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Video: Radcliffe: ‘Lots of tears’ on last ‘Potter’ set

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    >>> for the past ten years movie goers have been captivated by harry potter . determined to stop the forces of darkness.

    >> we have lost two days without her.

    >> there's a bit of a chase on here.

    >> i don't care about a wedding. i'm sorry, no matter whose it is, i have to start finding them. this is our only chance to beat him and the longer we stay here, the stronger he gets.

    >> daniel radcliffe as harry potter . this movie is the beginning of the end of the franchise, what's that been like for you, dealing with that?

    >> it's kind of odd because we finished filming, the last two we shot in one go and we actually finished filming it five months ago, so we have been through our period of mourning.

    >> what was that last day like?

    >> lots of tears as you might expect. as you said, it was ten years of our lives. but we shot the last film for 18 months. it has been -- it was very weird doing all the press for it at the moment because suddenly everyone's saying, gosh, you must be so sad, i wasn't until you said something.

    >> it's a little bit of a celebration too?

    >> if we had been going out on a sour note, it would have been heart breaking, but i'm pleased with this film and it's nice to go out with a bang.

    >> and i heard you swiped some stuff from the set? swiped is not fair.

    >> but i would have swiped it if they haven't given it to us. my glasses which are a bit tiny.

    >> you were only 11 when you started.

    >> look, there i am. oh, good. it's good that everyone keeps seeing that.

    >> did you have a good childhood?

    >> i had a different childhood. but, you know, in terms of happiness and, you know, it's an amazing, fun, exciting place to be and you're there with a lot of great people. i have to tell you, there's a lot less bullying on the film set than there is in school. so i missed that part.

    >> this is the darkest of all, you're searching to stop him. how does this film lead us into part two?

    >> basically the thing, i think it was interesting, i was talking to a journalist about this the other day, because this film is easiest to break down because you don't know the books very well. so essentially, there's seven pieces of his soul. and also searching for the deathly hallows . and it's a person that basically rates between us so you get there go first. and the end of the movie and, yeah, it's a big cliffhanger. i'm not going to ruin it.

    >> don't ruin it. right after filming stopped on that movie, you started "woman in black" which is a thriller, a very scary movie . and you were very clear on why you wanted to do that, you wanted to play an adult, obviously you are one. and a dad?

    >> yeah. it wasn't so much i was seeking to play those things, but when i read the script and it was a chance to play a father and a widower, it's inherently a much more adult role. so that is part of the process of gradually sort of separating myself from harry, not separating myself, because i'm very proud to have played harry. but separating myself from the character. it's a great director, james watkins , he's a fantastic director and it's a great script and it's a fantastic costume.

    >> scary?

    >> it's going to be very scary film, yes.

    >> and you're going back to broadway, "how to succeed in business without even trying" which is a song and dance musical. i didn't think you did that stuff.

    >> i don't think anyone did. i have always loved singing and i have been singing for a long time and i really, really enjoy it. and dancing is not something i have ever done, but i've been taking lessons for two years. i'm hoping to surprise some people in the course of the next year.

    >> you'll be brilliant, you always are. thank you so much, harry potter and the deathly hallows opened this friday. and daniel's co-stars drop by later this morning.

updated 11/15/2010 10:59:12 AM ET 2010-11-15T15:59:12

Daniel Radcliffe was expecting a tender embrace when it came time to kiss co-star Emma Watson in the new "Harry Potter" film. What he got was torrid necking, Watson working magic with her lips "like an animal," he said.

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"I thought it was going to be like a soft, sensual sort of moment, and it was this very vigorous kissing scene," said Radcliffe, reprising the title role in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," the second-to-last of the big-screen adventures about the teen wizard, which opens Friday.

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"She really went for it, I have to say. It caught me slightly off guard, but yeah, I'm not complaining. Many men would lose a limb to be in that position, so I was absolutely fine with it," Radcliffe said in an interview.

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Opening worldwide this week, the film casts Harry and best pals Hermione Granger (Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) out into the world to fend for themselves, and the journey puts severe strain on their friendship.

Under the spell of an artifact containing part of evil nemesis Voldemort's soul, Ron is sent into a jealous rage by a vision of Hermione, the girl he loves, and Harry taunting him as a third wheel in their relationship. Hermione and Harry then turn to each other and do some kissing that looks positively bestial.

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"That was mainly Emma, I have to say," said director David Yates.

The first take was too tame, and Yates said he told the actors it needed to be more "pagan and mad." That's when Watson really delivered.

"I guess I just realized that I would have fewer takes to do if I just got on with it and just gave David what he wanted, which was a passionate kiss. Which was something that would really rock Ron's boat and really be quite painful and nasty for him to watch," Watson said.

Grint shot Ron's raging reactions alone, without Watson and Radcliffe on set. But he was on hand for Watson and Radcliffe's portions, though he was struck by a case of the giggles watching the colleagues he grew up with in the "Harry Potter" franchise getting down and dirty.

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"When they were there actually filming that kiss, they did actually want me there to kind of play off something, but I just found that too funny," Grint said. "Emma sent me out because I kept laughing. It just looked really strange."

Though they were partly clothed, the scene leaves the impression that Radcliffe and Watson are stripped naked. Both wore jeans, while Radcliffe went shirtless and Watson had the front of her torso covered, leaving her back and shoulders bare.

"I didn't want to put them through complete nudity," said director David Yates. "I didn't think it was necessary, because we were going to put some smoke around them" for the scene, which Ron witnesses through a hallucinatory fog.

Watson was thrilled that the scene delivered the sort of amorousness the filmmakers wanted.

"I'm proud of it, and considering how bloody awkward it was, I'm really impressed that we managed to make it look anything other than awkward," Watson said. "Because Dan and I are like brother and sister, so it was tough making it look passionate, believe me."

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