While most of us find the early Harry Potter films extremely adorable, Daniel Radcliffe cringes at the very thought of re-watching them. In an interview with the South Bank Show, Radcliffe confessed that he found the first Harry Potter films “hard to watch”.
Radcliffe, who never really had acting lessons on set, was discovered by casting agents at a theater with his parents. Little did he know that his trip to the moviehouse will transform him into the Boy Who Lived, enchanting a generation of muggle fans worldwide while making tons of money on the side.
Despite his impressive achievements (at such a young age), Radcliffe remains self-critical of his talents, according to Stuff.co.nz. Because Daniel was not really formally trained in the art of acting, he gets the feeling that he could have performed better during the first few movies of the popular franchise if only there was someone who coached them through it.
“There wasn’t a lot of nuance to my performance when I was young. I find those early films very hard to watch, personally. We never had an acting coach. And there’s times we’ve could’ve done with one. I know I could’ve.”
During the latter films, Daniel Radcliffe says actor Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black starting in Prisoner of Azkaban, gave him essential acting tips and strategies.
“My best work in the Potter films comes when I’m in a scene with Gary,”
Harry Potter isn’t Radcliffe’s very first screenwork, contrary to popular belief. Before his Hogwarts debut in the Sorcerer’s Stone, Radcliffe appeared in a TV drama about David Copperfield. During the time, Daniel was able to meet with some of the stars he would soon work again with in the franchise, like Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagall, and Imelda Staunton, who played the wicked Dolores Umbridge.
Like Daniel, Rupert Grint didn’t have much acting experience before he went on to take the role of the ever-supportive Ron Weasley. Emma Watson, on the other hand, had been trained at Oxford for stageplay acting before becoming Hermione.
Regardless of what Daniel Radcliffe thinks of his own performances in the early installments of Harry Potter, fans would still agree that his portrayal of the Boy Who Lived in the first few movies set the momentum for the success of the whole franchise.
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