Daniel Radcliffe has been making the rounds to promote his latest film, “Horns,” a psychological thriller that follows a young man who begins growing horns after being accused of the brutal slaying of his girlfriend. “Horns” hits theaters this Friday, October 31, and Radcliffe stopped by Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. Among the myriad “Harry Potter” questions, Radcliffe’s fans actually managed to stray away from the epic series, and ask about his life, career and poor eating habits. Here are some highlights:
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He listened to heavy metal while prepping for “Horns.”
“Because the two guys that were doing the makeup, Mike McCarthy and Mike Fields, they were both big metal heads. The actual process, they made it so easy. The horns themselves only took about 20 minutes to put on, and even some of the more extreme makeup that we had near the end only took a couple of hours, so you know, I had it easier than a lot of actors do. And yeah, so Metallica, Megadeth.”
The one thing he would change in the world is not what you’d expect.
“I would remove the bullshit hierarchy from the film industry, because there are certain people who do my job, and also directors and producers, who seem to think the job they do gives them license to treat people who work for them badly, and there is no good reason for that, and it should not be tolerated. I know that if I ever get to direct, it will not be present anywhere on my set.”
He wants to work with some big names.
“George Clooney… Jennifer Lawrence… I just think they’d be really cool. Paul Rudd, I met him and was like ‘You’re awesome!’ I just want to work with people you can get on with, and you have a good rapport with, and those are definitely some of them. Also directors more than actors, whom I think ‘I want to work with them.’ So you know, people like the Coen Brothers, or Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, again, it’s directors i suppose I get more excited about than actors.”
He might go “Star Wars” for Halloween.
“I haven’t narrowed it down, but because I’ve very recently – like within the last 6 months – watched the original ‘Star Wars’ movies, I’m like a brand new ‘Star Wars’ fan, so I might go with something ‘Star Wars’ related! And I got to go out to the ‘Star Wars’ set recently, because a lot of my friends are working on it crew-wise.. so something ‘Star Wars’ related, but not sure yet. I’m leaning towards Boba Fett, but I haven’t found a good enough costume yet.”
The weirdest thing he’s ever autographed.
“Recently a couple of people have asked me to sign a piece of paper so they can then get it tattooed. And, you know, that’s pretty weird. Just because I have pretty horrible handwriting. You should see my cursive, it’s not pretty! So yeah, I would advise people against doing that. I have signed a picture of Elijah Wood – and I think we’ve also both said in interviews that we would like each other to play each other in films of our lives – but I was on a red carpet in Japan, and this Japanese man gave me a picture of Elijah, and I knew i wasn’t going to get past the language barrier to explain, so I wrote ‘I am not Elijah Wood, signed Daniel Radcliffe.'”
Your favorite food is something healthy? Radcliffe says yeah right.
“Someone asked me my favorite food: Cheeseburgers. And pizza, and stuff like that. Because I don’t believe when people say anything else is their favorite food, I tend not to believe them.”
The best prank ever pulled on a “Harry Potter” set wasn’t by him, it was to him.
“There’s – in the third film – there’s a shot in the great hall of all the kids sleeping, and the camera starts very very wide, and comes in so that it’s an inch from my face. Alan Rickman decided he would plant one of those fart machines in my sleeping bag, and they waited until, the camera had come in for this huge DRAMATIC developing shot, and then unleashed this tremendous noise in the great hall. I immediately thought, ‘This is one of the other kids fucking around, and we were going to get in trouble.’ But as it turns out, it was one of the members of Britain’s acting royalty! I think I laughed a lot, was probably a bit embarrassed, but it was really really funny.”
His Horcrux would be glam rock.
A “Harry Potter” fan asked what he would make into his horcrux (a powerful object which holds a piece of a persons soul.) “First of all, congratulations to you for asking me a ‘Harry Potter’ question I have NEVER been asked before, that is not easily achieved! I would say… I was gonna say my iPod, probably put it in that, but I would put it inside an album on the iPod, so you’d have to open that album. So I somehow want it to be connected to a particular album that means something, like Ziggy Stardust. So that’s how I’d want to do that.”
He loved New Zealand.
Finally, a fan asked, “What was it like to work on the Lord of the Ring movies?” Radcliffe played along: “HAHA! Brilliant. Just like… it was exhausting, but New Zealand’s lovely all year ’round.”