The membership criteria of the club are extremely strict, and candidates are heavily vetted. It was his first post-Potter — and his debut theatre — role after making five of the eight Potter movies.
It was a decision that sent shockwaves through the film-watching world on a level akin to the once squeaky clean Miley Cyrus twerking in a nude bikini at the Grammy Awards. Never have so many cameras been raised in a London theatre. Never before has one naked scene caused so many headlines around the world. Ten minutes is a hell of a long time — and I was out there at the centre of the stage. They are all looking at my bits. Look at his bits. It becomes this bond. He admits that stripping off made people look at him in a completely different way: But I wanted to make choices that would surprise people and I wanted to be good.
And being an actor was the only thing Radcliffe wanted to be. To become a real actor, Radcliffe had to lose Potter. There were two ways he could go. And then there was the alternative route: To be fair, between the ages of 18 and 20 Radcliffe did almost go off the rails, drinking himself into blackouts, having casual sex and — on occasions — turning up for work on the set of his latest Potter movie while still under the influence.
And the reason I spoke out about it was because I felt someone else would and I should take control Although he acknowledges that winning the role of the boy wizard was the movie equivalent of winning a Willy Wonka golden ticket to fame and fortune, there were many times Radcliffe could barely watch himself on screen.
There are mobile phones up in the air but you are trying not to notice,' said Daniel of his stage performance in Equus in He pauses again. I always went along and sat with everyone else watching the movie. The middle-class son of a literary agent Alan and casting agent Marcia cares too much about being liked, being good at his job and being a nice guy.
Radcliffe has somehow managed, amid the maelstrom of Potter, to live a relatively normal life. He went to Reading music festival three times with his mates as a teenager and still eats in burger chains because, he says: But then the moments I'm not as proud of From Equus he went on to another critically acclaimed stage performance in the black comedy, The Cripple Of Inishmaan, in which he plays a lonely Irish outcast.
In the thriller Horns he plays a man accused of rape and murder who wakes to find a pair of horns growing from his head. And it was a big thing for me to do a modern-day romance. There was no point in this film where I had to get covered in blood, or cry over the body of someone, or pull someone out of a muddy bog.
He divides his time between there and London. And then I saw him a few months back on the train, having a cup of tea. Why would he want to hear anything from me? He is wearing black jeans and a T-shirt — there is no sign of an expensive watch or even a single piece of jewellery. When I ask him about his money he shrugs: It was pretty amazing. I did lots of random things I never do, like go to Tesco and sit in a park.