Daniel Radcliffe Admits He’s a Bit Weird

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Daniel Radcliffe admits he’s jealous of Eddie Redmayne’s Harry Potter spin-off costume.

For over ten years Daniel Radcliffe’s world was centred around the character of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World so it’s no wonder that he finds reading about the spin-offs and sequels odd.Daniel Radcliffe’s enlightening new interview with NME took an odd segue, when the actor got into a debate about the level of masturbation on the Harry Potter set.Since graduating from Hogwarts, the decidedly unstarry Daniel Radcliffe has played devils, confused poets and, now, Frankenstein’s hunchbacked sidekick.Even though he’s left his glasses and his magic wand behind, still got a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the new wizard in town – fellow Brit, Eddie Redmayne. “Oh f— you, Eddie, in your brilliant costume – I got jeans and a zip top for 10 years and you’ve got a great coat already?” he joked to NME magazine about Redmayne’s character in the highly anticipated Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is currently filming in the U.K.

He gets out his phone to find the interview, which doesn’t take long as there are many, many Google hits. “Oh God,” he says, flopping back in his seat. “It’s frustrating when you tell a story and say, ‘Yes, I w*nked a lot when I was a teenager,’ but clearly I didn’t mean on set.” He straightens up in his seat. “Can you make this clear for me: I was not w*nking during the filming of Potter – I managed to restrain myself until I got home.” Elsewhere in the interview, Radcliffe talked about the more serious aspects of filming Potter for most of his teenage years and its effect on his career. “I had a huge amount to prove,” he said. “Proving that you can be a young actor and not be a complete f*cking disaster when you grow up. Due for release in 2016, the film, written by J.K Rowling, is set in the same magical world of the Potter films but in New York instead of the U.K., and 70 years before Harry’s story begins. As Entertainment Weekly recently revealed, the Oscar-winning Redmayne, 33, plays eccentric wizard Newt Scamander, who wears a dapper, teal, three-quarter length coat over a wool suit, accessorized with a wand.

It is true that Hazza himself didn’t have the most exciting of costumes – although we’d argue that getting to run around Hogwarts in the Invisibility Cloak is pretty awesome. The magazine reported that Eddie is approaching the steps of the Magical Congress of the United States of America – which is basically the stateside equivalent of Britain’s Ministry of Magic. I’m sure I’ll never hit that kind of commercial peak again but very, very few people will.” He added of his recent projects, which include a Mikhail Bulgakov adaptation for Sky Arts and Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings: “People do ask me, ‘Why do you choose such weird movies?’ but I don’t think they’re weird, they’re just stories I’m interested in,

Bouncing into a huge wood-panelled conference room above the photography studio where he’s just been shot for NME’s cover, Daniel Radcliffe is presented with a cup and reaches for the sweeteners. “How many of these are you supposed to use?” he asks, merrily clicking little white pellets into his drink. Currently filming heavyweight drama Imperium, in which he plays an undercover FBI agent trying to infiltrate a group of Neo-Nazis, the 26-year-old has ditched his boyish looks for a fully shaved head. You’ve just given yourself seven sugars. “Oh, right,” he laughs. “Well, we’ll leave that then.” You half-expect Daniel Radcliffe to have an entourage of people to dispense his sweeteners for him.

We don’t mean that in the usual clichéd way, as when a celebrity profile declares its subject “down to earth” because they ate carbohydrates and weren’t paraded in on a throne. Consider the evidence: Since Potter ended, his roles have included a haunted lawyer (The Woman In Black), a man turning into a devil (Horns), a singing corporate climber (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, on stage), a sexually confused beat poet (Kill Your Darlings) and a doctor who has imaginary conversations with his older self (The Young Doctor’s Notebook).

He plays Igor, the otherworldly, hunchbacked assistant in an imagined origin story that details the peculiar early experiments of young Frankenstein (played by James McAvoy). I’ll take that.” Radcliffe is handsome but in quite a normal way – he has what your mum might call “a nice face” – which means he’s not obvious leading man material, and at around 5’5”, he’s a bit small to be an action star (though that never stopped Tom Cruise). Today, dressed all in black and with his hair sharply cropped as a souvenir from a recently completed role in Imperium, playing an FBI agent posing as a neo-Nazi, he should look intimidating.

