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Daniel Radcliffe Wants a Career as a Director

'I do it in my head when I'm watching other directors direct.'

In this week’s issue of Variety, Daniel Radcliffe talks about distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise by starring on Broadway and in indies like “Kill Your Darlings” and the upcoming romantic comedy “What If.” But the bigger goal, Radcliffe says, is for him to eventually end up in the director’s chair.

“I would love to direct,” Radcliffe says. “I do it in my head when I’m watching other directors direct. ‘No, don’t say that to them!’ I think I’m quite good with people. Part of being a director is knowing how different actors work in different ways. I’d enjoy it.”

Radcliffe, 25, has observed some of the best directors in the industry, since the “Harry Potter” films were helmed by Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates and Chris Columbus. “The mistake I see even the really good directors make is they assume they are the only creative person on that set,” Radcliffe says. “And actually, make-up artists are not just girls with brushes who put foundation on, and costume guys are not just there to stitch up accidents. They are all immensely creative people.”

Radcliffe probably won’t make his directorial debut for a few more years, and he anticipates his first film will be small in scale. Some of his favorite movies include classics such as “Dr. Strangelove,” “12 Angry Men,” “Arthur” and “A Matter of Life and Death.” “The last film to blow my fucking mind was this film by Charlie McDowell called ‘The One I Love,'” Radcliffe says, referencing the Sundance drama that opens on Aug. 22. “When I watched that film, I was like, ‘Yes, that’s exactly the type of film I’m interested in making.’ It’s totally funny and creepy in a way that so few films manage to be.”

What If” opens in limited release from CBS Films on Aug. 8.

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