“I feel he should get a star just for growing up in the industry and not being a jerk,” said comedian Chris Hardwick, after taking a selfie with Radcliffe on the podium. He praised his pal for his “bold, innovative, creative choices” and successful transition to an adult acting career.
The cheers of Radcliffe’s excited fans reached a fever pitch when they mistook the announcement of Emma Watts, president of production at 20th Century Fox, as Radcliffe’s Potter co-star Emma Watson.
But it was the 26-year-old actor’s big moment. “The fans of the Harry Potter films are unique and amazing and wonderful – and still, six years on since I finished them, I’m constantly being amazed by their passion,” said Radcliffe, who was dressed in a smart grey plaid suit and dark tie for the occasion.
His parents, literary agent Alan Radcliffe and casting agent Marcia Gresham, attended the star ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, but they stayed on the sidelines, as they “do not like this kind of a attention,” said Radcliffe. They were content to let their son, who now lives in Manhattan’s West Village, stand in his own spotlight.
Radcliffe was joined by director and producer Christopher Columbus, who told the story about discovering Radcliffe and working with him on the Potter films.
Before expressing his thanks, Radcliffe playfully scolded an enthusiastic fan: “To the guy who keeps asking me to come over there, I can’t come over there right now… I’m really busy right now!”
Radcliffe also has been busy promoting his new movie Victor Frankenstein, which stars James McAvoy and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).