Here is an excerpt from the interview that Dan has done with Parade magazine:
I haven’t seen you since we did the PARADE cover story together in 2012.
“It was fantastic. My parents still have the [Parade] cover in the kitchen. It’s one of their favorite things. Thank you very much.”
That’s very sweet. Let me ask you about your new movie, What/If. This is your first romantic comedy?
“Yes. I’ve wanted to do something contemporary and modern for a long time, something that is unmistakably based in the world we live in.”
“I’ve never really gotten the chance before. So this was exciting. Also, you don’t read many scripts that are this good.”
To read the full interview go here.
Dan does his ice bucket challenge on comedy TV show ‘The Last Leg’.
Here is some information about the disease from the official ALS website:
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.
In the UK ALS is known as Motor Neurone Disease. This information is from the official MND website:
MND and ALS are different descriptions of the same disease. The MND Association, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the ALS Association, which operates in the USA, do the same type of work. The only real difference is what we call the disease.
In the UK we use MND – motor neurone disease – and in the USA they use ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Both refer to a fatal, progressive disease that can rob people of the ability to speak, move and breathe. There is no cure. The reason there is a difference is that there are several forms of MND. ALS is the most common type. MND is an umbrella term for all forms of the disease. In the USA, ALS is used as the umbrella term (they also sometimes refer to it as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The MND Association in the UK and The ALS Association in America work very closely together on numerous projects, especially around global research into a cause of MND / ALS, and we are delighted to be carrying on #IceBucketChallenge in the UK, following the ALS Association’s great work in America.
The MND Association helps people with or affected by MND in several ways. We work to improve care and support, fund research to find a cure and campaign to raise awareness of the needs of people with MND. We also fundraise to pay for this important work.
Text ICED55 £5 to 70070 to donate to MND(UK). You can donate at this website: http://www.alsa.org/ for the US.
Acerbic and maudlin by turns, Douse’s screwball romantic comedy sees Hogwarts old boy Radcliffe venturing successfully into Cary Grant territory.
He plays lovelorn medical school drop-out Wallace, first seen sitting on the roof, pining for the girlfriend who cheated on him 379 days before.
Zoe Kazan plays Chantry, a wisecracking charmer who shares his offbeat view of the world. Their mutual attraction is obvious but she is already in a relationship with the self-righteously obnoxious Ben (Rafe Spall) so both try hard to maintain the illusion that they are only friends.
Some of the dialogue is very witty indeed. The would-be lovers turn out to share a fascination with Elvis Presley’s dietary habits and to have the same facility for puns and morbid jokes.
Kazan, the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan, is delightful as the heroine: wryly humorous one moment and prudishly melancholic the next.
Radcliffe is also funny and affecting as the romantic lead, trying hard to suppress his true feelings.
At times, with its fey animated sequences and self-conscious zaniness, the film becomes just a little too whimsical.
Its plotting is predictable but Kazan and Radcliffe make a thoroughly engaging double act.
Dan is currently on the BBC 1 show ‘The One Show’ RIGHT now!
Over 150 photos of Dan from last nights London, UK premiere are now in the gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Daniel Radcliffe talks about his latest role in the romantic comedy What If, the evolution of LGBT inclusion in entertainment, and getting naked on film once again.
A generation of LGBT fans grew up rooting for Daniel Radcliffe and the wand-wielding character he played for a decade in theHarry Potter films. And fairly early on, everyone’s favorite boy wizard made it known he was rooting for the LGBT community as well.
He’s spoken out against homophobia in public service announcements, stood up for marriage equality in interviews, and donated his time, celebrity, and money to numerous LGBT charities over the years. His passion for furthering LGBT civil rights shines through in both his words and actions. It’s this dedication to the cause that not only earned him the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2011, but it’s also why he’s considered one of the fiercest straight allies currently working in Hollywood.
As we discuss his latest role in the romantic comedy What If, I realize how much I’m still rooting for the 25-year-old actor who’s working so hard to leave the halls of Hogwarts behind and move beyond the shadow of a single character. “I know I can’t make one film that will immediately make the world stop seeing me as Harry Potter,” he says. “But hopefully film by film, bit by bit, slowly but surely, I will be seen as just an actor rather than a character. All I can do is what I’m doing now – a nice range of projects that showcase different sides of my ability as an actor, and the wider the range they are, the better.”
