Daniel Radcliffe - Going Undercover as a White Supremacist in "Imperium"

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Daniel Radcliffe talks about getting into character as an FBI agent investigating white supremacists in the movie "Imperium." (5:41)

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Please welcome Daniel Radcliffe.

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

-Hi.-Clearly, they've heard of you.

I was gonna say, lot of...lot of Imperium fans in tonight.

-Fantastic. -Yeah,big Imperi fans in the house.

I... Okay, I'm gonna ask this.

This is genuinelya selfish question.

How... how do...

Like, as a Potter fan,how is the best way

for me to talk to youwithout freaking you out?

-Like, how do I...-Um...

No, I think everyonealways expects me

to be like... to not wantto talk about it or anything,

but, like, I... you know,I really don't mind.

I-I, like, I loved it.I had a great time doing them.

Do you... do you ever...This is something, you know,

sort of like, um... I wouldn'tcall it a curse, but it's...

You know, people often saythat child stars--

they go through their lives,

to a certain extent resentingthe thing that made them.

You don't feel...It doesn't feel like

-you suffer from that at all.-I don't at all, because, like,

let's face it. I wouldn't besitting here talking to you

if it wasn't for Potter.Like, I wouldn't have

done the playI just did over here.

Like, there's nothing.I remember, I met, um...

When I was really young,I met an actor

who used to have beenin a punk band in the '70s,

and I was reallyinto punk at the time

and all I wanted to dowas ask him about it.

And he wouldn't talk about it.Like, he wouldn't discuss it.

He was, like,"No, no, no, that's in my past."

And I was really,like, disappointed.

So I imagine that peoplewould feel the same way

if they were talking to meabout Potter,

and I was like, "Oh, I don'ttalk about that anymore."

It was, like, yeah, that wouldbe like, even saying that now

in joke, I feel terrible,like, it's... yeah.

-I can... that would breakmy heart. -Yeah.

I'd walk away... I'd walk awayand then look at the wand

in my pocket and be like...

-Expecto disappointment.-Oh, God.

-That's what I would be saying.-This isn't even something

-I've done, and I feel terrible.-That's what I'd be saying.

All right, um... now, I...you know what,

I had a tonof Harry Potter jokes planned

for the show, for the interview,and then I watched the movie,

and I was like, like...you are an amazing actor.

I mean, I knew you were goodin Harry Potter,

but you are an amazing actor,

-Thank you, mate.-and this film Imperium

is-is somethingI-I never expected you to do.

Uh, here's a... here's a clipfrom the movie.

Well, always room to improve,though, right?

Oh, yeah?

Like what?

Well, like look at the positionof this booth, and then tell me

without lookingwhere the nearest exits are.

-What's your point?-The point is,

of all the large boothsin this restaurant,

you picked the onefarthest from the exits.

If something goes down,we're ...

No, we're readyfor whatever goes down.

Yeah, with only you and him--I don't know your name yet,

I'm sorry-- carrying?

Oh, and how the ...you think you know that?

When-when you pat someone down

so they're facingeverybody's lap,

it's pretty easy to tell.

You spend three years in Iraq,you learn how to scan a room

and see threats.


-(cheering and applause)-Wow.

Two things. Two things.

I am doubly impressed,number one,

because you are so British,

-Yes. -and yet you havean amazing American accent.

-Oh, cool. Thank you.-Like, if someone came

from under a rockand didn't know Harry Potter,

they'd be like, "Oh, thisAmerican guy is impressive."

-Oh, awesome.Thank you very much. -Really is.

And also, the hair.What was up with the hair?

Tell usabout this-this character.

'Cause the-the story'sreally amazing.

Yeah, so basically,it's-it's based on--

while it's not the story...it's not a true story,

it's all basedon the real-life experiences

of an FBI agentwho was undercover

with white supremacistsfor a long time.

And, um... and, so, yeah,I obviously had to-to shave

my head, which was,um, I did that on camera

and I was happy to find outI don't have

a strangely shapedor marked head in any way.

-You would have to actthrough that though. -I would.

Like, you couldn't havethe shock, 'cause you...

the whole scene-- I watched it--is you just, like,

shaving the headand looking in the mirror.

-But you can't be like, "Whoa!"-Yeah. "Oh."

-You can't do that.-(laughs) No.

-You just have to carry on,acting... -Yeah. No, exactly.

That's...I-I find that often

I want to make that noiseand I can't. Um...

No, um... But... Um, um...

But, no, uh, yeah, soI-I shaved my head and I got...

Yeah, it was a... it wasa very weird film to make,

in-in the one way, becauseit was a fantastic experience

-and it was a great crew andit was fantastic, -Yes. Yeah.

but, on the other hand,we are dealing with

this very heavy stuffand, like, you know,

filming-filming, like,

right-wing,white supremacist rally scenes

when we're all wearing, like,you know... you know,

T-shirts that say "White Power"on them and stuff like that

is-is weird and horrible,despite-despite how much

you know about... Like,it's acting-- everyone knows

it's acting and we don't meanit. But it's still, like...

There were... there were...Yeah. It was... it was weird.

There-there are... For thoseof you... I don't want to spoil

the film in any way,but the one thing I can tell you

is it-it's a story,uh, of this FBI agent

who goes undercover withwhite supremacists, and, really,

-it's the story arounddomestic terrorism, -Yeah.

which a lot of peoplehave stopped talking about

in America. You know, like,Oklahoma City bombing.

-And it talks about whatinspires these people. -Yeah.

Uh, when you are playing in arole like this, are you ever...

are you ever afraidof being sucked into it?

'Cause, as you say, everyoneknows you're joking, everyone...

But you still haveto be a racist person

-in those moments though.-Yeah, I mean, it's-it's not...

there's never a moment whereI'm, like, worried about my own,

like... am I gonna,you know, uh...

-I'm-I'm secure enoughin my own beliefs -Yeah.

that I don't thinkthere's a danger of that.

But I... but I also, you know...you... I did find myself

going up to, whenever I wasusing, like, racial slurs

and stuff in the film, I wouldhave to go up to the actors

afterwards and be like,"I'm so sorry.

"I just, like, have to say it.Like, I know you know that

I don't mean this, but I stillfeel like I have to say it."

Um, and-and, you know, we...Yeah. So, we were... we were

the most apologetic bunchof skinheads in the, like...

-that-that has yet been seen.-It's like a new type

-of skinhead. You can starta new thing. -Yeah.

Yeah, apology skinheads.

It's-it's a powerful story,and, I-I got to say again,

I'm a huge fanof all of your work.

I think most of us here are.But, uh,

I guess, uh, you know,uh, Harry Potter is dead

and long live Harry Potter.Well done, Daniel Radcliffe.

-Thank you very much.-It was really amazing.

Imperium is in theatersFriday, August 19.

Daniel Radcliffe, everybody.