What Made Daniel Radcliffe Way More Nervous Than Any of His Broadway Gigs?

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The star of The Lifespan of a Fact discusses researching for his latest role and why he won’t see Harry Potter on Broadway.

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers to talk about his most recent Broadway outing: The Lifespan of a Fact.

While many potential theatregoers may believe the new play, also starring Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, is a political one, Radcliffe said, “It's more a debate about artistic license and how far you can push something as a writer.” Plus, “it’s 85 minutes long and really funny.”


In the play, Radcliffe plays a young fact-checker at a literary magazine who is assigned to research an essay before the magazine goes to print. As his own research for the role, Radcliffe spent time at The New Yorker and fact-checked a real article. “I got way more nervous about that than I do about doing the play every night,” he admitted to Meyers. “You’re on the phone with somebody who expects... he knows he’s getting a call from The New Yorker. He doesn’t know it’s an actor playing around with being a fact-checker.

“There was something really inspirational about going into The New Yorker and seeing how it's all done.”

Meyers wondered if Radcliffe would go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while working in New York. But Radcliffe says no: “Not because I think it would throw me into some sort of existential crisis,” he said, “but more because it would not be a relaxing evening at the theatre to be watching. I feel like I would be being watched for my reaction.”

And, based on the below clip, going in disguise is out of the question. Watch the full video interview below. And to hear more thoughts from Radcliffe and his castmates on returning to Broadway, click here for Playbill’s video interview.

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