Daniel Radcliffe sheds light on his Woman in Black character

Exclusive: “I do tend to play quite sad characters…”

Daniel Radcliffe has spoken exclusively to Total Film about starring in The Woman in Black, his first major post-Potter role.

He’s playing Arthur Kipps in James Eden Lake Watkins’ Victorian chiller, adapted from Susan Hill’s novel.

Radcliffe stars as haunted solicitor Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black, and he told us: “I do tend to play quite sad characters. I don’t know why – I’m quite happy!”

It seems to have plagued him since childhood: “When I was 11, Chris Columbus said he thought I had sad eyes. I think that’s largely the reason I play such sad lonely characters!"

On his latest character, Radcliffe said: “Arthur is grieving, numb and exhausted and I think it’s a struggle for him to get out of bed in the morning.

“That was definitely something that I focused on – that sense of exhaustion and numbness – and it’s very useful because it just gives you a slightly different physicality.”

The Woman in Black
is set for release on 10 February 2012.

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