Daniel Radcliffe got stampeded by fans in Venice: ‘Actually, I think it’s funny’

Daniel Radcliffe

Here are some photos of Daniel Radcliffe in Venice yesterday for the Kill Your Darlings premiere. The world is getting their first real glimpse of Daniel playing Allen Ginsberg. In an amazing twist, Daniel found himself stampeded by Harry Potter fans who pushed through the red carpet barricades. He seems to have taken all of the attention in stride by making several expressive faces for the crowds.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel is not only doing his duties to promote his Ginsberg role, but he’s also talking a little bit about Horns, which will premiere at TIFF later this month. I’m actually a bit surprised to hear that this movie is based upon the dark fantasty novel by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King). Sure, I saw Daniel filming a project while wearing cute little horns on his head, but I never imagined that anyone would ever try and adapt Hill’s novel. It’s so subversive and obtuse at the same time. In the movie, Daniel plays Ignatius Parrish, who wakes up one day with actual horns on his head. Everyone Parrish runs into starts confessing their sins to him. It’s a very creepy book (certainly the weirdest of Hill’s novels), and Dan’s also got 100 co-stars that just happen to be snakes, one of which just happened to get lost during filming. Yikes:

On the Venice stampede: “Thankfully, it’s not always like this. I’ve been dealing with it in various ways since I was 11. I don’t take it seriously, actually I think it’s funny.”

On playing Ginsberg: “I’m incredibly grateful for the swirl of support behind me,. My fans seem to be excited by the unconventional path I am taking. I love poetry and it was fantastic to get the part and have the opportunity to dive into Ginsberg’s life. The diaries he made when he was young gave me an amazing insight into his character.”

On losing a snake while filming Horns: ”It was quite tense. We were bringing exotic snakes into Canada and letting them all loose. We had 100 snakes and we had to leave with 100. We were filming in a place with so many nooks and crannies for snakes to get away that we spent about half an hour after we finished filming that night looking for the last snake … It had hidden itself under the fire to stay warm!”

Snakes do make great co-stars though: I actually loved snakes in the end. For the last third of the movie I have a 6ft python wrapped around me – which is the greatest prop any actor has ever had.”

[From Total Film]

Once again, I have no idea how they’re going to pull this movie off, but at least the filmmakers have gone with the real deal instead of some silly CGI snakes. Counting snakes sounds like a complete nightmare even if they’ve not poisonous, but surely there were many snake-y experts on hand to assist with this dreaded task.

Daniel also looked quite spiffy upon arrival in Venice yesterday. I love how he’s dressed relatively casually but still looks like a million adorable little bucks.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. Anna says:

    DanRad is the definition of charming and gracious. Even through all his issues he never lashed out at fans, or complained about anything. Love him!

    • Sixer says:

      Yes. Also, I think he is making some really smart career moves. I don’t think he’s the most talented actor, but he’s trying to extend his range and work with integrity with what he’s got. He’s trying to be worth something. Which, in my book, makes him worth something. Y’know?

      • Lex says:

        I went and saw him in a West End play two weeks ago and his in person acting was pretty great!

      • Anna says:

        I love that he’s so under the radar most of the time. He got his fill of fame and money, and didnt get addicted to it.

      • Sixer says:

        @ Anna

        Yes. Exactly. He wants to carry on acting, not carry on being famous. I think that’s highly creditable.

  2. Erinn says:

    I love this man. I love his style, but mostly I just love his personality. He seems like such an amazing, humble, funny guy.

  3. Downton fan says:

    So cute!

  4. Bianca says:

    So…he CAN look quite good. As a huge fan of the books, I had such a problem with Daniel Radcliffe being cast as Harry Potter. He just didn’t fit the image I had in my head, I guess, but also…it was like they were making an effort to make him look awkward and distractingly ugly. Of course, Harry Potter is never described to be blindingly handsome or anything, so I appreciate that they didn’t market his movie equivalent to be that way.
    Still, look how good he looks in the “Kill your darlings” poster! All curly-headed and clean-looking, like Harry was supposed to be! So why on earth nobody could style him to look like that while filming HP? Argh.

