While “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe has claimed he no longer drinks, his co-star Emma Watson says she’s only been “very, very drunk” once in her life.
The 22-year-old British actress, who appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday in New York City, said she got drunk in England after she turned 18.
“Yes I have tried spirits, we drink at 18 in the U.K. but I’m actually legal to drink here now, it’s worth mentioning. I’m 21,” she said. “Yes, yes I have. I got very, very drunk once in my life as everyone does. Fine, I got drunk, I have been drunk – and I’ll bow to that!”
When Letterman asked if she had ever peed on the subway, Watson replied that it has never gotten to that point.
“Thankfully it’s never been that bad,” she said.
But when the late show host asked if she knew about Radcliffe’s drinking on the set of the “Harry Potter” films, Watson replied: “To be honest, it’s rarely not something that I genially know much about. He ‘s the one to talk about it. But as far as I know, he never took a sick day. He was like the most professional, amazing guy.”
Earlier this month, Radcliffe revealed to GQ magazine that his drinking became an issue on the set of 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” Lucky for him, he said the paparazzi were not around.
“I really got away with that because there were many instances when a paparazzi shot like that could have been taken,” he said. “I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff.”
The actor, who stars in Broadway’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” said drinking was an attempt to cope with his early success.
“There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”
Radcliffe said he’s been sober for almost a year and prefers to be home than attending movie premieres and parties.
“As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me,” he said. “I’d just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh.”
Radcliffe and Watson star in the final installment of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which opens in theatres on July 15.
The pop star was asked to choose between the popular vampire saga and the equally popular Harry Potter series, but struggled to make up his mind.
Justin, whose movie Never Say Never won Best Jaw-dropping Moment at the MTV Movie Awards last night, had to think hard before choosing Twilight.
‘ can’t say!’ he told MTV, ‘But if I had to choose. Twilight over Harry Potter.’
The teen heartthrob also revealed that it felt amazing to share the moment that bagged him the award in his 3D movie.
Never Say Never follows the pop star’s journey to the top and shows some breath-taking scenes of the 17-year-old performing.
‘t felt great,’ he said. ‘Obviously that was my first performance at Madison Square Gardens [in New York] and just to have that experience. it was great.’
When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” draws to a close, don’t expect the proceedings to end with the battle against He Who Must Not Be Named.
There’s much more to play with in the “Potter” universe beyond the Voldemort conflict. We’re talking, of course, about the epilogue, a sequence where — SPOILER ALERT! — we’re invited to see what happened to the survivors of the war against the Dark Lord in the years that followed the Battle of Hogwarts.
The epilogue is easily one of the most highly anticipated scenes in all of “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” so when we spoke with “Potter” producers David Barron and David Heyman at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, we made sure to ask them about it. After the jump, find out three interesting facts we learned about how the “Harry Potter” saga will come to a close!
The Epilogue Brings Everything Full Circle
“[The epilogue is] about the cycles of life,” Heyman told MTV News. “It’s about Harry, Ron and Hermione taking their children to King’s Cross station to the very place where the story began, to begin the journey that they began many years ago. It’s really beautiful and really tender.”
We’ll See How The Magical Nation Survives A War
“We’re expressing it through our three principle characters, who obviously have had a terrible time in many respects,” said Barron. “Because they have been fighting Voldemort for longer than we can remember, and came close to death, you’ll see the state of the school at the end. It was not an easy battle. As countries, as nations do, as cultures do, they recover and they renew and life carries on. It is about renewal.”
It’s A Short But Sweet Ending
“It’s not long. It’s about two … a couple of minutes,” Barron said of the epilogue’s length. “It’s long enough to tell its story. We like it. We think it works well, and it does leave you feeling a bit [emotional].”
Once we got past the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly (it took some time…look at him!), we were happy to find that in addition to talking about his latest venture, “Water for Elephants,” the unfathomably fine Robert Pattinson had plenty to say about the end of the—sniff—”Twilight” era.
If fans of the series were at all worried that the undoubtedly bizarre nature of “Breaking Dawn” was going to be toned down for the next two films, RPattz all but put those fears to rest in the EW interview.
