Sunday, February 26, 2012

Disney and Miyazaki DVDs I'd like to own:

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
The Princess And The Frog
Toy Story and Toy Story 2
Oliver And Company
The Incredibles
The Sword In The Stone
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
A Goofy Movie
The Great Mouse Detective
The Emperor's New Groove
Miyazaki's Spirited Away

Friday, February 24, 2012

Food I want to Make

Walt Disney World recipes

Coffee Cookie Dough Fudge Cheesecake
Caramel Fudge Brownie Cheesecake
Birthday Cake Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Chocolate Trifle
Honeybun Cake with Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Streusel Swirled Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Lemon Blueberry Cake
G√Ęteau aux Noix
Toasted Almond Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Amarena Cherries

Pastries & Breads
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding
Buttermilk Cranberry Scones
Quick Rosemary, Fig, and Goat Cheese Tart
Quick and Easy Beer Bread

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes
Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Reese’s Cup Cupcakes
Lemon Burst Fairycakes

Easy Sopapilla Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pies and Tarts
Red Berry Pie — Version 2.0
Mini-Pies: Pumpkin, Peach Crisp, and Sour Cream Apple
Mini Apple Pies with Cheddar Crusts
Almost No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Summer Bean Salad
Apple, Brie, and Toasted Pecan Panini
World’s Best Grilled Cheese (Sharp Cheddar & Caramelized Onions on Beer Bread)
Naked Vegan Tacos with Corn Relish & Cilantro-Lime Slaw
Garlicky Peanut Noodles with Crunchy Vegetables
Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Billion Cheese Ravioli with Red Pepper Pancetta Sauce

Carrot Cake Waffles
Banana Nut Bread Waffles
Raspberry Almond Braid
Strawberry Walnut Ricotta Muffins
48 Homemade Breakfast Cereals

Articles/Baking Topics:
Baking to Freeze
Journey Towards the Perfect Crust (offsite)

Nutella Puppy Chow
Flaky Blood Orange Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce 
Baked Raspberry Pancake
Chai Cream from Sanaa
Panang Vegetable Curry
Vegetarian Pot Pie
Irish Cheddar Soup
Whiskey 'Souffle' Pie
Red Wine Lentils with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese
Cheddar and Chive Guinness Bread

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another Disney survey

Favorite Disney memory?
Meeting Belle for the first time in her ballgown at 21 and bursting into tears.

What ride or attraction would you have installed in your backyard?
Expedition Everest, the rollercoaster from Animal Kingdom

Next time you're at Disney World, you'll go straight to what attraction or area?
Magic Kingdom. To get a Dole Whip in Adventureland, then to Fantasyland to wander around, then to Main Street to meet the princesses.

What princess would you want to meet first?
Belle, my favorite!

If you could have any job with Disney, what would you want to do?
Right now? Social Media for Disney Fairytale Weddings, International College Program Recruiter, Radio Disney DJ, host of Disney 365 on Disney Channel, or Guest Relations at the parks.

What is your most treasured Disney item?
My autograph books. And my giant Pooh bear from my first program.

If you could be any Disney character for a day, who would you be and why?
Peter Pan, so I could fly to Neverland.

Favorite dining area in the parks?
Akershus in fake Norway. Or 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.

Favorite Disney food?
Dole Whips. Pineapple and vanilla swirl, please.

What would you base the next Disney movie off of?
Hmmm. The last Princess Diaries book, Forever Princess. I liked the second Princess Diaries movie, but it made no sense in relation to the books. Mia is getting ready to graduate high school, and finds love with her first boyfriend, Michael.

Would you rather act on Disney Channel -or- be best friends with a character at the parks?
I would love to be friends with any princess. 

Your opinion on Disney Channel?
I watched it when I was growing up, but now it's disappointing.I loved Doug, Recess, Kim Possible, Pepper Ann, and Lizzie McGuire.

