Date: 26th November 2013
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he considered quitting the Harry Potter films midway through the series.
The actor told The Guardian that he almost stopped portraying the boy wizard after The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the franchise.
He also hoped that producers would find a new actor to replace him in the next instalment. However, he later decided to stay until the end of the series.
He said: "By the third film, I thought, if there's a time to get out, it's now; there's still enough time for another actor to come in and establish himself."
"For a while I thought, if I do all of them, will I be able to move on to other stuff or should I start doing other stuff now?"
As a 14-year-old at the time, he added that he would have missed appearing alongside his castmates.
"And actually there aren't many great parts out there for teenage boys, certainly not as good as Harry Potter," he stated.
Radcliffe also revealed that he does not intend to distance himself from the Harry Potter series.
"I know that Potter is going to be with me for the rest of my life, so to try to set a goal where nobody talks about that anymore is stupid."
"It would be like… Paul McCartney might have gone on to do a lot of other things, but people are always going to want to talk about the Beatles."
He added: "It's just a fact of your life, so you can't get annoyed by it or resent it. You have to embrace the fact that you were involved in this incredibly cool thing that did wonders for the British film industry and though you might not always be happy with the work you did on it, the opportunity it has given you to forge a career for yourself is amazing."
Source: Press Release