The boy who played Harry Potter has moved on.
And while “Potter” author J.K. Rowling is about to bow a play that is a sequel to her franchise, Daniel Radcliffe says he hasn’t kept up with what the story is about.
“I’m definitely interested in ‘Cursed Child,’ (but) I think it would be a weird thing for me to sit through when I would have to be so heavily disguised,” he says. “I’m no longer part of that world, nor should I be.”
Radcliffe, 26, is on an international press tour for “Victor Frankenstein,” in which he plays Igor, the sidekick who watches Dr. Frankenstein create his monster.
His latest movie, “Victor Frankenstein,” which Fox releases Nov. 25 in the U.S. “is not a horror movie, although its roots are in horror as it is Frankeinstein, but by modern standards it’s not got psychological terror.”
During the press tour, Radcliffe will stop in Los Angeles where he will receive a star Nov. 12 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“It’s really an incredible honor,” he says about the star. “We (Brits) have a national embarrassment about people saying nice things about us, so I was taken aback at first but then I had a real sense of gratitude. Only about 20% of people who work in film and television end up on the Walk of Fame. It’s kind of amazing. I don’t know if they remove these things, but no matter how badly I mess up, they can’t remove it,” says Radcliffe, who has managed to avoid the fate of many of showbiz child stars while navigating his way to adulthood.
“It’s a very transient industry, but there’s something permanent about (the star),” says Radcliffe, who also has had his hands and feet immortalized in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood along with his “Harry Potter” co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Radcliffe, who finished in October the feature “Imperium,” which Lionsgate will release in the U.S. next year, says that film centers around an FBI agent who goes deep undercover to expose a terrorist cell.
“His first responsibility, even above being discovered, is not to break the law. If he breaks the law to get evidence it will get thrown out. What I loved about it is it’s an undercover movie about negotiation, (my character) breaking up a terrorist group with his brain,” says Radcliffe, adding, “It’s definitely an action movie, but what I loved about the script (is that) for the first two-thirds his super power is his brain … . What I liked about ‘Imperium,’ he’s set up as smart, not a skilled marskman or incredible martial-arts fighter.”
The actor, who made his legit debut in “Equus” in London’s West End and was seen on Broadway last year in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” says he would love to return to the stage if he can get a good script.
In the future, Radcliffe would like to go behind the cameras.
“I would like to direct at some time,” he says. “I’ve worked with some amazing directors and learned from them, watched them, their different styles and would like to use it.”
For now he keeps busy with his acting and his charity work. Radcliffe talks enthusiastically about the Trevor Project, with which he is connected. Founded in 1998, the Trevor Project tries to prevent suicides among LGBT teens.
“I’ve been lucky in my life. “When I was 18 or 19 the issue was becoming very talked about. It’s something I was very passionate about, I’m lucky to find a charity in which I could make a difference in people’s lives. But it’s the people who work in the charity who do the amazing work. I wouldn’t take credit.”