Shalom Life | May 29, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Goes Skinny Dipping in Lake Ontario

The 'What If' actor opens up about taking it all off for his new film.

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: May 22nd, 2014 in Culture » Film » News

Once again, Daniel Radcliffe will be stripping down to his birthday suit for the sake of art. In the upcoming film What If Radcliffe gets to show off his stuff in a skinny dipping scene.

That may not be surprising, in the least, as Radcliffe is known for stripping down without any qualms for some of his other roles, like Equus and Kill Your Darlings. What may make some fans do a double take is the fact that What if is a romantic comedy - something the Harry Potter actor hasn't really done before.

"It's really, really funny," Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly, "In so many romantic comedies the humour is kind of lame."

In this romantic comedy, the 24-year-old plays a med school dropout named Wallace who just can't seem to get his life together like everyone else around him. When he finally decides to take a break from dating he, of course, meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who happens to be in a long term relationship. Basically, Daniel Radcliffe explores the concept of 'the friendzone' in a feature length film.

Although we're sure Radcliffe has probably never experienced friendzoning in real life, there are other traits and experiences he shares with his characters. For example: having “grammatical Tourettes”.

“On the second page of the script, he corrects somebody’s pronunciation of a word, and I thought, ‘Oh God, I’m this a–hole,’” Radcliffe explains, recalling the first time he read the script for What If, “I’ve gotten better, but it’s like I’ve got some version of grammatical Tourettes. I can’t hear someone make a mistake without wanting to correct them.”

However, the real highlight for fans, especially Ontario fans, will be the fact that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, was butt-naked in our very own Lake Ontario.

"We were really dreading it," the actor said, explaining his fear of the cold Lake Ontario, "It had been cold a few nights before, but it got beautifully warm. Lake Ontario was fantastic."

What If was previously titled The F Word.

Check out our exclusive interview from last September during TIFF with Radcliffe here.

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