September 2007 - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


Indielondon's interview with Daniel Radcliffe

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Indielondon's interview with Daniel Radcliffe
IndieLondon's interview in promotion of December Boys.

What was the attraction of December Boys?

Daniel Radcliffe: In my view, Maps is a very different character to Harry [Potter], which was very appealing. It was also down to some very good advice I’d been given by a director – not someone I’d actually worked with but someone I’d had a meeting with. It was a general meeting but one of the things he said to me, which I really took to heart, was: “Whatever you do next and for the foreseeable future, try if you can to make sure that the film is an ensemble piece, rather than the film hanging on your performance.” December Boys is such an ensemble piece that it means while the attention initially in the press might be focusing on me, once people get in there they’ll watch the film as a whole rather than analysing my performance.

Q. You have a loving family in real life, so is it difficult to get into the head of an orphan?
Daniel Radcliffe: Well, Maps is actually my third orphan [laughs]. I did David Copperfield, then obviously Harry Potter, so I’ve had a bit of experience playing orphans and I have some good friends who have lost parents when they were young. It was mainly about talking to them and how that feels. I don’t think that you necessarily need a certain type of background to take on roles like these. You see actors from very, very privileged backgrounds playing working class characters and vice-versa. I don’t think your background limits you as to what you can do. But you’re right, I’ve had a very happy upbringing.

Q. Are you worried about perhaps being stereotyped into playing orphaned, vulnerable characters?
Daniel Radcliffe: Not really. In terms of the other stuff I’ve been doing recently I think vulnerability is something that every character I’ve played has had. But I think the fact that Harry [Potter] and Maps are both orphans doesn’t make them the same character. They’re still very, very different. I think Harry very much wears his hearts on his sleeve and is very vocal about how he feels, whereas Maps is much, much quieter. For the first quarter of the film he really doesn’t say much. And that was the main challenge for me, being able to communicate the same amount you would have to with any other character but with less dialogue.

But I don’t think I’ve been stereotyped into playing orphans. Harry is the only one I have any plans to play again the near future. I’ve just done a TV film called My Boy Jack where I have a very, very protective mother and a very devoted father [Rudyard Kipling]. And in Equus I had what would appear to be a family like any other, really, but it just so happens that his character was very, very damaged. So I don’t think I’m going to have too much of a problem.

Q. How was it working with another young cast? With Harry Potter, you’ve grown up with your co-stars but with this one you were the old hand, as it were?
Daniel Radcliffe: It was interesting because on Harry Potter I still am one of the junior members of the cast. Even though I’ve done a lot of them I’ve only just turned 18 and I’m working with actors a lot older than me. But suddenly I was on this set with these three kids that were a lot younger than me and had done a lot less, so I was suddenly one of the senior members of the cast and I did feel really protective of all the other kids for some reason. But I actually quite enjoyed that aspect of it, of being treated like an adult rather than one of the young ones.

Q. Did they see you as Harry Potter?
Daniel Radcliffe: Probably a little bit at first but then when I did the Australian accent I think they stopped seeing me that way [laughs].

Q. Did you notice anything different from going from a big film set like Harry Potter to a smaller, independent film set like December Boys?
Daniel Radcliffe: It’s funny, there are very few differences. The main difference is that on a set as big as Harry Potter it takes you the length of one film to learn everyone’s name. Whereas on something like December Boys you can generally do it within a couple of days because the crew was so much smaller. But I think all film sets are equally chaotic no matter how big or small the budget. And something else they have in common is that everyone is pulling together to make the best film possible, so it’s quite a communal experience in that way.

Q. And how did you find being away from home for so long?
Daniel Radcliffe: Australia has been, in my experience, a very welcoming country so I didn’t feel too bad. My dad was out there with me the whole time and my mum came out for two weeks at the beginning of the shoot and two weeks at the end. Then we had Christmas out there and came back home. So, I didn’t feel too isolated at all because I was so welcomed by the crew.

Q. What did you miss most when you were out there?
Daniel Radcliffe: My dogs. Other than that, I was genuinely made to feel pretty at home. Obviously, I missed being in London but it didn’t really factor in to the experience too much.

Q. Do you feel nervous about the reaction to this film given it’s your first big screen role away from Harry Potter?
Daniel Radcliffe: A little bit. But I’m just going to try not to think about it to be honest. It’s when you start to worry about things like reviews that you become very self conscious and very neurotic – and like the world needs another neurotic actor! Hopefully, I won’t go too far down that road of reading reviews and things like that. I’d like to take it in my stride and if they totally slate it, I’ll just have a breakdown!

Q. Do you think in your next choice of role away from Harry Potter you’ll need to make a very definite statement to move away from that character?
Daniel Radcliffe: I don’t know if I need to move away from it but I certainly do need to establish with people and within the industry the fact that I absolutely want to make a career out of this and that I’d never be content with just coasting along on the Harry Potter fame. That’s what motivates me. I get a huge kick out of doing good work and out of working on different films with different crews, so hopefully that’s what these films will achieve.

That said, I’d never want to distance myself from Harry Potter because I’m incredibly proud of the films and, particularly with the fifth one, proud of what I did in it. It’s not a question of absolutely detaching myself from it, but rather establishing myself as an actor rather than a character.

Q. Have you read the final Harry Potter book?
Daniel Radcliffe: I have indeed, yes. I loved it. I thought what she [JK Rowling]‘s done is very, very clever because in effect she’s made a very spoiler proof book. If someone tells you what happens to Harry at the end, and whether he’s dead or alive, it doesn’t actually matter. It doesn’t take away from any of the drama that happens in the book. I had sort of worked out the ending before it was published just based on fragments of conversations I’d had with JK Rowling over a period of about a year and a half. So, I was sort of one step ahead, which I’m very pleased about. But I was really, really happy with the book.

Q. Will there be a part of you that’s slightly relieved once all the Harry Potter movies have been done?
Daniel Radcliffe: Oh yeah, I make no secret of that. It’ll be quite exciting and quite daunting to suddenly be in a non-Harry Potter world. It’ll be quite intimidating in some ways because [at the moment] you know that whatever films I do in between I’ll always have Harry Potter to go back to. But when that’s not there it’ll be interesting to see how I cope.

Q. What’s next in terms of films or theatre?
Daniel Radcliffe: Well, I start Harry Potter 6 in three weeks’ time and I worked out the other day that I’ll have two days off between now and then! But that should be fun because I’m really looking forward to working with David Yates again. I think he’s a brilliant director. And then hopefully next year we might take Equus to Broadway, which would be amazing. Other than that, there are no immediate plans. I’ve just finished a film called My Boy Jack which stopped shooting a couple of weeks ago and that will be coming out in England later this year, around November time.

