Daniel Radcliffe Admits He ‘Hated’ His Acting In Harry Potter

by Dayo Laniyan


Despite earning him a fortune of around £60 million, Daniel Radcliffe has still given himself criticism over his performances in the Harry Potter films, even going as far as to confess that he hated one of them.

The 25-year-old actor, who first played the young wizard Harry Potter in eight films when he was 11, did describe the role as a “an incredible blessing”, but told the Mail on Sunday about “The moments I’m not as proud of, mistakes other actors get to make in rehearsal rooms or at drama school, are all on film for everyone to see.”

Radcliffe particularly singled out his worst performance being in the sixth instalment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), saying point-blank “I’m just not very good in it. I hate it. My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across. My best film is the fifth one because I can see a progression.”

“I never liked watching myself on film but I do make myself sit through it.”

Radcliffe also told the Mail about his struggles and perceived failings during his time with the Harry Potter films, especially on his issues with alcohol, which resulted in him becoming teetotal in August 2010. Coming out of the Potter era, Radcliffe told the Mail that he found it necessary to be self-critical: “It’s more important for me to be very critical because I’ve grown up in an atmosphere where everyone is always wanting to be nice to me and say what I’m doing is great, and so you don’t trust that. Ultimately you have to look to yourself or a handful or people to get a proper opinion.”

“I’m seriously critical of myself- if I wasn’t I would be worried.”

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