Daniel Radcliffe oblivious to A-list Harry Potter cast
Daniel Radcliffe was "gloriously unintimidated" acting opposite some of Britain's best in the Harry Potter films, admitting it's new co-star James McAvoy who made him feel most nervous.
The 26-year-old actor made a name for himself as the title character in the wizard franchise, which released its final instalment in 2011. A whole host of movie greats appeared in the features, including Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith, but it's his current co-star James, in Victor Frankenstein, who left Daniel star struck.
"I was much more in awe of James than I was, initially, with a lot of the senior actors on Potter," he admitted to Total Film magazine. "When I first met Maggie Smith (who plays Professor McGonagall), I was nine and I did not know who Maggie Smith was! I had not seen (Oscar-winning movie) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I was gloriously uninitmidated by all of those people.
"But when I met James, I'd grown up watching The Last King of Scotland. Inside I'm Dancing was a huge f**king film to me, and I remember being obsessed with Atonement. Suddenly you're working with him. That was very intimidating."
Harry Potter fans needn't put down their wands yet though, as there's a spin-off set to hit cinemas in 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the book by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, will star big names including Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Ron Perlman and has already garnered lots of attention. Daniel is keen to see how the novel, about monsters in the wizarding world, will be brought to life.
"Erm, it intrigues me more than anything," he noted. "I think I am also fascinated to know what the story is going to be. I loved that little bestiary book that came out, but it's teeny tiny. And it's going to be a big film."
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