“There’s some interesting and weird stuff going on—very, very, very strange,” he said of the final installment, “It’s great. For a big mainstream movie, it’s the most obscure storyline and really outside the box. It’s a horror movie. I’ve seen a few bits, and I just can’t see how it’s going to be PG 13… unless they cut everything out.”
But, it seems like there’s definitely some scenes we’ll be wanting to keep our eyes wide open for. Robert, who said he got back in shape for “Breaking Dawn”‘s numerous shirtless scenes, revealed, “Literally one day after my last shirt-off scene I started being all [mimics eating voraciously] nom, nom, nom. And I didn’t realize I had one more [shirt-off] scene, and you can see it in one of them—I’m clearly [exaggeratedly sucks in his stomach and cheeks].”
And while we’re certainly not ready to let the many variations of shirtless Rob and the franchise go, it seems like he is—terrible pun alert!—ready to sink his teeth into new things. “I literally feel like we’ve been doing it my whole life,” the 24-year-old said with a laugh regarding making the “Twilight” films.
But there’s one aspect in particular Robert is most ready to big adieu to: those piercing contacts he wears in order to play Edward Cullen!
“Those contacts…My God, I’ll be glad to see the last of those,” he said, “I actually want to get some kind of plastic explosive. I want to reanimate them into something so I can kill them. It’s embarrassing for me—after so many years, it’s still a process every single morning. Everybody else has figured out how to do it, and then there’s two people holding me down because I can’t do it myself.” Uh, where do we sign up for that job?
Still, Robert, who will jump right back into “Water for Elephants” press tours as soon as “Breaking Dawn” wraps, wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to starring in another franchise like “Twilight” or “Harry Potter,” but only under certain conditions.
“I would [do another],” he said, “But I’d want to have more input. The only horrible thing about being part of a franchise..well, not horrible..no, it is horrible…is that the bigger and bigger you get, it’s quite difficult to break out of stuff. When you’ve been playing the same part, you can’t suddenly start playing it differently. It takes away a little bit of the creative kind of..urge.”
But before Robert, who is also in the midst on working on diverse projects such as “Bel Ami” and “Cosmopolis,” thinks about taking on another big screen adaptation, it seems like he’s got his sights set on an even riskier venture: comedy!
While he joked that his “agents will never let me do them,” the actor, who said he’s read a few comedic scripts, still seems ready to take on the opportunities if they were to come his way. “Comedy is scary,” he admitted, later adding, “That’s why I kind of wanted to do it. I think that’s the only way to do it: You gotta be like, “Okay, I’m going to jump off the moon.”
“The Tourist,” “Narnia” Disappoint At The Box Office. The much-publicized Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp powerhouse “The Tourist” failed to shake the box office in its weekend debut. It disappointing landed at second place next to the also disappointing “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
The thriller flick only took $17 million during the local three-day weekend, which is very low by the two main moneymaking stars’ standards. And while the latest installment of “Narnia” debuted at first place, its $24.5 million take was considered a letdown. Its predecessor, “Prince Caspian,” took $55 million in 2008.Last week’s top spot takers, “Tangled” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” are now in third and fourth places, while “Megamind” concludes the weekend’s top 10.