Q. Do you have any plans to go to university or drama school?
Daniel Radcliffe: No. For me, you go to university to meet lots of different people from different backgrounds. I think that’s one of the most important things you get there, certainly from what my friends have told me. And you also get some sense of direction regarding what you want to do when you leave. I sort of know what I want to do in my life – I want to act and ultimately I’d like to write. And in terms of meeting people from different backgrounds, that’s what you get on a film set. So the two most valuable things that university would have given me I’ve sort of achieved by being on a film set.

In terms of drama school, what that will give you that you won’t necessarily learn on a film set is the technical ability – ie, projecting your voice and stage craft. I’ve been working on that with a woman for almost two and a half years, partly in preparation for Equus, and it’s an ongoing process. In a way, I’m having one on one drama school, which is very, very fortunate.

Q. What would you like to write?
Daniel Radcliffe: Poems, mainly.

Q. Do you feel more pressure with each Harry Potter film, or more pressure on something like December Boys?
Daniel Radcliffe: It’s pretty equal really. There’s a lot of pressure obviously on Harry Potter because you have to make them better, especially now that we’ve set up the franchise so that they do keep getting better and better. The pressure is definitely on to make sure we continue doing that. But equally for any of us who go off and do other films in between people will probably scrutinize our performances and so there’s a lot of pressure there. But as long as you just ignore it totally then you should be fine.


National Movie Awards: Dan wins best actor and Order of the Phoenix Best Family Film

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National Movie Awards: Dan wins best actor and Order of the Phoenix Best Family Film
Daniel attended the National Movie Awards. He has the award for Best Actor & Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix won in the Best Family Film category.

Daniel Radcliffe on BBC's Talking Movies

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Daniel Radcliffe on BBC's Talking Movies

Daniel promotes My Boy Jack

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Daniel promotes My Boy Jack

Daniel Radcliffe on T4

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Daniel Radcliffe on T4
Daniel's interview with T4. They talk a lot about December Boys and Harry Potter, comparing the two movies

Daniel Radcliffe on the Paul O'Grady Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on the Paul O'Grady Show
Daniel surprises a fan during the Paul O'Grady Show.

German December Boys poster and Woman's Day magazine

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German December Boys poster and Woman's Day magazine
A German poster from December Boys and a new picture from the Woman's Day magazine.

December Boys press junket interviews (US)

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December Boys press junket interviews (US)
Press junket interviews from and Reelz Channel in promotion of December Boys at NULL in Los Angeles, California earlier this month.

Adam Ward photoshoot

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Adam Ward photoshoot
Dan's promotional photoshoot for December Boys in Sydney, Australia.

Daniel Radcliffe on Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk

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Daniel Radcliffe on Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk
Daniel on WNBC's Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk in promotion of December Boys.

Updated: The Sydney Morning Herald photoshoot

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Updated: The Sydney Morning Herald photoshoot
Photos from the Sydney Morning Herald photoshoot taken at the Park Hyatt hotel in promotion of December Boys.

Sunday Herald interview

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Sunday Herald interview

Australia Sunday Herald interview in promotion of December Boys, but he also talks a bit about Harry Potter.

Daniel Radcliffe guest announcer at Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

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Daniel Radcliffe guest announcer at Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Daniel was a guest announcer at Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway series 7, episode 2 which aired 15th September at ITV.

Yahoo Movies! interview

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Yahoo Movies! interview
Yahoo Movies! December Boys press junket interview.

(Uploaded by in 2008, but the original date is set in 2007).

Entertainment Weekly interview

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Entertainment Weekly interview
Entertainment Weekly interviewed Daniel just as he started filming My Boy Jack in Ireland last month. December Boys promotion.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This character, Maps, is nothing like Harry Potter!

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: I needed just to prove to myself that I could absolutely go off and do something else. The question I get asked a lot is about being stereotyped as Harry, or rather typecast. I never thought of that as being an option for myself, but I totally understood why people would ask it. So thought it would make a lot more sense to start doing different things before [the] Harry Potter [films] ended, sort of in conjunction with them, rather than waiting till they’re all done and then trying to break away.

That’s what made you take that flashy stage role in Equus last winter in London as well, right? You got a lot of attention for doing good work — but also for being stark naked onstage.
If you can do something like Equus, that has a much different, more grown-up audience, I think that shows people you really want to try out different things. It makes them take you more seriously.

And yet, way before Equus, you did December Boys — even though we’re only seeing it now.
I don’t think I would’ve been able to give the performance I gave in Equus or in Harry Potter 5 had I not been in December Boys. It really helped my confidence. Because suddenly I was working with a different crew. There was nobody in the crew or cast who was connected to Harry Potter.

Was that daunting at first?
Pretty nerve-wracking. I’d been doing the Harry Potter films for about four or five years uninterrupted at that stage. And, obviously, people make assumptions. The child-star label is brought up. And so I was worried that people [on December Boys] would be thinking, Oh God, what’s he going to be like? when I was walking onto the set the first day. I was quite nervous about going up against that stereotype. But, luckily, I’m not that person, so they were very, very accepting of me. Because I wasn’t being horrible and throwing things.

Is the character you play in December Boys English or Australian?
Australian. I had accent lessons with a woman called Kate Godfrey, who’s fantastic. It’s a very easy accent to caricature, but not to do accurately. We filmed in Adelaide, Australia, and a lot of people have said to me, ”Oh, it’s a very Adelaide accent.” Personally, I can’t tell the difference between an accent from Adelaide and an accent from Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane. But in Australia they can. So, hopefully it’ll go down fairly well.

And you shot it back in 2005?
In between Potters 4 and 5. But I’m losing track of the time in my own life at the moment. I now sometimes have to work to remember exactly when I did Equus. Because so many journalists came up to me and asked, ”Do you think Equus helped you in making Harry Potter 5?” I found myself eventually saying, ”Yes.” And then I’d catch myself — Wait, I did Equus after Harry Potter 5. But yes, December Boys was directly after Harry Potter 4 finished.

What made you pick December Boys? And had you met director Rod Hardy before?To be honest, we were getting a lot of scripts, but none of them really compared to December Boys. It was the standout by a long, long way. It had the most heart and the most warmth. And it wasn’t an overly sentimental warmth, which is a massive turn-off for me. I’d not had any sort of relationship with Rod prior to December Boys at all.

He works a lot in TV in L.A., so, since you’re rarely there, you wouldn’t be likely to cross paths, right?
We met at a hotel in London to talk about the Maps character and the story, and we really got on pretty well instantly. He’s lovely to be directed by. The biggest problem he had with me was that I’m quite open. If I like something, I won’t in any way hide my enthusiasm. Whereas Maps is much more reserved. If something excites him, he’ll be happy about it, but it’s almost like he doesn’t even know how to show it, or how to communicate what he’s feeling. And so Rod had the challenge of basically reigning all that enthusiasm back in.

You get a scene in a cave with Teresa Palmer that’s pretty sexy stuff — you are clearly simulating actual intercourse, although you’ve still got most of your clothes on.
What I love about that scene is that it’s very, very sweet. It’s a mixture of genuine innocence and something that’s not anywhere near innocent. Even though you get the feeling she’s being very overtly sexy, it still seems very harmless and tender and caring.

