Whoa, talk about big weekend for Daniel Radcliffe and fans.
First, Radcliffe’s new film, The Lady In Black, debuted to overall rave reviews this weekend.
I couldn’t get on Twitter or Facebook without seeing a post about how great it was, and although the majority of print reviews claim the film adaptation of the 1983 thriller fiction novel of the same name uses some tried-and-true techniques for scaring us silly, Los Angeles Times calls it “a good, old-fashioned ghost yarn of the Victorian Gothic persuasion,” The Hollywood Reporter says it’s a “nifty old-school horror film,” and NPR reminds us there’s a reason these techniques are “time-honored”:
[...] keep you on edge, they definitely do.
Oh, and The Boston Globe says Radcliffe is now “in for the long haul.”
Then, Radcliffe admits that he used to show up on the Harry Potter set drunk.
Yes, you read that correctly. Drunk.
Just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about butterbeer here, and we’re not talking the kind of drunk involving partying a little too hard the night before and getting up a little to early the next morning; nope, according to his interview with British celebrity news magazine Heat, we’re talking about the kind of drunk that’s a problem:
I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem. People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad. I don’t want to go into details, but I drank a lot and it was daily – I mean nightly.
Shocked (which I’m assuming is the general reaction to hearing that), the interviewer asks Radcliffe if Harry Potter was hungover – and the answer is much more disturbing than “yes”:
I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.
Admirably, Radcliffe immediately takes ownership of his problems, claiming he doesn’t believe he’s the victim of any kind of child star syndrome:
I think it would have happened anyway. I think it’s just in me.
Fortunately, Radcliffe seems to have it under control now. How, I don’t know (you have to purchase the actual magazine for the full interview, and I’m guessing it’d be old news by the time it traveled over the pond), but Reuters and Yahoo! Movies does note Radcliffe sings the praises of his production-assistant girlfriend, who he claims is:
[...] a wonderful, wonderful girl, who’s far too good for me. I can also be quite insecure. A lot of actors have self-doubt. I live under that the whole time, and it’s how I function best. I think she puts up with a lot; she says she doesn’t.
Despite the fact that Radcliffe’s a human and, just like all of us, has to deal with human issues, I’m guessing that – given the beloved and iconic role he played for so many years – reactions to this news will be varied, to say the least.
How does this news change your perception of the actor who grew up before our eyes? Does he appear more “human” to you now? Or do you feel let down?
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Last reviewed: 5 Feb 2012