The star of arguably the largest fantasy franchise of the new millennium was on Late Night Tuesday, where he told Seth Meyers that it was refreshing to just play, well, a normal dude in his new movie, What If.
“I think doing a film where at no point do I have to save a dying child or have a breakdown or get covered in blood was really nice!” Radcliffe said.
What If stars Radcliffe as an unlucky-in-love man named Wallace who meets the girl of his dreams … who, alas, has a long-time boyfriend.
But Radcliffe’s not going “full normal” quite yet: The other project he has coming down the pike is called Horns, in which he stars as a man who sprouts a pair of horns (!) and pals around with snakes (yet again).
Radcliffe also spoke to PEOPLE Monday night at a screening of What If and divulged a big romantic gesture hiding in his past: “I actually have done what my character does in this film and fly to Ireland to surprise somebody, but that’s less impressive, because I live in England, so that’s like an hour away.”
And though there are some tear-jerking scenes in his latest film, Radcliffe says we shouldn’t expect to see him tearing up at a rom-com any time soon: “I can watch a film that’s supposed to make me cry 20 times and I don’t care. [But] ESPN, some montage that they do about some player coming back from an injury – that makes me cry within five seconds.”
Ask when the last time he cried was, Radcliffe said, “Probably some Adrian Peterson rehab video … it was literally probably something to do with sports.”
What If hits theaters this Friday. Horns debuts on the thematically appropriate date of Oct. 31.
Watch Radcliffe’s full interview with Meyers below.
• Reporting by Haiwen Lu