Daniel Radcliffe says he was ‘not wanking’ on set of Harry Potter

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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.

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. Eddie will be starring as Newt Scamander in the highly anticipated Harry Potter spin off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is scheduled for release from November 2016. NME were the lucky ones to first show Dan the set pictures that saw Eddie in his suave cerulean coat and of course then they were there to witness as Dan exclaimed: ‘Oh f**k you Eddie in your brilliant costume! The film, which is currently filming in the UK, is set in New York in 1926 – that’s 70 years before Harry Potter reads the character’s book at Hogwarts.

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. In the same interview Daniel told the free music magazine that he really wanted everyone to know he was not indulging in any self-lovin’ while at work.

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. 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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