Daniel Radcliffe has revealed how his parents rejected the Harry Potter role because it would have meant him living for long periods in Hollywood.
Change of heart: Only after the deal was changed wherein Daniel Radcliffe would shoot the movies in England, did his parents allow him to sign the deal. File pic
The star said his parents Alan and Marcia initially turned down the offer to audition for the role of the boy wizard from JK Rowling's book. They were told if Radcliffe won the part he would have to make six films and they would all be shot in Los Angeles.
It was only after producers agreed to reduce the number of films and shoot them in England that his parents relented. Radcliffe has become a multi millionaire and one of the best known faces in the world.
Revealing how he almost lost out on the part, the actor said the director of the first film approached his parents after seeing him perform in a BBC series David Copperfield.
He said, "Chris Columbus had seen David Copperfield and said, 'I want to audition this boy.' They went to my parents, and, at the time, the deal was to sign on for -- I think -- six films, all to be done in LA, and my mum and dad simply said, 'That's too much disruption to his life. That's not gonna happen.'"
"I didn't know any of that had gone on. And then, maybe three, four months down the line, the deal had changed, and it was gonna be to shoot two films, and they'd both be done in England, and so they said, "Okay, we'll let him audition." Radcliffe said he hasn't enjoyed becoming a celebrity describing it as "vile" and "ghastly".
Did you know? In 2009,Daniel Radcliffe was named as the richest young entertainers in the world earning a whopping �12.8 million (Rs 105 crore)