All-time favorite Disney Channel show/DCOM?
Lizzie McGuire

Favorite piece of Disney magic?
Meeting your favorite character. Making magical moments for guests. Just wandering through the parks. It's all good!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Children's Books I Love

In no particular order:

Any of the American Girl series, but especially Samantha, Josefina, Addy, and Molly's books
Any of the Royal Diaries series, but especially Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Anything by Beverly Cleary, but especially the Ramona series
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald
Ella Enchanted and Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Babysitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin (and various ghostwriters)
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series (my favorite was Farmer Boy)
The Lorax and Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (and the rest of the series) by J.K. Rowling
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Matilda (and The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG) by Roald Dahl
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (and the rest of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' series) by C.S. Lewis
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
The Bad Beginning (and the rest of 'Series of Unfortunate Events') by Lemony Snicket
The Magic School Bus series
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Allie Finkle series by Meg Cabot


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Top 10 Places to meet Characters at Disney World

1. Town Square – In Magic Kingdom, at the Town Square Theater you can meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Mickey's backstage dressing room. In a separate room of the theatre you can also meet the Disney Princesses. There are usually three, and are usually from the main 5 (Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel or Snow White), although Tiana and Rapunzel are there from time to time also. Outside in the street, by the flagpole you can normally meet Daisy Duck or Pluto. Sometimes Pinocchio makes appearances too.

2. Adventureland – The fairies are here! Adventureland is also the home to Pirate Goofy, Aladdin and Jasmine. Captain Jack Sparrow also has a pirate recruiting show here.

3. Halloween or Christmas Parties - These are EXCELLENT opportunities for meeting some neat characters, and meeting characters in special outfits. They can vary from year to year, but most recently the two different seasonal events have seen the likes of the Seven Dwarfs, Gaston and the Princes, to name but a few. Mickey and Minnie are on hand to meet fans at the Town Square Theater, and will be in special themed costumes, and look out for other favourite characters around the park wearing seasonal attire appropriate for that party.

4. Future World - Future World is home to the EPCOT Character Spot (opposite Innoventions West), where you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto all at once. Opposite the Character Spot, Chip and Dale usually meet their fans.

At the main entrance in Future World you will often find Stitch or Daisy Duck meeting near Spaceship Earth.

Sometimes, if you're lucky you can find random/rare characters inside the hallway behind the Character Spot.

5. World Showcase -
Mexican Donald at Mexico
Mary Poppins, Alice and 2 random Pooh friends at the United Kingdom
Marie, Aurora, Belle and Beast at France
Snow White in Germany
Mulan in China
Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco

On occasion you may also find random characters appearing at International Gateway, World Showplace (near Canada and UK pavilions) or to the side of the American Adventure.You can also eat at my favorite Princess restaurant, Akershus in fake Norway.

We exit through the International Gateway and make our way down the river to Hollywood Studios now...

6. Animation Building - The Animation Building is home to Sorcerer Mickey, the Incredibles (any combination of Mr, Mrs or Frozone), plus lots of random ones down on the floor later the day, when Fantasmic isn’t playing that night.

I’ve met Snow White, Belle, Mary Poppins and her penguins, Pocahontas and Meeko, Captain Hook, Smee, Jafar, Aladdin, Jasmie, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Rafiki, the Genie, Mulan, the Queen from Snow White, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Gepetto and Pinocchio, Chip and Dale, and the Queen of Hearts. It’s a magical hour, usually from 5-6. Again, make sure Fantasmic isn’t playing that night.

7. Star Wars Weekends - During the early summer (May/June), Hollywood Studios hosts the ridiculously popular Star Wars Weekends. A fantastic experience, but immensely busy, you can meet Stormtroopers, Anakin, Darth Vader, Ewoks, Leia, Luke and many, many more (there are far too many to list). On top of that, the Fab 5 friends get in on the act too, and you can find Jedi Mickey, Vader Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald and Leia Minnie!

Let us cool off now under the shade and trees of Animal Kingdom...

8. Discovery Island - At Discovery Island you can find Flik and any given three Pooh friends (nearly always Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore - but Piglet has been known to appear also).

