Daniel Radcliffe ('Harry Potter 3')
'It's Potter Time!!'
Daniel Radcliffe is the young actor who starred as Harry Potter in the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' and its sequel, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (2002) - movies based on the popular series of novels by J. K. Rowling. Radcliffe's first film role was as David in the BBC TV adaptation of 'David Copperfield' (1999), but he also had a part in 'The Tailor of Panama' (2001, starring Pierce Brosnan).
Chatting with 14-year old Daniel Radcliffe as he met the press the day after the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' in New York, there remains a quietly eloquent maturity in this British teenager whose life has changed incredibly since the first 'Harry Potter'.
"We have just been getting older and maturing", he explains. "But, I haven't watched the first film for about three years now, so I can't really compare it to the third because it's not very fresh in my mind," he says.
But he freely admits that his confidence has increased throughout the three films. "Oh yeah, just because we're really more experienced with different directors."
The different director Radcliffe refers to is Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron, who replaced America's Chris Columbus for the much darker 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'. Comparing the two, Radcliffe reveals what he learnt initially with Columbus. "Basically I think, everything we learned with Chris, we were now able to put into practice with Alfonso. The reason why he was able to do longer takes and more complicated shots, was because with Chris we just didn't have the experience or the focus to do that kind of stuff. And it IS harder and more challenging, because we're getting older and so if we're NOT getting challenged there's really no point in doing it."
And so, what about your love life?! "Sorry to disappoint you", laughs Radcliffe and then follows that with a negatively coy shake of the head. "But, I'm sure both of us [Emma Watson] have noticed members of the opposite sex, because we're both fourteen going through what any teenager is going through."
And what has happened to your regular schooling? "I do better at school when I'm on set", Radcliffe concedes. "I get to see all of my friends without having to do all the work."
All three of the teenagers are about to begin 'Harry Potter 4' under the direction of Mike Newell, but beyond that, Radcliffe isn't prepared to disclose whether audiences will see THESE actors beyond a fourth adventure. "Each one takes a year to do, so it's something I'm not focussing on", says Radcliffe. "One film at a time", he adds laughing. "But, yeah, in my mind it would be very hard to watch someone else play the parts, but the reality is, we ARE getting older."
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