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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