DANIEL RADCLIFFE: I think we probably have changed as actors as well, but I'm not conscious of myself changing. I never watched the first film again since, like, for about three years now.
So I can't really compare it to the third because it's not very fresh in my mind.
Ten minutes is a hell of a long time – and I was out there at the centre of the stage.'There’s nothing like doing a nude scene to put yourself under pressure.
Although he acknowledges that winning the role of the boy wizard was the movie equivalent of winning a Willy Wonka golden ticket to fame and fortune, there were many times Radcliffe could barely watch himself on screen.'When you take your clothes off - whoever you are - there is very little acting going on...Radcliffe’s acting choices have been – as he intends – both brave and unorthodox.From Equus he went on to another critically acclaimed stage performance in the black comedy, The Cripple Of Inishmaan, in which he plays a lonely Irish outcast. ’He says his most extravagent purchase was a Damien Hirst butterfly painting (though he won’t admit what he paid for it – they can sell for millions of pounds), a Craigie Aitchison and an Elizabeth Peyton portrait of Doherty.To be fair, between the ages of 18 and 20 Radcliffe did almost go off the rails, drinking himself into blackouts, having casual sex and – on occasions – turning up for work on the set of his latest Potter movie while still under the influence.
‘It felt more like there isn’t any blueprint for how to do this, get through this.And the reason I spoke out about it was because I felt someone else would and I should take control...which is exactly what I did.’Radcliffe says Harry Potter haunted him in other ways.And now, with the fourth film, with Mike Newell directing, I think we're going to learn even more there as well.‘James says that I definitely get top spot for what I did in Equus, which was effectively stand there completely naked for about ten minutes.There was no point in this film where I had to get covered in blood, or cry over the body of someone, or pull someone out of a muddy bog.’'I did used to worry about him when I was younger – I felt scared for him because of all the drugs and the lifestyle.