LOS ANGELES — When British actor Daniel Radcliffe was in Central Virginia filming his new movie Imperium,hundreds of fans lined the streets of Hopewell to get their picture taken with the man who once played Harry Potter. By most accounts, Radcliffe was a great guy who took the time to meet and greet those who waited to see him. Now we have this bit of good news for Radcliffe fans — he likes you as much as you like him. During a recent conversation on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Radcliffe discussed his extended stay in Virginia. He even stood up for the Commonwealth.
Marc Maron: I don’t know if you’ve shaved your head for a role?
Daniel Radcliffe: I have. The film is about an FBI agent who goes undercover with a bunch of white supremacists.
MM: Where is that being shot?
DR: It was shot, actually, very close to where those white supremacists were literally arrested yesterday, in Virginia, just outside of Richmond.
MM: Did you speak with an American accent?
DR: I did in that. Yes. In fact I spoke with an American accent the whole time, from like morning till night. Nobody working on that film heard me in an English accident.
MM: And it was a Southern American accent?
DR: No it wasn’t. I actually was learning the Southern American accent for something else and I really enjoy it. It’s weirdly… it’s closer to an English accent than a lot of other American accents because the Rs are less pronounced.
MM: Did you have to get tapes of people going “How are you? [in Southern accent]”
DR: America and Americans have a thing about the Southern accent as sounding sort of dumb, and like silly, whereas the rest of the world thinks they sound f***ing cool. We’re all like, they sound like cowboys , they sound tough, they sound awesome. That is a great accent.
MM: I think they do get stereotyped, but I stopped doing that. You spend time down there and you’re like holy sh*t, this place is beautiful.
DR: There are so many awesome people. Everyone I tell I filmed this movie in Virginia everyone was like’whoa, whoa Virginia’ and I’m like, ‘no, guys, it’s lovely.’ The people are great. Richmond is super… [indecipherable].
Indecipherable! Oh man. Since we could not make out exactly what Radcliffe said, we’ll just go ahead and assume it was something amazing out our hometown. Radcliffe’s Richmond talk begins at about the 25:30 mark. Enjoy!