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Daniel Radcliffe: Why I really wanted to play Harry Potter

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.

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Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings': 'Dane DeHaan is the man' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Even in the midst of Harry Potter hoopla, Daniel Radcliffe boldly tackled a starring role in the stage production of Equus that challenged the limitations of the Potter franchise and the perceptions of his loyal fanbase. Now that he’s officially graduated from Hogwarts, the 23-year-old continues to follow his own beat. In Kill Your Darlings, he plays a young Allen Ginsberg in 1940s New York City, just as the writer was experiencing his literary — and sexual — awakening as a freshman at Columbia. The man somewhat responsible for both is Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a mesmerizing but troubled free-thinker who murdered Beat Generation associate David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) in 1944.

In Darlings, Radcliffe’s Ginsberg is enamored with Carr, who introduces him to some promising young writers — and professional troublemakers — William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). It’s easy for the audience to feel the same way about DeHaan, who starred in Chronicle and made the most of his every scene in The Place Beyond the Pines. As Carr, he delivers a star-making performance — think Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

“People are starting to realize what I’ve been saying for about a year and a half,” Radcliffe said at the Toronto Film Festival, “which is that Dane DeHaan is the man to watch. He is incredibly naturally gifted but also he is one of the hardest workers that I’ve ever met, and that’s a pretty dynamic combination. I feel like in Kill Your Darlings, his performance is stunning and our relationship in the film I’m really really proud of how we got there. And I want to work with him again and hopefully we’ll find some excuse. He’s the man.”

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Toronto: Daniel Radcliffe talks Harry Potter and the glee of watching the media fight

J.K. Rowling might be returning to the magical universe that gave rise to Harry Potter, but Daniel Radcliffe has never looked back since retiring his wand in 2011 — seemingly for good — after a decade playing The Boy Who Lived. In the last several years, Radcliffe has tackled a variety of eclectic parts that almost seemed designed to blow up our image of him as the iconic boy-wizard. There were his performances in the stage revival of Equus and then the song-and-dance Broadway hit, How to Succeed in Business…, and a starring turn in last year’s gothic horror film, The Woman in Black.

At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the 24-year-old was its unofficial poster-boy, arriving with starring roles in three different — very different — films that demonstrated once again that Radcliffe isn’t afraid of venturing outside the box. In Kill Your Darlings, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance and opens in theaters Oct. 16, Radcliffe plays a college-aged Allen Ginsberg who falls in league with a spirited group of mesmerizing free-thinkers, led by Dane DeHaan’s Lucien Carr, a troubled soul who opens Ginsberg’s mind, body, and soul to new experiences. In Horns, based on Joe Hill’s macabre mystery novel, he plays a young man whose presumed guilt in a small-town murder seems to be manifested in the horns that suddenly sprout out of his forehead. And in The F Word, which was recently acquired by CBS Films, he proves that he can also deliver a straightforward romantic-comedy, playing a relatively normal guy who settles for being best friends — friends being the F-word in the movie’s title — with the girl he loves, played by Zoe Kazan. “It’s that rarest of things,” says Radcliffe. “It’s a really cheerful, happy film without being sentimental.”

The Brit sat down with EW to discuss his new movies, what it’s like to be the actor who used to be Harry Potter, and his upcoming role in Frankenstein.
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Toronto: Skinny-dipping Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan enjoy (but now regret) nude swim in 'The F Word'

What part of making The F Word did Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan enjoy the most?

Getting naked.

That was their answer to a question from an audience member after the romantic-comedy screened Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The two actors, who star as friends (that’s the “F” word in question) who are hiding a mutual attraction for each other, answered without hesitation.

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Toronto: Daniel Radcliffe is damned good at 'Horns' premiere

After one glimpse, the title to Daniel Radcliffe’s newest movie requires no further explanation. But there’s so much more to unwrap in Horns, Alexandre Aja’s subversely funny adaptation of Joe Hill’s macabre mystery novel. Yes, Harry Potter grows horns after his angelic girlfriend (Juno Temple) is brutally murdered and he’s the only suspect. In defense of the town’s quick rush to judgment, there are also scenes where a singed Radcliffe wields a pitchfork and communes with menacing snakes. (Once a parseltongue, always a parseltongue.) Also, he drives a flaming-orange Gremlin, so can you really blame the simple townsfolk for thinking he’s tight with Satan?