Weekend’s Box Office Top Ten (by Box Office Mojo):
1.”The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – $24.5 million
2.”The Tourist” – $17 million
3.”Tangled” – $14.6 million
4.”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ – $8.5 million
5.”Unstoppable” – $3.8 million
6.”Black Swan” – $3.3 million
7.”Burlesque” – $3.2 million
8.”Love and the Other Drugs” – $3 million
9.”Due Date” – $2.55 million
10.”Megamind” – $2.51 million
“Burlesque” Debuts At Disappointing 4th Place At The Box Office Weekend. Even with the combined star powers of Cher and Christina Aguilera, “Burlesque” can’t take over “Harry Potter” and two animated flicks at the weekend box office. The musical flick performed slightly below its expected gross, but still did fairly well with $11.8 million. Even with the heavy promotions, “Burlesque” places fourth, behind the wizard flick, the newcomer “Tangled” and “Megamind.” “Tangled,” meanwhile was close behind box office topper “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1″ with a strong $49.1 million during the weekend box office and a total of $69 million over five days. Other newcomers this weekend are “Love and Other Drugs” and “Faster,” which are at sixth and seventh place with $9.9 million and $8.7 million respectively. Weekend Box Office Top Ten (from boxofficemojo.com):
1.”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ – $50.3 million
2.”Tangled” – $49.1 million
3.”Megamind” – $12.9 million
4.”Burlesque” – $11.8 million
5.”Unstoppable” – $11.8 million
6.”Love and Other Drugs” – $9.9 million
7.”Faster” – $8.7 million
8.”Due Date” – $7.3 million
9.”The Next Three Days” – $4.8 million
10.”Morning Glory” – $4 million
Emma Watson Debuts New Cropped Do, Dropped As Face Of Burberry. “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson has debuted a cropped do. The 20-year-old British actress has posted her newly chopped locks on her Facebook page, amid reports that she has been replaced as the face of the luxury fashion brand Burberry. Perhaps it’s because she has finished shooting the last film in the “Harry Potter” series that Emma felt she has the freedom to cut her hair now since she’s no longer playing the bushy-haired Hermione Granger. The androgynous haircut gives her quite a transformation, but it still looks feminine and dainty on her. Meanwhile, Emma has reportedly been replaced by new “Transformers” actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the face of Burberry. According to our source, Rosie will now front the ads for the brand’s autumn and winter collection, edging Emma out of the picture despite the fact that she has been credited with boosting the sales of the label during her year-long association with them.A Burberry spokesman told our source that while they have a new model, they have not ruled out using Emma again in the future.
Daniel Radcliffe Starring In Horror Flick “Woman In Black”. Now that the last of the “Harry Potter” films have wrapped up shooting, Daniel Radcliffe is free to shoot other films. Everyone’s favorite boy wizard will be starring in the film adaptation of “The Woman in Black.” The film, based on Susan Hill’s popular horror novel and written by Jane Goldman, centers on Arthur Kipps, a young attorney who is summoned to a remote town to sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. While alone in an old, isolated house, he begins to unravel its secrets concerning a woman in black who mysteriously appears. Radcliffe, 20, will play Kipps. He said, “I am incredibly excited to be part of ‘The Woman in Black.’ Jane Goldman’s script is beautifully written – both tender and terrifying in equal measure.” “The Woman in Black” will be directed by James Watkins.
Daniel Radcliffe thought Justin Bieber was a girl. The ‘Harry Potter’ actor has been so busy working he has failed to keep up with the current music scene and has now given up trying to know what is popular. He said: ‘I’m so out of the loop when it comes to pop culture that I kind of don’t even try anymore. Only heard Justin Bieber for the first time two weeks ago. I genuinely thought it was a woman singing. I’d never heard it before.’ While the 21-year-old star admits to being clueless about current music, he could soon be a chart rival to Justin after admitting he has been having singing lessons and honing his vocal talents by singing in karaoke bars with his ‘Harry Potter’ co-stars. He told MTV News: “I love karaoke. I am one of those people [who says], ‘No, no, I can’t, I couldn’t possibly, no I won’t… all right, give me the mic!’ And then I’m elbowing other people out of the way to get to the stage.’ Speaking about a recent karaoke night, he added: ‘I sang Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog.’ That, and then I did ‘Feeling Good’ by Muse. That was my proudest moment, because I actually did that rather well. I was really pleased, because I can sing. ‘I’ve been having singing lessons for two and a half years. I’m not amazing, obviously, but I’m all right.”
