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Just How Many Blow Jobs, Rape Jokes And Drug Addictions Will It Take To Make You Forget 'Harry Potter'?

By Joanna Robinson | Think Pieces | October 8, 2013 | Comments ()


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It’s been two years since the last Harry Potter film came out and six years since the last book. Six. Years. But everyone involved in the juggernaut franchise is still struggling to distance themselves from the world that made them so famous. Even JK Rowling released a book this year under a pen name in order to escape the burden of being “Harry Potter author” rather than just “author.” The book, “Cuckoo’s Calling” by “Robert Galbraith” only really found success, however, after the author’s true identity was “leaked.” Cue the backorders and the publisher reprint. And, of course, we know that Rowling (and Warner Bros.) are going back to the lucrative Potter well with an upcoming spin-off.

But while Jo Rowling can hide (for a time) behind a fake name, the three young stars of Harry Potter have those faces. Those unmistakable faces. How can we ever forget where they came from? But they’re trying their hardest. This was the cover of this weeekend’s New York Times magazine:

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The article itself touches upon all the efforts Radcliffe has made to distance himself from Harry. His upcoming projects (the horror of Horns, the morphine addiction of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the lead in a blood-soaked Martin McDonagh play) all speak to Radcliffe’s eagerness to embrace darker roles. Similarly, his ginger co-star, Rupert Grint, gave an interview to Vulture all about his brash role in the upcoming punk-centric flick CBGB and the on-stage blow jobs of his current project, “Mojo.” When Grint talks about baring his ass in CBGB, you can almost hear him sweatily hoping we’re not thinking about little Ron Weasley. But you are, you will be. How can you not?

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And you’d think the fact that Emma Watson’s brief cameo in This Is The End centered around a prolonged rape joke would be enough to make you forget her fuzzy-headed Hogwarts days. (It was a funny rape joke. No, really.) But that was the whole point of the joke. They were making it in regards to Hermione.

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Even Alan Rickman, who had an amazing, long and healthy career before Snape, is plagued with Harry Potter questions. He’s in that CBGB flick with Rupert Grint, looking a little less punk and a little more Sideshow Bob.

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Here are his thoughts from a recent interview about Rupert, Emma and Daniel and their future in the industry:

It’s as easy or difficult as people make it for them. They’re all three of them great people and all three of them very talented actors. If people have enough common sense, they’ll let them have careers, because, why not?…I look forward to seeing Daniel’s new film about Ginsberg and I didn’t see Emma’s film, what was it called… “The Bling…?” I haven’t seen that, but no I stay in touch with them. Rupert is rehearsing a play at the moment so he’s going on stage for the first time. Daniel is ever adventurous and Emma’s gone back to finishing her degree at Brown. So they’re a great threesome.

So what do you think? Are they working? All the rape jokes and blow jobs and drug addictions? Have you forgotten yet?

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  • DeltaJuliet

    Honestly, time will take care of all that. In 20 years, people might mention "of Harry Potter fame", but that's not ALL they will be associated with. Two years is not that long, relatively speaking.

  • laura

    They are looking different ways. I think Emma and Daniel are not good actors. Rupert is very talented but he is going slow and not taking many risks maybe because he doesn't want to work a lot or getting too much attention. I'm looking forward more for Rupert, Tom Felton and Matt Lewis work.

  • Josh

    Why the need to forget? I understand the desire to avoid typecasting, but they have all already avoided that. They are working, and working rather well, at doing roles different than what they had in Harry Potter. No one will ever forget, but as long as they perform well in their other projects, they will be recognized as actors, rather than "that guy/girl from Harry Potter". They are very young, they have plenty of chances to distinguish themselves. I always thought of Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber until I saw him in other works that he acted well in. I have not forgotten Hans, but I think of him as "actor" rather than one of his roles. Seeing as how he was in his late 40s when he was Hans, I think they will not have a problem, as long as they keep up their craft. That is, if they want to. Some people have made great careers, and not unhappily, playing to type. If they truly want to move on and challenge themselves, they do not need to rush. Miley Cyrus is what happens when you rush.

  • PowLo

    "They're a great threesome."

