Daniel Radcliffe on why he chose ‘How To Succeed’ as his ‘Harry Potter’ follow up: “To prove that a child actor can go on to have a career with longevity”

Daniel Radcliffe is currently in previews for the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, singing, dancing and trying to

Talking to the New York Times, he says he chose the musical “to prove that a child actor can go on to have a career with longevity.  If I can actually do it, having been in one of the biggest franchises ever, then that can end the debate. It is possible. That’s what’s my mission is.”

Radcliffe says he had doubts he could carry a musical, but his fears were allayed by choreographer Rob Ashford, who he recalls telling him he would make Radcliffe “a triple threat”.  “I was going: ‘O.K., yeah, I’ll do dance lessons, fine. But you are swimming against the tide here, Mr. Ashford.’ ” But he adds, “If you’re enthusiastic enough about stuff — even if you’re not good at it — your enthusiasm will get you to the point where people allow you to do it enough so that you become good at it.”

Radcliffe understands some people may feel a musical to be an unusual choice of project for him to take on after the phenomenal world wide success of “Harry Potter”, but he says,  “I think to a lot of people it’s a slightly confusing choice, but I like that.”

The show opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on March 27.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Sonny-Valicenti-mindhunter.jpg
Sonny Valicenti of ‘Mindhunter’ on His Audition and Potentially Playing a Serial Killer
"The character that I play, and the behavior that he exhibits, was kind of all that I was told." - Sonny Valicenti on His Audition
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/griffin-newman-the-tick.jpg
‘The Tick’ Star Griffin Newman on Acting in a Superhero Suit
"You very quickly realize there’s a certain iconography and a power to wearing one of these suits." - Griffin Newman
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Idris-Elba-Mollys-Game.jpg
Why Idris Elba Believes His “best performance is yet to come”
"There was a time when I was a job actor and I didn’t know what I wanted to learn from it – I just wanted to get paid." - Idris Elba
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Frances-McDormand-three-billboards.jpg
Frances McDormand on “Being the Other” Actress
McDormand talks about her unique approach to her career and uses her latest acclaimed role as an example.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jb-smoove-curb-your-enthusiasm.jpg
J.B. Smoove Tells the Story of His Audition For ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
"You don't know how the universe is gonna work for us. But all this plays a part in our journey" - JB Smoove