During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe commented on the controversy regarding Johnny Depp’s casting in the Fantastic Beasts film series.
The decision to keep Johnny Depp in the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series has been controversial due to the abuse allegations made by his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Now, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has shared his own thoughts on the matter, stating that it is “a very hard thing for” him and adding that he wants to be supportive of the producers who gave him his big start:
“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.”
Radcliffe is referring to former co-star Jamie Waylett, who portrayed Vincent Crabbe in six Harry Potter films until he was dropped from the series after being arrested for growing marijuana plants. The incident is often referred to by those calling for Depp to be dropped from the project.
Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, David Sakurai, Claudia Kim, Brontis Jodorowsky, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Cornell S. John.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in theaters on November 16, 2018.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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