Private And Confidential “Harry Potter” Script Found Abandoned In A Pub. A “Harry Potter” script marked “private and confidential” has been spotted under a pub’s table. A reader has spotted 118-page script from “The Deathly Hallows” abandoned in a pub where the film’s crew went on a drinking session the night before. The reader, who found it at the Waterside Tavern pub in Kings Langley, Herts, has surrendered the script to the tabloid The Sun, which surrendered it to Warner Bros. WB told the paper, “We are grateful to The Sun for the safe return of this script.” The studio bosses added that it had immediately launched an investigation on how the booklet was lost. Sources said that the movie’s crew went on a major drinking session on Thursday night. And while main star Daniel Radcliffe is known to be the only member of the cast to join the crew, he wasn’t there that night so it might not be from him. The script apparently shows how the film adaptation is split into two parts to keep fans in suspense. It also reveals how film bosses made several dramatic changes from the book by JK Rowling
Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward” by Ben Dyer The comic book world is full of equations, theories and principles that would rival the combined works of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Many of these are unspoken postulates and chief among these is that for every great superhero there must also be a great supervillain, be it Lex Luthor to Superman, The Joker to Batman or the Green Goblin to Spider-Man. So says the foreword to the anthology “Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward.” As part of the ongoing Pop Culture and Philosophy series, “Supervillains” picks up where predecessor “Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice and the Socratic Way” left off in discussing the battle between good and evil as found in the multi-paneled world of the glossy pages of comic books and graphic novels. Here however, contributors look specifically at the dark side, and no, we’re not talking about Darth Vader. Philosophical writers and comic book experts from all walks of life in academia and otherwise provide 19 essays worth of content on topics ranging from moral authority to the nature of existence to the application of science. Mad science, specifically. Like most entries in the Pop Culture series, there is a blend of classic philosophy and how it relates to modern topics, be they “Harry Potter,” “The Simpsons” or Bob Dylan. Here is no exception, as writers under editor Ben Dyer draw inspiration from Plato, René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, to name a choice few. Especially noteworthy is Andrew Terjesen’s thoughts regarding Plato student Aristotle’s definition of the term “magnanimity” and supervillain Doctor Doom’s embodiment of the idea of being nobly obligated to rule. As one of the top baddies of the Marvel Comics universe, the character of Doom has long been simultaneously renowned and criticized for being the archetypal European dictator with delusions of grandeur and plans of universal domination. Terjesen expands on this concept by questioning Doom’s role in the Marvel community and whether or not his intentions are basically good with negative outcomes. Such is the query of many essayists, as the word “utilitarian” keeps popping up again and again as they evaluate what truly separates a hero from a villain, particularly the motives of “X-Men” villain Magneto in fighting for the betterment of mutant life. Contributors to this work approach their writing in different styles, whether it’s a fictitious conversation, such as the chapter “New Wars, New Boundaries,” or a recount of certain character’s back stories, like “Two Fates for Two-Face,” a look at what shaped the psyche of one of Batman’s most well-known adversaries. There are numerous similarities between these topics and the ones found in “Superheroes and Philosophy,” as well as entries in the comparable Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, including “Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul,” “Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test” and “X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse.” But there’s no lack of new issues to be examined alongside these previous texts, especially with the Marvel Comics “Civil War” miniseries and the film version of the villain-centric story “Wanted” making for poignant talking points. Whether you want a better insight into Brainiac, Venom, The Sandman and more, or you can’t get enough of Friedrich Nietzsche, “Supervillains and Philosophy” is as enjoyable a read as any Superman or Iron Man title. And there are so many more pages?
Daniel Radcliffe Films PSA To Help Prevent Suicide. Daniel Radcliffe has teamed up with The Trevor Project to film a public service announcement in the hopes of reducing the rate of suicide amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The PSA will be aired later this spring and was filmed at the Trevor Project’s offices on Wall Street, New York. The 20-year-old “Harry Potter” star said that he knew many gay men when he was growing up and that “I went to school and (for) the first time I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me.” He added: “I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals. Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it.” Last year, Radcliffe has given the organization a “major donation.” Charles Robbins, the executive director for the project, has said that The Trevor Project is “extremely grateful” for Daniel’s “truly inspiring and historic generosity and support.” Robbins concludes, “He is setting a meaningful example for millions of young people around the world by embracing diversity and demonstrating that he cares deeply about the well-being of LGBTQ youth.” Radcliffe has said in a touching statement: “It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.”