Daniel Radcliffe’s covers Flaunt magazine: avant garde or budget, awful shoot?

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe covers the November issue of Flaunt magazine to promote his upcoming role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. He looks fantastic on the cover. Dan is 24 years old now, and I feel like he’s successfully rebranded himself as an adult actor. While he may never know blockbuster success in manner of Harry Potter again, I think he’s fine with that. He doesn’t need big paychecks – he only wants to be seen as a respectable actor, but he doesn’t get all pretentious about his “craft” like, say, James Franco.

This Flaunt shoot is kind of terrible and really reminds me of Kirsten Dunst’s budget Bullett spread where she stood around in piles of rocks and threw gang symbols. That magazine was going for “avant garde” but ended up with “cheap,” and poor Dan isn’t faring much better in this shoot. It all starts out well enough with close-ups of Dan’s chiseled face.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Then this happens.

Daniel Radcliffe

It only gets worse from there, but first, let’s do some excerpts. I can’t really talk about the Flaunt interview because what’s been released so far includes an explicit discussion of movie sex. You can read that stuff here, but here’s some PG-rated stuff from Dan’s latest interview with NYT.

After Harry: He has felt self-conscious about other idiosyncrasies of his face, particularly when he was acting in his first post-Potter movie, a horror film called the The Woman in Black. During filming, he said, “I was struggling in vain to not come close to making a face that would make people think of Harry.” And how would he characterize a Harry face? “There isn’t,” he said, exhaling smoke and shaking his head. “It’s just my face. I have to accept the fact that my face is going to remind people of Harry because I played that character. If I try to avoid being expressive in that same way, all I’ll do is stop being expressive, and I won’t be any farther away from that character.”

The child-star stigma: “I have a massive chip on my shoulder. When you fall into something at age 11 and get paid incredible amounts of money for your entire teenage years for doing a job anyone would want, there is a part of you that thinks everybody is just saying, ‘He got there because he fell into it; he’s not really an actor.’ I feel it less nowadays. It has taken a long time to feel like I’ve earned the place that I’m at.”

Was his childhood normal? “I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m missing. No, I’ve . . . I can’t sit around thinking of all the things I’ve. . . . Because actually, no, it was an amazing childhood! People always ask if I missed out on childhood — actually, kids who are abused, that’s a missed childhood, those kids have stuff taken away.”

Just a few years ago…: “I’d done ‘Equus,’ which had gone so well, but I still couldn’t get rid of that committee of voices in my head saying that you’re going to fail. I think there was a part in the back of my head that was going: This is all going to end. And you’re going to be left in this nice apartment. Just living here. And being reminded of what you did in your teenage years for the rest of your life.” David Thewlis, who played Professor Lupin in the Potter films, once said that even when Radcliffe was young he would “joke that he’d be in rehab by the time he was 18, and by 27 he’d be hosting a game show called ‘It’s Wizards!’”

[From NYT]

See, this is how one approaches adult stardom after making it as a child star. Daniel very much wants to prove himself as an actor beyond childhood “lucky breaks,” but he’s willing to do the work before declaring the transformation complete. Unlike another person named Miley Cyrus, who shoves her so-called adulthood in our faces without ever really proving that she’s grown up at all.

Here are more Photoshop cut-n-paste nightmares from Flaunt. Poor Dan.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Photos courtesy of Flaunt magazine

 

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  1. GiGi says:

    The straight shots are gorgeous and captivating… not so much with the “art” pieces.

  2. Josephine says:

    I don’t care much for the surreal pics because that’s not my thing, but the others are great. He looks very handsome and it feels like the pics captured a mature Daniel.

    • carol says:

      my mom wants me to send her ‘head shots’ of me for Christmas. I want to be photographed like that! THe photos of Radclife look simple and dignified, and they look like they portray pretty much what he really looks like in daily life. Hopefully most professional photographers can achieve something like that :/

  3. blue marie says:

    I love DanRad, really hope he sticks around for a long time and I think he will. The actual shots of him are good, the rest meh.

