Daniel Radcliffe Reflects On Alfonso Cuarón's 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban'

10/02/2013 09:47 am ET
  • Mike Ryan Senior Entertainment Writer, The Huffington Post
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On Tuesday, we ran an interview with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón where he reminisced about working with his "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" star Daniel Radcliffe. Cuarón said of the young actor, "I am so full of admiration on how he's handling his career. I'm so filled with admiration for him. He's so smart and has amazing taste." And then he added, "I would love to do something with him again. I'm a big fan, man. In your article you can quote me, because he's one actor I would love to work with again."

As it happened, the next interview on this reporter's slate was Radcliffe, who is now promoting the Sundance Film Festival favorite "Kill Your Darlings" (due in theaters on Oct. 16). We let Radcliffe read the nice words his former "Harry Potter" director said about him. Below is Radcliffe's response to Cuarón -- and his opinion of how Cuarón completely changed the course of the Harry Potter franchise.

Radcliffe: [Reading] "Send my love to the bastard" [laughs]. "Send my love to the amazing bastard."

He went on record that he wants to do another movie with you. I think people would like that.
Well, that's awesome. I would love to. He's such a fine director and I really want to see "Gravity."

It's great.
It also just looks terrifying. It looks like the kind of thing that I personally have nightmares about. Have you ever read "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury? He wrote a story in "The Martian Chronicles" where you just get launched into space -- and that terrifies me. So the trailer for "Gravity" scares the shit out of me already. He's a pretty stunning filmmaker.

Now, looking back, just how different was it going from Chris Columbus for the first two movies to Cuarón for "Prisoner of Azkaban"?
I mean, it was. It was very different. But it was also like, I think it's the best decision that was ever made for the series. Because it just changed how people saw us and it changed the perception of what we were trying to do. "Oh, they're trying to make something different!" He had just come off "Y Tu Mamá También," so that was people's frame of reference for Alfonso.

Or, back then, for a lot of people who don't pay close attention to movies, "Who?"
Yeah, absolutely. But I think it's just what he did with the film was so extraordinary, and it's still many people's favorite of all of the Potters. I think he did wonders for the series and all of us. That was the film where I was suddenly of an age for the first time where I was able to be directed by him -- more than I had been capable of being in the past. And, also, I was suddenly, working with Gary Oldman and David Thewlis and whereas all the older actors in the first two movies had known me as a kid, they hadn't. They only know me as a 14-year-old, so they treat me as a young man rather than a boy. And I think that whole film is a huge turning point -- it's really where I decided that I wanted to be and absolutely continue to be an actor.

Mike Ryan is senior writer for Huffington Post Entertainment. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

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