Belfast Telegraph

Radcliffe had doubts over Potter

Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he considered leaving his Harry Potter role after the third film.

The actor, who played the boy wizard alongside Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the big-screen adaptation of JK Rowling's books, admitted he thought of quitting the part after shooting the third instalment, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, in 2004, because he didn't want to get pigeon-holed.

"I knew I was signing on for the first two, that four books had come out. Warner genuinely didn't know at that stage if they were going to make more than one film," he told The Guardian.

"By the third film, I thought, if there's a time to get out, it's now; there's still enough time for another actor to come in and establish himself. For a while, I thought, if I do all of them, will I be able to move on to other stuff or should I start doing other stuff now?"

He added: "But in the end I decided I was having way too much fun. And actually there aren't many great parts out there for teenage boys, certainly not as good as Harry Potter."

Daniel, who will next star as poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, said there is no "master plan" to distance himself from Harry Potter.

"I know that Potter is going to be with me for the rest of my life, so to try to set a goal where nobody talks about that any more is stupid. It would be like... Paul McCartney might have gone on to do a lot of other things, but people are always going to want to talk about the Beatles," he explained.

"It's just a fact of your life, so you can't get annoyed by it or resent it," he added.


From Belfast Telegraph