    In the top photo it’s a bit like Heffner and a leprechaun. I’d still hit it though.

  4. Liz says:

    Some of them pics are proper hilarious, so I enjoyed them.

    ETA Dan I like. He comes across as smart and thoughtful and gives a great interview.

  5. Anna says:

    The green suit…which wizard did they have to disrobe to get it?

  6. Lucky says:

    His interviews are so good. I especially like his insight on how abused children lose their childhood, not highly paid actors. Hate the “art” pictures but the regular ones are gorgeous

  7. Scarlett says:

    Interesting juxtaposition between the poncey pretentious photos and the delightful and down to earth Daniel – what was the director thinking!
    S xoxoxxo

  8. MisJes says:

    I like seeing that Dan is doing so well with his career. He’s seems such a lovely, humble man. Good on him!

  9. serena says:

    I like Daniel a great deal and I believe he’ll do a lot of good movies in the future. But dear god this photoshoot is insane, so awful!

  10. Annie says:

    All I want is for the Potter kids to have happy, stable adult lives. They all have a special place in my heart. I would be devastated if they went through the same things as Amanda Bynes, Lohan, Zefron or Corey Monteith. That industry really likes to eat its young and I seriously hope they somehow escape all of that because they didn’t grow up in Hollywood and David Heyman really protected them when they were younger (remember how they never attended MTV awards or Nickelodeon things until they were much older, closer to the last films?).

    I know Dan has his issues with booze but I think he’ll learn how to handle things because he opened up so early and people had no clue. It’s like he doesn’t like keeping secrets.

  11. miriam says:

    The shots of Dan look fantastic, he has excellent bone structure and a very compelling face. I don’t really understand the artsy ones though.

  12. Chinoiserie says:

    I thnik he is handling his career well, but since I do not believe he can not act I am not really rooting for him to succeed. Maybe he someday proves to me he has talent but I have to see it to believe it.

    • miriam says:

      What you have written is a double negative.

      Anyway, he is very talented, and considering the reviews he has had for Kill Your Darlings, his stage work, TV series and his forthcoming films The F Word and Horns, critics and other people certainly think he is good actor with a lot of diverse skills.

      Maybe you should watch his work before throwing aspersions as to whether he should be successful?

      • Myrto says:

        It’s true though that in the HP films he was bad. Like really bad. But I’ve seen him in other stuff and he has improved. So you know, good for him. I don’t think he’ll ever be a great actor but he can become a very decent or even good actor one day.
        Apart from acting, he sounds like a genuinely nice sweet guy.

  13. RobN says:

    His real problem is how quickly posts about him drop to the second and third pages. People don’t really have strong enough opinions about him one way or the other to even comment. That doesn’t bode particularly well.

  14. Lucy says:

    I don’t really care about the photoshoot, but I absolutely love him.

  15. Runs with Scissors says:

    He really has gorgeous bone structure.

    He’s such a sweet, intelligent guy who really pushes himself. I think he’ll be around for a long time.

  16. taylor says:

    He looks fantastic in the “plain” pictures (that jaw line!). I even like the surreal ones as photographic art, but they seem a little inappropriate for a magazine interview.
    And his interviews are great. Although I read the entire NYT Magazine article, and it made me want to give him a big hug and tell him it’ll be okay. I think possibly his parents OVERstressed the not-turning-into-an-a**hole thing because he sounds almost neurotic about it. But better that than the opposite.

  17. Abby says:

    I love him. Precious pocket man. Love his interviews. I will admit I haven’t seen him in anything but HP… But I plan to!

  18. Melissa says:

    Love that he is so genuinely humble and hardworking despite the HP success, he could have so easily coasted on that – I admire him for respecting his profession

  19. KellyF says:

    Yes, I am really glad he sounds so grounded. (But I do wish he would smile for the camera just once!)