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Daniel full of praise for D'Unbelievably talented Shortt as he casts spell on fans

Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30

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

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was full of praise for D'Unbelievables actor Pat Shortt during a whistle-stop visit to Dublin.

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Radcliffe described Shortt as his "favourite Irish actor of all time" adding that he would love to cast the Tipperary man in his directorial debut.

The two men shared the stage together during the Broadway run of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan.

"I have worked with so many fantastic Irish actors," Radcliffe told the Irish Independent.

"Domhnall and Brendan Gleeson and Richard Harris but I would love to direct Pat. Being on stage with him was a joy. He is a wonderful man and a fantastic actor but please don't tell him I said that."

Radcliffe flew into town for the Irish premiere of romantic comedy What If.

An Irish Canadian 
co-production, the film was shot in Dublin and Toronto last year.

"We were originally meant to film in Argentina but the Irish Government are a lot friendlier to deal with," Radcliffe said. "Filming in Dublin was a delight. It's a beautiful old city with a lot of history and a weight of literary history behind it. I have filmed in Ireland several times, it's always nice to come back."

Directed by Michael Dowse, What If tells the story of medical school drop-out, Wallace, who falls hopelessly in love with endearing blonde Chantry.

One problem though; Chantry is already taken and living with her long-term boyfriend - leaving Wallace in the dreaded "friend zone".

"It is unlike any film I have done before," Radcliffe said.

"It was the first time I played a contemporary normal bloke and it's a romance which was great because I am an old 
romantic by nature; I used to write the most terrible love poems when I was a teenager."

Since appearing in the Harry Potter franchise, Radcliffe has worked on an array of other movies including horror film The Woman In Black', stage play Equus and dark drama Kill Your Darlings.

"People know me from Potter but I think doing a variety of different roles will prevent me from being defined by one character," he said.

Irish Independent

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