While he was once one of the biggest names around, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe reveals why he’s stepped away from the bright lights of Tinseltown since the magical franchise came to an end.
Playing the lead in the Harry Potter series might seem like a golden ticket to a lifetime in Hollywood, but out of Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, she’s arguably had the most successful post-Potter career.
We’ve seen it before with other teen-friendly franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games, but let’s remember we’ve seen a lot of Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lawrence since they stopped playing Edward Cullen and Katniss Everdeen. It turns out, Radcliffe has his own reasons for being selective with his roles.
Speaking to StarLifestyle, Radcliffe explained that he goes where the scripts are. “A lot of the big studios, I find the scripts are not as challenging or weird or interesting as the stuff they make in the indie world or even in the TV world,” he said. “So the things that I gravitate to, so far they just happen to be in the indie world.”
That being said, he doesn’t completely rule out starring in a big blockbuster. Radcliffe continued, “But if there’s something happening in the studios and I love the script, I would love to be a part of some crazy big movie. It’s just about waiting for the right script.”
Looking back at his CV since 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the closest Radcliffe’s got to a blockbuster is probably a small part in Now You See Me 2 — hardly an Oscar-worthy outing.
Elsewhere, Emma Watson could be swapping broomsticks for Black Widow to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in her own Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like Daniel will be suiting up to play one of the Avengers any time soon.
These days, he’s known for playing a farting corpse in 2016’s Swiss Army Man or getting his c*ck out in front of a horse for Equus. Either way, he is more than happy with retaining his crown as the de facto king of the indie film. At least he’s managed to avoid the curse of most child actors and has managed to keep busy.
Who knows, maybe one day he’ll be dressed in lycra to join the ever-growing world of superhero movies? Let’s be honest, he’s probably a more popular choice than Nick Jonas to play Batman.
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