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Daniel Radcliffe thanks parents for giving him ‘naturally evil’ British accent as he picks up best villain gong at MTV Movie and Awards

Daniel Radcliffe cheekily thanked his parents for giving him a ‘naturally evil’ British accent as he accepted the prize for best villain at the 2022 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The 32-year-old Harry Potter star won for his performance as eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax in action-comedy The Lost City alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.

He beat off stiff competition from Colin Farrell and Willem Dafoe to scoop the prestigious golden popcorn gong.

The actor described the accolade as ‘genuinely so cool’ as he appeared via video link, before thanking his co-stars and production team for making his job ‘so easy’.

He added that being English and having a ‘universally recognised accent of pure evil’ made it even easier.

‘The character of Fairfax was so much fun to play, thanks to the amazing wiring of Dana Fox, and working with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, all of which makes my job very easy,’ he said.

‘I think if I’m being honest what makes my job easiest is just being English this is the universally recognised accent of pure evil. This is a voice that would kick a puppy or not give Oliver Twist more food.

 

Daniel as the villainous Fairfax in The Lost City (Pictures: Paramount)

‘So I really should thank my parents the most for having the foresight all those years ago to have me be British and grow up sounding naturally evil enough to one day win this award. So thank you mum and dad.’

In the movie, Radcliffe’s evil Fairfax kidnaps romance novelist Loretta Sage (Bullock) so that she can lead him to a lost treasure. Bullock previously hailed Radcliffe’s transformation into Fairfax as ‘brilliant’, and something that fans would not be expecting.

‘To me, the most exciting character in this film is the Daniel Radcliffe that they will not expect,’ Sandra said. ‘The brilliance of our villain is that he has to be the most affable, seductive, non-threatening villain at first.

‘His transformation into the evil part of Fairfax is brilliant.’

Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic in the upcoming biopic (Picture: Roku)

Meanwhile, Radcliffe concluded his speech by informing fans that his shaved eyebrow and tight leather trousers were not a ‘personal aesthetic’ he was going for in his 30s; the look was all in the name of work.

He’s starring as Al Yankovic in upcoming biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, which documents the Grammy Award winning singer’s rise to fame with some of his earliest hits such as Eat It and the Madonna Like A Virgin spoof Like A Surgeon.

The film is also set to document Yankovic’s ‘torrid celebrity affairs and famously depraved lifestyle’.

Speaking about the role to The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe said: ‘Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m honoured to finally share with the world the absolutely 100% unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life.’

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is set to stream on the Roku channel in autumn.

 


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