It looked like fun to make, and it was.” It is, as rollicking blockbusters go, smarter than most, playing with ideas of science vs religion, heart vs mind, while also finding room for a fight with a zombie monkey. “It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it has a nice intellectual debate at the heart of it,” says Radcliffe. I still think it’s one of the best British sitcoms ever… And one of my favourite films is A Matter Of Life And Death, with David Niven… He has to go to court in Heaven. He shrugs. “I like things that do whatever the fuck they want at all times.” Radcliffe’s frankness extends to discussing more personal matters, which in the past have included losing his virginity to an older woman and problems with alcohol, long since given up.

Radcliffe wears his fame lightly, remembering a key incident from the height of Pottermania. “I was at Reading Festival and I was standing behind a guy who’d been on reality TV. Stuff chucked at him, people swearing at him… I was 16 and was all, ‘Oh man I can’t go anywhere.’ Then I had that moment of realisation that, holy sh*t, I am really lucky to be famous for something that people really like. In fact, he brings up the subject, talking about how strange it is that it’s only four years since the film series ended, because it feels so long ago. It would be He goes all wistful for a minute. “I’d always thought in the years after Potter finished that it would die down, but it’s just grown more because the people who were massive Harry Potter fans in their teens are now adults. I still have a natural reserve that makes me go, ‘Oh don’t be so silly, I wasn’t responsible for your childhood.’ But I think about the stuff that means a lot for me from my childhood, like The Simpsons, and how, when I did a voice on The Simpsons I got a signed thing from Matt Groening and that was so fucking exciting.

The thought that I might occupy that space in somebody else’s childhood…” Maybe it’s not the roles he’s taken since Potter that make him unusual.

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

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‘Joy’ review: Jennifer Lawrence cleans up in enjoyable biopic.

Writer-director David O. Their latest collaboration — following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — is a biographical picture about the life and times of Joy Mangano.Jennifer Lawrence groans when she’s asked about singing the classic Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet Something Stupid with co-star Edgar Ramirez in her new film Joy. “David [O Russell, the movie’s director] texted me last night to ask if he could put it on the soundtrack and this is what I texted him back,” the actor says as she digs around for her mobile phone and reads out her response verbatim. “‘David, no!!!’ and it is three exclamation marks.In a very abbreviated nutshell, that actually happened to Joy Mangano, 59, the fabulously successful Long Island entrepreneur/inventor and HSN pitchwoman whose rags-to-riches journey started with the invention of a mop.

Russell has made three kinds of movies: offbeat romances (“Flirting With Disaster”), surreal comedies (“I Heart Huckabees”) and dramas about dysfunctional yet appealing families (“The Fighter”). In real life, Mangano is the Long Island housewife and inventor who became famous and eventually rich after bouts of near-bankruptcy, by creating and marketing her Miracle Mop. Out Boxing Day in Australia, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the fictionalised life story of Joy Mangano, a single mum from Long Island who made her fortune selling a mop. On Christmas Day, “Joy,” a movie inspired by her struggles as a divorced, single mother turned mogul by way of that mop, will open at movie theaters across America.

This was before she hooked up with the giant Home Shopping Network, becoming their most effective pitch person and eventually selling her parent company, Ingenious Designs, to HSN. Gross, I can’t listen to it; I have to go to bed.’ And I said yes, but it’s a groaning, reluctant yes.” It’s the kind of unfiltered moment you come to expect when interviewing Lawrence, who may now be one of the most famous actors on the planet but still blurts out whatever she’s thinking with such self-deprecating charm it’s impossible not to be, well, charmed.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time. Lawrence, 25, looks genuinely surprised when complimented about how unchanged she seems from our earlier interviews before the fame and Oscars. “But there would be no reason to change,” she says with a shrug. “I just have a job and I love my job. In the film, Lawrence’s Mangano is a colourful character, a single mom with a unique relationship and friendship with her ex-husband, and an enterprising woman who parlays her creativity into an incredibly successful business.

Mom (Virginia Madsen) stays in her bedroom and watches soap operas, until she falls for a Haitian plumber (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who fixes a hole in her bedroom floor. She landed minor roles on TV shows such as Monk, Cold Case and Medium before her 2010 indie film Winter’s Bone led to her becoming the second youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. This is true even when the film tilts off its rocker with a bit of Russell-esque madness built into the screenplay, and with the director failing to always keep the energy going. That resulted in not only a string of critically acclaimed films, an Academy Award and another Oscar nomination, but also her very own mega-franchise as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Joy’s grandma (endearing Diane Ladd) delivers messages of empowerment and smooths over constant fights, but she’s opposed by the money-grubbing rich woman (Isabella Rossellini) who dates Joy’s dad and sends negative messages about her. Lawrence’s endearing habit of speaking her mind resulted in a controversial essay she penned on Lena Dunham’s website about her discovery during the Sony hacks that she was being paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” on her recent films, including American Hustle. “I completely understand when people say actors shouldn’t talk about politics and things they don’t know about, but this was my gender at stake and it was being threatened with unfairness and I thought, ‘What is the point of having this voice if it’s not to speak out for myself and for everyone else who can’t?’,” she says unapologetically.

