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Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe On Journey
Potter on his first big post-wizard role

23 January 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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You think Daniel Radcliffe and you think Harry Potter – unless, of course you've seen Equus, in which case you think images you never needed to see. But, with the end of the Potter series approaching, Radcliffe is looking to make his move to grown up movie acting. He'll start with Journey, the story of Dan Eldon, a photo-journalist who was stoned to death by a mob in Mogadishu in 1993. Empire recently spoke to Radcliffe and talked a little about the film, which Radcliffe says is not quite as close to production as reports have suggested.

"There's a lot of stuff flying around about this at the moment," he said. "I am absolutely attached to it and it would be amazing to play that part. But people are making assumptions about when it's going to happen and it won't happen – if indeed it does happen – for a while yet. But basically...Eldon grew up in Africa and discovered a gift and a passion for photography. Eventually he got too caught up in something that lead to his death".

To prepare for the role Radcliffe spoke at length with Eldon's family about his life. "They showed me some of his diaries, which the film will be based on mostly," he continued. "They're incredible. There have got to be 20 books and they're all inches thick, with things sellotaped into them and with wires coming out and everything. He was someone who died very young, but seemed to live as full a life as much as anyone who lived to be a ripe old age. It'll be incredible to play him".

We genuinely believe Radcliffe could well pull this off and we hope it gets made. If he can transfer the range and passion that he showed on stage in Equus to something on the big screen, then many a Potter critic will be silence.

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At first I thought he sucked, but this lad has gotten better and better. It'll be interesting to see what else he can do after Pottermania cools down. More

Posted by jomo999 at 15:37 on 23 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Journey sounds great
The film sounds really good and I think casting Dan is a great idea. He really excelled in Equus (and I thought Thea Sharrock's direction and the set design was perfect, I loved the simplicity of it and the "horses" were so impressive). And I was impressed by My Boy Jack so I don't see any reason why he wouldn't do well in this. And it sounds like an important story to tell. More

Posted by missphoenix at 09:16 on 23 January 2008 | Report This Post

Ok, I have such I big mouth... I should have read the entire article before writing a comment. He obviously saw the play, I'm sorry. I totally agree a lot of people would be silence. More

Posted by Mickpt at 23:55 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

Images you never needed to see? Well, you obviously didn't see the play, because Equus was brilliant. It has nothing to do with what the media and people who have not seen it think. Radcliffe was terrific in it. And I suggest you all to see a movie called 'My Boy Jack'. ITV aired it last November and Daniel did a very good job in it too. The Potter movies just don't have the sustance so this young actor could show all his talent, because in everything else I've seen him, he was brilliant. He is More

Posted by Mickpt at 23:48 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

Ignore Equus, bring on something new
Equus suffered from sloppy direction and didn't give him a chance to show off what he can do. Hopefully he'll come off a bit better in this - oh dear lord that didn't mean to sound...oh sod it. More

Posted by phaeton at 22:46 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

ahhhhhhhhhh
I soooo thought this was going to be like that Across the Universe but with Journey songs like Don't Stop Believing. Make that movie dammit! More

Posted by mattbojangles at 20:12 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

Such a shame he can't seem to feel natural in the Potter films. Grint and Watson are just awful, but Radcliffe probably could act if he loosened up a bit. More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 19:34 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

Dan Eldon was about 23 when he died I think, so I assume this isn't going into production for quite a while, otherwise Dan Radcliffe strikes me as being a wee bit too old. If they are planning the filming for after Harry Potter 7 though, he's probably bang on. More

Posted by riothejedi at 19:22 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

It's quite a shame that he isn't preparing for the role by getting stoned to death, Yeah that's right, I went there, it was obvious, but I did it. More

Posted by CameronJames at 18:55 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

Fair Play to him More

Posted by Angusto at 18:51 on 22 January 2008 | Report This Post

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