Daniel Radcliffe on New Movie ‘What If,’ His Love for ‘Sharknado’
After the film adaptation of the J.K. Rowling-penned novels wrapped its final scene in 2011, the 25-year-old revealed a multi-directional acting career by landing versatile roles in movies as The Woman in Black, the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and now, What If.
The Michael Dowse-directed film casts Daniel as Wallace, a medical school dropout who experiences a string of terrible relationships and falls in love with his best friend. This gig marks his first time playing a romantic lead, so Daniel joined On Air With Ryan Seacrest in-studio to explain the plot and how he got into character — or rather — dish how his personal experiences helped him understand his role.
After he admitted to being “a huge Eminem fan” during banter about Eminem and Rihanna‘s The Monster tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ryan asked the actor if he has ever fallen for a friend like his character in the movie.
“I’ve had friendships, which have evolved into relationships,” Daniel confesses. “This movie is not so much like, ‘Can a man and woman be friends,’ as, ‘Is it right — is it sane — or healthy to ever live in total denial of your own feelings for somebody.’ [In What If] I meet this girl, fall in love with her, she has a boyfriend, but she makes me so happy that I’m just like, ‘Okay, well I’ll just hang around with her because she makes me happy than anyone else does.'”
Unlike the cliché love story where girl meets guy and guy is a terrible boyfriend, Daniel explains that the on-screen romance between his character and Chantry — played by Zoe Kazan — provides a better reflection of a “truer to life” relationship situation.
“In this movie he’s [Chantry's boyfriend, Ben] played by Rafe Spall. He’s good looking, he’s successful, he treats her really well. There’s nothing wrong with the relationship she’s in, part from the fact that she starts maybe falling in love with somebody else,” he explains. “I feel like that’s truer to life. Decisions in life about love and romance are very rarely that clean-cut and easy, and I thought that was true.”
The interview quickly segued into a conversation about Sharknado, a SyFy cult classic about a shark that was lifted from the ocean by a rogue twister and into Los Angeles (and in New York City in its recent sequel). As a superfan of the movie, Daniel — who showed interest in doing a Sharknado 3 cameo if they could find a slick way for him to die — had already daydreamed a clever scenario on how his character would be killed-off.
“I’ve been going through scenarios, like you, me could be doing an interview and then, in like a hotel or in London, and then you say like, ‘Would you ever consider doing another franchise,’ and I’ll be like, ‘No, I’d never be seen dead in one’ — shark,” he says. “So, um, I have ideas.”
As the two were about to “rehearse” the possible Sharknado 3 storyline, the British actor was blindsided by a surprise visit from Sharknado star Tara Reid.
“I’m a fan of your movie, Sharknado 1 and 2,” he tells Tara, who also affirms her love for Harry Potter. “Now that Harry Potter is gone, there is a void for the next big franchise, so I think you should do at least eight of them.”
So what’s next for Daniel? “I actually booked a holiday, which I haven’t done in ages, which is nice,” he says. “Then I’m doing another promotional tour for a movie called Horns, which comes out in October, which is crazy. And then after that, hopefully I get to make another movie this year.”
What If — also starring Megan Park and Adam Driver — is in theaters now!