Upon learning that Lawrence would be playing her mom, Miranne says, “I braced myself so I wouldn’t fall on the floor.” As for Mangano, she says Lawrence playing her “made me feel old, number one. Lawrence hangs out with a posse of celebrity girlfriends, including Amy Schumer and singer Adele, but the reason is simple. “The friendship gets expedited a lot when you meet someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt has no agenda,” she says. Draining her savings and taking out loans, she started off small, selling her mops to local boat owners. “She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” says Mason. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.” Sales skyrocketed and Mangano’s career as a QVC pitch woman was launched. That’s so amazing there aren’t even words.” Mangano and her three children didn’t view “Joy” until the Dec. 13 premiere in Manhattan, though a family outing to see “Trainwreck” included a trailer.

This is, after all, the self-confessed reality-show junkie who confessed in a recent Vogue interview that on the night of her 25th birthday party, friends surprised her with a visit from reality queen Kris Jenner, who presented her with a cake inscribed, ‘Happy Birthday, you piece of shit!’ The only time she seems tongue-tied is when asked about her relationship status, after a four-year stint with X-Men: First Class co-star Nicholas Hoult and a year with Coldplay singer Chris Martin before their breakup earlier this year. “Next!” Lawrence says in a no-nonsense voice, pausing as she decides if she’ll continue that thought. For one thing, Mangano’s childhood is not that interesting for a film, despite some flashbacks to her as a youngster (when she is played by 10-year-old Isabella Cramp, who does actually look like we imagine Lawrence could have at the same age). A satire on the acquisitiveness of the public? (Here, QVC foists unnecessary things on gullible viewers who could better save their money.) Russell doesn’t seem to know. And, of course, the grave ending would be a lie: Mangano is very much alive at the age of 59, still inventing, still pitching products, still a superstar of the American home shopping universe. There’s the Clothes It All luggage system, essentially a rolling suitcase with a removable garment bag, and the Super Chic vacuum, which releases fragrance into the air.

If I even casually say something to a reporter, that quote haunts me for the rest of my life,” she says, “so I am never, ever, ever talking about boys again!” I don’t think any of us brought enough tissues!” A good portion of the film was shot last winter in Boston, and though the always-busy Mangano was twice scheduled to visit the set, snowstorms made travel impossible. He has mixed genres successfully before, as in the anti-war comedy-drama “Three Kings,” but the blender often grinds to a halt in “Joy.” Just as we’re getting used to the realism of Mangano’s fight for respect, Russell photographs Rossellini as if she were a gargoyle.

One of her creations, the thin and velvet-covered Huggable Hanger, remains a bestseller for HSN, at more than 300 million sold, and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Cooper, De Niro and Russell all supported her with fine work; here they lay back and make the movie a one-ring circus where she has to be acrobat, bareback rider and clown.

He had a presence all of his own.” At one point, Miranne says, “Jennifer grabbed Joy’s hand and said to David, ‘Look at the nails, a French manicure.’ ” (That manicure is a Mangano signature.) Lawrence revealed that in studying for her part as Joy, she watched recordings of the inventor’s early pitches on HSN, including ones for “Huggable Hangers” and found her so compelling that she wanted to buy them on the spot. There is something special when creative people get together.” Mangano’s take on Lawrence? “She’s beyond her years, so brilliant, hysterical and so talented.

Critically, Russell’s sense of wonder and beauty turns elegiac moments — especially when Joy Mangano becomes fully realized as a woman and as a business executive — into scenes of great beauty. Lawrence recently said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that the movie was “half Joy Mangano’s story and half [Russell’s] imagination and other powerful, strong women who inspired him.” The director mined much of his Mangano material by phone.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci (in a mock TV soap opera that gives Joy some of its silliness) and even Melissa Rivers as her late mother Joan Rivers. There’s no situation Joy cannot overcome or circumvent.” At a Newsday photo shoot at Mangano’s luxurious but serene 42,000-square-foot mansion on 11 acres in St. As for parting advice for the ambitious? “If this movie inspires even just one more person to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams, then it’s made a very special impact in this world.

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