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Daniel Radcliffe talks about Johnny Depp’s casting in ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’

IANS | New Delhi |

Daniel Radcliffe has broken his silence on Johnny Depp’s casting in “Fantastic Beasts 2”, saying he understands the reason for the fans’ frustration over the actor’s association with the film franchise.

Depp’s former wife Amber Heard had accused the actor of domestic violence. Radcliffe, who grew up onscreen as J K Rowling’s boy wizard Harry Potter, said although he is grateful to the team for giving him “a great start in life and an amazing job”, he believes Depp’s behaviour is being tolerated because he is a renowned name in the showbiz.

“I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that… I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said – and this is a weird analogy to draw (but) in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behaviour that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players,” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly. Radcliffe made an indirect reference to the case of Jamie Waylett, the actor who played Vincent Crabbe in the first six Potter films but was fired after being charged for possession of cannabis in 2009. “I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the (original Potter) film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that,” he added. The 28-year-old actor’s comments come after Rowling shared her response to a fan on social media, who questioned the author’s agreement to let Depp be a part of the film.

She wrote back saying although she understood the concern of Harry Potter fans regarding their choice to continue with Depp in the role, the directors, along with her were “genuinely happy” to have him on board the project. Rowling added both she and David Yates had considered the possibility of recasting the role for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald”.