Daniel Radcliffe says he's barely spending his Harry Potter fortune
Who wouldn't love to be rich? I'm sure if you made a fortune, you could think of a lot of ways to spend the money. You could buy a fancy new house with a pool, or a cherry red Lamborghini, or just spend it all on plastic surgery to look like Kylie Jenner. All very wise decisions.
And there's no better way to make money than to star in a successful movie franchise. At age eleven, Daniel Radcliffe was cast as the boy wizard Harry Potter, and went on to star in eight films, growing up into an adult on camera. According to MentalFloss.com, Harry Potter is the second highest grossing movie franchise of all time, earning a worldwide gross of 7.7. billion. (The Marvel Cinematic Universe is number one.) CBS estimates that Daniel's earnings equal about $95.6 million. That could buy a lot of Firebolt broomsticks.
However, the actor says he's barely touched his vast fortune. "I don't really do anything with my money," said Daniel, in an interview with The Belfast Telegraph. "I'm very grateful for it, because having money means you don't have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom, career-wise."
With all those riches as a safety net, Daniel can afford to be picky with his projects. Rather than jump into another huge franchise for a quick buck, he can focus on quality. (Basically, he's the opposite of Nicholas Cage.) "For all the people who've followed my career, I want to give them something to be interested in," said Daniel. "Rather than them just watch me make loads of money on crap films for the rest of my life." So, I guess we won't be seeing him in The Fast And The Furious sequels any time soon.
In fact, Daniel's so passionate about filmmaking, it's become something of an obsession. "I don’t know what my life looks like without regularly being on a film set. I’d go crazy," the actor revealed. And when asked how he'd like to die, he answered, "On a film set, ideally. I want to ruin someone’s day. I want to have them suddenly go, ‘Dan’s just dropped dead in front of the camera; we have to get his double on." Wow. Even Voldemort would say, "That's a bit morbid."
Well, good for Daniel. We all aspire to do something for work that we feel passionate about, while making enough money to make ends meet. And as an actor, picking your projects is a luxury. Stars often do "crap movies" for the paychecks (not that there's anything wrong with that). For example, Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine starred in "Jaws: The Revenge," the fourth entry in the Jaws series (yes, there were four, and the fourth one was awful.) When asked about the film, he famously said, "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
But hey, Daniel, if you don't need that $95.6 million, I'll take it!
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