9. Camp Minnie-Mickey - probably the best place in the park for characters, here you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto or Daisy all dressed in their Camp Counselor outfits at the Greetings Trails. They also dress up for Halloween and Christmas!

You can also find Thumper, Miss Bunny and Chip 'n' Dale nearby. We have also seen Meeko, Pocahontas, and Br’er Bear there recently. In the past Koda and Kenai would meet fairly often too, but not so much any more.

Finally for our top 10 WDW character hot spots is something special at the Grand Floridian...

10. 1900 Park Fare - Although 1900 Park Fare is a character meal which you have to pay extra for, there variety of characters is good, and can vary depending on the time of day/type of meal. You can meet the Tremaines, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Mary Poppins, Alice, Pooh, the Mad Hatter or others depending on the time of your visit, making it probably the most varied character meal on property (the others are very specific such as Princesses, Playhouse Disney or Fab 5, where as this one can vary).


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm going back to Disney World!!

I’m going back to Disney World!! I just got accepted 2 hours ago, for the Fall Advantage 2012 program. I’m going to be a Character Attendant!! Words can’t express how excited I am, how I skipped around campus with a giant smile on my face, and how I can’t wait to graduate from college in May!

Things I'm excited for:

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival (also to be presented by HGTV):
March 7 - May 20, 2012

2012 Star Wars Weekend Dates:
May 18-20
May 25-27
June 1-3
June 8-10
Star Wars Weekends is an annual event that celebrates the Star Wars film saga and the hit animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During the celebration, we host special shows, presentations and offer some pretty cool memorabilia.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series:
June 10, 2012–July 28, 2012
Sounds Like Summer is an annual live concert series at Epcot theme park that brings together a talented collection of tribute bands to authentically recreate the classic hits of legendary musical icons.

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival:
September 28, 2012–November 11, 2012
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an autumn special event that transforms Epcot theme park into a food and wine lover's paradise with specialty food items, culinary events, wine seminars and live musical entertainment.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional:
November 23, 2012–December 30, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stephen Colbert answering thoughtful questions

Note from the reddit admins: back in October, when reddit was helping raise money for DonorsChoose, Stephen Colbert (major reddit fan, BTW) provided us with an extra incentive: if we raised $500,000 before the rally, he would let reddit ask him anything. Well, you guys held up your end of the deal ($575,000 and counting, with the vast majority of donations coming from redditors). You asked some great questions. And now, we have answers to the top 11, as voted by you.

Stephen's original response was in all-caps, due to being composed on a special iPad app while he was presumably curled up on the couch in a post-turkey coma. If you want to see that rough cut, it's available here. Otherwise, what follows is a slight reformatting.

Hi there,
Right off the bean, let me apologize for the all caps. It's the default style for our script writing program, and I'm just comfortable with it.

Secondly, I'm sorry this response is so long in coming, but until Thanksgiving week, the show didn't have any break after the rally. We were all shambling to the finish line, and my addled brain was in no shape to answer your questions. I'd like to think you couldn't tell how tired I was on air, though you probably could.
So without further ado, here we go...

#1 by Killfile
To this day I'm convinced that your appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner was because the Bush Administration didn't understand your show.
Did they? What happened behind the scenes there? Was it more "non-alcoholic beer in the Roosevelt Room" or "Dick Cheney peppering your limo with bird-shot as you beat a hasty retreat?"
I was as surprised as the next guy that I was invited to roast the President and the press corps that spring.
Here's how it works. The White House Press Association (or some name close to that) actually does the inviting, not the President or White House. The president of the press association that year was a man named, I believe, Mark Smith, I think from the AP. He invited me. When all was said and done, I wrote to thank him and said I hoped I hadn't made trouble for him. He said there was zero fallout.

As for the backstage aspects of the night, the President has a nice, small gathering in a room near the banquet hall. The presidential seal is etched into the granite on the floor. A few news anchors, football greats, cabinet members and advisors (I remember Rove and Chertoff, there were others I think), Rich Dahm, Allison Silverman, my brothers and sisters and mom, my wife Evie, and the President and Mrs. Bush.

