'It's the real deal. You live or die on that show,' Radcliffe tells MTV News. By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
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Daniel Radcliffe made the jump to Broadway star shortly after ending his run as the world's most famous boy wizard, but on January 14, he's taking an even bigger step: He's hosting "Saturday Night Live."
But Radcliffe knew that's not something you do without some careful consideration, and he told MTV News' Josh Horowitz that he had to give it some thought before agreeing to host. "I had to think about it a little bit, because it's the real deal. You live or die on that show," he said. "Ultimately, it was a no-brainer because I was working with John Larroquette [in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'] at the time as well. He hosted a bunch of times when he was younger."
Not that it took a lot of convincing. Radcliffe also just really wanted to work with the castmembers he admires. "I love Seth Meyers. Bill Hader, I think, is just unbelievable. That Alan Alda impression, just mind-blowing," he said.
Part of what is so enticing to Radcliffe about hosting is the immense challenge of it. "It will be the kind of stuff I like, that kind of guerilla style of getting stuff done when you just have to get it done," he said. "Nothing else matters. You have to do it. You have to achieve. By the end of the week, you're going to be putting on an hour-and-a-half music-and-comedy show from scratch."
Work for Radcliffe's episode started on Monday, and the actor said he is "very excited," and he is even bringing some ideas of his own. "But they're going to be crap," Radcliffe said. "I've got a couple ideas, yes, but I don't know that mine are going to end up onscreen because they've got a very experienced team of writers there."
Daniel Radcliffe's episode of "Saturday Night Live," with musical guest Lana Del Rey, airs this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET.