his cinematic journey in the industry. A little after, Potter past.
He almost didn’t do Harry Potter
It’s safe to say that the role of Harry was a game-changer for Daniel Radcliffe, but his parents actually turned down the part at first. Radcliffe’s first contract was for six films, all of which were to be shot in Los Angeles.
This did not sit well with her parents, as they thought it would disrupt her childhood too much. Once the contract was changed to two films to shoot in England, they relented and the Boy Who Lived graced the screens of Potterheads around the world. It’s quite shocking for fans to think that the brave and loyal Harry Potter could have been another actor.
Daniel would like to play Spider-Man
In conversation with metro.co.uk, Radcliffe revealed that he loves the web-slinging Marvel hero and would have loved to play him in the movies. A self-proclaimed superhero movie fan, he said: “I would have been a good Spider-Man but the boat sailed on that and I’m very happy to see Tom Holland doing it. He’s fantastic.”
There are certainly other ways Daniel Radcliffe could become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans would love to see that dream come true.
He often performs on Broadway
Beyond the big screen, Daniel Radcliffe has an affinity for Broadway. His first outing as a stage actor was in Peter Shaffer’s Equus, in 2009, where he played Alan Strang, a conflicted teenager with an obsession with horses.
In 2011 he starred in the Broadway version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The cripple of Inishmaan in 2014. 2018 saw him in The lifetime of a fact, also on Broadway. The actor also does theater off Broadway, and unconventional roles are Radcliffe’s favorite.
He is a published poet
Although acting is something Radcliffe is known for, his poetry is a secret only his biggest fans know. He said “as an actor there is room for some creativity, but you will always end up saying someone else’s words.”
He published his original work under the pen name Jacob Gershon in Waste magazine, one of which is called “Away Days,” about a womanizing husband who has no qualms about his secret life. Daniel was around 17 when he published his work. He also played Alan Ginsberg in a film about poets, Kill your darlings.
He eschews tattoos to help make-up artists on set
In a Wired interview, Radcliffe revealed that getting a tattoo was something he had always wanted and thought about, but imagining the faces of his makeup artist friends made him stop dead every time.
Makeup artists always have to work a little harder and come in earlier to cover actors’ tattoos. Radcliffe is considerate of his co-workers and avoids getting tattooed precisely for this reason.
Daniel saved the $100 million he made from Potter
Daniel made a lot of money being the star of the mega-franchise that was Harry Potterestimated at $100 million as of January 2021. However, the boy wizard reportedly didn’t spend any of his earnings and instead saved it.
This financial security gave him the freedom to choose the roles that were important to him, not just the money. He said, “I want to give them something they’re interested in, rather than just watching me make lots of money on shitty movies for the rest of my life.”
His favorite books are the fifth and last
In the same Wired interview, Radcliffe revealed that he indeed has a favorite Harry Potter books, namely the fifth and the last. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the longest book in the entire series and an unconventional choice. Radcliffe loved the relationship Harry shared with Sirius.
The last episode of Harry Potter was also one of the most beloved for him. He must have had fun playing the memorable ending to the saga.
Daniel hated his job in The Half-Blood Prince
Like most other actors, the young actor sometimes views his own work too critically. Of the eight Potter movies, he thinks his work in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was not up to par.
Radcliffe cried, “And that’s why it’s hard to watch a movie like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Because I’m not very good at it. I hate it.” Many Potter fans would however disagree with Radcliffe and think he is far too self-critical and humble.
He doesn’t do social media
While fans would love to get a glimpse into Daniel Radcliffe’s inner life, they’ll have to rely solely on the actor’s interviews and tidbits. He’s not on any social media, and he has no intention of being on Twitter or Instagram.
He thinks he’d be one to retaliate against his haters on Twitter, so it’s best he stays away from the websites to keep his peace of mind intact.
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