Let me say that the President could not have been nicer, especially to my mother. I have some lovely pictures of her with him. The President and I had a brief conversation before we went on stage. There were in total maybe 60 people at the party, many of whom I should remember more about, but I was pretty focused on my job that night. There was no backstage event after the dinner, but several parties around town.

I had my family up to our room for a drink then hit a party, don't remember which one. We all had a great time. but I had no sense of public reaction until Monday at work.

#2 by linsage
You gained your fame and fortune slightly later in life, was there ever a point in your career where you thought about plan B? What kept you going as an actor, why did you keep trying?
At what point did you realize that everything was probably going to be okay, was it a specific gig you landed? What did you do to excel your career when you weren't booking gigs? Lastly, do you have any advice for 20 somethings pursuing a tough career during this economic downfall where it isn't just actors who aren't getting jobs?
When you are young and single, there really isn't anything to worry about.

Will you starve? Not likely. I worried that I didn't have enough gumption to get work. That I wouldn't know how to network or something. But at a young age several people, some professors and directors, told me I had talent, and that it was mine to husband if I was willing to work. Those kind words sustained me, many times.

I mostly just said yes to any opportunity to get on stage. Pay or no pay. Equity, amateur, comedy, avant garde, and improv especially. Chicago has a great improv community, and I could get up on stage a lot after I got to know the other members of the community. I called it getting in trouble. You say yes to something, then you are in trouble. You have to deliver. Each mini-crisis I forced myself into made me work hard.

As for true doubt, it got under my skin deeply only once. I was newly-married and I was offered a part I would have loved, but no pay. I had worked for six years doing anything, but had made a deal with myself that if I ever was to have family I could support, I would have to insist on pay. A small rule, right? But hard for a young actor to keep. Mostly you don't really get paid.

I said no to the part and immediately (I mean within minutes) went into a spiral of panic that lasted for months. I was sure I had made the wrong decision (I hadn't) and would never get a part like it again. But the worst feeling was that I knew I truly wanted to be an actor and there was no turning back now. I was too old to do anything else. This was a feeling I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Importantly, I was wrong on all counts. Just keep working as long as you can't think of anything else you could happily do. Keep saying yes.

#3 by DesCo83
After viewing the more candid interaction you had with John Kerry recently, I'm curious:
How often are there times, on the show, or in your day to day life where people will express a strong feeling of agreement with the more ludicrous things you say? Do you ever just want to yell "No you idiot, you can't possibly agree with what I said. What I said was stupid, and you're stupid for agreeing with me!"
I know I often play devil's advocate in arguments for fun, and sometimes I have to stop half way and just say "No, stop agreeing with me!"
There have been many times that I have successfully argued a position I don't agree with. That's a lot of fun. But the sort of thing that gets me is when simple lies are not refuted, like, "The founding fathers were all deeply-committed Christians who believed in the literal word of the Bible."

"Tax increases on the rich are proven to lead to job losses."

#4 by highoctanecaffeine
Do you feel like the comedy news shows by you and Stewart are having any effect on the actual mainstream / cable news networks?
You both pick their stories apart frequently and point out their biases, have you noticed any change in their practices? Is the goal of your show purely to entertain, or would you really like to affect a change on the news media?
I think the phrase "purely to entertain" has a nice ring to it. Much better than "merely to entertain."

I presently have no plans to change the news media. They are changing themselves without any help from me. I seem to remember that when I started the show five years ago there were fewer jokes in the cable news nightly broadcasts. And I was the only one crying on a regular basis. I could be misremembering that.

#5 by Btrash
Who have you tried to get for an interview, but won't come on your show? Who would you like to interview the most?
I've never been heartbroken not to have a guest. Our game doesn't flourish because of big names, but because of strong feelings about the guest or passion from the guest on their subject. And my booker is tenacious.

That being said, I'd like to have more conservatives on. But I can understand guests' hesitancy. They don't always know what to expect from a character. That may make them uncomfortable.

