Wednesday 23 October 2019

Radcliffe: I want to be new Oldman

Daniel Radcliffe admires Gary Oldman's body of work
Daniel Radcliffe admires Gary Oldman's body of work

Daniel Radcliffe has said he believes he could be the next Gary Oldman.

The Harry Potter star told Empire magazine how impressive he found the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star's acting career and revealed he hoped to build up a similar body of work.

Daniel said: "When I look at Gary Oldman's career, that's what I look at and go, 'Oh my God! That's amazing!' The versatility and range shown there... And, you know, I believe I'm capable of that.

"I just want to keep working with interesting people and hopefully build up as diverse and varied a body of work as I can."

The 22-year-old actor revealed he felt spurred on by criticism of his acting to prove his critics wrong.

He said: "I'm very motivated by the doubt of others. Whenever I hear people talk about the Potter kids as if we're not going to be able to make it out of the series... That really lights a fire under me."

Daniel admitted he felt he had made mistakes in his acting, but that he had learned from them.

He said: "You know, I'm at the age most actors would be when they've learned from their mistakes in private and done drama school for three years. It's a double-edged sword - I had the amazing privilege of working with these fantastic actors for 10 years and learning from them, but I also had - we all did - the slight curse of somebody seeing, basically, our acting exercises!"

He added: "Sometimes I really feel like I'm getting the hang of it, because I never really had a process. I'm working on that."

The February issue of Empire magazine is on sale now.

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