Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that even though he is quickly becoming one of the most prominent young actors in Hollywood, he has a huge issue with one certain aspect of the movie business.
Daniel Radcliffe was being quizzed by his legion of fans for a Reddit AMA session when the subject of Hollywood's biggest issues arose The Harry Potter actor was asked, "If you were [able to] change one thing about the world what would it be and do you think your fame would help?" Rather than declaring that he might eradicate world hunger or would provide clean water to the millions of people on the globe that don’t have it, Radcliffe’s answer revolved around an annoyance that he has with his own profession. Wrote the actor,
"I suppose I would... I would remove the bullshit hierarchy from the film industry, because there are certain people who do my job, and also directors and producers, who seem to think the job they do gives them license to treat people who work for them badly, and there is no good reason for that, and it should not be tolerated. I know that if I ever get to direct, it will not be present anywhere on my set."
Despite the fact that Radcliffe is being a tad selfish by only thinking about how his one-time deal to change the world would affect him, you can’t help but agree with his plan. Stories constantly seem to circulate regarding the ill treatment of below the line workers by illustrious actors or directors. Even recently a story emerged from the set of Gone Girl that Tyler Perry had to take responsibility for a crew member’s phone ringing after director David Fincher looked to be on the brink of reacting furiously to it. Perry recalled the incident to Vulture, explaining: "One of the crew member's phones went off, on set, and I could see [David Fincher’s] eyes turning, and before he could say anything, I said it was my phone. I took the blame. [Laughs] What's he going to do? I'm bigger than him! I could whoop his ass."
In the past, both David O. Russell and Christian Bale have caused headlines for all the wrong reasons because of their tempers too. During the filming of Three Kings it was reported that Russell nearly traded blows with his Three Kings star, George Clooney, after the actor intervened because of his treatment of his crew. Back in 2009, a YouTube video of Christian Bale shouting at Terminator: Salvation’s director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, went viral too. This was because Hurlbut had allegedly ruined Bale’s take by crossing into his eye-line during the filming of a certain scene.
A level of professionalism should always be adhered to by anyone involved in a film production, but that doesn’t mean that the big fish on-set can rule with an iron fist that demeans and intimidates the crew members below them. Well, they can do it. But if they do, they’re awful people. It's good to know that Daniel Radcliffe is above all of that nonsense.