For a decade, Daniel Radcliffe was Harry Potter. From 2001-2011, the actor starred in other films, TV shows and several plays on stage too, but apart from a bunch of diehard fans who follow his every move, his role as the young wizard boy in the recently concluded eight-part movie series is what he is known by across the world.
And while the young actor feels his tag will “Help me bag assignments in future for some time,” he’s quick to admit, “I might have a tough time being cast as a leading man, because I don’t have the height or the looks, so I would rather concentrate on different character roles.”
Radcliffe’s first film post-Harry Potter, Woman In Black, will hit theatres on February 17, and he’s noticeably excited to be making a drastic switch and portraying a widowed lawyer, much older than himself, in the horror film. “I had to experiment and work towards coming out of the teenager’s image. For many people, this one will be a test of my skills and will help me break through my childlike image.”
Making a huge transition, he will play a father for which he even worked with a psychiatrist to understand his character, Arthur Kipps better. But while he has a few more film assignments in hand, the actor insists he’d rather take to the stage instead, saying, “I’m more focused on doing more theatre, maybe some television and show more of my skills and versatility.”
And unlike most of his counterparts these days, Radcliffe admits he doesn’t know much of Bollywood. “I haven’t watched a (Hindi) movie, but I know the song Chak De… because it plays often at cricket matches.” The Indian connect comes in the form of Sachin Tendulkar. “I love him,” gushes the actor.
He wants to visit the country, though, saying, “I’d love to explore opportunities in India. As a part of preparation for my part in Woman In Black, I read and researched a lot about ghosts and several haunted places across the world. I came across one in India called Bhangarh. I wish I could personally visit the place and live my role of Arthur by protecting the deceased people around that area.”