Horns, which premiered last night at the Toronto Film Festival, is something totally different and unexpected. Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, who finds that those grotesque horns suddenly growing out of his head have one useful side effect. Rather than being frightened or disgusted, other people are oddly put at ease by the sight of them and compulsively express their deepest and darkest secrets and desires to Ig. There’s the local floozy who really wants to eat all the donuts after sex, the buddy-cops who want to take their relationship to the next level, and Ig’s mother, who just wants him to disappear because his plight makes her so darn sad. “I bring out the worst in people,” Ig laments. But once he begins to understand the blessing that accompanies his curse, he sets out to use his power to find the real killer.

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Toronto: Mess with Daniel Radcliffe, get the 'Horns' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Harry Potter had it easy! Daniel Radcliffe is accustomed to playing a character with a painful forehead scar that draws annoying stares, but this headache is on a whole other level.

In Horns, a supernatural mystery that premieres tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival, Radcliffe plays Ig, a small-time guy who’s suspected of brutally murdering his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple). The town seems to have made up its mind about his guilt, especially when he begins to sprout devilish horns while the police investigate the crime. Before long, though, Ig notices that his frightful horns seem to have one beneficial side-effect: people around him suddenly seem compelled to tell him the truth, the horrible truth that they’ve never told anyone else. Just maybe, those horns of his will help him find out who really committed the murder.

The film is directed by Alexandre Aja, the mind behind The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D. Two more exclusive photos from Horns below. READ FULL STORY

'Kill Your Darlings' trailer: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan caught in 'an endless circle of living and dying' -- VIDEO

It’s the perfect combination of poetry and … murder?

A film festival favorite, Kill Your Darlings follows a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he first encounters William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) in New York City in the 1940s and launches what would eventually become the Beat Generation, a group of post-World War II writers characterized by their overall rejection of standards, sexual experimentation, drug use, and more. Beat literature included pieces such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Kerouac’s On the Road, and Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, all of which helped hook America into a new obsession with the culture. But Kill Your Darlings takes things back to an event that occurred before the “Beat Generation” term even existed.

The film tells a lesser-known, much darker story, revolving around an event that occurred in 1944, after Ginsberg met a man named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Well before Ginsberg wrote Howl, he befriended Carr in school. But when Carr murdered professor David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), Ginsberg was left with a lot of questions.

Kill Your Darlings presents a new chapter in the history of the Beat Generation, one of “obsession and murder.”

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth Olsen also star.

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Casting Net: Daniel Radcliffe to play American reporter in 'Tokyo Vice'; Plus Reese Witherspoon, more

• In case you chose to forget about Equus and Kill Your Darlings, we’re just here to remind you that Daniel Radcliffe is really never going back to his Harry Potter days. He’s just lined up a new project: an adaptation of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice, a non-fiction account of Adelstein’s work as an American crime journalist in Japan. Music video director Anthony Mandler (Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”) will helm the feature, and playwright J.T. Rogers will write the script. [Deadline]

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'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 65.

Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.

He paid tribute to Griffiths as “a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors.” READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe in final talks to star in 'Frankenstein'

Daniel Radcliffe may not be at Hogwarts anymore, but he’s still palling around with creepy creatures.

The actor, who reminded folks he’s also a Broadway song-and-dance man at the Oscars this week, is in final talks to star as Igor, the hunchbacked lab assistant,  in the upcoming Frankenstein from 20th Century Fox, EW has confirmed. (Deadline originally reported the news.)

The long-in-the-works script, based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, is being written by Max Landis (Chronicle). This version of the famous story will apparently be from Igor’s point of view. Frankenstein’s tale was last seen on the big screen in Tim Burton’s 2012 homage, Frankenweenie.

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