It’s like the real goal isn’t having sex. She says to him, ”I always want you to think of me as your first.”
It was pretty hilarious during the press tour for Harry Potter 5 that everyone kept asking me, ”How was it doing your first onscreen kiss?”

You mean with the Cho Chang character?
I kept saying, ”Well, it’s the first one people will see. But it’s not the first one I’ve done!” Teresa was great. She’d done a couple of screen kisses before. I think she’d done a sex scene as well. She was fantastic at making me feel not-quite-so-nervous about it all.

How did she do that?
She was just so relaxed about it, I couldn’t help but be relaxed, too. I did get very, very giggly. There were points where I was laughing because it seemed so surreal. There is actually one moment in the scene where she kisses me, when Roger left the camera on me just a beat too long, and I started cracking up because that was the first time I had been kissed on-screen, in front of a crew. Totally out of character at that moment, because I thought he’d cut the camera. But actually it worked really well in the context of the scene.

I think I’ve read you wrapped Boys in late 2005?
We finished shooting at quarter-past-four in the morning, Christmas Eve, 2005. That was the longest day I’ve ever worked. It was a long, long day, because we had a lot to get done. That’s what happens on a six-week shoot.

And you’d begun it right after promoting Potter 4?
Yeah, and then we started pre-production on Harry Potter 5 in January 2006, and started filming in February. It was a busy while. But I quite like being busy.

So you finished December Boys nearly two years ago. Why the hold-up releasing it?
I don’t know the conversations exactly, but obviously, these things need to be spaced out, because I don’t want it to cloy. People have been seeing a lot of me this year. December Boys is an independent film, and it takes a while to get the distribution together. It’s not going to be playing on masses of screens at all. It’s not like Potter. The publicity we do for Potter is great fun and all of that, but ultimately, Harry Potter, people will go and see it.

They’re predisposed to see it, really.
Whereas with December Boys, every interview counts.


Daniel Radcliffe on JTV Australia

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Daniel Radcliffe on JTV Australia
JTV Australia interviewed Daniel and talked about December Boys, Harry Potter and "special talents"

Reuters Q&A

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Reuters Q&A
Just a minute with: Actor Daniel Radcliffe. Reuters interview in promotion of December Boys.

Q: What do you do to relax?
A: “I watch cricket, although that can be a very tense experience when you are an England fan. I hang out with friends. I read or sometimes I write, poems mainly.”

Q: What have been the biggest influences on your career?
A: “My best friend Will who’s 41 and has two children. He’s been a massive influence and inspiration to me because he’s just a great guy. He’s my dresser on Harry Potter, he looks after all the costumes for me.

In terms of actors it would be Gary Oldman and Imelda Staunton because of both their commitment to it and their brilliant professionalism. I have no time for people phaffing about on set. Ultimately you are doing a job and you are being paid well to a job so you have to bloody well get in there and do it.”

Q: Do you worry about paparazzi attention now you’re 18?
A: “If you don’t go to places that are known paparazzi hangouts then hopefully you’ll be fine. There’s always a chance they will follow you but if they don’t you should be alright. I have been out for drinks and stuff, but I’ve found that since I have turned 18 the most exciting thing you can do is not drink but buy drinks for other people. You just feel at that point really grown up and cool and really part of the gang.”

Q: Do you own a car?
A: “I have never taken driving lessons. I am the least motivated teenager in the world to drive. I have no desire to do it. My Dad’s a terrible driver, my Mum is an excellent driver, but I think I will be more like my dad. I will learn to drive because obviously it’s the independence thing, but also I don’t want to spend my life on low loaders for films I want to be able to learn to drive for them.”

Q: What is your favorite book/film?
A: “I have three joint favorite films actually and they’re all old ones — “Dr Strangelove,” “12 Angry Men,” and a film I watched twice recently, “A Matter of Life and Death,” it’s amazing, it’s bizarre.
Favorite book would be “The old man and the Sea,” “Germinal” and also “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” which is probably on every teenagers’ list but it is a great book.”

Q: What has been your biggest extravagance?
A: “I bought a painting by an artist called Jim Hodges, which I love. It’s words, it says ‘oh for crying out loud’ but it’s done in a this beautiful way.

To be honest the more interesting answer to that question is Rupert Grint’s (who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films) answer. He’s bought the best thing. He’s bought himself a functional ice cream van. He’s going to bring in on the set so we can all go for Mr Whippy’s at lunch.”


December Boys screening in London

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December Boys screening in London
Daniel Radcliffe attended a private (VIP) sceening of December Boys in London.

Moviefone AIM interview

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Moviefone AIM interview
Moviefone interviewed Daniel on AIM in promotion of December Boys. They talk about his cat icon but also “Charlie don’t surf” and more.

