Date: 6th April 2001
HARRY POTTER director JOHN BOORMAN fears for the future of his young star DANIEL RADCLIFFE.
BOORMAN gave the 10-year-old British schoolboy his first break in front of the cameras in TAILOR OF PANAMA, The (2001) with PIERCE BROSNAN and GEOFFREY RUSH.
But the decision to cast the young actor as the lead in the $60 million (£40 million) blockbuster HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) has caused Boorman concern. He says, "Daniel really is a smashing kid but you have to have concerns for his future. "I had long chats with his family who thought working with us would be good for him. He was quite shy really and lacking in confidence. "But I thought that would be the end of his movie career for a while at least. By allowing him to make Harry Potter, he will lose a huge chunk of his childhood.
Boorman adds, "What with promoting the film, the whole exercise could take as long as three to four years. "I just hope for his sake they keep his feet on planet Earth. Let's hope he still has the same friends in a year or two and they can forget he's Harry Potter." (KW/WNWCAN)