Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe revealed the impact Harrison Ford had on his acting career.
In an interview with GQ, Radcliffe named Ford as his career influence following the child actor’s fame from the Harry Potter franchise. Ford has starred as the titular archaeologist in the Indiana Jones franchise and as Han Solo in the Star Wars films. At the time, Radcliffe was only 12 years old when he first appeared in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a role he would go on to play until Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011. After playing such an iconic character for nearly a decade, many fans wondered if Radcliffe would take an acting hiatus once the films ended. “I had this awareness that people expected we would do nothing after Potter — that we would fade away,” Radcliffe said.
Despite his longtime stint in the Wizarding World, Radcliffe showed determination to continue his acting career. “I really wanted that not to be the case, because I knew that I loved it, and I wanted to do whatever I have to do to have a career with longevity,” he said. Following his time at Hogwarts, Radcliffe’s first non-Harry Potter on-screen film appearance was his lead role in the 2012 horror, The Woman in Black.
From Harry Potter to Weird Al
Evan Rachel Wood, Radcliffe’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story co-star, discussed their mutual understanding about what being in the spotlight at a young age can do to people. “There’s always a strange understanding between adults who were child stars — when we met, I looked at him and said, ‘Oh yeah, somebody else who grew up with the circus,” Wood said. “But because he’s a real actor, he’s been able to make that transition because he’s not just going after more fame or more status; he can go off the beaten path.”
The two co-stars have also discussed how the upcoming Al Yankovic biopic was the musician’s take on a Harry Potter parody. “My favorite all-time Harry Potter movie is Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” Yankovic joked. “We like to think that that’s the last movie in the Harry Potter franchise.” Radcliffe added he had no interest in reprising his role in any future Harry Potter installments.
Unlike Radcliffe, Ford is still reprising his role as Indiana Jones in the franchise’s upcoming fifth installment. However, Star Wars composer John Williams claimed Ford is likely hanging up Indy’s hat after Indiana Jones 5. In addition to another Indiana Jones, Marvel Studios recently cast Ford as Thaddeus Ross in the 2024 film Thunderbolts.
All eight Harry Potter films are available to stream on HBO Max. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story premieres on The Roku Channel on Nov. 4.