    Heh.

  • I think he might as well get used to being 'Harry Potter' to the end of his days. Because whatever else he does, that's going to be the first sentence anyone uses when they write or talk about him.

    Maybe he could call Leonard Nimoy for advice on the subject.

  • emmalita

    He actually seems pretty sanguine about it. He's got a pretty good sense of humor about himself.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I think you have to own it, the thing that made you famous. The thing that everyone knows you for. Why not?

  • Ben

    I'd say Radcliffe has been the best at establishing himself as an actor rather then "Harry Potter" but overall I think they've all done pretty well at it. I'm not even sure how much Emma and Rupert want to be actors.

  • PDamian

    Judging by past interviews and past projects, I get the impression that Emma Watson would have been just as happy, if not happier, to move out of acting and into something in fashion. She tried her hand at a line of clothing made of organic cotton and other materials for People Tree that failed, and her campaigns for Lancôme's Trésor Midnight Rose perfume and Burberry didn't exactly set the world on fire. Guess acting will have to do -- and while she's not exactly Meryl Streep, she's pretty good. Better than many of her contemporaries, anyways.

  • Having never seen the movies, nor read the books, this is surprisingly easy.

  • pomeroy

    You rebel!

  • I didn't do it to be contrarian, I just wasn't interested in them at the time the books were published. I think I was still in high school, and I thought they were children's books, that's all. My mom, however, read them and loved them!

  • Legally Insignificant

    Grint was good in Driving Lessons. It's not him as Weasley that I need to forget, it's him in Thunderpants.

  • Ben

    I'm excited for Horns. From what I have heard his effort as Ig Parrish will help put the Harry Potter comparisons on the back burner.

  • Thor

    Hopefully. The book is twisted, and if they show half of that, he'll be good.

  • Ben

    I am most excited for the first encounters he has after he discovers the horns. Glenda, the minister and the church lady, the cops and oh I so hope they show his encounter with his grandma.

  • They all are delightful and I'm amazed at how grounded they seem, even with the challenges they've faced - e.g., alcohol, fitting into college, avoiding being typecast. Their parents all ought to get together every year and high five themselves. Well done!

  • Bell Swerve

    David Heyman who produced the Potter films said that when hiring child actors producers are auditioning the parents just as much. If only Lindsay Lohan had brought her parents to every audition. She could have been having a nice, safe, healthy career in musical theatre or something.

  • Nathan Convey

    You see, this is why I actually feel sorry for Lindsay Lohan. With parents like that, what chance did she have?!

  • emmalita

    The thing that makes me think they can probably have the careers they want to have is that none of them are known for blow jobs, rape jokes, or drug addiction in the general public. Radcliffe has been pretty up-front with his drinking issues and he doesn't seem to have it in hand. Most people still don't think "drunk" when they hear his name.

  • I think the simple fact that they grew up is enough distance. They act like grownups and take grownup jobs and don't talk about Harry Potter unless someone else brings it up. They are each doing new and interesting things, and it doesn't much matter if those things are coarse or shocking. They were kids during Potter, now they are adults. This is how it's done, child stars, take note.

  • melissa

    I think Daniel Radcliffe has been - at least for me - very successful at establishing himself as "Daniel Radcliffe" in my mind, rather than "Daniel Radcliffe the kid who played Harry Potter." I'm hoping some of his recent work is going to hit the mainstream theaters (I am really looking forward to both Kill Your Darlings and Horns) so more people can have that experience. I think it's clear he's got a lot of talent and the ability to have an acting career outside of HP.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The little featurette on Daniel Radcliffe was delightful -

    http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes....

    as was his interview on The Daily Show. (or Colbert? the fact that I can't remember who interviewed him indicates that he was charming.)

    He's aging well, too - that jawline is magnificent. (I think it was Colbert; he had Radcliffe call Elijah Wood out.)

  • Guest

    I agree. I was really surprised at how well he came across on Colbert. He's adorable.