    Okay, rant over. I actually like Daniel here. He’s got a great personality, he seems to be making smart career choices and he’s getting much better as an actor.

    • Lex says:

      There were never many physical descriptions of Harry in the books – it was left rather open ended.
      Of course they would never meet everyone’s expectations of the character as everyone makes the image in their own head. Why would you even expect that?

      He was an awkward teenager through most of filming. How did you look at 14? Of course he looks better now.

      • Bianca says:

        Sorry Lex, I probably didn’t express my feelings clearly enough. What I meant was – OF COURSE they couldn’t meet my expectations of what Harry Potter looked like, and that’s, well, only natural in the context of a movie adaptation of a beloved book character. Still, Harry’s two main physical feautures are messy, curly hair and green eyes. Now, Daniel has beautiful, piercing blue eyes, so I don’t see why they would have made him wear coloured contacts, but how about messing his hair up a bit? In all of the movies he has such unflatteringly tidy haircuts. I just don’t see how getting him to a proper hairstylist or running a hand through his hair would have been such an effort, considering that poor Tom Felton had to bleach his hair throughout the whole process, the poor devil. 🙂

        Also, I’m painfully aware that teenagers can look…well, awkward. I used to be one not too long ago, so yeah. I remember. Still, I guess they had professional people taking care of how they looked on camera, no? It’s a general consideration, really. Sometimes it felt as if they did things half-assedly just because they knew the movies would be a worldwide success anyway, so why bother? Of course I’m nit-picking, after all. I still love the HP cast to bits, and I watched every single movie more than once. Let me repeat, I really like Daniel and his acting, even in HP, was getting better and better. Only, sometimes I feel people on set didn’t get all of his potential/ didn’t care about it.

      • Rachel says:

        Bianca, I’ve read all of the books several times (DH more than 20 times), and I don’t remember any reference to Harry having curly hair. Messy, yes. His hair is always described as uncontrollable and defying combs, but I don’t remember curly at all. And a cowlick that Mrs. Weasley was always trying to tame.

      • Emily C. says:

        Harry Potter does not have curly hair in the books. Messy, not curly. Bits of it have a tendency to stick straight up, in fact, which is typical of messy short straight hair.

        Harry Potter has green eyes, glasses, and a small build. Daniel Radcliffe looked perfect for the role except for the eye color. And who cares about that? The fact that Harry had his mother’s eyes was important. The fact that they happened to be green was not. (Except in “his eyes are green as a fresh-pickled toad”. Hawt!)

        Part of the entire point of the books was not to judge people by how they looked. If what you took away from it was “Harry Potter is so cute” and that they should therefore have gotten some Pattinson-looking person to play him, you need to go back and re-read. Harry looked right, and so did Ron. Emma Watson, otoh, was completely miscast, but considering Hermione was also completely poorly written because the screenwriter worshiped her, that’s the least of the problems.

    • LAK says:

      HP’s look for the films was based upon the original drawings used to market the books when they were first published. The look was cemented on several jacket covers long before the films were made, but it is pretty obvious when you compare them.

      Physically, Daniel Radcliffe was the real life physical embodiment of the drawings and the main reason he got the part. The producers saw him in the audience of a theatre show plus he was on TV around that time, playing DAVID COPPERFIELD, so they knew he could act.

      The rest of the cast had to make do with restyling, but never looked like the original drawings like Daniel did.

      • Obvious says:

        They originally tried to be more faithful. But he couldn’t see if the green contacts and the post production of having to change the color in EVERY scene over 8 movies-far too expensive. Emma Watson also couldn’t speak with the prosthetic teeth they had given her in the first movie so they dropped those as well.

        I think overall they did a fantastic job, there are definitely things they cut i would’ve have loved to see stay in, and those were far more important to me than the slight physical changes they had to exact on the characters to stay practical for filming.