MoviefoneTricia: hi daniel, how are you?
decboydaniel: i am very well, how are you?!
MoviefoneTricia: pretty good
decboydaniel: and why do you have a sheep for your picture (AIM icon)?
MoviefoneTricia: oh, it’s a long story… i actually took that picture in new zealand
MoviefoneTricia: when i was fascinated by all the sheep
decboydaniel: very nice
MoviefoneTricia: and why do you have a cat for yours?
decboydaniel: i wasn’t aware i had a cat for mine and i’m not a cat person really
MoviefoneTricia: oh, hee
MoviefoneTricia: are you a dog person, or neither?
decboydaniel: yes, i love dogs!
MoviefoneTricia: oh me too. we’ll get along fine
decboydaniel: that’s good news we won’t be killing each other by the end of the interview then.
MoviefoneTricia: well, we’ll see… we’ll see
MoviefoneTricia: so here’s what i was wondering: do you always go by daniel, or is it ever dan? or some other nickname?
decboydaniel: dan most of the time
decboydaniel: anything but danny, because people sing “danny boy” to me
MoviefoneTricia: ha, i’ll bet
MoviefoneTricia: i hate the nickname patty
MoviefoneTricia: with a passion
decboydaniel: i think “patty with a passion” sounds good
MoviefoneTricia: hee… that’ll be my band name
decboydaniel: what would your album be called?
MoviefoneTricia: wait, i’m supposed to be asking you the questions — what would YOUR band name be?
decboydaniel: my band name would be a line from apocalypse now, which is “charlie don’t surf”
MoviefoneTricia: oh that’s awesome
MoviefoneTricia: you should copyright it
MoviefoneTricia: before someone takes it
decboydaniel: i already have®
MoviefoneTricia: nice
MoviefoneTricia: let’s talk about the movie
decboydaniel: wonderful
MoviefoneTricia: first off, in this movie, you smoke, drink, have sex and moon somebody, and then of course there was equus — are you consciously trying to distance yourself from harry potter, or is it just a coincidence?
MoviefoneTricia: meaning, a coincidence that these roles were a little more scandalous
decboydaniel: it is not that i want to totally dismiss harry, because i am so proud of playing him and of the films. but, i just want to establish myself as an actor, rather than as a character.
decboydaniel: and these roles are giving me a chance to branch out
MoviefoneTricia: what’s it like doing a sex scene? i’ve heard it’s not that exciting really
decboydaniel: when i have seen films before, it does always look so exciting and sexy, but in reality it is just as clinical as doing any other scene.
decboydaniel: as you can imagine, i was bitterly disappointed.
MoviefoneTricia: heh
MoviefoneTricia: oh come on, she (Teresa Palmer) was hot!
decboydaniel: yes, that is why i was disappointed, as i’d imagined it would be — but she is totally beautiful
MoviefoneTricia: she is — certainly worthy of you
decboydaniel: slightly out of my league i think
MoviefoneTricia: oh, at this point i think not
decboydaniel: patricia, you tease!
MoviefoneTricia: no! you wouldn’t believe how many people are excited i’m doing this interview with you
MoviefoneTricia: was there ever a point in the last few years where you realized, holy cow, i’m famous?
decboydaniel: it is something that you never really get used to. it can be very surreal at times.
decboydaniel: i was once wearing a snood, which only shows your eyes, because it was so cold out, and i was recognized by the people sitting behind on a roller coaster.
MoviefoneTricia: wow, that’s… a little freaky
MoviefoneTricia: snood is definitely a british term i think
MoviefoneTricia: what is that? like a hoodie?
decboydaniel: it is kind of like a hoodie, but it covers more of your face.
MoviefoneTricia: so used by gangsters and such, then
MoviefoneTricia: and celebrities
decboydaniel: yes, and i am both
MoviefoneTricia: ha – i just laughed out loud
MoviefoneTricia: what was the biggest difference between doing the harry potter films and this little indie?
decboydaniel: not much really – when you are on a film that people are passionate about, it will always simply involve a group of people pulling together to make the best film they possibly can.
decboydaniel: so the atmosphere was pretty much the same
decboydaniel: though the crew was obviously a lot smaller.
MoviefoneTricia: and fewer trolls and things
decboydaniel: yes, fewer trolls but more orphans
MoviefoneTricia: yes, you always seem to play orphans
MoviefoneTricia: what’s up with that?
decboydaniel: it is really just a coincidence, but i got to the point in the script where i found there were orphans involved and i let out a slight groan.
MoviefoneTricia: ha
MoviefoneTricia: next you’ll be in little orphan annie
decboydaniel: yes, i can picture myself in that wig
MoviefoneTricia: totally! i like it
decboydaniel: and the dress
MoviefoneTricia: please send me a picture when you do this
MoviefoneTricia: and what’s your favorite memory of this exhausting summer?
decboydaniel: good question
decboydaniel: learning to touch type as fast as this
MoviefoneTricia: yes, it’ll be useful later in life
MoviefoneTricia: do you IM much?
decboydaniel: no, i don’t but i am told there are a few imposter daniel radcliffe myspace sites.
MoviefoneTricia: i’ll have to check those out
MoviefoneTricia: you should put one up
MoviefoneTricia: and see if people can tell it’s you
decboydaniel: it’ll be like when charlie chaplin came in third place, in a charlie chaplin look-a-like contest.
MoviefoneTricia: really? is that true?
MoviefoneTricia: i’d never heard that
decboydaniel: on my life.
MoviefoneTricia: wow, you’re a fount of information
MoviefoneTricia: are your publicists screaming for you to finish?
decboydaniel: yes, in a word.
MoviefoneTricia: k, parting thoughts?
MoviefoneTricia: what do you want on your tombstone, so to speak
decboydaniel: my name and dates.
decboydaniel: just like everybody else.
decboydaniel: and spike milligan had written on his tombstone “i told you i was ill”
MoviefoneTricia: i laughed again just now
MoviefoneTricia: that’s brilliant
decboydaniel: he was very very brilliant
MoviefoneTricia: well thanks for chatting today, dan (if i may)
decboydaniel: thank you for having me
MoviefoneTricia: take care!
decboydaniel: bye!


David Levene photoshoot

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David Levene photoshoot
Photoshoot by David Levene.

Updated: December Boys press junket interviews (Australia)

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Updated: December Boys press junket interviews (Australia)
Press junket interviews with Daniel and Rod Hardy from Channel 7's The Morning Show and Sky News in Sydney, Australia in promotion of December Boys.

Updated: December Boys press junket interviews

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Updated: December Boys press junket interviews
Exclusive interview from Grant Lauchlan who interviewed Daniel about December Boys for STV in Scotland. And also the interviews from The Celeb Factory and This Morning.

MTV News: Did Rowling tell Radcliffe how Deathly Hallows would end?

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MTV News: Did Rowling tell Radcliffe how Deathly Hallows would end?
When Daniel Radcliffe asked J.K. Rowling if Harry dies at the end of the series, she told him the answer ... "sort of".


Photoshoot in Sydney by Paul Miller

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Photoshoot in Sydney by Paul Miller
Pictures from the photoshoot in Sydney today (December Boys promotion).

Sydney premiere December Boys

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Sydney premiere December Boys
 Today was the premiere of December Boys in Sydney, Australia.

MovieWeb interview

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MovieWeb interview
Interview by website MovieWeb in promotion of December Boys.

Daniel Radcliffe: I'm recording this interview, too.

Just so we get it out in the open right now, you didn't bring your wand?
Daniel Radcliffe: No, I didn't. Nope.

What did you think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry living?
Daniel Radcliffe: I'm very pleased. It means I get to live, and I get a death scene. I am really, really pleased. I think what Jo did with it is remarkable. To write a book that is that good under so much pressure and hype is truly exceptional.

I think it's amazing that you guys are finding the time to do other projects on the side. Where did this fall into your timeline? Where were you able to make room for this?
Daniel Radcliffe: This was shot between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I had been looking for something to do in that gap. Because it was the first time I had a long enough gap to shoot something. Also, it was a pretty short shift. It was only six weeks. That's when it happened. Someone said in a press conference yesterday, and they were right, that the planets aligned on this one. That sort of sums it up.

Was this sort of like a vacation for you?
Daniel Radcliffe: No! I did have a vacation in Australia afterwards, because I stayed behind for a couple of weeks. But, no, it was work. It was hard. Has anyone told you about the last day of shooting? We worked from eleven in the morning of December 23rd until a quarter past four the morning of Christmas Eve. It was about a sixteen-hour day. By the end of it, we were on our knees. But weirdly, I thrive in those sort of situations.

What scenes were you shooting on those days?
Daniel Radcliffe: We shot everything you see in the cave. The scenes between me and Lucy in the cave, between the boys and me in the cave, and the scene between me and Fearless in the cave. All of those scenes where shot in one day.

