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DanRad Initially Turned Down Harry Potter!

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OMG no! What a terrible world this would have been without Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter!!

But, it's true. When the actor was initially offered the role, he turned it down becaues he would have been away from home for too long.

The original contract had Dan filming six movies in Los Angeles. However, when the films were moved to England and the number of movies were reduced, his parents eventually accepted the offer.

Dan said:

"Chris Columbus had seen David Copperfield and said, 'I want to audition this boy'. They went to my parents, and, at the time, the deal was to sign on for, I think, six films, all to be done in LA, and my mom and dad simply said, 'That's too much disruption to his life. That's not gonna happen.'

I didn't know any of that had gone on. And then, maybe three, four months down the line, the deal had changed, and it was going be to shoot two films, and they'd both be done in England, and so they said, 'OK, we'll let him audition.' And then it all went from there, really."

Phew! Thank goodness his parents came to their senses!

To not have Daniel as Harry is a devastating thought, indeed.

Also - filming the HP movies in El Lay?? Really?!? Whose bright idea was that??

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6 comments to “DanRad Initially Turned Down Harry Potter!”



  1. 1

    I've know this since I was 8, Im 18 now. Old news…..



  2. 2

    You bloody yanks need to stop generalising the UK as England.



  3. 3

    That would've been terrible. What eight year old would Perez be spanking his monkey to then?



  4. 4

    Re: fdapopo – reread the article… what the fuck are you talking about?



  5. 5

    I don't believe that. I remember how many kids who were gunning to play Harry Potter, none of them would have "turned down the opportunity to play him. I call bullshit!!!!!



  6. 6

    Re: dirtyfinger – well think about it from his parents point of view. Signing then would mean to relocate all the way over to the states, which would affect a lot of stuff in his life, school, their jobs, etc. Plus to commit for 6 movies is a lot, and what if it all turned out to be a bad disision and they wanted out? Also you have to remember Hollywood is known for turning child stars into messed up people. Dan has said for a long time his parents did not want him to be an actor because they were worried he could just get all messed up from the fame. In England acting is more looked as as a career than it is for what we think of it as as being a celebrity with all the fame and glamour. In general, yeah playing Harry potter would be cool but his parents were just putting his well being first, like good parents should do.