Monday Morning Quarterback Part II

By BOP Staff

July 21, 2009

I might have won, but you still have a lot more hair than me.

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Maybe they could all join the Twilight franchise before that series' final film...

Kim Hollis: Robert Pattinson, who played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has already stumbled into extreme success with the Twilight franchise. Do you expect Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint or any of the other stars of the film to match his success with other projects outside the Potter franchise, or do you think this is it for them?

Josh Spiegel: Essentially, it's too hard to say, as the three stars of these movies have done little outside of the franchise. Daniel Radcliffe is certainly trying very hard to get as far from Harry Potter as he can in his other projects (Equus and his cameo in Extras come to mind), and I can see him having future success, though in quirkier projects. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, though, seem a little less interested in doing films; I'm sure they both could do whatever projects they'd like, but who knows if they want to step near a film set ever again? Either way, we may be looking at the next Jodie Fosters or the kids from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


Kim Hollis: I agree that Radcliffe seems to be the likeliest candidate, if only because he seems so interested in honing his craft. This is a young man who is legitimately interested in growing as an actor, and learning more from accomplished directors. I foresee him continuing to take some risks, which might not put him in any big blockbusters, but will establish him as a performer to be taken seriously.

David Mumpower: What has always impressed me about the British acting community is that it's so tightly interconnected. People who know and like one another make a point to keep working together as much as possible. I'm not sure if anyone other than Radcliffe or Watson has a chance to become a celebrated movie star on the order of what Twilight has made Pattinson. I am, however, certain that many of the people involved with the creation of these films will always have work available to them if they so desire it simply because of their recognition and celebrity attained through the Potter franchise. I do have a great deal of curiosity about whether Radcliffe can be separated from the Potter character or if he's the new Leonard Nimoy. I don't believe Watson will have that problem and can easily envision her being the next Emily Blunt, a beautiful woman who also has significant acting chops. I wouldn't even rule her out as being the next Anne Hathaway. If you want a sleeper fro the franchise, I also believe that Bonnie Wright has a lot of upside as a 20-year-old recovering Mrs. Harry Potter with looks, humor and a kind of non-threatening beauty that could play very well here in the United States.

Tim Briody: The three leads probably never have to work a day in their lives again but Radcliffe will attempt to show himself as a Serious Actor in the next decade.

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