The big scene with Lucy was shot in one day?
Daniel Radcliffe: Everything with Lucy in that cave was shot in one day. Big day. A good day.

Have you ever been heartbroken in real life?
Daniel Radcliffe: Yeah, of course. I think everyone has had those experiences. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do this. I think everyone can associate with this character on that level. Male or female.

Do you think you get special treatment because you are Harry Potter?
Daniel Radcliffe: No, because people are very disappointed when they meet me. When you are an actor, people think that you are going to be effortlessly cool in real life. And that you dress the way you do for premiers all the time. So when they meet all five foot five of me, in jeans and a t-shirt, they are less than impressed.

What drew you to December Boys?
Daniel Radcliffe: It was the fact that Maps is such a different character than Harry. And I wanted to do something that was different. I'd read a number of scripts around that time, and that was one that really stood out. For a number of reasons. One of which was the stage direction. Those don't usually stand out in a script. Normally they are quite dull. But these were written like exerts from some fabulous novel. And it was beautiful to read. That instantly made it stand out. Also, I got to work in Australia. Which is always good.

Do you think you'd ever consider adopting a child?
Daniel Radcliffe: I suppose so. That's a long way off, mate. I don't know. It would depend on the circumstances. I can't really give a yes or no answer to that.

So you are not considering adopting at this point?
Daniel Radcliffe: No, no, I am. I already have three children. No...Not just yet.

What was your working relationship like with the other three boys? Were you like an older brother to them? Or were they these precocious, adult-like children?
Daniel Radcliffe: No, not at all. That's what's great about them. You met some kids who start acting young. I don't know why I'm in a position to be talking about this. But, they started young and they are really precocious. You ask, "So, are you going on a Holiday?" They say, "No, I'm going to be doing three shows!" And you think, "Oh, God!" These boys, they are just normal kids. Lee is very funny. He plays Misty. He'd actually retired at age twelve. He had one film under his belt, and that was it. He had retired from the film industry. Then he came out of retirement to shoot this movie with us. Which was very good of him. Since this, he has gone back into retirement. So, I don't know what we did to him. But, yeah...I'm not sure how much Lee really wants to be an actor in the long term. But Christian (Byers) certainly does. I think he probably will. He has the drive, and he certainly has the talent. I think he will. But that's what's so great about them. They all have such different personalities. James Fraser who plays Spit is essentially me when I was twelve. In real life, not so much his character. In real life, I saw a lot of myself at age twelve in James. So, I guess I have sort of a soft spot for him. They are all really, really good kids. There was an element of me having to keep them focused on set. Like all good twelve and thirteen year olds, they were hyperactive and running around everywhere. That's not good on a film set, because there are cables everywhere that you can trip on. Sometimes I'd have to say, "Guys, we really need to focus now. Because its 1 am. And we really need to go home soon." They were all really cool boys.

I had a hard time believing that Maps became a priest after his experience with Lucy.
Daniel Radcliffe: That is a very, very interesting point. I can see what you mean. My reading of that, is it was a way for him to take his experience with Lucy and leave it behind. It was his way of taking himself out of the carnal world. I think. That's how I read that. I once read an interview with Morrissey, and he said his ideal job would have been a librarian, because he would have liked a world of solitude. And I think that, in a way, applies to Maps and his experiences with Lucy.

You just turned eighteen. So you are not a boy anymore.
Daniel Radcliffe: Mentally I am.

What do you see differently? Is there anything you can do that you couldn't do before?
Daniel Radcliffe: Drink. Well, in England. And if you ask politely enough, over here too. Weirdly, I did have a moment when I turned eighteen, where I looked in the mirror and was thinking, "Right. Now how do I act eighteen?" A few days later, I did have this urge to try and be older. I think growing up is one of those things you do without you noticing.

You should start smoking.
Daniel Radcliffe: I should start smoking and drinking a lot more? Okay. Funny enough, the one thing about turning eighteen is, I find that buying drinks for other people is much more exciting than drinking itself. You really do feel like part of the gang. You do feel older when you do that.

And do you smoke in real life, like you do in the movie?
Daniel Radcliffe: Not in real life. Those were herbal cigarettes. I had to assure a young boy at this Q&A session in New York after the film the other day. This kid stood up, looking terrified. Suddenly, all the press people turned around. The moderator goes, "Do we have a question from the young boy in the back?" The kid says, "I want to know. When you smoked in the film, were they real cigarettes?" I was like, "No, young man, don't fear. They were herbal cigarettes. Don't worry." And they tasted disgusting.

When Harry Potter wraps up, where do you see your career going?
Daniel Radcliffe: For the foreseeable future, I want to continue acting. I want to get my head around that first. But I'd also like to direct something. Certainly, in the long run, acting is what I would like to do.

You have My Boy Jack coming up next?
Daniel Radcliffe: Yeah, I just finished that. I finished that a couple of weeks ago That is about a family in World War 1. It's about the Kipling family. Him and his son, and how their lives were altered. He loses his son, which was me. Yeah, it is a really beautiful script, and I think that could be a really excellent piece of television. That will be on in England in November, on ITV. Hopefully, it will be on in America sometime next year. Please do watch it. I think it will be really fantastic.

In comparison to the movie, how romantic was your first kiss?
Daniel Radcliffe: It was really romantic. I can remember the song that was playing. We were in this passionate clinch, and this really romantic song was playing. Then this really hardcore punk song came on. And it totally spoiled the mood. That's what I remember about my first kiss.

Was it her first kiss as well?
Daniel Radcliffe: No. She'd been there a few times before me. God, I hope she doesn't read this interview. Okay, thank you.


Daniel Radcliffe on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Daniel promoting December Boys on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Photos via Oclumencia.

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Daniel Radcliffe on The 7.30 report

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Daniel Radcliffe on The 7.30 report
Daniel on Australia's The 7.30 Report in promotion of December Boys. Aired 10th September 2007. There are two videos which you can view via the links below.

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Extended interview with Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel Radcliffe on Rove Live

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Daniel Radcliffe on Rove Live
Daniel promoting December Boys on Rove Live.

Order of the Phoenix First Look ABC Family special

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Order of the Phoenix First Look ABC Family special
ABC Family's exclusive look at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Melbourne December Boys premiere

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Melbourne December Boys premiere
Today was the December Boys premiere in Melbourne, Australia.

Collider's interview with Daniel Radcliffe

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Collider's interview with Daniel Radcliffe
Collider talked with Daniel in Los Angeles in promotion of December Boys. The transcript is below. You can download the audio file of the interview via this link (right click, save as).

Question: You know with the Harry Potter movies Catholics and Protestants said with all the wizarding it was heretic, but with this movie it has like a strong Catholic myth. I don’t know if you are from Britain so maybe you are Protestant. I don’t know …
DR: I’m not religious at all.