Salinger would have been nice. I'm a fan.

#6 by noncompliantcitizen
Do you sometimes wish you could not be in character for some interviews? Being in character, do you feel that it prevents some people from coming on the show?
Well these questions are really related. I'll say that from my end of the interview, I often have a guest whose subject I happen to know a thing or two about, and I want to engage them intelligently, but I am an aggressively ignorant character. That is frustrating.

Of course knowing their subject lets me make the dumbest possible characterizations of their position or idea. If you ever see me truly being vigorously dense with a guest, I probably know something of his or her subject. And as I said, yes, the character aspect may give some people pause.

#7 by capgrass
Has anyone ever walked off the set/out of the studio either during or before an interview? If so, why?
No one has ever walked out in studio. One congressperson was about to in D.C., but my crew jumped in to stop it from happening. Not I. I just wanted to capture whatever happened. After that moment, strangely, the representative went on to have a great time with me. I'm not sure what precipitated the threat to leave.

#8 by drunkmonkey81
How often do you interview people who still don't realize you're "in character"? Can you share a story of your favorite encounter with a "clueless" participant?
No one doesn't know I'm in character. I tell everyone first.

I admire Sacha Baron Cohen, but I am not doing Ali G.

#9 by Imidazole0
What is your stance on marijuana legalization?
When we were last in California for the Emmys, people came out of pot shops with lists of things to say to the doctor so he wold give you a legal prescription. Anxiety. Sleeplessness. What is the difference between that and legalization? So if it happened, I don't think the world would come to an end.


When I was young, marijuana was everywhere and basically a joke. Then in the eighties it was conflated with crack in the just say no days. I was truly surprised by the return of drug humor and movies in the last decade.

#10 by Willravel
Jon Stewart's interview on Rachel Maddow highlighted Jon's philosophy on the difference between his role and the role of news people like Rachel Maddow.
What, in your mind, is the difference between your responsibility or job and the responsibility or job of a news anchor or 24 hour news host / personality? Do you feel you're fulfilling your role? Do you feel they're fulfilling theirs?
Thanks for doing what you do. You're a funny, funny man.
I think Jon's appearance on Rachel highlighted his ability to be pretty sharp after vomiting for eight hours.
As for the 24 cable hosts / personalities fulfilling their roles, you bet they do -- as those roles are defined by their companies. If not, they are fired. The fact that the roles they fulfill are hard to recognize anymore, and have little to do with informing us, but are instead used to emotionally "engage" us with their brand personas, means I have a steady stream of material.

I too would be fired if I wasn't fulfilling my role as defined by my company. Happily they define that as comedy, and I agree. I have no real responsibility beyond working hard on jokes.

#11 by ManiacMagee
How does your family handle your constantly growing popularity? I know in an interview a while ago you said you didn't want your kids to watch your show because you feared they wouldn't be able to differentiate your character from who you really are. Is that still the case or are they allowed to watch your show now?
It has come to my attention that I can't stop them anymore, but I wish they would ask me which shows to watch. Sometimes the old guy can get on some rough subjects. I don't like the kids seeing that. He drops the F bomb a wee too much as well.

I am lucky to have gotten my flavor of fame after reaching man's estate.

Not that I don't confuse myself at times, but I have a pretty good idea of who I am, and am sustained by a breathtakingly levelheaded girl who married me long ago.

Thanks so much for all that you redditors did for the rally. I am so impressed that your idea of coercion is to do good deeds until they are national news. CNN and others were reporting your charity blackmail just days after you started. A new idea, I think, and something to be proud of. The rally was tremendously supported by you all, along with Facebook, and Twitter. I have no doubt that your efforts to organize and the joy you clearly brought to your part of the story contributed greatly to the turnout and success. Contrary to whatever bullshit quotes you may have heard in the bullshit press.

See you 'round.

Reddit source

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe, Heat magazine

Exclusive! Daniel Radcliffe: “I turned up to the Harry Potter set drunk!”
You’re only 22. Don’t most people in their early twenties drink too much?
Unfortunately it’s not that simple. I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem.

