Daniel Radcliffe is in the midst of his Horns press junket, and while that may not entail a lot of lip sync battles or dance-offs as we’ve come to expect from these interviews, he never fails to surprise with his ability to be an exceptional young human being. Today he did a Reddit AMA, where we learned a number of useful (or at least squee-ish) facts, such as his favortie Harry Potter character (Sirius), what his horcrux would be (the Ziggy Stardust album on his iPod), his planned Halloween costume (Boba Fett… maybe) and his favorite food (cheeseburgers and pizza and he doesn’t believe you when you say anything different). We were also treated to this story about set pranks during Harry Potter, which is the best story ever told in the history of the world. Why? Because it involves both Alan Rickman and farts.
God… I should probably about the one that was pulled on ME, rather than any I pulled. Because it came from a very unexpected place. There’s - in the 3rd film - there’s a shot in the great hall of all the kids sleeping in the great hall, and the camera starts very very wide, and comes in so that it’s an inch from my face, a very long developing set, yeah, and Alan Rickman decided he would plant one of those fart machines in my, uh, sleeping bag, and they waited until like -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.
But he really takes the cake with this recent Associated Press interview. He’s talked before about his unwavering ingrained feminist beliefs, but here he discusses the issue so matter-of-factly, it’s hard not to want to give my laptop a standing ovation. His talk of sexual double standards in casting (no one seemed to have an issue seeing Emma Watson as a sex symbol) as well as his perceived persona vs. actual choices (not everything has to be a comment on his Harry days), strike no chords but the truest. As someone who has (albeit in jest) publicly commented on his constant pants dropping being a ham-handed move away from his wizard reputation, let me say: I cannot wait for his directorial debut. I’m sure it will be… magical. (Not sorry.)