Child actors famously have a hard time growing up and escaping the roles that made them famous. They respond to the constant public pressure to be cute and innocent by turning to drugs and alcohol to give them an edge and quickly slide down a slippery slope to "Where are they now?" columns.
This is exactly what Lizzy Caplan expected while shooting Now You See Me 2 when the newly added Daniel Radcliffe showed up on the first day. She claimed that she expected him to be a "terribly adjusted pain-in-the-ass" but was totally taken aback upon finding a consummate professional and a generous, warm-hearted personality across from her at the table read on the first day.
Check out the trailer for Now You See Me 2 below:
Radcliffe has proven time and time again that he is a stand up guy: He's dealt with his demons and alcoholism and risen above critics and haters to become a success story for child actors. We take a look at six reasons why Daniel Radcliffe is easily the nicest, most genuine guy in Hollywood.
1. He's not ashamed of his past like other child actors
Religious texts aside, Harry Potter is probably the most read book series in human history and the films have been watched and re-watched by millions of children and adults alike. Being the face of such a popular franchise has the potential to cast a shadow over the rest of your career (and drive you mad) but Radcliffe has said time and time again that he is proud of his time at Hogwarts, and that it made him who he is today.
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2. He's actually a decent rapper
You're at a karaoke bar, it's late, you can't remember how many beers and/or shots you've had but somehow it's already your turn and you're at the screen picking a song. You hover over Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" and you think for a second that you have the flow and bravado to tackle it but then you go for "Sk8er Boi" instead. Daniel Radcliffe does not shy away from the rap section. He went head first into "The Real Slim Shady" with excellent flow and confidence with his girlfriend as a hype man.
3. He works on interesting, challenging projects
Most child actors struggle to shake off the role that made them famous. Has anyone seen Dustin Diamond's work after he played Screech on Saved by the Bell? Radcliffe had the same issue but has earned his place amongst the list of most interesting actors by constantly pushing himself with challenging roles. He got a lot of attention for his role in the London run of the play Equus that required him to pose naked. The press were scandalized and many were wondering if this was a ploy to ditch the innocence of Harry Potter with a raunchy role, Miley Cyrus style.
In one of his latest films, Swiss Army Man, he plays a corpse stranded on an island with Paul Dano who uses him as a hose, a boat, a jetpack and as a friend — check out the trailer below:
4. He's the nicest guy on set
Lizzy Caplan isn't the first co-star to remark on how professional and kind Radcliffe is on set. Many former child stars are renowned divas and most would assume Radcliffe would throw tantrums on set and reject every coffee handed to him for being too hot. In the upcoming thriller Imperium, Radcliffe plays an undercover FBI agent who works his way into neo-Nazi organizations. Obviously, the role required dialogue that was peppered with racial slurs and hate speech, to which Radcliffe was extremely sensitive. On camera, he can be seen passionately screaming vile, racist language but as soon as the camera was off, he apologized to the cast and crew.
"'I just, like, have to say it. Like, I know you know that I don’t mean this, but I still feel like I have to say it.’ We were the most apologetic bunch of skinheads that has yet been seen.”
Check out the trailer for Imperium below:
5. He's got a great sense of humor
Radcliffe is proof that you can still be taken seriously as an actor with challenging roles while at the same time have the intelligence to be able to make fun of yourself. Whether it's with Jimmy Fallon or pretending to be the receptionist at Nylon offices, DR has used his celebrity personae for chuckles time and time again.
He even picked a fight with Elijah Wood on Late Night with Stephen Colbert:
6. He shuts down sexism
Radcliffe has been very open about his stance about gender equality and has not shied away from shutting journalists down when an inappropriate question is launched his way. While doing a promotional tour for his film Horns, Radcliffe confronted Hollywood sexism when a reporter asked him if it was "weird" that people were beginning to sexualize him despite his fame as a child actor. He responded eloquently by saying:
“The male population has had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson immediately.”
Calling yourself a feminist is still a touchy issue in Hollywood, with the likes of Beyonce refusing to be labeled with the F-word as it's seen as "bad publicity." It's refreshing to see a male actor stand up and talk about gender issues.
Check out the interview below:
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