Daniel Radcliffe talks about his five most influential books:
1. The Old Man and the Sea
"I think the Old Man and Sea was probably the first book by a really classic author that I ever read, and it was then that I realized that things were classics for a reason, and they weren’t all just really, really, really hard work."
"Germinal by Emile Zola was the first sort of longer and more European novel that I ever read, and I remember reading it in like five days. It’s a long book, and I’m a slow reader, but I just did nothing else."
3. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
"It was given to me on my 15th birthday by a friend, and I just thought it was the funniest thing I ever read and kind of amazing and captured the period of time brilliantly."
4. The Master and Margarita
"The Master and Margarita is my favorite, favorite book in the world ever by Mikhail. To me it’s the greatest exploration of the human imagination, and it’s about forgiveness and life and history, and it’s just the most incredible book that I’ve ever read; I read it once and then I read it almost immediately again."
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
"I think it’s fair to say that if we’re talking about the five books that have most influenced my life, I think it would be pretty churlish of me not to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for giving me everything that I have and everything that I will have."
DANIEL RADCLIFFE has played the title role in all of the blockbuster films based on J.K. Rowling’s best selling Harry Potter books, beginning with 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” He reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” He will complete his portrayal of Harry Potter in the much-anticipated final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” which opens in July 2011.
In 2008, Radcliffe made his Broadway debut as Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus,” winning the award for Best Leading Actor at the Annual Theatre Fan Choice Awards, organized by Broadway World, as well as Best Leading Actor and Breakthrough Performance Awards at the annual Broadway.Com Audience Awards. He also garnered both Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for his performance in the play. The year before, Radcliffe had received acclaim when he first starred as Alan Strang in the London revival of “Equus,” which marked his West End debut. Both the London and Broadway productions of “Equus” were directed by Thea Sharrock and also starred Tony Award winner Richard Griffiths.
In Spring 2011, Radcliffe will return to Broadway to star in the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which marks his first Broadway musical. The show will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford.
On the screen, Radcliffe will next star in the independent horror thriller “The Woman in Black,” written by Jane Goldman and directed by James Watkins. The film, which is a Hammer Films production, is currently being shot in the UK. His other film credits include the Australian independent feature “December Boys,” and the role of Jack Kipling in the true-life telefilm “My Boy Jack,” about Rudyard Kipling’s 17-year-old son, Jack, and the devastating effect his death in World War I had on his family. The film also starred Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan and David Haig.
Radcliffe also made a guest appearance as himself in the award-winning BBC/HBO series “Extras,” starring Ricky Gervais. He first appeared on screen as the young David Copperfield in the BBC/PBS presentation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel.
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