His plight is perhaps relatable to those of us in his LGBT fan base. After all, working to overcome expectations and prove a person is more than a single stereotype, or in Radcliffe’s case a single character, is familiar territory for many in our community – and another reason why we continue to cheer him on.
LGBT viewers may also find a similar connection with Radcliffe’s latest character Wallace in What If, a young man who finds himself falling in love with his best friend Chantry (played by Zoe Kazan), despite his best efforts to keep their relationship strictly platonic. But while Radcliffe knows Wallace’s situation is one many his queer fans have experienced themselves, he’s hopeful the day isn’t far away when films like What If feature same-sex couples, and when LGBT people are able to see more than simple parallels to their own life in mainstream romantic comedies.
“I still think we’ve got a ways to go before we see more types of films like What If made with same-sex couples,” he says. “I say that because I was quite shocked when I did all the press for Kill Your Darlings and how much of a talking point it was for people that I was playing a gay character. Because my mom and dad were involved in the same industry and had like a lot of gay friends who I grew up around, it was always normal to me.”
He says he realizes not everyone has had the same upbringing, but he acknowledges cultural and societal awareness are improving, which allows richer LGBT characters in popular culture.
“The way gay people have been depicted [in entertainment] has changed so much in the last few years and hopefully that is what is normalizing it for everyone,” he says. “Just look at characters like Cam and Mitch from Modern Family. They are hugely successful and get to every region of the country. Stories are now beginning to be told that include all different types and kinds of sexuality and characters who aren’t there for the sake of being gay, they just happen to be gay. It’s actually the stories around their lives that are what keep us interested. I do think that in the next generation we will see an even bigger difference in how gay people are shown in the media and in film because people are getting over it, finally.”
Along with the movies Horns and Kill Your Darlings, What If was one of three projects Radcliffe filmed in the same year, and he credits the challenges and experience gained from each with helping him refine his craft.
“I feel like that year was instrumental for me in moving on to the next step,” he says. “Each time I take something away, but on this film I really learned a lot about improvisation and comedy. I had a fantastic time filming What If because we’d always start off filming a scene totally sticking to the script for a few takes before [director] Michael Dowse would let us go off, experiment, and try stuff out. I learned I actually really like that as a way of working and find it very freeing.”
Radcliffe admits he also “felt free” of any inhibitions while filming a scene in which he and Kazan have a spontaneous skinny dipping adventure.
“Once you’ve done Equus that really shakes any inhibitions you have out of you,” he says of the role that required him to perform a 10-minute scene completely nude before a live audience. “Other actors might get to a scene like that and say, ‘Actually, I’d like to not be naked in that part,’ but because I’ve done it once on stage, it doesn’t really hold fears for me anymore.”
Ditching his clothes for the camera is becoming a frequent occurrence in Radcliffe’s films. Each of the three he filmed in the same year include scenes requiring a serving of skin and when I joke with him that he may soon be typecast as the guy who gets naked in all of films, he lets out a long laugh before he responds. “I would like to say at this point that I am not picking projects so I can get naked,” he says. “It just so happens that in all the ones that have been released so far — and in fact the next two that will be released as well — I do show a bit of skin.”
While some actors have voiced concern in the past over the pressure Hollywood places on actors to stay in shape, Radcliffe embraces it. “To be honest I think it’s important for an actor to have some sort of connection with his body and to have that physicality available to him as an actor,” he says. “Of course there’s the knowledge that at some point you’re going to take your top off, it’ll end up online, and then people will have opinions. But I enjoy keeping fit and going to the gym. So yes, there is a bit of pressure that goes along with all that, but if it’s a pressure which ends up keeping me healthy than that’s fine with me.”
Radcliffe considers the current level of objectification of men in film a healthy evolution in entertainment; one that is more inclusive than the decades-long practice which depicted women as the sole object of desire and ignored both straight female and gay male moviegoers. It’s a direction he’s confident will soon extend to LGBT visibility and inclusion in all forms of entertainment.
“Just look at Michael Sam and what happened when he came out,” he says of the first openly gay athlete to be signed to a team in the NFL. “All the people that said there would be a problem were much older, and I didn’t get that because the players at Michael Sam’s college — who were between 18 and 24 — none of them had a problem with it. So [LGBT] inclusion is something we’re only going to see evolve more with this generational shift.”
What If opens in select theatres today and everywhere August 22.
The Guardian newspaper has released its review of ‘What If’ and given it 4 out 5 stars.
We watched him grow from a boy to a teen in the eight Harry Potter films, but now, with What If, Daniel Radcliffe is a man.
No, he’s not a beefy outdoors type, nor a powerful alpha in a three-piece suit, but he’s certainly a grown-up, with grown-up problems and a grown-up way of looking at the world. For an actor so firmly associated with a specific character, Radcliffe has finally shed the wizard’s cloak and put on the casual garb of an unpretentious, leading romantic man. And it’s a good fit.
Sure, the boy who lived has been impressive in some non-Hogwarts roles. The Woman in Black, an Edwardian-era horror flick, was a financial success, and most critics said nice things about his turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings (as well as his stage roles in Equus and The Cripple of Inishmaan.) Still, Radcliffe hasn’t quite found a sure footing in his post-Potter career. What If is all the evidence we need to see that Radcliffe, who just turned 24, should focus his energies on being a heart-melting romantic lead.
Elan Mastai’s screenplay, based on TJ Dawe and Mike Rinaldi’s play Toothpaste and Cigars, is quite the opportunity to show off his nice-guy-with-a-dash-of-handsome-brooder chops. He plays Wallace, a med school dropout nursing a broken heart. His best chum, Allan (Adam Driver), is a boisterous epicurean who meets the love of his life Nicole (Mackenzie Davis) at a house party. This leaves Wallace alone to awkwardly mumble with Allan’s cousin, Chantry (Zoe Kazan). The two connect, then ditch the party, and that’s when Chantry simultaneously brings Wallace closer and shoves him away. She scratches out her phone number, says she’d love to hang out, and then says: “Oh, I bet my boyfriend is waiting up.”
Oof! Wallace is in the “friend zone” (indeed, when What If made the festival rounds it was called The F Word), and at first he tosses Chantry’s number away. But fate brings them together again (because they are a true match!) when they bump into one another, alone, at a repertory screening of The Princess Bride. Wallace realizes that sure, he could use a new friend, that’s when he and Chantry begin a wonderful, chaste love affair.
I don’t have to tell you that what follows is a slow road to Wallace and Chantry admitting that, yes, they should be more than just friends. Luckily it isn’t a slog getting there – there’re a rather charming set of zingy predicaments that involve misunderstandings with Chantry’s boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall), races to and from the airport, rowdy drunken nights, and a tender, albeit far-fetched, scene involving half-naked entanglements in a ladies’ dressing room. Through it all, though, anyone without a heart black as coal will sit in the theater transforming into human mush and mumbling “aww”.
The reason for this – above all else – is the casting. Radcliffe and Kazan are adorable and vulnerable and sincere in equal measure, but this really is Radcliffe’s movie. Despite his insecurity (and his reliance on pep talks from his dopey pal Allan), he is an admirable everyman. Being in your 20s is tough stuff, and Radcliffe feels the weight of this complexity without coming off like a whiner. You can’t write “be sympathetic” in a screen direction – that has to come naturally to an actor, and Radcliffe has this in spades.
What If is the latest from Canadian director Michael Dowse, whose hockey comedy Goon is one of the finest sports films of the past 15 years. He has an extremely light touch, letting the always photogenic city of Toronto work wonders without being overly in-your-face about it. A lesser director shooting this same picture in New York would have rubbed your nose in the notable points of interest in every second scene.
The light touch extends to Mastai’s screenplay, which finds plenty of space for the characters to gently barb one another, or pause for philosophical observation as they push along the romantic plot points. Granted, there were one too many scatological jokes for my taste, but Mastai and Dowse are clearly cribbing from the Woody Allen notebook, or, at least, the Allen-via-Nora Ephron notebook. Let’s not get carried away: What If doesn’t quite measure up, but it doesn’t embarrass itself by comparison either.
The success of a romcom all comes down to whether you have a stake in seeing the couple together at the end. I have not rooted for the happiness of fictional characters so hard this year. But I didn’t just want to see these two live happily ever after. I had an additional wish: to see Daniel Radcliffe continue pursue this side of his career. The “Wallace” persona isn’t exactly a reinvention the wheel, but it’s been quite some time since an actor has taken to it so well.
Lots of promotional videos of Dan are doing the rounds for the promotion of ‘What If’. Check them out below:
Below are two video clips of Dan making a television appearance on Seth Meyers on the 5th August. Dan talks about ‘What If’ and his cameo appearance in ‘Trainwreck’.
(Reuters) – From boy wizard Harry Potter to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, actor Daniel Radcliffe has taken on a wide range of fantasy and period roles, but he finally steps into the real world with his latest film.
In the romantic comedy “What If,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a young man damaged by previous romances who becomes enamored with a girl already in a steady relationship.
The 25-year-old British actor talked to Reuters about leaving “Potter” behind and proving his critics wrong.
Q: You have taken on action, fantasy and horror, but never a romantic comedy. What drew you to “What If”?
A: I had never done a contemporary project that was set in the world we are in that we recognize, I’ve never done that. “Potter” was in its own fantasy world and everything else I’ve done has been period films, so I’ve wanted to play somebody contemporary for a long time.
Q: What did playing Wallace allow you to explore?
A: This is the first time I’ve ever played a character that’s quite close to myself, not in terms of the decisions he makes or the way he goes about things, but just in terms of his sense of humor and his speed of thought.
I used to worry that playing myself, or that not playing somebody that different from myself, would make people think of “Harry Potter.” And then I realized I hadn’t been playing myself at all in “Harry Potter.” I was playing a very different, much sterner character than I am myself. So I think I let a bit of that embarrassment go, and it definitely made it easier.
Q: You received criticism for your on-screen performances early in your Potter career. Did that fuel your determination?
A: Yeah, prove everyone wrong. Anyone who ever said I couldn’t do it – and this does sound terrible – but I do want every film to be a “fuck you” to them. If you say horrible shit about a 12-year-old boy, then yeah, I want to make you pay for that, I want to embarrass you by my success. Like, that’s what I do. (laughs) … I’m not somebody who makes a fuss about stuff or gets particularly angry ever, but I do have a mean competitive streak, which I suppose that’s how it comes out. That and table tennis.
Q: What genre would you like to take on?
A: I’ve always thought sci-fi looks really fun, just because of the set. And if it’s a good sci-fi movie, a clever sci-fi movie, with an interesting take on the future, then God yeah, I’d be up for that. I would just like to be on a spaceship set.
Q: How do you deal with the celebrity spotlight?
A: You don’t. The only way to navigate it sanely is to pay as little attention to it as possible. … It’s weird that people take photographs of you, it’s weird that anyone would care that you went to the shops. They always have to write some headline, like “Daniel Radcliffe and girlfriend go for a stroll to the shops,” because that makes a story. Because otherwise it’s just some … creep taking photographs of you on the street, and if there isn’t a headline, that’s all it amounts to.
Q: You’ve been acting for 15 years now. Would you ever step away from it all?
A: There’s a chance, but I love what I do so much that I don’t think I could ever imagine doing anything else. I can’t imagine if somebody told me tomorrow, “You’re never going to be stepping on a film set again.” I genuinely don’t know what I’d do. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
Dan attended the IvyConnect’s 1st Annual Ivy Innovator Film Awards on the 7th August. I have added over 50 photos from the event to the gallery.
Added some photos of Dan attending the Moves Magazine summer issue party. Dan is featured on the cover and you can see an extract from the interview in the post below.
Dan has done a new photo shoot and interview with the New York Magazine ‘Moves’. You can see an extract of the interview below.
Huge projects loom, including a creative take on the Frankenstein story he’s said might well be called “Not Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” as it stitches together pieces of tellings gone before, and focuses on a time and relationship not usually explored. “In sort of contrast to most Frankenstein movies where the monster and Victor is sort of the main relationship, this film takes place mostly prior to the creation of the monster. This focuses on the relationship between Igor and Victor, and is about two young men propelling science forward.” Not to awaken the monster that is the term “Bromance,” but the emphasis on Victor and Igor’s relationship joins a list of fascinating platonics in popular culture. He muses as to why the seemingly sudden fervor — “I think maybe that what’s interesting is that so many more films and particularly TV now seems to be incredibly character-driven. Rather than sort of focusing on spectacle or something like that, people have, I think, realized that being privy to an exciting relationship, either between two men or between a guy and a woman or two women or whatever it is, is one of the most exciting things you can see on a screen.”
Read the full interview here.