“After six years, Daniel Radcliffe is officially marking his return to the London stage.”
The lede in an article on E! Online yesterday tells us two things. First, that Daniel Radcliffe will be appearing in Malcolm McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” More importantly however, it proves that it is now acceptable to refer to the actor without making a crack about a skinny teenager in round glasses with a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.
Granted, Harry Potter is referenced in the next paragraph down. But that’s still a marked improvement.
Coverage of Radcliffe in the aftermath of his “High Hopes” Oscar performance with Seth Macfarlane, his refreshingly earnest presentation of the Academy Award for Best Production Design with a sallow and slightly wobbly Kristen Stewart, and his antics backstage with Joseph Gordon-Levitt prove one thing: he’s made it. He is his own person, to be thought of as “D-Rad” (as one friend recently called him) and adored as such.
Unlike Mark Hamill, who never quite managed to shake off his lightsaber, forever enshrined as Luke Skywalker, Radcliffe has managed to break through the stereotype. With two theater roles under his belt — his 2007 debut in “Equus” on London’s West End, and a run in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway in 2011 — and varied film roles including a horror credit in “The Woman in Black,” and a stint as Allen Ginsburg in the upcoming “Kill Your Darlings,” no one could accuse Radcliffe of sticking to what he knows.