Remember when Daniel Radcliffe showed up on an episode of Ricky Gervais’ Extras, smoking and cursing and carrying around extra-large condom while he tried to sleep with a woman twice his age? It was exhilarating to see this kid we knew only as a boy wizard playing a completely different role.
Suddenly, Daniel Radcliffe was a person, and a cool one, at that.
Then he appeared on stage naked with a horse in Equus and he was even cooler! After Harry Potter ended, he started to run as fast as he could in the opposite direction: Horror movies (The Woman in Black, Horns), as Allen Ginsberg in the beat movie Howl, playing Frankenstein’s monster in Victor Frankenstein or the douchebag villain in Now You See Me 2 or a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man.
They were all smart choices, even if they sometimes couldn’t quite make us see Daniel Radcliffe for something other than the actor who plays Harry Potter having anal sex with Lucien Carr. But this? Imperium, where Radcliffe plays an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a white supremacy organization? Now he’s gone too far!
No one wants to see Nazi Harry Potter, even if he is playing an undercover agent.
Imperium is based on the real-life experiences of FBI agent Michael German, but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow a Gryffindor giving a Nazi salute.