Dan Radcliffe Talks to Esquire about Potter, Life, and More in New Interview


Jul 03, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

The August issue of Esquire Magazine features an eight page photo spread and interview with actor Dan Radcliffe. In this interview, the young Harry Potter actor speaks at great length about a number of subjects related to the Potter films, his life in the limelight, and his future. This most candid interview begins with Mr. Radcliffe talking of a recent injury sustained fighting a “giant snake” during a recent day of filming. He says:

“I was doing this scene where I fight a giant snake and, being the hi-tech, multimillion production that we are, the snake was being played by our stunt coordinator holding a long pole with a boxing glove tied to the end with gaffer tape. I was fending it off with a chair and was caught unawares. The chair went flying into my top lip. To be honest, it was brilliant because I saw the playback later and I go down like a bloody boxer!”

Mr. Radcliffe goes on to speak of life filming the Harry Potter films, calling the environment at Leavesden Studios in England by saying, “I’ve got all my mates there, it’s a really safe environment and always has been… I love being there.” He continues:

“You just immediately felt that you were in some band of brothers in the French Resistance or something. You were one of those cool ones suddenly, and I’d never been one of the cool kids at school, so that was awesome. You realize that all the kids who were really cool at your school were actually scuzzy and horrible and boring. The nerds are the ones that make the films and do loads of other really cool stuff in their life.”

The magazine continues to discuss other elements of the young actors life, including his continued education and various media reports, many of which Radcliffe dubs “hilariously misinformed.” As the interview comes to a close, the conversation turns to the future. Speaking of his current study of “the basics of ballet,” he notes that “the thing is, in a few years I’ll
be 21, 22, and that’s when all the guys who’ve been at drama school
will come out. They’ve been learning dance or singing and all that
stuff, and I’m going to need to compete with them because I won’t have
Harry Potter as my safety net anymore. I need to make myself as viable
a choice for any part as I possibly can.”

One of those possible future projects, Radcliffe relates, has him portraying a father, which he says is “very strange.” He continues: “Occasionally I’ll be reading scripts for stuff that might happen in the middle of next year, and then I’m taken out of Potterland for a while. But this is basically where my head’s at for the next year.”

A slight caution for parents, this interview does contain discussion on a number of subjects that may be inappropriate for younger readers. The full series of scans from the August issue of Esquire Magazine can be seen right here.

Thanks to our Order Partner DanRadcliffe.com!

31 Responses to Dan Radcliffe Talks to Esquire about Potter, Life, and More in New Interview

Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Very interesting interview...Avatar Imageele0206 says: he's so sexy, by the way. <33333333333333333333 ADD ME! ;) and sorry if I posted too many times..Avatar ImageLillylove says: Oh Dan...such a serious cutie. May have to actually go pick this magazine up off the stands!Avatar Imageiamminerva says: Is this issue out now? I'm off work today for the Indepence Day holiday so I think I'll have to go out for iced tea and dessert at a certain local eatery that features magazines you can read for free. Later! Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Excellent!!! I love the interview!!! Also Dan!!! jeje!!! But really great interview! He's right! He won't have Harry Potter anymore!!! but he is a really good actor!!! he can do anything!!! He shouldn't be worried about others!!! OMG ILD!!!Avatar ImagePigmyPuffPie says: LOLOL!! He is so hilarious! I hope he does a comedy.Avatar ImageFonty says: Yay, he´s one of us, one of us, one of us. :) Atheist of the world: unite! Sorry about that outburst, which might get deleted. ;) He´s the man, and he won´t get in trouble for this interview. :) And it is still amazing how "normal" he comes across in interviews.Avatar Imagemystifiedbymuggles says: wow look whos all grown up!!Avatar ImageDespina says: I must confess I'm a bit disappointed. I've always liked his interviews but this one is at times so... private, and perplexing too... and I think I'd rather NOT know about those things!Avatar ImageAlli says: Great interview! I love reading what Dan has to say! :DAvatar ImageLuce_depp says: Wow that's a cool interview... Awesome that they filmed Godrics right...Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: Its really interesting interview it’s cool to see that behind all the crazy celebrity stuff he’s just a normal teenAvatar Imageprettygypsy2007 says: I love the band aid on his head. His interviews are always so interesting. Avatar ImageGraymayne says: In interview in which he doesn't pull his punches, lol! He is as entertaining as ever. I'm glad that I'm not the only one on the planet who isn't keen on Michael Jackson's music. Avatar Imagecghambright says: He's so sexy!! Only Dan could look that Handsome with a bloody nose and a black eye! I can't wait to read this!Avatar Imageele0206 says: veeeeery interesting interview....*and photos*...he looks more handsome every day!! and they're filming the Godric's Hollow scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imageele0206 says: GODRIC'S HOLLOW SCENE PEOPLE!! where he goes at his parent's graves...omg omg omgAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Haha he really hurt himself while filming and though it look cool on the playback. Wow it must not have hurt. Fighting a snake? Must be the scene when Nagini comes out of Bathilda's body.Avatar Imagecghambright says: I love the part about his house and the milk going bad. It's such a normal thing to do. I totally picture him gagging over the sink. And I'm SO excited that they've film the GODRIC's HOLLOW scene!! I can't wait to see that!! His comments about Michael Jackson are surreal considering he's dead now and I cant believe he's an atheist...talk about controversial. lol. I also love all the stuff about the cast being horny during the filming of movies 3, 4, and 5. lol. But that's what happens when you put a bunch of teenagers together. I wonder who took Harry Potter's virginity?! But this is an awesome interview! I'm totally buying this issue! He's such an interesting person and I love all these pictures! Hot!! Avatar Imagebudgie says: Godric's hollow is in! YAY!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: That must mean that they have filmed the scene in which they are at Godric's Hollow and are attacked by Bathilda Bagshot. That scene in the book was awfully strange and I cannot wait to see how the adaptation handles it!Avatar ImageCassy Blake says: He sounds so... well... cool... like he'd be great to just hang out with.Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: that picture of him is so amazingly sexy!!!! back off people....were getting married one day....i will stab you with a spork.....yes a sporkAvatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Oh Dan, you are so modest! *sarcasm* lol I really hope he doesn't fight off Nagini with a chair!Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Dan rocks my socks, man. Love him. =DAvatar Imagesimos says: It's one of his best interviews. I really enjoyed this one!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: quite a candid interviewAvatar ImageLucia Meadows says: When did Dan morph into Elijah Wood? He's right about the acting students, though. The more skills you have, the more work you get.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: @Lucia Meadows, I've been saying that for a long time now -- it's no wonder people confuse Dan for Elijah and vice versa! They look very much the same (read: they're both hot) and by the sound of the interviews, they're both very normal, rooted and level-headed young men, regardless of their fame and wealth. Not to mention the fact that both of them have been extremely fortunate to portray the most famous and most loved literary characters of all time. I remember back when LOTR Return Of The King came out and Elijah was a guest at Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he was joking about signing autographs as Daniel Radcliffe because a lot of people kept mixing them up already back then. :-DAvatar ImageDolemite says: Nice face :PAvatar ImageKC Nox says: I loved that interview! It made dan seem so genuine

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