Daniel Radcliffe is calling out Hollywood’s problem with racism and diversity in a new interview with the BBC.
The 27-year-old actor says the film industry is “lagging behind” when it comes to diversity, despite being seen as a “very, very progressive” industry. When asked if he believes Hollywood is racist, Radcliffe answers, “Yes. I think it’s pretty undeniable.”
Radcliffe, whose most recent role saw him go undercover as a white supremacist in “Imperium”, says that his role in the film led him to think more about racial diversity and Donald Trump’s campaign of hatred.
“It’s fascinating and terrifying and there’s part of me that just can’t believe that this unbelievably wealthy, privileged man has somehow managed to convince people somehow that he’s not part of the elite and that he’s a man of the people,” he says of the presidential candidate who has stirred up “fear and hatred.”
The actor once again shoots down the chance of returning to the role of Harry Potter, telling the BBC presenter to ask him again in 30 years.
“It’s only been six years and I’m really enjoying just being able to do lots of different stuff at the moment,” he says. “People who have gone back to franchises and loved them, like all the ‘Star Wars’ guys have had 30 years in between. So maybe if 30 years had passed I’d be thinking differently.”
The actor will next appear in “Jungle”, which follows a group of friends who venture into the Bolivian jungle with a fraudulent guide.