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Special New York Luncheon in Honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2...Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the character Harry Potter in the popular film franchise, poses at a luncheon for the final installment of the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," at 21 Club, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) ...I

Special New York Luncheon in Honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2...Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the character Harry Potter in the popular film franchise, poses at a luncheon for the final installment of the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," at 21 Club, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) ...I

Special New York Luncheon in Honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2...Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the character Harry Potter in the popular film franchise, poses at a luncheon for the final installment of the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," at 21 Club, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) ...I

HE MAY be the star of Harry Potter but Daniel Radcliffe just wants to be Breakfast Roll Man.

The actor stunned comedian Pat Shortt by learning all the words to his quirky song Jumbo Breakfast Roll.

Radcliffe and Shortt have become firm friends as they prepare to appear together on the West End stage in a new production of Martin McDonagh's acclaimed dark comedy, The Cripple Of Inishmaan.

Pat told the Herald: "The first morning Daniel told me he had been up all night learning his lines. I thought he was talking about the script, but he meant Jumbo Breakfast Roll. He had found the song on YouTube and could recite every word."

Radcliffe (23) has acquired a Galway accent for the role of Cripple Billy in the production at the Noel Coward Theatre from next month.

The production will mark Shortt's West End debut.

"Friends ask if it is weird acting opposite the guy from Harry Potter, but Daniel is such a terrific actor, you just don't notice. He inhabits his character so well, and Daniel's Irish accent is one of the best I've heard," said Shortt.

Radcliffe could have drawn from his experience shooting The F Word in Ireland last year, when he famously crashed a celebratory night out for the Dublin Minor team after meeting three of the players on Grafton Street at 3am.

Speaking as he promoted new Irish film Life's A Breeze, Shortt revealed that, between rehearsals, he and Radcliffe chatted extensively about the GAA and all matters Irish.

Rehearsals

Running from June to September, the production of The Cripple of Inishmaan is one of a series of plays at the theatre staged by acclaimed director Michael Grandage. Other productions star Jude Law and Judi Dench.

Writer Martin McDonagh has been another Irish face attending rehearsals for the show, which is the first London revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan since its UK premiere in 1996.

The plot follows Cripple Billy attempting to escape the boredom of his life on Inishmaan, a small island off the west coast, when he learns of a Hollywood film crew arriving to shoot a documentary on the neighbouring Inishmore.

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