Leaving Harry Potter behind
The Harry Potter movies are finally done, but Daniel Radcliffe isn't looking back or resting on his laurels.
He's starring in the new Hammer horror film, The Woman in Black, which is his first major film role after the demise of Harry, and he's also done major work on Broadway, starring in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Radcliffe, who is now 22, told Moviefone his new starring role is important, "But it's not the be-all and end-all, like people keeping saying, 'Oh, Daniel Radcliffe's first film post – 'Harry Potter,' let's see how he does. I think to put all of that pressure on one film would be ridiculous."
As Radcliffe further explained to writer Mike Ryan, "I made peace a long time ago with the fans," and he knows that there are fans who will "forever see me as Harry." Although movie stars bring a lot of baggage to movies, Radcliffe is confident after the first 10, 15 minutes you'll forget that's Harry Potter up there because you're getting caught up in the film.
Being Harry Potter is obviously a once in a lifetime thing, but Radcliffe added, "I don't miss the hoopla. If I have passed my most famous point, I won't be unhappy."
He pointed out how George Clooney's switched from movies like Oceans 11 to doing smaller, more interesting work like Syriana, and for now he's got "some cachet, I guess, for know. While it still does, I've got a chance to make some really interesting films."
As we previously reported, The Woman in Black cost $13 million, which is considered peanuts by today's Hollywood standards, yet Hammer was always able to make high quality films for low money. Funny enough, it turns out Radcliffe was actually a Hammer fan growing up, "and it's very cool to be part of one," Radcliffe told Toronto Broadway World. "Growing up I loved Dracula... I was such a fan of Peter Cushing in that. All my friends wanted to be Christopher Lee and I wanted to be Peter Cushing."
Shocktillyoudrop reports there is currently a major effort to get thirty classic Hammer titles restored for Hi-Def, including Dracula Prince of Darkness, Plague of the Zombies, and The Mummy’s Shroud, as well as the films the company built their foundation on, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Horror of Dracula, and The Mummy.