Saturday 25 October 2014

Daniel Radcliffe brings some magic to Ireland's movie fans

Elaine McCahill

Published 16/08/2014 | 08:15

Last time he was in town he ended up partying with the Dublin Minor Football team, but Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s latest flying visit was a low-key affair.

He team were out celebrating their 2012 All-Ireland win in the city centre when they bumped into the star and he went back to a party at the captain’s house with them.

Photographs of the bash went viral but Radcliffe had no plans to party with the GAA lads last night, telling reports; “We’re no longer in touch.”

He appeared at Cineworld on Parnell Street to promote his new film, romantic comedy ‘What If’, part of which was filmed in Dublin.

Daniel Radcliffe poses and signs autographs with fans at the Irish premiere of his new film What If, at Cineworld in Dublin
Daniel Radcliffe poses and signs autographs with fans at the Irish premiere of his new film What If, at Cineworld in Dublin

And while he has tried to distance himself from robes and wands in his recent screen outings, he was happy to answer questions about the wizard he played for eight years.

Speaking to the Herald, he didn’t rule out taking up the role again if the opportunity came up as part of spin-off trilogy ‘Fantastic Beasts’ planned by Warner Bros studios.

Daniel Radcliffe with fans at the Irish Premier of What If at Cineworld on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Daniel Radcliffe with fans at the Irish Premier of What If at Cineworld on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

“I could imagine myself playing a grown-up Harry but I’m not sure I’d want to do it,” he said.

“I would’ve worked very hard to amke sure that people see me as an actor rather than a character at that point so to go back to it might seem like a backwards step.

Daniel Radcliffe poses and signs autographs with fans at the Irish premiere of his new film What If at Cineworld in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Daniel Radcliffe poses and signs autographs with fans at the Irish premiere of his new film What If at Cineworld in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

“I’d never say never, but I’d take some convincing I think.”

However, asked about a mooted Harry Potter stage musical, the star said; “It’s not something I’d support. I mean I would in the same way that you support a friend when he’s making a terrible decision because he’s your friend, but I wouldn’t be a fan of the idea.”

Daniel recently starred with Pat Shortt in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ on Broadway in New York and the young actor said he would love to work with him again.

“I would love to direct or be directed with Pat Shortt, I was texting him earlier trying to get him out tonight but he was busy so we’ll have to catch up again.”

Radcliffe, who has stripped down for a number of roles, says he doesn’t have any inhibitions.

“I don’t mind it. It’s one of these things I don’t request. I don’t Say, ‘the script’s great, where’s the nudity?’. But it seems like every film I did in the year I shot ‘What If’ I got my kit off in all of them.

“It’s just a theme in my work at the moment. I think once you’ve done it on stage you lose your inhibitions.”

His new movie, ‘What If’, wrapped filming in Dublin recently. Radcliffe plays a young man burnt out from a string of failed relationships and strike sup a friendship with a girl who lives with her long-term boyfriend. Sparks fly and things get complicated.

Daniel spoke fondly of this time here, saying: “I loved shotting in Dublin, we had a great crew and that’s how I experience most cities, through the film crews I work with.

“But it was nice; it was relaxing, because we finished the film here so it was a lovely way to have a send off.

“The people are really friendly and welcoming. It’s a beautiful old city with a lot of history and a whole weight of literary history behind it as well.”

(The Herald)

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