Daniel Radcliffe finally watched "Star Wars." Speaking to Moviefone in 2011, Radcliffe admitted that he had never seen George Lucas' original trilogy of films, despite sitting through "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." ("Everyone's like, 'You saw that one! You didn't see the originals?!' I know! I was 10! I didn't know any better!")
Finally, Radcliffe has rectified that error in judgement. Asked during a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session what his Halloween costume plans were, Radcliffe said he wasn't sure, but had his eyes on a galaxy far, far away.
"I haven't narrowed it down, but because I've very recently -- like within the last six months -- watched the original 'Star Wars' movies, I'm like a brand new 'Star Wars' fan, so I might go with something 'Star Wars' related!" he wrote. "And I got to go out to the 'Star Wars' set recently, because a lot of my friends are working on it crew-wise ... so something 'Star Wars' related, but not sure yet."
About that recent trip: Radcliffe used his time on J.J. Abrams' secretive "Star Wars: Episode VII" set to lavish praise on Harrison Ford.
"I might have been Harrison Ford's worst nightmare, because I'm like, 'Those movie are so cool, man.' Like I've just heard about them," Radcliffe told the U.K. arm of MTV. "I admitted that to J.J. Abrams as well, and he looked at me like he maybe wanted to kill me for a second. They were very nice."
Back to the Moviefone interview for a moment. The original question posed to Radcliffe was about comparisons made between "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter." As Radcliffe is wont to do, he provided a nuanced answer for how the films differ in the cultural landscape. Read and enjoy below:
What 'Star Wars' and 'Potter' have in common is a huge devoted fan base. Where they differ, I think there is a -- and this is my perception, I may be completely wrong -- I think there is a slightly more balanced split between the sexes in the fan base of 'Potter.' I associate 'Star Wars' as being a predominantly male thing. And I think 'Potter' is split more evenly. The difference is also that any kind of a franchise where a world is created will then engender a generation of nerds. Fantastic! Nerds are the best things in the world. I think of myself as a nerd. What was the Bill Gates thing? "Be nice to nerds, you'll probably be working for them one day." But I think the difference is because 'Potter' started out as a book, it's created a generation of literary nerds in a way that 'Star Wars' perhaps didn't. But, basically, it's all the same. I mean, I do think of 'Potter' as being this generation's 'Star Wars.' It's something that an entire generation as lost themselves in and it's a meticulously created, detailed world. So I do think that's the closest thing to compare it to.