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“I wanted to have a career with longevity”: Daniel Radcliffe Claims He’s Inspired By Harrison Ford to Remain Relevant After Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe and Harrison Ford

Daniel Radcliffe wanted to distance himself from Harry Potter after his tenure as the franchise’s titular star. The actor played Harry Potter in eight films throughout Radcliffe’s brief career. When The Sorcerer’s Stone was released, he was twelve years old, elevating the actor into international spotlight, and establishing his name synonymous with the wizard.

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black

Radcliffe discussed his work and his perspective after leaving the Wizarding World in an in-depth interview with GQ. The actor, like many actors who become well-known for one role, wanted to extend his appeal and test his abilities in ventures that were a far cry from the Harry Potter films.

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Daniel Radcliffe considers Harrison Ford to be his role model

After famously discarding his Harry Potter reputation by baring all in a West End production of Equus, Radcliffe consolidated his post-Harry Potter fame. Now, the Weird: The Al Yankovic Story star says Harrison Ford has influenced his career.

The Guns Akimbo star acknowledged fellow Hollywood actor Harrison Ford as an inspiration, citing Ford’s success as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga. Many people expected him to take a break from acting following Harry Potter, but Radcliffe was too attached to his profession. He said,

“I had this awareness that people expected we would do nothing after Potter — that we would fade away. I really wanted that not to be the case, because I knew that I loved it, and I wanted to do whatever I have to do to have a career with longevity.”

Harrison Ford as Jack Stanfield
Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford remained in the spotlight after his role in Star Wars with his portrayal of Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones franchise. He first appeared as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, and the film spawned several sequels, the fifth of which is now in production.

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Ford would continue his run of success as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner in 1982, a role he would reprise in 2017 with the sequel Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford’s feelings toward Star Wars have long been acknowledged, but the actor remains grateful for the part. He also reprised his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and once more in 2019 in The Rise of Skywalker. Ford will now join the long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise as General Ross in Captain America: New World Order. 

Daniel Radcliffe’s journey post-Harry Potter franchise

Although Radcliffe has effectively ruled out a return to Harry Potter, he can still be seen in a variety of indie and big-budget projects. His first feature after leaving the Wizarding World was The Woman in Black, a horror film that follows his character on a journey to a rural village with a vengeful ghost.

Daniel Radcliffe in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Daniel Radcliffe in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

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Radcliffe will undoubtedly always be associated with the part of Harry Potter, but the actor has excelled in all of the other roles he has played after the Harry Potter series came to an end.

Lately, he played the villain in Now You See Me 2 and The Lost City, and now in his recent film, he plays ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Fans will be able to witness Radcliffe as the famous parody artist when the film becomes available for viewing on the Roku channel on November 4.

Source: GQ

 

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