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Daniel Radcliffe's Way Of Dealing With The Paparazzi Was Brilliant

Daniel Radcliffe's Way Of Dealing With The Paparazzi Was Brilliant

Daniel Radcliffe probably gets hassled enough as it is, six years after the final Harry Potter film. One can only imagine what his day-to-day excursions were like during the height of the franchise.

To the rest of us, that level of fame is beyond comprehension, including how anybody deals with it without ending up in rehab in four days flat.

You wake up and you're in the news. You go to a pub and there's something picking a fight. You walk down a street and there's a dozen people chasing you with cameras.

The paparazzi is by far the biggest put-off for the non-famous. Every little thing you do, everywhere you go, all of it documented. Hideous man.


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And there ain't much you can do to stop it, bar the odd court appeal. At the end of the day, it's not strictly illegal so long as they don't break and enter, and physically harm you.

You can fuck with them though. Back in 2007, on a Jay Leno appearance Daniel Radcliffe revealed his genius trick to getting the pap's knickers in a twist.

"I would wear the same outfit every single time with different T-shirts underneath but I would wear the same jacket and zip it up so they couldn't see what I was wearing underneath, and the same hat," he said. "So they could take photos for six months but it would look like the same day. They became un-publishable, which was hilarious because there's nothing better than seeing the paparazzi get really frustrated."


The only photos I could find of Radcliffe wearing a hat in 2007. Images: PA

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So good was this life-hack that he even ended up fooling fashion editorial tables.

He said: "There was one hysterical moment when my 'stage door outfit,' as it was called, ended up on, like, one of the fashion bits in the newspaper, which is like an old dirty hat and a jacket that hasn't been washed in ages and somehow it got in there. I was very proud."

It sounds pretty similar to Johnny Depp's ploy to wear sunglasses when out and about due it lowering the value of a paparazzo's snaps.

Radcliffe recently told Good Morning Britain that he wouldn't ever rule out picking up the ol' wand again the future.


Image: PA

"If it was ever to become more than theoretical, I would of course think about it," he said of the rumours.

Talking about his resistance to seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the actor said: "I'm not trying to stay away from the show, I'm trying to stay away from what could potentially be the experience of seeing it.


"I know other people from the cast have gone to see it. I just feel like if I was sitting in an audience of Harry Potter fans, it would possibly be a slightly different show, and it would possibly be that I would be watching it as much feeling people watching me watch it.

"This could all be in my head, but I just envisage it not being relaxing."

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Topics: Daniel Radcliffe

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