Really? There were never any stories of you going on wild benders…
People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad. I don’t want to go into details but I drank a lot and it was daily - I mean nightly. I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work.

You mean Harry Potter had a hangover?
I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.

You were only 11 when you started on the films. Do you think growing up in the spotlight contributed to your drinking?
I think it would have happened anyway. I think it’s just in me. I loved the fact I suddenly could talk to people and feel so entertaining and so interesting. But after a while, you’re living under such a cloud of shame about what you’ve done and the dread of who you might see, what you might have said to them, what you might have done with them. You either have to change something or give into that shame and I wasn’t prepared to do that at 21.

Did you sleep with loads of groupies?
Not at all. I was always very nervous about the groupie thing. I like to like somebody before I sleep with them, I really do. You know you’re going to have to talk to them afterwards, even if it is a one-night stand. I have… I mean that has happened, but generally speaking I’ve known the person. Someone once said to me, “You can go outside and pick from the girls at the stage door.” And I said, “No, that’s not me.” [Stops.] Because, to do that, you kind of have to be a dick.

Read the full interview with Daniel – including what he has to say about his Harry Potter co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, and what he’s done with all his millions – pick up a copy of heat magazine on sale now! 


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe in the news, again!

Fighting fit

"The thing is,” says Daniel Radcliffe, apologetically, “I’m aiming to become the most reliable actor in Hollywood.”

In isolation, it’s an admirable statement. However, as a last-minute excuse for cancelling his interview with ShortList, this seems paradoxical. Thankfully, Radcliffe expands. “My voice is going,” he croakily explains outside the New York studio where our exclusive cover shoot is taking place. “I’ve only got three weeks left on Broadway and I promised myself I wouldn’t miss a single show. I can’t risk talking for an hour and losing my voice completely. I don’t want to let anyone down.”

This kind of iron-willed professionalism seems a world away from the hot-headed petulance traditionally associated with those who have grown up in the spotlight, but then, as ShortList is discovering, Daniel Radcliffe is not your average superstar...He’s currently at the business end of a nine-month Broadway stint [in the raucous musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying] and, as his reluctance to waste vocal energy proves, he’s not taking his responsibilities lightly.

A month later, back in London, we’re shaking hands again. By now, the 22-year-old has made a full recovery and he’s energetically letting fly on everything from his first post-Potter film — a chilling big-screen adaptation of The Woman In Black — to school bullies, journalists and the beauty of Baileys...

How were the last few weeks on Broadway?
I didn’t miss a single show. But whenever I got ill, I got ultra-fucking paranoid, so I had to take any excuse I could not to talk for a while.

Professionalism is clearly important to you...
It’s a vastly underestimated quality that a lot of young actors don’t have. It comes down to the fact that actors get away with a lot of shit they shouldn’t, so people expect a certain level of complacency. I always feel that’s the perception of me I’m coming up against and I want to counteract that as strongly as I can. One of the main reasons I want to direct is so I can be really fucking bossy with actors. I won’t take any shit [laughs].

There'll be no mucking about for the blooper reel, then?
God, no. Even when I was 11 on the first Potter film and the other kids would say, “Let’s do something funny on this take,” I’d think, “No. Why don’t we just do our jobs?” The crew don’t fuck about, do they? They don’t do one take where they all fucking shake the camera. So why should the actors do it?

Let's talk about The Woman In Black. Did you see the play when you were younger?
I didn’t. I missed that school trip [laughs]. But I tend to mimic and copy, so I wanted to keep from seeing it as I knew I would end up borrowing elements I liked from the play.

Were there any Three Men & A Baby-esque ghostly apparitions on set?
No, although Tom Selleck did materialise in the background of one scene. It’s very brief — you just catch a glimpse of his moustache [laughs].

