Daniel Radcliffe laughs off rumors that he will play Wolverine

Daniel Radcliffe laughs off rumors he’ll play X-Men’s Wolverine and admits to being awestruck by his The Lost City costar Sandra Bullock during appearance on The Tonight Show

Daniel Radcliffe has no plans to play Wolverine in the next X-men movie. 

The Harry Potter star, 32, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday and vehemently denied that he will be reprising Hugh Jackman’s role as the iconic mutant with retractable claws.

‘I think it’s because Wolverine in the comics is fairly short, so I think people are going “Who’s a short actor? Him! He can maybe play him,”‘ the British actor joked.

Not the next Wolverine: Daniel Radcliffe, 31, confirmed that he has no plans to play Wolverine in the next X-men movie while appearing on The Tonight Show on Friday

The former child star looked dashing in a black turtleneck and a crisp grey suit, which he paired with a belt and black shoes.

He explained that the Wolverine rumors have been persistent for a while, with fans reading into his comments and drawing their own conclusions. 

‘This is something that has like come up every so often for the last few years,’ he stated.

‘Every time it comes up I’m like, “That’s not true there’s nothing behind that,” and everyone’s like, “Oh, he said it might be true!” And I’m like, no, I didn’t. I said the opposite of that!’

Funny: ”I think it’s because Wolverine in the comics is fairly short, so I think people are going “Who’s a short actor? Him! He can maybe play him,”‘ the British actor joked

Denial: ‘Every time it comes up I’m like, “That’s not true there’s nothing behind that,” and everyone’s like, “Oh, he said it might be true!”‘

The actor went on: ‘And then every so often I’ll get bored answering the question in a sensible way, so I’ll make a joke and every time I make a joke, I’m like, “Why did you do that?”‘

‘So the other day, I was like, “Prove me wrong, Marvel. And that has ignited a whole thing,’ he joked. 

When host Jimmy Fallon agreed with fans and said that Radcliffe would make ‘a fantastic Wolverine’ the star replied saying, ‘Anything that implies the fleetingest similarity to Hugh Jackman is incredibly flattering so I’m happy with that.’

Jimmy then decided to stoke the rumors, stating, ‘I’m so happy you decided to announce on our show that you are playing Wolverine. This is great!’ 

‘No! No, it’s not,’ Radcliffe laughed.

Famous-co-star: The London-born performer also discussed his apprehension when his The Lost City co-star Sandra Bullock, 57, told him to call her by her nickname ‘Sandy’

Uneasy: ‘It took me so long to get to that point with her where I’d just be… I didn’t feel like I was there even after months and she was like, “Really, call me Sandy,”‘  he recalled

The London-born performer also discussed his apprehension when his The Lost City co-star Sandra Bullock, 57, told him to call her by her nickname ‘Sandy.’   

‘It took me so long to get to that point with her where I’d just be… I didn’t feel like I was there even after months and she was like, “Really, call me Sandy, you don’t have to call me Sandra,”‘ he revealed.

He also added that his friends later made fun of him for being so informal when speaking about the iconic Speed actress. 

‘In conversation with my friends I’d be telling a story about work and I’d be like, “And then Sandy said…” and they’re like, “Ohh Sandy!”‘

‘Mr. Big Shot,’ Jimmy laughed, while the actor continued, ‘Right it’s like, it’s what she prefers! I hate informality as well!’ 

Having fun: Radcliffe and Fallon started out the show by playing a game called Cold As Ice, with the actor and host connected to a tube device going down the front of their pants

Radcliffe and Fallon started out the show by playing a game called Cold As Ice, with the actor and host connected to a tube device going down the front of their pants.

They were then quizzed, and whenever they answered a question incorrectly they would get a pitcher of ice water poured into their trousers.

Radcliffe answered the first two questions wrong, but won his last round. Meanwhile Jimmy failed all his questions, including one about his guest.

Not a Potter fanatic: Radcliffe answered the first two questions wrong, but won his last round. Meanwhile Jimmy failed all his questions, including one about his guest

Ice bath: Fallon mistakenly picked the first answer and was hosed down with ice water 

The host was asked a question most Harry Potter fanatics would have no issue answering.

‘What spell do you cast to turn someone into something funny? Is it A: Guffawedify, B: Riddikulus, or C: Prepostumsempera?’ He mistakenly picked the first answer and was hosed down with ice water.  

