Daniel Radcliffe has joined a host of famous names on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 26-year-old was awarded a star on the world-famous pavement yesterday – and he took a moment out of his “incredibly surreal and slightly overwhelming” day to thank the Harry Potter fans who helped him get there.
“The fans of the Harry Potter films are unique and amazing and wonderful and still six years on since I finished them I’m constantly being amazed by their passion and by their curiosity and by the fact that they are interested in so many other things than Harry Potter,” Radcliffe told gathered (and incredibly excited) crowds.
“That is a curiosity that I think was fostered by Jo Rowling and passed on to all of you, so thank you for carrying that on and thank you for supporting me in my other efforts as well.”
The star went on to thank Chris Columbus, the director who helmed the first Harry Potter movies and the man who introduced Radcliffe at yesterday’s ceremony – “A huge amount of the excitement and enthusiasm I have for this industry was instilled in me by Chris on those first two Potter films, which we incidentally were shooting… about this time in the year 15, 16 years ago” – before emotionally thanking his parents for their support.
“You are the best parents. It was a crazy, crazy thing that we embarked on as a family 16 years ago but we made it. And I made it, thanks to you. I talk about luck a lot. I was very lucky to get the part of Harry. I was lucky I enjoyed working long hours right from the word go and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to continue my career and work with people I love in the years since Potter finished. But the seeds of all my luck were sewn at the very beginning 26 years ago when I got you as parents so thank you.
“There have been many very, very, very good days in my life and there have been a few much less good ones but regardless of what kind of day I was having I was always lucky because there was always a film to make and a film set to go to and a crew of people waiting to make it with me,” Radcliffe continued. “Dog died, go and make a movie. Failed some exams, go and make a movie. Have your first kiss, go celebrate by making a god damn movie.
“If you get to work in this job you are by sheer virtue of statistics one of the luckiest people on earth. None of us should forget that and I promise you that I wont. I will never stop feeling lucky to be here and be a part of this.”
Chris Columbus, who directed three of the Harry Potter movies, also spoke to the gathered crowds about his memories of casting Radcliffe back in 2000.
“I was completely mesmerised by your screen presence, by how much you brought to the screen at such a young age. You had all those qualities of Potter, those haunted, sort of torn qualities,” he said. “I became obsessed with casting you in the movie…and I was validated when JK Rowling saw your screen test and said, ‘Daniel Radcliffe is the face I had in mind when I was creating Harry Potter.'”