    • Bianca says:

      Okay, so my English is clearly not at its finest today, but you guys are jumping on my throat and that’s a bit unfair, I think.

      First off, Emily, please don’t lecture me about Harry Potter. I was only lamenting, rather light-heartedly really, that Radcliffe is not a bad-looking guy and I do not understand why would they make him look uglier in the films. THAT’S ALL. Maybe YOU should re-read my comment because if all you took from it is “they should have hired Sparkles instead” than you’re really wrong. I actually said I’m grateful they didn’t try to glamour up the character. I just don’t see the need to make a young, regular-looking actor look his worst. Jeez.

      Actually, have you read my comments at all, Emily? Because I also said that I didn’t mind that Daniel’s eyes were blue, but that the people in charge didn’t seem to care about doing things right, sometimes. May I remind you that in the last movie, Young Lily’s eyes were unmistakeably DARK BROWN? Yeah. That’s the kind of annoying thing that I was talking about. Please don’t accuse me of being superficial when you don’t know me at all and apparently only glanced at my comments.

      Of course, you’re all right about the curly hair though, but I have extenuating circumstances. I was like 9 when I read the first book of the series – it was an Italian illustrated edition where Harry was portrayed with a head full of messy curls – so…my bad about that one 😉

  5. SamiHami says:

    How refreshing to see an actor who wants to be an actor, not just a “star.”

    • Insomniac says:

      Definitely! I’ve never felt that he expects to have everything handed to him because he was Harry. I really hope he keeps trying new things and pushing himself.

  6. phaksi says:

    He was so good in The Woman In Black. I definetly want to watch his other projects besides Harry Potter

  7. Lucy says:

    This brought me memories of the Burmese python he set free in The Philosopher’s Stone! Adorable. Also, Can I just say that I’ve known the man for more than ten years and he has not dissapointed me a single time? I adore him!

  8. Side-Eye says:

    Love this guy.

  9. CaribbeanLaura says:

    He’s grown up so well, so grounded. A testement to his parents perhaps? See this is how it’s done, yes he was involved in a huge life changing franchise, but when it was over instead of sullenly biting his lip, or being disparaging about the movies that brought his sucess, he just kept working and being sweet and funny.

  10. Mia 4S says:

    I LOVE that he hasn’t moved to LA to club and famewhore. He’s got tons of money so he just lives his life, does what he wants and never badmouths Harry. Man, did the powers the be luck out when they found him as a little kid! It’s like he was born for it.

    Side note to Hanna Montana. This is how you go from child star to mature (even risky) roles. With interesting projects and humility.

    • miriam says:

      Completely agree Mia.

      Dan has managed to transition from child star to adult star very easily. And not by famewhoring or selling out, but by dedicated work, always taking on interesting and challenging roles and picking diverse projects.

      He’s amazing on stage too – I can’t think of a single other franchise or young star that has done the type of theatre work Dan has done.

      His upcoming films look great and I love that not only are the roles different, but so are the genres and the scope of films.

      He always happens to come across as a genuinely lovely person. He looks pretty great in those pictures too.

  11. taylor says:

    He really seems so lovely, about everything. I hope the movie does really well.

  12. Mhmm says:

    Dapper! 😀

  13. MaraFan says:

    So good to see a young actor from a franchise that’s grateful for and has a good sense of humor about his intense fans. lol

  14. elisa says:

    He is so adorable – and appreciative and articulate. But, I’ve never found him attractive until the blue jacket. It really makes his eyes pop.

  15. magz says:

    Marry Me Daniel!

  16. DesertPoppy says:

    I really like Dan, he is making interesting choices for projects and hasn’t let the fame or money go to his head. This is what the other child actors trying to transition to adult acting should try to emulate. I also love reading his interviews, his great personality really shines through.

  17. Abby says:

    He’s such a cute pocket person. I love his interviews.