Looking to quickly pull himself out of being type cast as any sort of wizard or fantasy character, Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly read for a new part as a tough police inspector in the London-based television series, Law and Order, U.K.
"Not that television is his first choice", says show assistant producer Harry Gardener, "But it gives him an immediate 180 degree turn around from playing the nice boy with a wand in his hand." The character in question is a young inspector in a special unit, recently divorced and also suspected of taking bribes to let criminals go. "He has a good heart really, but a true mean streak and that is the personality trait we want to see from Daniel in this screen test", says Gardener.
Radcliffe reportedly finished his testing in about 45 minutes and was met outside the closed set by Gardener. The two men shook hands and Radcliffe went on his way. Speaking to reporters after the test, Gardener was quick to praise Radcliffe for his acting chops, but hedged on declaring him the new star of the show. "Don't get me wrong, the man can act, but we'll have to see if we can adjust the show to match some other limitations", said Gardener.
Insiders at the screen test tell reporters that given Radcliffe's relative size and stature to some of the "bad guys" in the show; it didn't seem plausible that Radcliffe could easily toss them to the ground. "That, and he kept waving his gun around like a magic wand and yelling, EXPERIAMO. It was embarrassing", says lighting technician, Tommy Fresnel. "He could make it as an inspector I think, maybe a young lawyer, but not a tough guy. That's Harry Potter, after all, yeah? Too nice a boy, he was".
Radcliffe is also reportedly up for a part in the new Martin Scorsese film about Bolivian kidnappers titled, "Take the Girl". Radcliffe is looking for the lead kidnapper part, a former Bolivian military colonel with full body tattoos, a cocaine habit and a bad attitude. Makeup artists are working on how to make a pasty white Englishman look like a bronzed Central American, with muscles.