Harry Potter sensation Daniel Radcliffe said that he’d rather not want to face the challenge of portraying Shakespeare’s Hamlet, ahead of the release of of his play which features the iconic role.
Radcliffe will be a part of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which opens in London next month. The play’s plot revolves around two minor incidents within Hamlet. And while Daniel is a part of the play, he says he is happy not playing Hamlet.
“It’s a struggle for me because I’ve seen a couple of people play Hamlet and they were both really, really good and it would freak me out because I’d be like: ‘Oh I won’t be as good as those guys,'” Radcliffe told Sky News.
He added, “”Even just watching Luke (Mullins) who’s playing Hamlet in our play – it’s a hell of a part, not that I’m shirking a challenge, but I think I’d have to psych myself up for that one.”
Daniel will be seen playing the character of Rosencratz in the play and he will be joined by Mr Turner actor, Joshua McGuire, as Guildenstern. The two actors have worked before and share a comfortable chemistry with each other. Radcliffe asserts that it’s a “huge relief” to be working with McGuire again.
“It’s that lovely thing – not having to worry about establishing a relationship and just being able to go in and go, ‘Oh good, we can just start working on the play on day one,'” he adds.
The play will preview at the Old Vic from the 25th of February and opens on the 7th of March.