Daniel Radcliffe has revealed the worst and most bizarre film idea that has ever been pitched to him, and it involves his former Harry Potter cast playing the characters of The Wizard of Oz.
The terrible remake idea was pitched to Radcliffe while he was still ensconced in the Potter films, and it clearly didn’t tickle his fancy.
“The worst idea that ever came across to us - it was way before Potter had finished - was somebody suggesting that they remake the The Wizard of Oz movie with Emma [Watson] as Dorothy, and me and Rupert [Grint] cast as the Lion and Tin Man or Scarecrow,” he said at a press junket for his new romcom, What If.
“I remember thinking, ‘That person is the laziest, craziest person in the world’,” he said, adding that it was “quite funny” on the whole.
Harry Potter stars then and now
Harry Potter stars then and now
1/8 Daniel Radcliffe
The transformation of Daniel Radcliffe from the small boy pictured (right) at the first Harry Potter premiere has grown up into a critically acclaimed actor, seen earlier this year walking the red carpet.
2/8 Emma Watson
Emma Watson, seen (right) at the very first Harry Potter premiere, has gone from acting strength to strength, despite declaring at one point she would be quitting acting to pursue other projects.
3/8 Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the films, pictured at the very first premiere (aged 13) and earlier this year.
4/8 Matthew Lewis
Possibly the biggest transformation is Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the films. Pictured (right) at the premiere of the Goblet of Fire and (left) earlier this year.
5/8 Tom Felton
Harry's on-screen tormentor Draco Malfoy, played by Tom Felton, who commented that after finishing Harry Potter he was looking forward to playing a less spiteful character.
6/8 Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson only appeared in one of the Harry Potter films, despite this it helped to launch him as a globally recognised actor today. Pictured (left) at the premiere of Goblet of Fire and (right) earlier this year at an Australian ceremony
7/8 Bonnie Wright
Harry's on-screen long-term love interest Ginny Weasley was played by Bonnie Wright, pictured (right) at the Prisoners of Azkaban premiere and earlier this year.
8/8 James and Oliver Phelps
James and Oliver Phelps played the wise-cracking Weasley twins and the two were picture together again earlier this year.
But this isn’t the most surprising statement to have come from Radcliffe of late. In a series of recent revelations the actor has said he thinks he’s a feminist, “just by the virtue of the fact that I believe in equal rights for everyone,” while also admitting that he’d love to play a superhero in a film.
“Who wouldn’t want to do a superhero film?” he told London Live on the red carpet for the premiere of What If. “I went to Comic Con the other day dressed as Spider-Man purely out of childish wish fulfilment as wanting to be Spider-Man my entire life.
“Absolutely I’d do a superhero film, it’d be great fun.”
But the toughest admission to have come from the 25-year-old star is that he thinks he was “just not very good” in the Potter films, despite the critical acclaim he has received for his roles since the franchise ended, in Horns, Kill Your Darlings and Equus.