Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Love Getting Beaten Up'

6.4.2013

By Jerry Portwood

The actor takes to the London stage in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'—where he will get slapped around

Although Radcliffe is amazing in his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg (and sexy) in the forthcoming Kill Your Darlings (which Sony will release this fall), we love when Daniel strips away all the pretenses of the camera and takes to the stage. We loved him in Equus, even his cute turn in How to Succeed in Business..., and now he's raising the stakes by starring in a revival of Martin McDonagh's 1996 comic masterpiece, The Cripple of Inishmaan, in London. 

He recently spoke with the folks at TimeOut London and had a few choice quotes, as always including a bit about the slapping around that goes on in a McDonagh play: 

"I love getting beaten up. I encourage people to just hit me. The comedy in Cripple… comes out of people being incredibly cruel to Billy (the Cripple of Inishmaan, a lame village idiot who wants to be a film star). One of his aunts slaps him around all the time. All of that getting beaten up stuff is brilliant. I encourage people to just hit me harder. The actress, Gillian Hannah, she’s not going to do permanent damage by smacking me in the head. She doesn’t like hitting people, understandably, but I’ve got her into it now, I think."

He's also planning on getting a tattoo: 

"It’s going to sound really pretentious but there’s a Beckett quote I really like which I’m going to get tattooed on me. 'Try again, fail again, fail better.' That’s what I’m about. I heard someone say growing up is about aiming to succeed but being fulfilled by failing very well. I agree with that 100 percent."

Read our story, "The Long Education of Daniel Radcliffe," here

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