We'll watch out for that. Now, you mentioned in New York that you regretted not drinking more Baileys... Why is that?
[Laughs] I had a taste of Baileys just before I stopped drinking and I thought, “Gosh, that's nice. I could drink a huge amount of this.” It would have made things more pleasant for the people doing my make-up on set. They’d have smelt Baileys on my breath in the morning instead of vodka.

There's been a lot written about your drinking...What's the truth?
It’s ridiculous that it’s been talked about so much. The drinking was unhealthy and damaging to my body and my social life. That’s beyond question. I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person and it turned me into a rude bore. For a long time people were saying to me, “We think you have a problem,” but in the end I had to come to the realisation myself.

Gary Oldman - who you worked with on the Potter films - has been through similar things. Did you ever confide in him?
I did talk to him about it once. I didn’t say I had a problem — because I didn’t think I did at that point — but I told him I shared that mentality he had for actively seeking out chaos. He just said, “You can’t keep doing this. You’ve got too much to lose.” And that really went in. But not even he could have stopped me alone — I had to stop myself. And stopping has shown me a world of happiness that I didn’t think was possible.

You must have had a couple of fun drunken nights out, though?
Yeah, but I can’t remember them [laughs]. Seriously, in the last three years of drinking I blacked out nearly every time. Blacking out was my thing.

How do you find staying sober when everyone else is drunk?
I quite enjoy it until everyone starts slurring, and you’re like, “You’ve told me this fucking story three times already!” Actually, after our Christmas party on Broadway, I had fun going into the rooms of people I knew had got really fucked up the night before, and shouting at them [laughs]. Just to be an arsehole. If you’re going to be sober, you might as well be smug about it.

Was there ever a point when you regretted signing up to Potter?
There was a time after the third film when I thought about quitting. It was only for a second, but I thought, “If I do the fourth, I’ll have to do them all,” and that seemed quite daunting. If I was going to leave, that would have been the perfect time because it would have given whoever came in to play Harry enough films to establish himself properly. It wouldn’t have totally dumped him in the shit. But then I started thinking, “What other good parts are there for 15-year-olds? None.”

You've talked in the past about getting hassle at school - did that contribute to you thinking of quitting?
I don’t know. I mean, school was shit because the kids didn’t like me, but I wasn’t there very often. The problem at school was that I ended up getting cocky. Although most of them were brighter than me, I’d spent five years on film sets, so I’d developed a sharp tongue. Kids would shout, “Oi, tell Hermione she’s fit, yeah?” and I’d say, “Definitely. You’re exactly her type, actually. She’ll go ape-shit when she hears you’re interested.”

You've cited Eddie Izzard's line about bullies - 'they hang out in groups of five because they have a fifth of a personality each' - as an inspiration. Have you ever told Izzard that?
No, I’d like to, but I’ve only met him once. It was in the toilet at the Baftas. I was about 16 and I hadn’t done anything for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, so I ran around getting Eddie, Anthony Hopkins and a few others to sign a card for her [laughs].

There are always crazy figures thrown about regarding how much you're worth. Do you even know yourself?
I only found out what I was worth two months ago. Seriously, I’d never wanted to know, but eventually I got so sick of hearing all these ridiculous figures that I asked my agent. She told me and my jaw hit my toenails. I won’t tell you what it was, but it was very surreal. You just go, “Oh. Well, that’s nice. I’ll buy you several drinks then, shall I?”

Is it still impossible for you to leave the house and not get mobbed by Potter fans?
Pretty much. Halloween is my favourite time of year because it’s completely acceptable to wear a mask [laughs]. I go out on Halloween with a mask on, and it’s amazing to be able to walk around with my head up and not worry about making eye contact with people.

How crazy are the fans? Do you get marriage proposals?
I get a lot of marriage proposals. Girls will come up and say, “I love you!”, to which I have a few responses. I use the old Seinfeld one a lot — “I love you too but I think we should see other people” [laughs]. That always goes down well.

