Attention all you pranksters out there. April Fools is just around the corner, which means it is officially your day to shine.
In celebration of the ultimate day of whimsy, and for anyone feeling a little tapped out on the ideas front, we pulled together the very best of celebrity foolery. From Dustin Hoffman’s ongoing bit of hiding behind trees to Amy Schumer trolling Kim and Kayne, here’s how Jewish stars do pranking right.
Dustin Hoffman messes with the paparazzi.
Dustin Hoffman loves to hide from photographers in the most creative ways possible. Below, find the Academy Award winning actor peeking out from behind tree branches, peering through binoculars and wearing a large paper bag over his head. As if we needed anymore reasons to love him.
my favorite folder on my computer: Dustin Hoffman Fucking With Paparazzi pic.twitter.com/VKOESwglXV— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) August 2, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe pretends to be a receptionist.
Be still our hearts. Daniel Radcliffe took over as receptionist at NYLON Magazine’s office for a couple of hours, and it was just as delightfully awkward and endearing as you could possibly hope it would be. Oh yeah, and turns out Joe Jonas, who happened to be visiting the office that day, is kind of obnoxious.
Drake interviews people about Drake.
The singer took to the streets of LA in disguise to ask people what they really think about him.
Amy Schumer trolls Kim and Kanye.
Amy Schumer pranked Kim and Kanye in the most simple, yet highly effective way possible. She fell head first in front of them on the red carpet. The power couple seemed pretty unamused by the whole thing — but it made for a great photo op. “They knew I was an idiot and I completely respect their reaction,” she told BBC Radio 1.
That time Sarah Silverman “hooked up” with Matt Damon.
There’s a whole elaborate prank war that’s been going down between frenemies Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel, and the peak moment was definitely this music video Damon made with Kimmel’s then girlfriend Sarah Silverman. Bonus points for being really catchy as well.
Daniel Radcliffe, the “Harry Potter” star and heart-throb, might just have enough to buy Hogwarts, according to reports this week that he’s worth almost $100 million.
“I’m very grateful for it, because having money means you don’t have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom, career-wise,” Radcliffe told The Daily Telegraph, admitting that he’s barely touched the wizardly sum of 74 million pounds, equal to about $93 million. “For all the people who’ve followed my career, I want to give them something to be interested in, rather than them just watch me make loads of money on crap films for the rest of my life.”
If most of the Radcliffe fortune sits in the bank, like the gold at Gringotts’, does the Jewish actor do tzedakah (give to charity)? He’s contributed to numerous foundations since the launch of his career, from the Trevor Project, a resource for at-risk queer youth, to Demelza House, a children’s hospice in Britain.
Radcliffe told the site Ecorazzi that he feels obligated to give back.
“I got paid so well for doing the Harry Potter films, it’s ridiculous. If somebody asked me, ‘Did you think you deserve that money?’ No, of course I didn’t… I feel almost guilty for having done so well out of Potter. But there’s a moral imperative to help others.”
(JTA) — In his new film, “Imperium,” Daniel Radcliffe plays FBI agent Nate Foster, who goes undercover to take down skinheads planning to set off a dirty bomb.
The film, which opens Friday, is taut and exciting. It is also a movie the former “Harry Potter” star doesn’t want his 93-year-old Jewish grandmother to see. (More on that later.)
“Imperium” is loosely based on the experiences of FBI agent Mike German, who spent 16 years with the bureau, a dozen undercover. German co-wrote the screenplay with director Daniel Ragussis.
Both Daniels are on the phone to promote the enterprise, one definitely more tired than the other.
Radcliffe’s critically acclaimed, sold out off-Broadway play “Privacy” had closed the night before, followed by an apparently lengthy closing night party. But despite the joking promise that his exhaustion might lead him to reveal something juicy — “You never know what I might say” — Radcliffe stays on message, painting a self-portrait of an intelligent young actor who has survived fame without a semblance of pretense or affectation.
On the face of it, Radcliffe does not seem the obvious choice for the role. For one thing he’s a Brit, though you couldn’t tell by the mid-American accent he adopts for the film. And for another, he doesn’t fit the burly Jason Bourne tough guy image we’ve come to expect from our movie heroes. But that’s exactly what led Ragussis to cast Radcliffe.
“When I first met Michael German, he was so different from the prototype FBI agents,” Ragussis said. “He was very intelligent, a soft-spoken guy who studied philosophy in college. I spoke to him and said you’re not what I expected.
“He told me being an FBI undercover agent isn’t about physical powers but social skills, dealing with people, and once I realized that it enabled me to conceptualize the story and turned me on to an actor like Daniel.”
In fact, Radcliffe’s relatively small stature — he is listed as being 5-foot-5 — only ratchets up the tension as Nate Foster is forced to use intelligence to ingratiate himself within various extremist groups and maintain his cover.
Radcliffe’s nuanced performance as an agent with no field experience who has jumped into potentially volatile waters without a life vest almost certainly will win critical raves. His character must do battle not only with the Nazis and Klansmen, but his own superiors, who at a critical juncture want to pull him out, believing he is on the wrong track.
Radcliffe said he “was lucky to have Dan here with me.”
“He did an unbelievable amount of research, so I had him to go to as a source,” said the actor, who added that he prepared for the film “like any other role.” Radcliffe also consulted German, read books and went “online to look at terrifying message boards.”
