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Daniel Radcliffe: I'm tough on myself

Daniel Radcliffe has explained why he is so tough on himself.

The actor shot to fame with the Harry Potter franchise, but is determined not to be typecast as the famous boy wizard. He has gone on to appear in theatre productions and the creepy thriller The Woman in Black, most recently playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Daniel wants to continue pushing himself with acting roles and has high expectations.

“I do think it will be another few years before we see an article that won’t mention Potter. I’m not sure that will ever happen. The goal isn’t to stop Harry Potter being written about; that’s unachievable. The goal is to make myself an actor rather than just one character. I think that’s starting to happen,” he told Empire magazine. “I think it’s important to be your own toughest critic because that way you’ll always be driven to get better. But it’s important to temper that with being able to give yourself credit for something you’re pleased with. I was very bad at that before. I was unable to see anything good, now I’m starting to.”

Daniel also recalled having a pep talk with George Clooney. The 23-year-old is a huge fan of the Hollywood star and was eager to soak up George’s words of wisdom when they spoke during the party after the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“Just to drop a name for a second,” Daniel laughed. “He said, ‘They’re not all going to be successful but you’re doing the right things.’”

Daniel also laughingly recalled being approached to appear in an off-the-wall remake of a popular family film alongside his Harry Potter co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

“Years ago somebody wanted me, Emma and Rupert to all be in a Wizard of Oz remake, with me as the Cowardly Lion who did karate,” he smiled.

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