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Harry Potter and the Deathly Horrors of Celebrity

The best thing about Scott Feinberg‘s five-and-half-minute audio chat with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is the background noise. Since the Hollywood Reporter journalist got together with the actor during a luncheon yesterday afternoon at New York’s 21 Club, there is an immense amount of boisterous background noise. In a strange way, this cacophony makes the interview that much more exciting to listen to.

The second best thing about the conversation is how Radcliffe describes the personal fame that comes with a mega film franchise. Here’s a taste:

“There are, obviously, upsides to it, but I’d say that the upsides, for me, are the upsides that come from my job rather than from the celebrity aspect. I mean, celebrity is horrible –that’s the truth, is that it’s a ghastly, vile thing.

Although Radcliffe was never one to dilute his interview comments, you get the feeling he feels entitled to speak more freely now that the final HP installment is hitting DVD. Also, there may well have been a cocktail or two flowing here, adding some Golden Goblets fluidity to the proceedings.

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