Do children ever assume you can do magic?
Yes, that’s very confusing for them. If they ask me to do a spell I’ll usually say, “I can’t right now, there are people watching.” That’s a bit kinder than, “Grow up you little shit, there’s no such thing as magic! Oh, and Santa Claus isn’t real either.” [Laughs]

What's the strangest rumour you've heard about yourself?
Oh, I can give you a fucking great list. I once read I was having my own beer brewed by Belgian monks [laughs]. I guess it was midnight and they had to fill that extra column inch…

The journalists were desperately wracking their brains for something... anything...
Yeah. “Throw another dart at the dictionary… Right, ‘monks’! OK, how about… Radcliffe’s got monks to brew beer for him?” What else? The SAS were apparently walking my dogs at one point. That was good. The best, though, was that I had a life-size, naked statue of myself in my living room. It’s not a big deal, but you do open the paper and think, “Jesus Christ, somebody’s getting paid to write this!”

Do you ever Google yourself?
I try to stay away from the internet. Occasionally, I’ll type my name into Google to see what comes up — that’s funny. At the moment, it’s ‘gay’, ‘Twitter’ and ‘alcoholic’. That’s the top three [laughs]. ‘Gay’ always comes up, although it comes up for most people — even Florence Welch. So, really, if people aren’t saying you’re gay, you don’t have a career. I’m sure there are a few ostensibly straight celebrities who are gay, but that’s their fucking business. They’ll choose if and when they come out — they can’t be forced into it.

Is there anyone you're desperate to work with?
I’d love to work with Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. I find those gentlemen incredibly funny.

You think you could contend with Ferrell and Carell now?
I definitely think I could keep up with them. Not that I wouldn’t have a lot to learn from them, of course.

Have you considered putting a call in to set something up?
I’m nowhere near that level yet. The likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt are the only actors whose involvement in a project can guarantee it will happen. I’m still an unknown quantity. I’ve got a built-in fanbase but people don’t really know what I can do. I’ve got a lot of respect for [Pitt and Clooney] though, because, if they’d wanted to, they could have spent their whole lives playing standard romantic leads, but they’ve chosen far more interesting routes.

Have you met either of them?
No. Who have I met that I admire? I once asked Christian Bale’s wife to tell Christian he was a big inspiration. She was on set one day and I said, “Will you tell him I think he’s fucking great, please?” Because people always ask the ‘child actor’ question, referring to Macaulay Culkin and Corey Haim, but nobody ever mentions Christian Bale, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman... Plenty of successful actors started young. But I guess when you’re a kid in a big franchise, people expect things to go south.

You don't fancy another big franchise, such as Bond, then?
I’d like to be in the new one, with Sam Mendes directing. But I don’t know if I’d be any good as Bond. I definitely wouldn’t want to follow Daniel Craig.

You'd need a rubbish Bond in-between to lower expectations...
[Laughs] Exactly. I’ll let someone else have a go first. Erm… who’d be terrible as Bond?

Someone like Paul Giamatti would change the pace a bit...
Yeah, absolutely, he’d take it in a totally different direction. His Bond would just be sat at a desk, continually doing paperwork [laughs].

What have you got coming up next?
I’m shooting a film called Kill Your Darlings. I’ll be playing Allen Ginsberg.

Have you seen James Franco's Ginsberg in Howl?
No. I like the fact he played him, though, because I’m slightly too handsome to play Ginsberg, but James Franco is way too fucking handsome to play Ginsberg [laughs]. So if anybody tells me I don’t look right, I’ll be like, “Did you see Howl?”

The Woman In Black is at cinemas nationwide from 3 February
(Main photography: Danielle Levitt)
(Images: All Star)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday! More GIFS

Daniel Radcliffe, hosting Saturday Night Live
One of the reasons I love Mulan
...The puppy! I want it.
Meet the Robinsons
Beauty and the Beast
Golden Girls hug
Princess Diaries love
Castle magic

Disney GIF Post

Om nom nom
I love the fact that the Beast looks like the Cowardly Lion!
Tiana and Charlotte, from Princess and the Frog
Mickey and Minnie love
Ursula is one of the best Disney villains
The best Disney pairing, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins!
Chernabog, from Fantasia!
"He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!"