He also shaved his head on screen, wore Nazi regalia and of course offered the Nazi salute. That brings us back to grandma.
Radcliffe said his maternal grandmother — he never knew his granddad — “was an evacuee during the war,” taken to the country to stay with people away from Nazi bombers. He recalls her telling him stories “about how our family came to the UK and where we came from.”
“We originated in Russia and left because of the pogroms. I don’t know if the story is true, but supposedly my great-great-grandfather was on a ship from Russia bound for America. It stopped off in London, and he thought, ‘oh, that was quick’ and got off. He went to work in a textile factory and married the owner’s daughter.”
Radcliffe was raised in a very secular environment — “I’m going to be a real disappointment to you,” he told a reporter for a Jewish news service — but with a keen awareness of his Jewish background and “what it means to my mom and her mom.”
It is the reason he believes “Imperium” will not be appropriate for grandma.
“It may be a little too close to the bone,” Radcliffe said. In fact, he thought about her during the filming, “about how odd it is. The strangeness of it struck me a few times.”
Radcliffe finds it impossible to define how his Jewish heritage impacts his work.
“I don’t think I can separate the various parts of my life,” he said. “But the view that was always imparted to me by my mom and [Irish] dad is that the Jewish people and the Irish people were hard workers, that the Jews always punched above their weight class intellectually in terms of their numbers of people. I know that influenced me I suppose on some level, gave me a sense of responsibility to continue that. It’s something I thought about. I wouldn’t say it’s a driving force, but it is an influence.”
Considering the film’s topic, our conversation inevitably turned to America’s gun culture.
“The gun thing is alien to me,” Radcliffe said. “But I don’t think I was in Virginia” — the film was shot in Hopewell, a small city south of Richmond — “for more than a day before three separate people said, ‘hey, you’ve got to come shoot with us.’ I’m up for anything and I had a lovely day, but that’s never something I’m going to get used to.
“But the thing that most surprised me is that there is a huge wave of people who are not the slightest bit racist, who are highly intelligent and who love guns. The image that is sometimes portrayed the world over is that the Second Amendment people are sort of crazy, and I haven’t found that to be the case.”
Another American subject — how we seem to allow young actors a moment of fame and then chew them up — also brought out Radcliffe’s positive side. He said he had people around him “who were never going to allow me to become arrogant or obnoxious. But I have to say it’s very human to focus on the negative.”
Radcliffe then mentions Jodie Foster, Elijah Wood and Toby Maguire as positive role models for American actors.
Like them, Radcliffe has literally grown up in front of us, although to a degree none of them could match: He starred in eight “Harry Potter” films in 11 years, starting at age 11 and finishing at 21. While one of the rules for this interview was no questions about the new “Harry Potter” play and book — Radcliffe had nothing to do with either — the old films were not out of bounds, And, no, there are no regrets.
“There has never been a moment where I wish it hadn’t happened, any mistakes I’ve learned from,” he said. “Nobody’s life is all rainbows and sunshine. There were moments, but mostly related to being a teenager.”
Still, Harry Potter will always be with him. Even today, five years after the last film was released, a writer who shall remain nameless will talk about his granddaughter Samantha, who is a big fan and celebrating a birthday and can Daniel send a photo? Of course, he can — a promise stars make all the time but seldom deliver.
Unless they’re Daniel Radcliffe.
Harry Potter fans, gird your wands.
During an interview with Radio Times Daniel Radcliffe admitted he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of reprising his role as the iconic wizard.
“It would depend on the script,” he said. “The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there!”
Alright, not exactly the most promising response, but we’ll take it. The 26-year-old actor added, “So I am saying, ‘No,’ for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”
And don’t expect to see him at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the long-awaited staged sequel to the series, either.
“I want to see the show, I am genuinely intrigued and I hear it’s fantastic,” Radcliffe said during an interview with Stephen Colbert. “I just feel like sitting in an audience that will, for the most part of the near future, be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might not be a … relaxing way to see a show. So, I guess, not for the time being.”
In the meantime, Radcliffe has thrown himself far and away from Hogwarts, playing Allen Ginsberg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings” and, in his most recent film “Swiss Army Man,” a flatulent corpse.
“For as many people as there are who go, ‘OK, he’s typecast, that’s all he is now,’ even if it’s — and I don’t believe it’s as high as they say — even if it’s 50 percent of people, the other 50 percent are going, ‘hey, let’s see how we can f*ck with expectations of him,’” Radcliffe told Bustle. “Things like doing ‘Equus,’ or doing ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ kind of set out my store a little bit in terms of letting people know that I want to do different, challenging stuff.”
The contentious relationship between Harry Potter and his often-terrifying potions teacher did not continue off-screen.
Daniel Radcliffe, the Jewish actor who played your favorite boy wizard continues to speak openly about his sadness regarding the death of his former co-star Alan Rickman.
Radcliffe spoke to The Daily Beast at the world premiere of his new movie “Swiss Army Man” about the influence Rickman had on his acting career.
“On the third film we had a lot of stuff to do together,” said Radcliffe. “And he just treated me like an actor. And the feeling of getting that respect from somebody who’s that much older and better than you really empowers you.”
The Forward reported that Radcliffe and Rickman had a close relationship during and after the filming of the Harry Potter franchise.
Radcliffe was only 11 years old when he was cast as The Boy Who Lived and Rickman played the complex, dark, and misunderstood enemy to Potter, Severus Snape.
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