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Monday 1 September 2014

Daniel Radcliffe pretended to bite schoolmates

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe always felt "different" to the people he was at school with.

The 23-year-old actor was cast as boy wizard Harry Potter in 2000 and promptly left the private school he had been attending. It was a relief for Daniel as he never really fitted in, shown by some of the antics he was often told off about.

"My dad was a literary agent from a very working-class background in Northern Ireland, and my mom was Jewish and from Essex, so I think I always felt different from everyone else in my class,” he says, adding he and a pal used to zoom around rooms “pretending to be dogs and biting people".

Now the Harry Potter franchise is over, Daniel is trying to move on from it. He knows some of his fans will struggle to see him play other characters, but he has no intention of looking backwards. In part, that is because he can never imagine seeing himself in the magical movies. Daniel isn't proud of his performances and hopes he is now honing his acting skills.

"I certainly wouldn’t watch number three, I wouldn’t watch the first two, I wouldn’t watch four,” he told Out magazine. “I might watch five... I definitely wouldn’t watch six."

The British star has raised eyebrows with his latest role, which sees him portray American poet Allen Ginsberg who was a huge campaigner for gay rights.

A great deal has been made of the gay sex scenes in Kill Your Darlings and Daniel believes they have been overblown.

"You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight - to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love," he said.

The star is proud he is tackling different kinds of characters and hopes to move away from the cloak of Harry Potter as time goes on. He understands this might take a long while, which he doesn't mind as he hopes to continue acting for the rest of his life.

"I’ve always said that it’s a long process, and in a way it may be a lifelong one,” he admitted. “It’s about proving to people that I’m in this for the long haul, and that I wasn’t just looking to get as famous as I could for as long as I could and ride that out. I love almost every aspect of this industry and I want to be in it, and if I could drop dead on a film set at 80, that’s how I’d want to go.”

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