Daniel Radcliffe On ‘What If,’ Comedy & Why He’s Like His Character [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE]
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Wallace in Michael Dowse’s new film, What If. Working in comedy is uncharted territory for the young actor. "I think coming on stage but never on film, on stage there’s a precision you can have about timing because it’s all in your hands,” Radcliffe exclusively told uInterview, “and on film that’s all taken away — that’s in the hands of an editor and director.”
What If follows Wallace, a medical school dropout, who takes a break from his unsuccessful search for love until he meets Chantry, who he instantly builds a close friendship with. Radcliffe revealed that Wallace is very similar to himself, “The character was very funny, it was the first time I ever played a contemporary character," he told uInterview. "He’s the most like myself.”
What If will premiere in theaters on August 8.
I think there’s an image people have of actors turning down loads of amazing scripts thinking “which of these amazing scripts is the most amazing?” But actually we don’t. When you get a script that’s good it stands out a mile. The character was very funny, it was the first time I ever played a contemporary character. He’s the most like myself. I think I’ve always been nervous about played a character that was similar to me, because I thought, 'well, that’s not really acting.' But being yourself on camera is actually, well, there’s an act to that I guess. But also I wanted to do comedy for some time, and it was the funniest thing I’ve ever read.
I think coming on stage but never on film, on stage there’s a precision you can have about timing because it’s all in your hands. And on film that’s all taken away that’s in the hands of an editor and director. So part of doing comedy for me was learning to just trust the director and not second guess myself and say whatever was coming into my head, and putting faith into the director that he would cut out all the unfunny bits and just leave me looking great.