Daniel Radcliffe: Why I really wanted to play Harry Potter

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Sure, Daniel Radcliffe was excited to land the role of Harry Potter over a decade ago. But as the actor recently told EW’s Jess Cagle, that wasn’t necessarily because he was a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s books. The true source of Radcliffe’s excitement? “I really wanted to not be in school,” he admitted on EW Radio. “That was a huge part of it. I really disliked school and I really loved being on set.”

In the clip below, Radcliffe also discusses where he was when he learned the life-changing news of his casting — as well as how embarrassed he is to hear his voice in the early films. And yes, Cagle has a clip from Sorcerer’s Stone ready and waiting.

Listen now:

SiriusXM listeners can hear the full interview — in which Radcliffe also talks about his fantastic new movie Kill Your Darlings — on Sirius On Demand. The interview will re-air Saturday and Sunday at 7am and 2pm ET both days.

Jess Cagle’s Editor’s Hour airs on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly channel 105 on Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST.

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