Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic: he was drunk on the set of Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic: he was drunk on the set of Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe lived his fame very badly during adolescence. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

This Tuesday, June 28, 2022, TF1 is rebroadcasting a cult film: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. At the time of filming, Daniel Radcliffe was 16 years old, and the young actor was having a hard time managing his fame. So much so that he ended up sinking into alcohol.

The Harry Potter saga marked an entire generation, whether through novels or the feature films they inspired. And even if the positions taken by the author JK Rowling, regularly accused of transphobia, have disappointed many fans, the enthusiasm around this magical story remains certain. Also, each rerun of the eight films that make up the saga is very popular with viewers.

However, the Harry Potter films have long hidden a dark secret: that of the ill-being of Daniel Radcliffe. The actor made a name for himself in 2001 when he landed the main role in the first adaptation, “Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone”. But very quickly, the fame acquired thanks to the feature film and the constant attention of his fans like the paparazzi proved to be too much for the teenager to handle. At the time, his solution was to turn to a well-known poison: alcohol.

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An alcoholism born on film sets

Daniel Radcliffe has spoken many times about the impact of this constant attention during his youth. “Since you have a great job, you’re rich, you have no right to be sad or unhappy about it all. And I think that adds pressure,” he said on the show. Off Camera. “The quickest way to forget that you were stared at all the time was to get really drunk. And when you’re drunk, you’re like, ‘Oh, people are looking at me even more but that’s because I’m very drunk, so maybe i should drink more to ignore them even more.”

On the air of Desert Island Discs, he confided that he was completely confident of the image he sent back: “If I went out and I drank, suddenly, I was aware that it aroused interest because this was not just a drunk guy, but “Harry Potter getting drunk in a bar”, which caused people to pay close attention. And a somewhat mocking interest because it was inherently funny to them.” Especially since Hollywood’s “sex, booze, and rock’n’roll” reputation had an impact on him and the image he wanted to fire: “I think there was a part of me that said, ‘Actors have to be cool, crazy drunks. I have to live up to this strange image of what it means to be a famous actor that I have in my head. well out as there are numerous examples where incriminating photos could have been taken.”

He’s done with alcohol

The now 33-year-old actor doesn’t hesitate to admit it: “I can say that I never drank at work, on movie sets, but I was still going to work drunk. I can cite many scenes where I was drunk”, he confided to Heat magazine, referring to the filming of the magic saga. Today, however, the interpreter of Harry Potter is proud to have managed to get out of trouble, even if it was not an easy fight. The young actor continued detox cures, and finally, at the end of the filming of the cinematographic saga, he was freed from his demons. “I’ve been incredibly lucky to be well surrounded at certain times in my life. I’ve met very important people, some actors, some not, who gave me good advice and cared about me. “, affirmed Daniel Radcliffe in Off Camera. “When I think about all the chaos I had in my life, I tell myself that I’m much happier now.”

An assertion confirmed on the air of Desert Island Discs to which he had declared: “I don’t miss it in general. I know that this is not the case for some people. When I think of the chaos that it caused in my life, I’m much happier today.”


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