Daniel Radcliffe Responds to Backlash Over Johnny Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casting

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Throughout the casting controversy surrounding Warner Bros.' decision to keep Johnny Depp in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Daniel Radcliffe had remained silent.

Meanwhile, writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates, as well as the film's studio, Warner Bros., have all defended Depp's casting, despite an outcry from fans who feel Depp's continued attachment to the film is unethical in light of Heard's allegations.

Heard got a temporary restraining order against Depp in 2016, accusing him of being "verbally and physically abusive" during their marriage.

"It's a very hard thing for me", Radcliffe said, noting he wants to be supportive of the film's producers who "gave me a great start in life and an fantastic job".

Radcliffe continued, "I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that ..."

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Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as the powerful young wizard in all eight HP movies, explained that the whole situation has been "a very hard thing" for him, and that he still wants to be supportive of the producers who "gave [him] a great start in life and an fantastic job". Rowling created Harry Potter, the character Radcliffe played for eight films, and Yates directed the actor in four of them. As a result, he was dropped from the final two Harry Potter films.

Daniel Radcliffe, who posed at the TCA Turner Winter Press Tour Presentation on January 11, 2018 in Pasadena, California, spoke out about Johnny Depp remaining in the "Fantastic Beasts" sequel.

The "guy" to whom Radcliffe is referring is actor Jamie Waylett, who played bully Vincent Crabbe in the first six Harry Potter films. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. Before there was a Lord Vordemolt, Grindleward was the fictional world's number one bad guy, who sought to bring "pure bloods" to power and control the magical world with the infamous "Elder Wand". His firing was tied to his arrest for growing 10 marijuana plants in his mother's home in 2009. As EW points out, some critics reference this in protesting Depp's casting. Yet he issued a response that was as diplomatic as possible, given the circumstances.

He'll obviously have a major role in the second film, since it's called "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".

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