Daniel Radcliffe: Not Wild About ‘Harry’
But in the end, Radcliffe found himself too attached to the character to quit.
“It would have been really hard to see someone else [play Harry Potter],” Radcliffe confesses. “Especially if he was very good—that would kill me!”
At least he’d die a rich man; the wizard-happy film franchise has made the young actor one of the most successful performers on the market, netting him $25 million last year alone. (Not bad for a guy who has trouble tying his own shoes.)
So it was probably more than raw ego that compelled him to sign on for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is due out next summer.
In the meantime, Radcliffe will be raising eyebrows by dropping his duds when “Equus”—and Radcliffe’s much-ballyhooed nude scene—hits Broadway in September.
That’s one way to free yourself from a suffocating stereotype.