Movies - TV
Why Daniel Radcliffe Stars In So Many Weird Movies
By DANIELLE RYAN
Following huge success within the young adult franchise, Daniel Radcliffe’s latest film presents him as a king of weird in "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story," which debuts on Roku on November 4, 2022. Radcliffe opened up about his decision to chase truly unusual roles and why he's continued to tackle some of the biggest oddballs in all of TV and cinema.
The "Harry Potter" films brought Radcliffe to a level of fame that has given him rare opportunities, such as performing onstage fully nude in "Equus" on Broadway, and his role as the romantic(ish) lead in the beautifully bizarre film "Horns." His role as a farting corpse in the film "Swiss Army Man," however, broke him out of the young adult landscape for good.
Following that, he played a drug-addicted doctor who can talk with his older self on BBC's "A Young Doctor's Notebook," a mentally ill man with guns bolted to his hands in "Guns Akimbo," and multiple characters on TBS's "Miracle Workers." When asked what motivates Radcliffe to take on a role head-on, he responded that it just involves having a solid idea and then pursuing it to the fullest.
He elaborated, "There's no specific criteria. If a script has a really great premise then obviously that will make me sit up. The films I've chosen: they have this premise and then they fully explore it. That is something that will always hook me into a script." While scripts like these might be rare, it’s clear that Radcliffe enjoys freeing himself of all limitations.