An open letter to Daniel Radcliffe, because he needs to know how much we love him
Hey Daniel Radcliffe!
It’s me. Seeing as how we’re inching closer to Thanksgiving with every passing second, and your brand new movie, Victor Frankenstein opens today, I thought it might be nice to, you know, say thanks. Why? Because you’ve been in our lives for a really long time now, and it’s about time we gave thanks for you. Maybe this could be a new Thanksgiving tradition. You know, you release a brand new movie, and we all flock to the theaters to see it and think, “man, Daniel Radcliffe is the best.”
Something like that.
These thanks have actually been brewing within us for a while. If you can believe it we’ve actually been virtually hanging out with you since 2001. 2001!! That was 14 years ago, way back when you were 11 (not that I know your age in 2001 off the top of my head . . . but I do). Starring in the Harry Potter movies as THE Boy Who Lived was no easy feat, but you handled the entire franchise so well. You also successfully managed to avoid every single child actor cliché out there. Can’t even tell you how awesome that was to watch.
And Harry Potter? What a guy. Sure, he could be whiny sometimes (sorry) but we felt for him in the books, and you made us feel for him on screen. That was no easy feat.
Following that whole HP thing, you’ve just gone on to do bigger and better things. Remember that time you were on Broadway — three times? That was awesome, and I’m sorry I missed all three shows, but I promise I’ve watched lots of clips of you singing in dancing in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. That explains why I constantly have “Brotherhood of Man” stuck in my head.
There’s also the fact that you’re pretty hilarious and very good at rolling with the punches. I’ll admit that when I need a pick-me-up I watch that video of you as the NYLON receptionist. It’s hilarious every single time. You were totally game for everything thrown your way that day, even if you had no idea how to transfer a call. It’s OK; that’s a really tricky thing to do, I know.
Speaking of comedy, you’ve also dipped a toe into rom-com territory, and that was just stellar. Do I frequently ask people if they’ve seen your latest, What If? I do. It was also the first movie where I thought, “oh gosh, Dan Radcliffe is now a full-fledged leading man!” I mean, I saw The Woman In Black, but that was kinda scary. What If? was right up my alley, and I find myself hoping that you’ll dive into another movie like that sometime in the near future. Doesn’t have to be right now, there’s still plenty of time to sweep us off our feet again.
If at any point, you wake up one day and think, “I’m done with acting!” please instead turn to a career in either lip-sycnhing or rapping. Either would work. Just promise us you’ll stick around.
This is all just a long, drawn out way to say thanks for being you. Whether it’s magic, or singing, or jokes, or more movie franchises, thanks for being you — you’re the very best, Daniel Radcliffe. The very best.
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