Daniel Radcliffe Holds Nothing Back As He Calls Out Homophobic, Racist Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe. Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC 2.0.

Daniel Radcliffe says Hollywood has a ways to go when it comes to equality.

Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, he said the film industry was seen as “very, very progressive” but that it was still “lagging behind” other industries in encouraging diversity.

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When asked why so few actors have come out as gay, he said, “I suppose because then people just want to cast you as gay, I would guess.”

Neil Patrick Harris has made a career as playing the straightest guy on television, which is fantastic. It is sad, but there is a kind of line where people say, ‘Oh no people won’t buy him as straight anymore,'” he added.

Radcliffe’s latest role is as an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group in the thriller “Imperium.” He said that this has gotten him thinking more about racial issues and how “mainstream” many racist ideas remain.

He criticized Donald Trump, saying he “stirred up” feelings of “fear and hatred.”

Asked whether Hollywood, which has been criticized for its lack of racially diverse Oscar nominees, was racist, he answered unequivocally yes.

“Yes, I mean it’s pretty undeniable, that’s the thing, we like to think of ourselves as being a very progressive industry but we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas and it’s been very well documented,” Radcliffe said. “I think there’s lots of things about the Oscars, there’s lots of amazing performances every year that don’t get recognized. I feel like there’s a lot that’s unseen about the process.”

Radcliffe also discussed recent allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, which he supports. calling them “absolutely awful” and “shocking.”

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He also said he has not been asked to star in the rumored upcoming film version of the popular Harry Potter stage play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” adding that he “definitely” doesn’t think he would do it at this point.

“It’s only been six years [since last playing Potter] and I’m really enjoying being able to do lots of different stuff at the moment,” he said. “Maybe if 30 years had passed I would be thinking differently. They will be doing remakes, and I could play his dad, or something.”