Daniel Radcliffe in Dublin for ‘What if’ premiere

Radcliffe reluctant to play adult version of Harry Potter in the future

Daniel Radcliffe pictured with fans at the premier of ‘What If’ in Dublin’s Cineworld this evening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Daniel Radcliffe pictured with fans at the premier of ‘What If’ in Dublin’s Cineworld this evening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 20:04

Daniel Radcliffe took to the red carpet in Dublin this evening for the Irish premiere of romantic comedy ’What If’ which was partly filmed in Dublin.

A relaxed and chatty Radcliffe happily signed autographs and posed for numerous selfies for the largely female crowd that turned up to see him.

‘What If ’ sees Daniel Radcliffe tackle his first adult romantic lead opposite Zoe Kazan.

The film has already been compared to quirky romcom 500 Days of Summer and Radcliffe said he was glad the genre is being seen as cool again.

“If that turns out to be true, that’s awesome. You can never predict these things at all but all you can do is make good films that you can be proud of that are fresh and original,” he said.

He added that it’s a “feel good film without being cheesy”, and will leave audiences smiling.

“It’s quite a traditional rom com in some ways so we’re not revolutionising the genre or anything. It’s just a traditional story told in a fresh authentic way. Hopefully people will go to see it and enjoy hearing people speak to each other in like they do in real life.”

He said that while he never gets to spend much time in Ireland, his favourite place to visit is the west of Ireland and Clare and had an eventful visit the last time he was there.

“There was a guy dangling his toddler over the Cliffs of Moher, that kid isn’t even making memories yet! He’s going to grow up with a crippling fear of heights,” he joked.

Radcliffe said that having worked with Irish actor Pat Shortt on the play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, he would like to direct or be directed by him in the future.

“I was texting him earlier, trying to get him to come out tonight but he’s busy so it will have to be another time,” he said.

Radcliffe said that he was relishing playing new, meatier roles and said he would be reluctant to play an adult version of Harry Potter in the future.

“I’ve worked hard to make sure that people see me as an actor and not a character. To go back to it might seem a backward step but I’d never say never.”