About (Late) Last Night: Daniel Radcliffe is not too cool for his fans [Video]
Legions of "Harry Potter" fans swarmed movie theaters around the planet this past weekend, propelling "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the final installment in the lengthy franchise, to a record-breaking $475 million in global ticket sales.
For Daniel Radcliffe, who has spent half his life playing the boy wizard, the phenomenon never gets old. On "The Daily Show" Monday night, host Jon Stewart asked the star, who's currently starring in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," if he ever gets jaded.
"No, not at all. That's what's kind of cool, I think that's what's great about the series is the fact that we haven't gotten jaded," he said. "It's kind of hard to get jaded when you're a 14-year-old and you get to do scenes with Gary Oldman."
"As a 14-year-old, being jaded is in many ways your job," Stewart quipped.
Radcliffe confessed, "I don't think I've ever been particularly good at that." He also expressed his particular appreciation for "Harry Potter's" enthusiastic, unrepentantly nerdy fans: "I think what's lovely about the 'Potter' fans is this does not apply to them in the slightest. I'm always amazed when I meet a person my own age who's kind of enthusiastic and excited, I always latch on to them ... ."
In fact, Radcliffe confessed to his own slightly embarrassing viewing habits. He said he's a big fan of cartoons, including "The Mighty B!" starring his neighbor, Amy Poehler, and even "SpongeBob SquarePants," which he used to watch before going onstage in "Equus," a play about a man who is sexually obsessed with horses -- as one does.
"This girl asked me at the opening-night party, 'How do you prepare for this show?' and like really obviously wanted me to say, 'Oh well, I sit in the stable for a couple of days, talking to myself,'" Radcliffe joked. "And I was like, 'Well, I watch SpongeBob 3 till 4.'"
Stewart then gave Radcliffe the opportunity to field questions from "Potter" fanatics at a recent Quidditch tournament.
"Do you feel any guilt at all for my ongoing virginity?" asked one. Another wondered whether Radcliffe knew "any anti-wedgie spells."
Alas, the answer is "no."
-- Meredith Blake