Q: How do you feel about the fact that the movie with the Virgin Mary it seemed to have a strong Catholic intention…
DR: To be honest, I play a Catholic boy who grows up in a Catholic orphanage so there are obviously going to be a lot of Catholic themes. I mean, if I’m playing a Jewish boy now we would be celebrating New Year. So it just varies to what the part is. It didn’t really make any particular difference to me. Even though I’m not religious I didn’t object to it.

Q: Are you agnostic.
DR: I’m sort of along those lines I think yeah definitely. I’m sort of confused I suppose. The person who has been my tutor for about seven or eight years has been amazing for me. She’s Catholic so it was really, really good to talk to her. She comes from a very Catholic upbringing. It was really good to talk to her actually about Catholicism and about how it can, if you’re faith is shaken or you do something that feels natural it might contradict what your faith says you do. She was just telling me about how Maps would feel about what he’s doing based on his background, which was very helpful.

Q: They seem to make some fun of the nuns …
DR: I think it is just, I wouldn’t read this film as being about a Catholic message. If this film has a message it’s very much that family doesn’t necessarily mean blood relations and it is who you trust and love. They make up your family. That for me is the message. It is not particularly Catholic.

Q: Are you surprised that people are surprised to see you in this because why wouldn’t you be able to do other types of roles?
DR: I know what you mean, but I’m not surprised by it. I don’t understand it, but it is sort of to be expected I suppose. It was like with Equus when I got to take my clothes off everybody was a bit like, “Oh my God. I can’t believe he’s doing that.” Now to me that was ridiculous, but I sort of expected it would happen so it is sort of the same thing as here. It is only natural that I should go out and do other things. I don’t know if people are surprised that I’m doing it. They are just possibly more interested than they would be if I hadn’t been involved in the Harry Potter franchise.

Q: Did you feel like you had to be strategic in what you were going to do with this one because, obviously you were sent a lot of scripts while you were making Harry Potter so did you have to think strategically like “Okay, I’m not going to make some other really, really big movie. I want to make this little small movie just to kind of demonstrate another side of my acting.”
DR: If the big movie had presented me with loads of challenges and other experiences then I would have done it, I wasn’t just saying “I have to do an indie movie next because that will show …”

Q: That you have street cred?
DR: Yeah, exactly. But it just so happened that this was the best script I read and it was for an indie movie so I wanted to do something, but then again if I hadn’t believed in this script I wouldn’t have done anything. I really wanted to do something in between Harry Potter four and five, but if a script hadn’t come along it was very important that I didn’t just do something for the sake of doing it, you know?

Q: Are you rebellious like Maps?
DR: That is what’s interesting. I don’t see maps as being rebellious. I see him as being bored and having nothing else to do. People were saying “Who do you think is more rebellious, Harry or Maps?” I absolutely think Harry is, because Harry rails against things more where Maps really has nothing to rail against except his own … (interrupted mid sentence)

Q: What about you?
DR: Maybe I’m rebelling against what people think I would be doing, but it is not a conscious thing. I’m making my own choices and if some people feel that is slightly unorthodox that’s their issue more than mine really, it doesn’t bother me.

Q: You are not the guy who would be drinking a beer and stealing a cig and stealing a beer?
DR: I don’t know. I’ve never been in a situation where I had to steal a beer. [laughs]. Maybe I would. I don’t know.

Q: Rod told us that you listened to certain types of music to try and get in to this character. Can you tell us what bands you chose?
DR: Oh God, um actually I still have it on my iPod on my playlist. It was stuff, I recall there was a lot of Elliot Smith on there, a lot of William Mason, it was troubled guitar wielding men mainly. And a lot of Nirvana, Radio Head, Black Alps and stuff like that. It was a fairly dark CD, but it helped. Music for me is one of the most helpful things that can get you into a scene and if I’m starting from scratch then music is the main thing I will go to first.

Q: Is this the opposite of what you would normally listen to?
DR: No, not at all. I would often listen to stuff like that. Radiohead particularly, but this CD was exclusively bands like that. I listen to a lot of um well it is all mainly guitar music, but it is not all quite that furious.

Q: What attracted you to this character so much, specifically where did you take your inspiration?
DR: It think everyone can sort of associate with Maps in some way, male or female all the heart break things, and things like that. And also the thing I didn’t necessarily connect with so much, but that moved me, when I say I didn’t connect with I mean it doesn’t apply to me quite so much, but with Maps I was really moved by the overwhelming desire to be needed by somebody, which he just doesn’t have. These boys need him for the first half of the film, but then suddenly they meet this guy Fearless who is tougher, older and rides a motorbike and they are suddenly enamored by him. Can anyone tell me is it enamored by someone or enamored with someone? [laughter] So they all leave him and go to Fearless and again Maps is left once more with no one needing him. I think he feels he needs to be needed.

Q: Rod told us that the last day of shooting was Christmas morning and you shot your first love scene and everybody was quite nervous. How did you feel? It was late and this was your first love scene?
DR: We started filming up there at 11 o’clock in the morning of December 23rd and we finished at 4:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve. So it was a very long day and we filmed the sex scene at about 8 o’clock that night so I wasn’t too tired yet [laughs] luckily, but I was nervous. Definitely. Being the first love scene that I had ever done it was not exactly imposing but you were aware and going “Oh God what do I do, what don’t I do.” So just stuff like that really and luckily Theresa was very, very good at helping me to just chill out and just have a love for it, that’s what it is about.

Q: We don’t really know what happened with the parents of Maps so maybe you needed to get inspiration from Harry Potter?
DR: I totally left Harry out of the equation when I was playing Maps, because they are both orphans, but they are totally different people. If you said that if you can play one orphan you can play another one that would mean that both orphans would have to be the same character and that’s not the case so it wasn’t about using what I know of Harry to portray Maps at all. And in terms of what you were saying about Maps background, I have always assumed that Maps was or at least Maps had been told he was left. I always assumed that his parents were alive and had not wanted him or at least that that is what he’d been told.

Q: How did you get the three kids that were so in awe of you being Harry Potter to forget that and relate to you as the character in the show? And also did you go straight to the epilogue when you read the last Harry Potter book?
DR: I did indeed. No, I didn’t go straight to the epilogue, that’s what my grandmother does.

Q: I was wondering what you thought because we interviewed you for Harry Potter and at that time you didn’t know what the end was and I wondered what your reaction was to him actually living?
DR: Okay, I’m going to deal with you first.

Q: It doesn’t matter.
DR: In terms of the kids they were almost totally unphased by me or if they were intimidated they hid it bloody well. That was never really an issue they were a really good bunch of kids and I really, really loved working with him they are very cool people James Frasier who plays Spit is essentially me age 12 so I am very fond of James. By the way in terms of me age 12 is James rather than his character just to clarify.

Q: What did you think of the final Harry Potter book?
DR: In terms of the ending of the book, I was thrilled. Has anybody not read the seventh book – okay, cool, I was very, very pleased because I basically get the best of both worlds, because I get the scene of my demise and also I get to live on after that, which is any actors’ dream, you get to die and then you get more screen time, it’s fantastic.

