Daniel Radcliffe, ‘Apologetic Skinhead,’ Is Sorry For Using Racial Slurs in ‘Imperium’ Role
In the upcoming Imperium, Radcliffe plays an FBI agent named Nate Foster who goes undercover with a white supremacist group. Expectedly, the movie includes a whole host of venomous, racist slurs, and in an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show last night (August 15), Radcliffe said he couldn't apologize to his co-stars of color quickly enough when scenes ended.
"I did find myself — whenever I was using racial slurs and stuff in the film — I would have to go up to the actors afterwards and be like 'I'm so sorry,'" he recalled. "'I just, like, have to say it. I know you know that I don't mean this, but I still feel like I have to say it.' We were the most apologetic bunch of skinheads."
Radcliffe added that filming Imperium was a very strange dichotomy of beautiful movie-making and uncovering disturbing truths about American society.
"It was a very weird film to make in the one way because it was a fantastic experience and it was a great crew," he said. "On the other hand, we are dealing with this very heavy stuff and filming, like, right-wing, white-supremacist rally scenes and we were all wearing T-shirts that said 'white power' on them and stuff like that is weird and horrible."
Still, there was scene that Radcliffe said offered him a strange relief: the chronicling of his going totally bald.
"I had to shave my head which was on camera and I was happy to find out I don't have a strangely shaped or marked head in any way," he said.
Imperium hits theaters on August 19.
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