Jamie Neish: Dan’s done all right

Daniel Radcliffe Pic: Comp
Daniel Radcliffe Pic: Comp
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TYPECASTING is a worry that almost all actors experience at some point in their career.

It’s particularly a problem for those actors who enjoy tremendous success when they’re very young, a prime example being Jennifer Aniston who, as good as she is, has more or less been limited to playing the same character, only in different films.

Daniel Radcliffe, who was cast as Harry Potter in the hugely popular film series of JK Rowling’s fantasy novels at the age of 11, is one actor who has done a remarkably good job of sidestepping that particular issue.

Since Harry Potter came to an end in 2011 with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Radcliffe has conquered the stage, the screen and even hosted Have I Got News for You, making sure that each and every role was widely different to the last.

His latest role, in the contemporary rom-com What If, sees him as a down-on-his-luck romantic who sparks up and immediate connection to Chantry, a flirty animator who is in a long-term relationship.

Reluctant to let their connection slip away, Wallace and Chantry agree to be platonic friends - something that brings with it a myriad of problems.

A role in a rom-com may not seem a fit for Radcliffe, but he more than proves his worth. Not only does he infuse warmth into Wallace, he also shares an intense chemistry with co-star Zoe Kazan, who plays Chantry.

Indeed, the film works on many other levels, but it’s without doubt the involvement of Radcliffe - an actor who is charming,but can also pull off the dramatic chops when needed - that makes it work as well as it does.

His various post-Potter triumphs are proof, if any were needed that not all actors who experience success early in their career need be typecast, so long as they maintain belief in themselves and are picky in the roles they choose.