Daniel Radcliffe has been making the media rounds to promote his latest starring role. The actor will return to the Broadway stage next week in the play, The Cripple of Inishmaan.
In the past week, Radcliffe appeared on The Tonight Show and The Today Show and has done countless other interviews to discuss his new Broadway play, The Cripple of Inishmaan. The play, in which he starred earlier in London’s West End, begins preview performances at New York’s Cort Theatre on April 12 and formally opens on April 20.
A dark comedy set in the 1930s, The Cripple of Inishmaan is by Martin McDonagh (known for writing and directing the dark comedy films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths). Radcliffe plays a crippled Irish boy, accent and all, who sees a movie filming in a nearby community as his chance to escape the poverty and boredom of his life for a new one in Hollywood.
During his media blitz, the affable Radcliffe, now 24, played a velcro-enhanced dodgeball game with Jimmy Fallon called Sticky Balls and talked about an April Fool’s trick that Emma Watson pulled on him and his favorite Harry Potter character (Sirius Black) on Live with Kelly & Michael. In addition, he revealed his love of Food Network shows like Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped and American Football (particularly Tom Brady). Daniel Radcliffe also talked about his latest starring roles and the play, of course, in which he received rave reviews on the London stage.
While many child actors have trouble escaping their past, particularly with an iconic role in so many pictures, Radcliffe has had career magic (pun intended) since Harry left Hogwarts. He has managed to avoid being typecast by making fun of his past on shows like Saturday Night Live and Extras. Radcliffe has also used the eclectic selection of roles he has chosen in the past few years to demonstrate his growing acting skills and versatility. Or, as he recently noted, he has been able to learn more and gain more as an actor by constantly doing varied things.
Since defeating the dark lord, Radcliffe has starred as a father and lawyer in a horror film, The Woman in Black, as poet Allen Ginsberg in the independent flick, Kill Your Darlings, and in The F Word, a romantic comedy which will be released this summer in the U.S. as What If. He has also worked on Toyko Vice and played a long-haired Igor in Frankenstein, the first big budget picture he has made since giving up the wand and spectacles, in addition to other roles.
On stage, Radcliffe showed off his acting chops (and more) between Potter films while starring in Equus in New York and London. He has also demonstrated his singing and dancing skills in the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Radcliffe has indicated that he would love to do a movie musical, another stage musical and a Tom Stoppard play in the future. In the meantime, he is settling in and warming up his Irish brogue for the coming months on the New York stage. While several movies in post-production, Daniel Radcliffe is enjoying the luxury of time during his latest starring role to figure out his next career move. It undoubtedly will not involve a cape or a wand and is sure to be different than previous roles.
By Dyanne Weiss