Q: Are you filming now?
DR: I start ‘6’ in 10 days.

Q: Any special preparations, special iTunes list?
DR: Not yet, but I’m sure I will before we start filming.

Q: Can you talk about where you were reading the book and what you were experiencing as you were reading it?
DR: Totally. There’s a quote, I’m not going to take this interview down too pretentious a route though this next bit… but there’s a quote from Chekhov when he wrote to the woman who was the final love of his life, who he later married and I think died with, not that she died but he was with her when he died, and he addresses a letter to her and he says, ‘Hello, the last page of my life.’ Which seemed very appropriate to me reading this book, because he has been such a part of my life now, I’ve been with him through all my teen years, and you were suddenly aware that – I started reading it, it was wow, this is the last time I will take a journey with this character, and it was quite a special moment, and actually while reading the final chapters I was listening to Sigur Ros which was very, very appropriate actually, it really, really was, God I’d love them to do a song for one of the films, they’d be absolutely fantastic.

Q: Were you thinking about it as you were reading it, oh my God this book is amazing, it’s going to be such a good movie?
DR: I was thinking, how are we going to make it into a movie? It’s going to be tough, but that’s why someone cleverer than me adapts them. I think if we get it right, which I’m confident we will, it should be amazing.

Q: Have you read the script for Half-Blood Prince yet?
DR: Yeah, yeah, yeah

Q: Have they adapted that book well, they have to cut them down so much.
DR: They have to. Obviously things have taken out, but everything that drives the story forward is very much in place.

Q: And you’re doing a play right after you finish Half-Blood Prince?
DR: There’s a little gap and hopefully if I can find another film to make than that would be really cool, but if not, yeah I might actually rest.

Q: A lot of people read the book in one or two days, did you feel you needed to read it quickly so someone didn’t spoil it for you.
DR: Weirdly I didn’t. I was at a cricket match when it came out, so I didn’t really start reading it properly. I read the first 30 pages one night, and then said, ‘Right, I’m not going to pick it up again until I’ve got proper time to really have a go at this book.’ And actually no one spoiled the ending for me, I thought they would. I thought someone was going to shout it out what happened. But the brilliant thing about it actually – she sort of made it spoiler proof, because even though if someone does say what state Harry ends up in, you don’t know the half of it which is pretty impressive. When I finally did get to read it I did read it in about a day and a half just because I didn’t put it down.

Q: Was that really you mooning the camera in December Boys or was it a double?
DR: That’s me, that’s the genuine Radcliffe ass.

Q: A lot of people thought Alfonso Cuaron did such an amazing job of three, and he’s talked about he’d be willing to come back to the franchise, would you like to have him back for book seven.
DR: It’s a very interesting question. I loved working with Alfonso, so I don’t want this to be misinterpreted in the slightest, but I really love working with David Yates. Who knows if he’ll do book seven. But also I think to be honest it’s really nice to have new directors come on board. Who know, it’s a long way off, book seven, it depends if David is willing to do it, I don’t know if he will be, it’s a long way off so I don’t know at the moment. But I would love to work with him (Alfonso) again in the future, I don’t know if Potter will be the place where that happens.

Q: You’re okay with Yates coming back for book seven.
DR: If he wanted to, yeah totally.

Q: Did you have a good 18th birthday party?
DR: I had fabulous 18th birthday party, thank you very much.

Q: We didn’t hear anything about it.
DR: Good.

Q: Do you have any great summer memories?
DR: This summer was pretty good, because I got to go to Lords for my birthday.


Websites press call for December Boys

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Websites press call for December Boys
Daniel took part in a phone conference today with and other sites and they talked about December Boys and other subjects.

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"Is there one particular aspect of the film that you’re most proud of or one recollection of the filming you’re going to take back with you forever?
Daniel Radcliffe: I think one thing is that I’ve made a lot of really, really great friends out there. I’ve made one friend in particular who I’m still very much in contact with and is a really, really close friend, and so that’s the thing I’ll probably take away from the film most is that friendship. In terms of aspects of the film I’m the most proud of, I’d say that a) it’s beautiful, it’s… visually it’s wonderful and beautiful and terrific and all those things, but also I’m really pleased with the relationship and chemistry between all the four boys, myself included in that. I’m really pleased with what we achieved there. We were four people who’d never met each other before and we were all thrown together and there was a good chance we might not get on but luckily we did. So I think that’s one of the things we were very, very lucky with and one of the things I’m proudest of in the film.

Daniel Radcliffe: "If the script says have sex, I have sex"

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Daniel Radcliffe: "If the script says have sex, I have sex"
Interview with Daniel by The Guardian in promotion of December Boys. Features a photo by David Levene.
"Wait a minute!" he suddenly says, jumping up from his chair and heading over to the bin. "I'm going to throw out my chewing gum. I don't like seeing people chew gum. I remember watching an interview with someone, I can't remember who, and seeing them chewing gum the whole way through, and I was thinking - gaaaaaah!" He makes the sort of exasperated noise fathers make when you ask them to mend your bike puncture.
"I know, I know," he says, as he sits back down. "I'm just an old person in a young person's husk." Despite his born-40 outlook and a pair of surprisingly Gallagheresque eyebrows, Radcliffe looks younger than he is. Now that he is finally old enough to buy a pint, he must get asked for proof of age all the time. Whatever - it's just a relief not having to worry about the flash of a camera any more, he says, and also finally being able to buy a round. "You suddenly feel like you're one of the adult group, and it's a really nice feeling I've not had before."
About being the oldest of the kids.
"I was the oldest and I did feel a certain ..." He pauses, as if trying on the next word for size. "Paternal instinct. I wanted to protect them." And out comes dad again. "There were times when it was towards the end of the day and I was really tired, and they" - he means those pesky kids - "had almost as much energy as they had at one o'clock in the afternoon. And I found myself saying things like, 'PLEASE stop shouting so loudly in my ear.'"
But he mostly felt protective.
"My experience of being on a film set at that age had been totally joyous, and I wanted to make sure that it was the same for them."
About the cave sex scene with Teresa Palmer.
"I love that scene!" he says. "It was so totally clumsy." He is delighted to hear that it made me laugh out loud. "Did you? Good. It's so totally malcoordinated when she asks him to kiss her neck and play with her tits at the same time. It's that first time experience when you're like, 'OK. What's this hand doing? What's that hand doing?' Trying to coordinate all those things at once the first time is an absolute nightmare. What I quite liked about that scene was that it's not sexy. It's a sex scene that's not sexy. It's clumsy and sweet."