  • AudioSuede

    In non-Potter film roles, I've actually enjoyed Grint's bit part in Wild Target the best. Watson was decent in The Bling Ring, though her "Valley Girl" accent needs work, and she was funny in This is the End, but it was funnier because of the other actors riffing off of her (she does play the "straight man" fairly well). After seeing Radcliffe on SNL, I was actually quite taken aback by how multi-talented he is without the Potter affectations. He also has the best American accent of any of them, so I would say he has the greatest potential.

  • Ruby-Rose

    I agree about Wild Target. I think that Radcliffe is pretty great in Young Doctor's Notebook. He plays of John Hamm really well, and is both funny and poignant as need be. I was also quite surprised, because I didn't think he was that impressive in Harry Potter, but I feel like he could do really well in the future. He also seems to have a decent head on his shoulders, and seems like a nice person.

  • jc

    Radcliffe has said for years that he knows he'll always be associated with Potter, and I've always had the impression that he's embraced it. I read that NYT Magazine piece a few days ago and got the impression that the "separating himself from Potter" was more of the writer's schtick. That's not to say than Radcliffe isn't working hard to have new experiences and learn more as he goes along, but that's more about wanting to be taken seriously, not wanting to make people forget. I think both he and Watson have done a good job of jumping in and taking roles that challenge them or give them the opportunity to work with interesting or influential people. They're doing what they should be for their careers, and I think they'll be fine.

    Grint seems a little more lost. I don't know that he's as hungry it as his former co-stars. Or maybe he doesn't have the proper guidance.

  • SVR

    Am I the only one seeing a Robert Pattinson thing going on in that header picture? That is Radcliffe, right?

  • JoannaRobinson

    I had the same thought but, yeah, I double checked. http://freeyork.org/celebritie...

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I don't know about that, but I do know the cast of "Mojo" is a veritable well of pop culture icons, and that I'm very jealous of whoever gets to see that play.

  • Marc Greene

    Answer: all of them.

  • Fredo

    Answer: I don't know, but I'm willing to engage in all 3 to find out.

  • BWeaves

    I think Radcliffe has a long career in front of him. I'm not so sure about the other two. Must be nice to not have to work. I'm sure they could retire now and be rich for the rest of their lives.

  • John G.

    I think being rich gets old if you're not doing anything all day. After the hundredth private beach in a row, buying your third home, and sailing in all the fancy seas, you'll want to actually do something that isn't just about spending money in new places.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I would be the most insufferable shit if I had FU money. I mean I would still be nice and give money to all the proper places and help people out when I could. But I'd also be posting on here and FB all the livelong day.

    "But lcr, you do that now..." True, I do. But whereas my current internet activity is a testament to the corrosive power of a cubicle, my rich posts would serve as a constant reminder that while money may not be able to buy you happiness, it can sure as shit buy you fun. And that ain't a bad thing.

  • Andrew

    I think I could handle it. I'd just need one house, a ton of books to read and a stack of decent full series tv shows on dvd and I'd be set. And a computer to do some gaming on.

    Just have my supplies delivered by air-drop and I'd never need to see another human again.

  • idiosynchronic

    I could handle it for a few months, but then I'd HAVE to do something, even if it was 6 credits/semester in Architectural History, Political Science, or even comparative biology. I don't know how my retired mother doesn't do anything eventually constructive.

  • Fredo

    Best way to escape? Pull a Harrison Ford and attach yourself to another major franchise character. The more you try and distance yourself from major, genre franchise, the more it's the only thing people remember of you. Better to put another major thing up there and, therefore, have competing images.

    Of course, that could result in you doing a Johnny Depp and ending up a Tonto.

  • Andrew

    Oh, god, I could just see it now...

    Rupert Grint in: Thunderpants 2.

  • Carey Adams

    I think Emma will be fine. She was wonderful in Perks of Being a Wallflower and I didn't really think of her as H once when I watched it. Rupert seems a little less skilled than the other two, and with the red hair.... I just don't know. I think it will be harder for him to escape.

  • Tammy

    I think she was awkward in Perks of Being a Wallflower. Her accent was not consistent and she was outshone by Miller and Logan. Similarly in the Bling Ring. I don't know. To me, she acted like herself every time. I couldn't see Sam or Nikki, I saw Emma Watson.

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