Daniel Radcliffe is setting the record straight when it comes to Wolverine rumours.
“I made a joke about it…I think somebody was like, ‘Do you want to play Wolverine’ and I made a joke — which I thought was so clearly a joke — because I was like, ‘Yeah, I would play Wolverine if he’s just been shrunk in a hot wash,'” he tells ET Canada‘s Sangita Patel. “That was what I thought was like clearly, ‘I am joking about being a tiny miniaturized Wolverine’ but the internet really took it and ran with it. It was like, ‘He’s confirmed he’s doing it’ but no, that’s not what happened.”
“I’ve never been offered that enough to turn it down. I love superhero movies. I would totally do that,” he adds. “We’ve had many very effective Spider-Mans and I don’t think we need another one. That would have been the one I was right for because, you know, I’m English and most of the Spider-Mans are,” he laughs.
“You get to this point where I can’t make jokes anymore because everything does get taken slightly seriously,” he confirms. And before more casting rumours start, the actor isn’t saying yes or no to any big-screen version of “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” just yet.
“I’m never gonna say ‘no’ to anything…I literally don’t know. I can’t even begin to think about that,” he says.
Radcliffe is in Toronto with co-star Samara Weaving ahead of the world premiere of the movie, “Guns Akimbo”, which sees a nerdy video game developer (Radcliffe) becomes the next contestant in an illegal live-streamed deathmatch.
“There is, unfortunately, a rich history of people enjoying watching terrible things happen and it’s not a modern phenomenon. It’s happened for a millennium so I think [director] Jason Lei Howden has taken that to a logical extreme by inventing this world where violence is obviously a big part of the movie,” he says.
“You get to see a lot of it through the eyes of my character who is very normal and does not like any of this,” he says of his character who is not exactly your typical online troll. “He’s going online to troll trolls. He likes getting into fights with people online. I definitely think there is a certain type of person who does get a rush out of just being antagonistic on the internet.”
In real life, Radcliffe says he’s “not mentally strong enough” to be on social media: “I’d be getting into fights with people.” But it’s a different world in “Guns Akimbo”.
“It’s an absolutely crazy, 100-mile-an-hour action-comedy,” Radcliffe says of his new film, “Guns Akimbo”. “It’s like a Jason Statham movie directed by Edgar Wright. It’s an incredible adrenalized heightened mad world but also kind of self-aware and doesn’t take itself too seriously,” he adds.
“Guns Akimbo” does not yet have a Canadian release date.