And yes, he did touch the actress's breast. Wasn't it a bit weird? He gives an uncharacteristically teenage, duh-like "Nooo!" But contrary to his adolescent expectations, it wasn't at all sexy. "Kissing someone on camera is just not sexy, no matter how attracted to them you are. And Teresa is beautiful, so I was ... I was sort of worried about ... you know," - he lowers his voice slightly - "certain things. But it was OK. No matter how beautiful they are, when you're surrounded by crew who are taking measurements on the focus and making sure you're in the right light, it becomes totally clinical. And clinical is not a word I would associate with any good sexual experience."
Smoking scene: He just copied James Dean's technique.
"The first question I was asked on Equus was did I inhale, because there's a smoking scene in that," he says. "And I said, 'Well, yes, because if you don't inhale then you blow out about a ton more smoke than you would if you did.'" He found the fuss wearisome and ridiculous, especially given that his character did something genuinely shocking: blinding six horses. "But the RSPCA wasn't up in arms about that. It was a very bizarre, double-standards thing which sort of frustrates me.
"To me, the thought that stuff might upset Harry Potter fans didn't really come into it, because the reason I act is first and foremost for myself because I enjoy it, and second to serve the script. So if the script says smoke, I smoke. If the script says have sex, I have sex. So that's just what you do as an actor."
He has no regrets about becoming an actor so young.
"I would have become like a lot of other public school boys," he says, adding, "which isn't a thing I necessarily want to become or like." He does seem very grounded: eloquent, self-deprecating, fun to be with. More "normal", in fact, than most 18-year-old boys.
With acting, he says, "you meet people from totally different walks of life. And the people I'm best friends with on the films are not generally the actors. I mean, I get on well with all the cast, but my best friend is a 41-year-old guy who works in costume and has got two kids. You do meet a lot of different people and that's what I love about it. That's why I don't understand why actors become arrogant and are completely unapproachable - because as an actor, the most valuable thing you can do is talk to people and hear their stories, because it'll all come in handy."
He enjoyed the City of London school.
- much more than his two posh prep schools, at which, he says, teachers really knocked his confidence. But he did get hassled by some of the boys. They were just "idiots", he says. "And as soon as you realise that these people are stupid, it doesn't matter any more. Eddie Izzard has this great line: that generally people who take the piss out of other people hang around in groups of five, because they have a fifth of a personality each. As soon as I heard that line, it made everything a lot easier at school."
About an experience he had at Reading two years ago, when Arctic Monkeys played the festival's smallest stage.
"I'm going to be like one of those old guys who sits around saying, 'I was in the 100 Club when the Clash played.' But I was there and it was amazing," he says. "I had downloaded all their songs from LiveWire and was singing along to them, and some of the other people hadn't really heard that many of the songs and were turning around saying, 'How do YOU know the words?'"
About fans.
"I've never had stuff that's actually freaked me out. But I did have a moment where you've got to laugh at it. 'Mrs Radcliffe', as she called herself, followed us around New York. I was on the publicity tour for the fourth Potter film and we pulled up at traffic lights next to her car. She leant out of the window and left her legs in her car and flung herself over and tried to get into our car. It was one of those moments when you think, 'You are REALLY devoted - but you're a little bit scary as well.' I think she was being carted around by her dad, and you think, 'You should know better, sir!'"
Shane Warne.
He recently met Shane Warne face to face, he says. Or face to chin: "He was so tall and I'm so short!" He claims to be 5ft 5in or 5ft 6in, but with small parents - his mum, casting agent Marcia Gresham, is only 5ft tall, and his dad, literary agent Alan Radcliffe, is 5ft 8in - he isn't holding out much hope.

The other day he texted AQA, the question answering service beloved of pub quiz cheats, to ask them at what point boys are supposed to stop growing, and was told in reply that boys have a final growth spurt at 21. That lifted him, metaphorically. He is also cheered to be reminded that his hero James Dean was a shortie. "A lot of actors are. Also Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the greatest cricket player of modern times in terms of batting, is 5ft 5in, and he has got the most Test centuries to his name. So there's hope yet."

Los Angeles Times interview

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Los Angeles Times interview
The Los Angeles Times talked with Daniel on the phone from Ireland where he's playing Rudyard Kipling's son, Jack, in My Boy Jack to discuss December Boys and more.

About his dogs
On this late afternoon, he is lamenting that his two border terriers aren't with him. "They're brilliant," he says. "I miss my dogs."

What motivates him?
"It's not the money that motivates me," Radcliffe says. "It's working. You try to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can and you get to meet loads of different people and different crews. It's incredibly exciting."

December Boys
He was immediately drawn to the script. "It was a character that wasn't in any way like Harry. This would be a good way to challenge myself and show myself I could do something different, let alone anyone else. And the idea of filming in a different country. . . . It was a totally new experience."

More sexual themes (Equus, December Boys)

"I don't think I consciously search for love scenes, but I think it's slightly disingenuous if I went through my teen years doing things that didn't reflect anything to do with teenagers. I don't think people would believe it."


Daniel Radcliffe on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Daniel Radcliffe on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Daniel promoted December Boys on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Daniel Radcliffe on CW11 Morning Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on CW11 Morning Show
Daniel promoted December Boys on the CW11 Morning Show.

AP photoshoot and interview

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AP photoshoot and interview
Daniel had an interview with AP (Associated Press). See that below.

Daniel Radcliffe on The Sauce

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Daniel Radcliffe on The Sauce
Daniel on Fuse's The Sauce where he promoted December Boys.

Los Angeles premiere December Boys

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Los Angeles premiere December Boys
Today was the LA premiere of December Boys.

Reuters photoshoot

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Reuters photoshoot
Taken in New York today.

Daniel Radcliffe on BBC Radio 1's Edith Bowman

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Daniel Radcliffe on BBC Radio 1's Edith Bowman
An interview from BBC 1 Radio's Edith Bowman with Daniel in promotion of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Maybe already an old interview but hey also a new photo.


Daniel Radcliffe on The Rachael Ray Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on The Rachael Ray Show
Daniel talks about Equus, December Boys and more on The Rachael Ray Show.

picture source: David M. Russell

Daniel Radcliffe on The Early Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on The Early Show
Daniel attended The Early Show where he promoted his Australian production December Boys.


Daniel Radcliffe on TRL USA

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Daniel Radcliffe on TRL USA
Daniel visited MTV's TRL USA (Total Request Live) in New York today to promote December Boys. No video available for now, but below some photos.

Daniel Radcliffe on Live! with Regis and Kelly

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Daniel Radcliffe on Live! with Regis and Kelly
Daniel on Live! with Regis and Kelly where he talked about December Boys, a bit Harry Potter and more.

Daniel Radcliffe on the Today Show

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Daniel Radcliffe on the Today Show
Daniel promoting December Boys on the Today Show.

More photos (photoshoots)

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More photos (photoshoots)

Via Dennys Ilic's website, I have two more photos from Dan during photoshoots.

December Boys promotion has started (first pic)

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December Boys promotion has started (first pic)
Here the first photoshoot picture as promotion for December Boys.

picture source: Dennys Ilic