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Monday 28 July 2014

Radcliffe: My fans grew up with me

Daniel Radcliffe says his fans have grown up with him

Daniel Radcliffe has said he doesn't feel he is alienating his Harry Potter fans with his recent film choices.

The former child star has moved into darker roles since his days as the boy wizard and his latest films cover some adult themes like murder and homosexuality, but he insisted his fans are happy to see him evolve.

"What you've got to remember about the Potter audience is that they grew up with me, and a lot of them are now my age or older," said the 24-year-old.

"They want to see dark, challenging material as much as anyone else does."

Daniel is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival with three new films, including Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays poet Allen Ginsberg. The actor has a graphic sex scene with another man in the film, but said he isn't worried about any negative reactions, including from Potter fans.

"What my fan base wants me to do is not the most effective way of forging a career, or certainly not the most honest way of doing it," he said.

Daniel also stars in Horns, which is based on the 2010 novel of the same name and sees the actor as a man suspected of brutally killing his girlfriend who wakes up one day with a pair of horns on his head.

The British star said of selecting roles: "It's not so much a process or a strategy. It's about what scripts you get sent. So when I read Horns, I was immediately passionate about it, and I wanted to play this part and knew I could have an interesting take on it."

He went on: "You have to make films based on your own instincts ... I have to make the kind of films that I would want to see."

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