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Dan appears in New York Times magazine and below is some excerpts of interest:
Not long after Radcliffe moved out on his own, he started drinking. By his own description, this was not casual drinking at parties, but every-night drinking, heavy drinking, drinking to the point of making a scene and then blacking out. “I became a nuisance,” he has said. “I became the person in the group who has to be looked after.” He drank in local bars and eventually alone, because he was too embarrassed to go back to the bars where he had been so drunk on nights past. In August 2010, when he was 21, after awakening from a blackout, bruised and unable to account for the previous eight hours, he decided to stop drinking. He hadn’t talked publicly about the extent of his problem and was worried that he would rise one morning to find photos of his past exploits plastered on the front page of a tabloid. So in 2011, he decided to speak openly about his drinking.
Radcliffe’s upbringing during the Potter years was at once cloistered and uncensored. His father was on the set every day, providing an unusual amount of oversight in the strange, charmed halls of the drafty, converted aircraft hangar where the movies were shot. But all around him, especially as he became a teenager, the crew and cast were swearing, changing in front of him and regaling him with tales of boozy revels. Although he and Watson and Grint shared an intense experience and are friendly enough, they have barely seen one another since the last film. Radcliffe’s closest friends were always among the crew, people who “were either much older than me and had kids or lived outside of London,” he said. “I didn’t have that normal teenage period when you build up your friends in your area and you have a social circle.”
Radcliffe’s pleasures can veer into compulsions: he often chain-smokes cigarettes, pounds Diet Coke, recently kicked a Red Bull addiction and spends hours, into the early morning, on NFL.com, pursuing an obsession with American football he cultivated during “How to Succeed.” “I probably know every starting player’s name in the league,” he told me. “Actually, I don’t know why I’m being modest, I definitely know every starting player.” He records episodes of “Jeopardy!” when he’s in New York and watches them before he goes to sleep. A former guest on a brainy British quiz show called “QI,” he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and trivia and a seemingly inexhaustible catalog of jokes.
Thrown into an adult world early on, Radcliffe nonetheless still clings to some adolescent habits. He subsists on a diet based largely on cheeseburgers and pizza, is the same poor sleeper he was as a child and is an inveterate slob. One friend still teases him about the time he took off a sock to mop up some soda, then put the sock back on.
In “Kill Your Darlings,” Radcliffe displays more range than he did in the Potter films, with a role that defies easy characterization. Radcliffe’s Ginsberg is both socially insecure and sure of his genius; he is, by turns, deeply romantic and sullen and sexual. In Venice, several interviewers asked Radcliffe if he was trying to “put a knife in the back” of Harry Potter by doing an explicit gay sex scene. But Radcliffe simply said it was a part of the story, just as being nude in “Equus” was essential. “I honestly don’t know what the big deal is,” Radcliffe, whose parents had many close gay friends when he was growing up, said in a news conference. “People have been having gay sex for as long as they’ve been having straight sex, period.”
He had five minutes after the scene [A Young Doctor’s Notebook, series 2] to take a break and quickly walked outside to smoke a cigarette; he rolls them, a habit he picked up from the Harry Potter wardrobe dresser, a father of three now in his 40s, whom Radcliffe considers one of his best friends from the days on the set. Among the wealthiest men under 30 in his country, Radcliffe, particularly when he smokes, has the pallid, slightly starved look of an artist who might live in a garret.
Writer: Susan Dominus: Full Interview on New York Times
Hey everyone! Been a month since a proper update. Just moved house so just trying to catch up with some photos (photo shoots, Cripple of Inishmaan, Dan’s Google + account) that we were missing and what not. Check here for the latest gallery updates. Good news that Dan has announced a second series of Sky Arts ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’. Will post any news as we get it.
Dan has made a video diary for his Google + Account and you can watch that here. Dan has also made appearances on the radio talking about his work and you can hear his interviews with Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw.
Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm have agreed to return for a second series of A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories, Sky Arts have announced.
Both actors will reprise their roles from the first series of the comedy drama, which forms part of Playhouse Presents… on Sky Arts. Inspired by the autobiographical short stories of the Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, Hamm plays a doctor during the Russian Revolution, with Radcliffe again portraying the doctor’s younger self.
Radcliffe, who admitted that he “could not wait to commence filming this summer” and describes himself as “an obsessive Bulgakov reader” said: “I had absolutely no hesitation in agreeing to do a second series of A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
“I had an incredible time working with the multi talented Jon Hamm and of course am a huge fan of Mikhail Bulgakov’s work and so was thrilled when I was told a second series had been commissioned.”
Hamm, who recently appeared in the sixth series of Mad Men, said: “I’m thrilled to come back to our wonderful, weird, wild world of A Young Doctor’s Notebook. Series one was an absolute blast to work on and I’m looking forward to continuing this bizarre adventure.”
The first official photo from Kill Your Darlings was released earlier this month, see it in the gallery here. Also tomorrow sees the release of A Young Doctor’s notebook on DVD.
Here are the videos from Dan’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he is squeamish – despite playing a doctor in a new TV drama which doesn’t skimp on the gore.
The former Harry Potter star appears alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm in A Young Doctor’s Notebook – in which he plays the younger version of Hamm’s character, a physician transferred to a remote Russian village – and said he was amazed all the blood and guts in the script made it to the screen.
However he admitted that he was easily shocked when it came to gory moments.
“I went out with a girl called Laura for a while, and she loved that show Embarrassing Bodies and I couldn’t watch it but I could watch her watching it,” he said.
“She just sat there with the kind of blank, desensitised look of a war veteran.”
Daniel added that he was flattered to be playing the younger incarnation of the Mad Men actor, saying, “I mean, God, I hope I grow up to look like that” – while also revealing that he had become less associated with Harry Potter since the film series ended.
“Now it’s like 80 per cent to 20 per cent of people using my name rather than ‘Harry’, which is really lovely to be honest,” the actor said.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook, based on the works of Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov, will begin on the Sky Arts channel on December 6.
Sky Arts have released a video from the first episode of ‘The Young Doctor’s Notebook’, entitled ‘Hernia’. It will be airing on Sky arts 1 on 6th December 9pm. The DVD is scheduled for release for 31st December. Watch it below:
Also some photos have been released in promotion of the release and you can see them in the gallery here.
Here are some short promo videos being released by Sky Arts: