Daniel Radcliffe Talks Johnny Depp's Fantastic Beasts Casting
Daniel Radcliffe is sharing his thoughts on Johnny Depp's Fantastic Beasts casting.During 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, viewers saw Depp make an appearance as Gellert Grindelwald. And later this year, Depp is set to reprise his role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. However, the decision to keep Depp in the movie has sparked controversy after allegations surrounding his marriage to ex Amber Heard made headlines in 2016.After receiving backlash over keeping Depp in the movie, the film's director David Yates and author and screenplay writer J.K. Rowling have both since defended the casting decision.
Now Harry Potter star Radcliffe is speaking out for the first time about the controversy. "It's a very hard thing for me," Radcliffe tells Entertainment Weekly, adding that he wants to support the movie's producers who "gave me a great start in life and an amazing job."The 28-year-old actor went on to say, "I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that … I'm not saying anything that anybody hasn't already said — and this is a weird analogy to draw — [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people's behavior that goes way beyond that and it's tolerated because they're very famous players. I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that."
Back in Dec. 2017, Rowling sent a tweet to her followers that read, "I'm saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue here." Attached was a link to her website, which she discussed the casting decision."When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise," Rowling wrote. "Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn't happen."
saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue here:https://t.co/NDMjy542Yv— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 7,
She continued, "The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life.