Daniel Radcliffe is one of the most refreshingly candid actors out there. Even though he remains humble about leading the Harry Potter franchise, instead of giving the company line, he has managed to be honest in interviews.
When he talks about the popular franchise that launched his career, he seems to be distanced from the films. For good reason; Radcliffe has successfully experimented outside of Harry Potter by making the transition into more adult roles that are away from the fantastical genre.
While promoting his new film What If, Radcliffe sat down to speak with the Daily Mail, and that’s when things turned to Harry Potter.
Considering his candid nature, it isn’t a surprise that Daniel has opened up about one film in the Harry Potter franchise he just didn’t like. If there’s a Harry Potter film he would love to avoid at any cost, he says it’s the 2009 film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
“I think it comes from not actually realizing I didn’t have to go to my own premieres and watch the film. That’s something I’ve only just realized you don’t have to do. I always went along and sat with everyone else watching the movie.”
Putting the blame on himself is where his hate for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes into play.
“I’m just not very good in it. I hate it. My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across. My best film is [‘Order of the Phoenix’] because I can see a progression.”
This isn’t the first time Daniel Radcliffe expressed his dismay for the film. In 2011, the actor spoke with Total Filmto talk about his performance in the film.
“‘Half-Blood Prince’ wasn’t my favorite installment overall. I just hated my performance. The film was good, but it’s a huge amount of exposition. I think it’s the most beautiful of all the chapters… but [it’s] basically about setting up No. 7. I just wasn’t very happy with No. 6 in terms of my own performance.”
Since saying goodbye to the franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has taken on the beats film Kill Your Darlings — where he played a young Allen Ginsberg — the film Horns, and his new release What If. In between that, he’s enjoyed positive reviews for his Broadway performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan as Billy.
What If currently has a limited run.
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