Harry Potter titular star Daniel Radcliffe wants to be a young dad, the actor admits in a recent interview, and he seems to prefer the idea of babies to another go as the Boy Who Lived.
At 23, Daniel Radcliffe has done his best to shake off the title of savior of the wizarding world, though not out of any love lost for the film series that made him a part of movie history.
Radcliffe recently sat down with Time Out: London to discuss his future plans — and while one more bout with the Dark Lord (shhhh!) is not in the cards as of now, the young star is thinking about babies and post-Harry plans.
Dan says that it’s been very hard to divorce his persona from that of the most famous teen wizard of all time, and the work he has done in that regard is a disincentive to any future screen time as Mr. Potter.
Radcliffe explains: “Even if Jo [Rowling] wrote a sequel, which is unlikely, I’d take a lot of talking round. I’ve done so much work to establish myself as something outside that series, I’d be really hesitant to go back. Even if they were set later in time.”
He continues: “I’m 23, which is too old to be running round in a school boy’s cape.”
Hey, it’s called cosplay, and it’s a perfectly normal thing to do, buddy!
While Radcliffe is reticent to don Harry’s Gryffindor duds again, he does leave the door open for a possible sequel appearance — as James Potter:
“Because the theme parks are expanding there was an enquiry whether I’d do more filming from them and I was like: No, I can’t get away with that any more, I’d just look foolish. I’d never totally close the door for the reason that Jo’s a great writer. But no more school boy stuff. A cameo as Harry’s dad? That would be perfect!”
As for franchise films, Daniel Radcliffe is definitely keen on doing more of those — noting that Star Wars is a particular interest. He explains:
“Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word. If directors like J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again … Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. In Star Wars? Yeah, that’d be awesome. That’d be crazy cool.”
When it comes to his personal life, Radcliffe isn’t shy in discussing his dad designs — he also told the mag:
“I’d like to get started on [having kids] before my thirties … I like the idea of being a youngish parent so I’ve got energy to play football even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four.”
Does it make you sad that Daniel Radcliffe is not interested in being Harry Potter anymore?