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Sunday 17 December 2017

Radcliffe almost saw chance at 'Potter' role disappear

Daniel Radcliffe has revealed how his parents rejected the 'Harry Potter' role because it would have meant him living for long periods in Hollywood.

The 22-year-old star said his parents, Alan and Marcia, initially turned down the offer to audition for the role of the boy wizard from JK Rowling's book.

They were told if Mr Radcliffe won the part, he would have to make six films and they would all be shot in Los Angeles.

It was only after producers agreed to shoot the films in England that his parents finally relented.

Mr Radcliffe has become a multi-millionaire and one of the best known faces in the world following the phenomenal success of the seven 'Potter' films.


Revealing how he almost lost out on the part, the actor said the director of the first film approached his parents after seeing him perform in BBC series 'David Copperfield'.

He said: "Chris Columbus had seen 'David Copperfield' and said, 'I want to audition this boy.' They went to my parents and, at the time, the deal was to sign on for -- I think -- six films, all to be done in LA, and my mum and dad simply said, 'That's too much disruption to his life.'

"I didn't know any of that had gone on. And then, maybe three, four months down the line, the deal had changed, and it was gonna be to shoot two films, and they'd both be done in England, and so they said, 'Okay, we'll let him audition.'

"And then it all went from there, really," he said.

In an interview with the 'Hollywood Reporter', Mr Radcliffe, who has been appearing on Broadway, said he hadn't enjoyed becoming a celebrity.

"The upsides, for me, are the upsides that come from my job rather than from the celebrity aspect," he said. "Celebrity is horrible -- that's the truth, it's a ghastly, vile thing."

Irish Independent

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