Radcliffe shot to fame at the tender age of 11 as the messy-haired protagonist of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, based on the best-selling book of the same title by British author J. K. Rowling.

He starred in the series for the next 10 years, until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011. 

The actor touched on his recent Harry Potter reunion when Fallon asked: ‘Was it odd… is it emotional when you meet your cast that you grew up with basically?’

Claim to fame: Radcliffe shot to fame at 11-years-old as the protagonist of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and touched on his recent Harry Potter reunion during the show

Reminiscing: ‘It was lovely to see them again. I was reminded, you know, I was kind of going back like, I’m very happy to have these memories,’ he said

‘It was kind of all of that. It was so nice to see, some people obviously you’ve kept in contact with and some people you haven’t as much. It was lovely to see them again. I was reminded, you know, I was kind of going back like, I’m very happy to have these memories.’ 

Elsewhere in the conversation, the entertainer spoke about his upcoming biopic film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, where he plays Weird Al Yankovic. 

‘I’m rarely excited to see the stuff that I’m in. I’m very, very excited to see that. I mean, you know, it’s a fully insane movie, it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.’

Though he isn’t sure when the movie will be out, he hopes it will be ‘later this year.’ 

Upcoming biopic: Elsewhere in the conversation, the entertainer spoke about his upcoming biopic film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, where he plays Weird Al Yankovic

Excited: ‘I’m rarely excited to see the stuff that I’m in. I’m very, very excited to see that. I mean, you know, it’s a fully insane movie it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done’

He also recalled the strange way he was cast for the film, after Yankovic saw him performing on The Graham Norton show years ago. 

‘When I talked to Al for the first time, I was like, “I’m immensely flattered by the idea that you would pick me to play you but like, why me?” You know, I’m mystified, but excited.’

‘And apparently like, 13-14 years ago, I sang a version of a Tom Lehrer song on The Graham Norton show. I sang “The Elements” next to Colin Farrell and a very bemused Rihanna. I think he was just like, “Who is this kid and why is he singing “The Elements”‘? 

‘I guess Al saw that and was like, “This guy maybe gets it. And so picked me. So I’m very, very lucky.’

Mishap: Radcliffe spoke about a mishap he had with Yankovic’s accordion: ‘I broke one of the straps and then immediately got them replaced. If he was furious about it, he kept it to himself’

The entertainer also spoke about a mishap he had with Yankovic’s accordion. 

‘I got to have accordion lessons with Al. I got lent Al’s accordion for the month. That was my last day with the accordion I was very sad to be having to say goodbye to it, because he gave me his own accordion to practice on for the month.’

‘On day two of that, I broke one of the straps. And then immediately got them replaced and he was – again, thankfully he’s like the nicest guy. If he was furious about it, he kept it to himself.’

The actor also joked about being mistaken for Elijah Wood: ‘So there’s a long running thing with me and Elijah getting mistaken for each other.’

‘Originally “Lord of the Rings” and the first “Potter” film came out around the same time. And recently a guy just was driving past on the street in New York and I was standing on the corner and he just yelled, “Hey, Elijah, love your work!”‘ 

Mistaken: The actor also joked about being mistaken for Elijah Wood: ‘Recently a guy just was driving past on the street in New York and he just yelled, “Hey, Elijah, love your work!”‘

Thoughtful: ‘I was just like, “Cool thanks, man. Have a good day.” And in my head the thought process was just like, “I don’t want to ruin his day.” Like, he’s had a nice interaction with Elijah Wood as far as he’s concerned. Like, why spoil that?’

‘I was just like, “Cool thanks, man. Have a good day.” And in my head the thought process was just like, “I don’t want to ruin his day.” Like, he’s had a nice interaction with Elijah Wood as far as he’s concerned. Like, why spoil that?’ 

Radcliffe’s latest film The Lost City is a romantic adventure comedy also starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Brad Pitt. The film is directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee.

The movie’s plot centers on writer Loretta Sage (played by Bullock) who writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels, which feature her dashing cover model Alan (played by Tatum).

While on tour for her latest book she is kidnapped by a quirky billionaire by the name of Fairfax (Radcliffe) who wants her to lead him to an ancient lost treasure she had previously described in her book.

The Lost City is set to be released on March 25, 2022, by Paramount Pictures. 

Latest film: His latest film The Lost City, where he plays eccentric billionaire named Fairfax, is a romantic adventure comedy set to be released on March 25, 2022

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