Daniel Radcliffe, star of Harry Potter and upcoming horror flick Horns has done a Reddit Ask Me Anything. And it was completely brilliant.
Among discussions about his favourite foods (cheeseburgers, pizza and Crunchy Nut cornflakes), the film industry and being a child star, we’ve found 14 fantastic facts you might not have known about the Boy Who Lived…
1. He prefers being called Dan.
“Just ‘Dan’ is best. ‘Daniel’ is fine, but I always sort of think I’m in trouble. And ‘Danny,’ I think, if you call yourself ‘Danny’ you give everyone around you the right to sing ‘Danny Boy’ to you ALL THE TIME, and it’s a nice song, but once you’ve heard it 1,000 times, you don’t want to hear it every time you introduce yourself to somebody.”
2. Alan Rickman once pulled an elaborate prank on him. And it involved a fart machine.
“In the 3rd film – there’s a shot in the great hall of all the kids sleeping in the great hall, and the camera starts very very wide, and comes in so that it’s an inch from my face, a very long developing set, yeah, and Alan Rickman decided he would plant one of those fart machines in my, uh, sleeping bag, and they waited until like the camera had come in for this huge DRAMATIC developing shot, and then unleashed this tremendous noise in the great hall.
“I immediately thought: ‘This is one of the other kids f***ing around, and we were going to get in trouble.’ But as it turns out, it was one of the members of Britain’s acting royalty. I think I laughed a lot, was probably a bit embarrassed, but it was really really funny.”
There’s even YouTube evidence…
3. He’s played bass with Gary Oldman and used an antique duelling pistol with Michael Gambon. Seriously.
“Well, one of the moments in my life that will forever be… you know, immortal in my memory, would be because Gary Oldman is a bass player, a very good bass player, yeah, and, um, I started learning bass on the 3rd film when he joined the cast. And so one day, I think actually maybe on my 14th birthday, that day started with Gary teaching me the bass line to ‘Come Together’ by the Beatles, yeah! And you know, that was just an amazing, amazing moment.
“What else… Michael Gambon was always also hilarious to be around. Something not everyone knows about Michael is that he collects and restores antique dueling pistols. Yeah! And they’re really his passion, much more than acting is, and, uh, I remember he one morning gave me a demonstration of how you would shoot a man in a duel with a 17th century pistol in one hand and his morning coffee in the other! Yeah, so my life has been blessed with many surreal, cool moments like that.”
4. He stole a pair of Harry Potters glasses from the set. Obviously.
“Oh yeah, of course. I wasn’t going to leave there without grabbing a set of glasses!”
5. Sirius Black is his favourite Harry Potter character.
“Probably Sirius. Like I always loved the character, and then Gary’s portrayal of him I thought was perfect. Or Lupin, really. Any of the characters my dad used to hang out with, other than Wormtail. There was always something bout those two guys I loved a lot.”
6. His horcrux would be his iPod. Moving with the times, eh?
“I would put it inside an album on the iPod, so you’d have to open that album. So I somehow want it to be connected to a particular album that means something, like Ziggy Stardust. So that’s how I’d want to do that.”
7. He’d like to work with Jennifer Lawrence. (Well, who wouldn’t?)
“George Clooney… Jennifer Lawrence… I just think they’d be really cool, Paul Rudd, I met him and was like ‘You’re awesome!’ I just want to work with people you can get on with, and you have a good rapport with, and those are definitely some of them.”
8. Probably playing a pistol-shooting cat…
“Ideal role from a book? I would be Behemoth the cat from my favourite book which is called The Master and Margarita, and he is like, a 5 foot tall black cat who shoots a revolver.”
9. Or a Bond villain.
“The villain. 100%. I think it’s generally more interesting, and honestly, more what I’m suited for, to be honest. I don’t see myself necessarily – I mean, I know there was a lot of action in Potter and I liked those sequences, but I don’t think of myself as a natural action star.”
10. He has been mistaken for The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood. Wizards and hobbits are practically the same thing, right?
“I have signed a picture of Elijah Wood – and I think we’ve also both said in interviews that we would like each other to play each other in films of our lives – but I was on a red carpet in Japan, and this Japanese man gave me a picture of Elijah, and I knew I wasn’t going to get past the language barrier to explain, so I wrote ‘I am not Elijah Wood, signed Daniel Radcliffe.'”
11. He loves toast.
“I do. Yes, I definitely do.”
12. He’s definitely a dog person.
“Very, very firmly in the dog camp here.”
13. He’s open to declarations of love and marriage proposals from people he’s never met, so don’t feel nervous if you fancy trying your luck…
“That’s wonderful, and I love you too, but we should probably see other people.”
14. And he’s confident the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films will be exciting.
“I’m sure they will be exciting. Jo Rowling is writing them, so that’s a pretty good sign!”