Daniel Radcliffe has admitted refusing to watch most of his earlier performances in the first few Harry Potter movies, saying that he didn’t really learn to act until the seventh one.
In a new interview with Out Magazine, Daniel speaks about learning to act on the set of Harry Potter, but adds that he needed to learn to act before he could watch himself. He says, “I certainly wouldn’t watch number three, I wouldn’t watch the first two, I wouldn’t watch four. I might watch five. I definitely wouldn’t watch six.”
He also talks about how everyone assumed that Equus was the end of his career, instead of the other way around, saying, “While we were in rehearsal [for Equus], there was a headline along the lines of ‘Crash! What’s that? The sound of a career coming to a grinding halt.’ I remember reading that and looking around the rehearsal room at [co-star] Richard Griffiths and [director] Thea Sharrock, and David Hersey, our lighting designer, and [set designer] John Napier, and thinking, If this is me fucking up, there are a lot of good people that are fucking up, too.”
And this is one of the main reasons Daniel Radcliffe remains as in-demand today as he has been for the past decade. He doesn’t let fame get to his head, and he’s appreciative of the fact that movies and art are a collaborative effort, not one that involves only the actors. Despite his early fame with the Potter movies, and the fact that he could have sat at home with his millions of dollars of wealth accumulating around him, he spent his time off actually improving his craft and understanding that practice makes perfect. That dedication has certainly paid off, as he will be seen in the critically acclaimed Sundance flick ‘Kill Your Darlings’ later this year, as well as Alexander Aja’s ‘Horns’.