Daniel Radcliffe 2013: 'Harry Potter' Star Earns Raves For 'Cripple of Inishmaan'

By Ryan Book (RyanMBook88@gmail.com) | Jun 20, 2013 09:57 AM EDT
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Daniel Radcliffe will always be known as the actor that portrayed Harry Potter, but he's doing his best to show his range. His most recent foray is playing the title character in the drama "The Cripple of Inishmaan." 

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Critics in London heaped praise upon Radcliffe for his portrayal of Billy, a 17 year-old cripple who looks to escape his humdrum life in Ireland when an American film crew visits the area. 

The Guardian described Radcliffe as "a fine stage actor with a gift for playing social outsiders," and the Times of London cited his "still, melancholy intensity and resolve." 

The only complaint was of his less-than-convincing Irish accent, from The Independent, but that paper applauded the act overall. 

It's not Radcliffe's first time on stage. He made headlines in 2007 for playing the lead (and appearing nude) in "Equus," and he sang in the lead role for Broadway's "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." In fact, the "Harry Potter" series has been his only real mainstream role. Other film roles have included Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings" and a man who grows horns in the underground horror flick "Horns." 

"Unlike many child stars, Daniel Radcliffe has grown up gracefully," said the Daily Telegraph, writing "the former boy wizard lends this disconcertingly cruel play what little heart it has."

"The Cripple of Inishman" is one of several plays being staged in a series by director Michael Grandage at London's Noel Coward Theatre. Other plays will include fellow top tier actors such as Jude Law and Judi Dench. 

The play was written by Martin McDonagh, who has also written screenplays including "In Bruges" and "Seven Psychopaths." 

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