TRUST Trivia: Daniel Radcliffe

It’s Halloween on TRUST Trivia and we’re heading to Hogwarts with Daniel Radcliffe. This Fulham, UK native is back on the scene with plans to star in “Gold,” the story of athlete Sebastian Coe and his rivalry with Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Radcliffe has cast a powerful spell on fans, and his trivia will surely be a (trick or) treat:

Radcliffe wasn’t always a Harry Potter fan.

Daniel attempted reading the first Harry Potter book when he was eight years old, but was unable to finish it. He finally read the entire book when he was cast as Harry in the film, and ironically, he disliked it.

In production terms, he wasn’t quite right to play Harry.

When Radcliffe was first cast as Harry Potter, the filmmakers tried using contact lenses to make his blue eyes appear green as they are described in the book series. The production team tried applying color contact lenses, to which he was allergic, and then considered very tediously altering his eye color in post, but neither idea seemed workable. Thankfully, when the filmmakers approached J.K. Rowling about the issue, she gave Daniel’s blue eyes the OK, as long as he had the same eyes as the woman cast as his mother.

We’ll never be royals?  Think again.

At 14, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal to have an individual portrait displayed in London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was created by artist Stuart Pearson Wright during a break from filming Harry Potter.

Radcliffe is worth over $80 million.  No wonder his favorite color is green.

By February 2004, when Radcliffe was only 14 years old, an article in British newspaper ‘The Sun‘ listed him as Britain’s third richest teenager behind only Prince Harry Windsor and Charlotte Church.

 

He’s transitioned well out of child-stardom.

This year, he’s number 45 on Empire Magazine‘s list, “The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars.”

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His on-screen debut was a role as young David Copperfield.

In December 1999, Radcliffe played the young David Copperfield in “David Copperfield,” the eponymous televised version of Charles Dickens’ 8th novel, broadcast on the BBC.