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"Harry Potter" dreams of a new role in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita

February 16, 2012, 16:40 UTC+3
Daniel Radcliffe, a British actor who starred as Harry Potter, dreams of playing a new star role in a screen version of the Master and Margarita novel
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MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) — Daniel Radcliffe, a British actor who starred as Harry Potter, dreams of playing a new star role in a screen version of the Master and Margarita novel written by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, the actor told journalists at a film presentation in Moscow on Thursday. Daniel Radcliffe arrived to present a new thriller - the Woman in Black, in which the actor is starring.

The actor told journalist that the story of the "woman in black" captured his attention at once. It is not a standard horror movie, the actor said. Playing the role of a man, rather than a youngster, and living in a different epoch was quite interesting, Daniel said. The character whom Radcliffe presents in the Woman in Black has no fear of death, in fact, he does not care whether he will live or die, the actor said. Being fearless, but in a different sense - in choice of roles and in acting, is what Daniel Radcliffe wishes for himself, he said.

The new film featuring Daniel’s character chasing ghosts once again is not in the least like the Harry Potter series, the actor said. The actor realizes that some day he would like to part with the image of the young magician, but he does not intend "to turn his back" on the films about Harry Potter, realizing if it had not been for Harry Potter he would not have been talking in Moscow now.

The actor said he was immensely impressed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, but if offered a choice of books of Russian classical literature Daniel Radcliffe would prefer Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita.

"It is my most favorite book," the actor explained. He said that he had been to Russia to celebrate his 21th birthday last year, and he was shown "the mysterious" apartment on the Patriarchy Ponds. The actor confessed he has been under the magic spell of the book since. Daniel has been reading Bulgakov's other novels and his biography, the actor said, adding he might go to the "mysterious apartment" once again.

The actor admires Russian architecture and literature. He learned a few words in Russian and was presented with a Matryoshka doll, the actor said. Daniel Radcliffe feels fine in Moscow. He likes the weather in Moscow. The weather in Moscow is quite comfortable, like in London, the actor said, adding he was lucky not to have been to Moscow in bitter cold.

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