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Daniel Radcliffe has never seen 'The Sopranos,' 'Breaking Bad,' or 'The Wire,' and prefers to watch cartoons and reality TV

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Daniel Radcliffe has never seen 'The Sopranos,' 'Breaking Bad,' or 'The Wire,' and prefers to watch cartoons and reality TV
  • Daniel Radcliffe admits he avoids watching "heavy, hour-long" TV shows.
  • Radcliffe prefers cartoons and reality TV, crediting "The Simpsons" for shaping his interests.

Daniel Radcliffe admits he avoids "heavy, hour-long" TV shows at all costs.

The "Harry Potter" star, who lends his voice to the Netflix animated series "Mulligan," recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about his TV-watching habits.

"Honestly, I watch cartoons, and I watch reality TV," said Radcliffe. "I've never seen 'Breaking Bad.' I've never watched 'The Sopranos' or 'The Wire.' All the sort of heavy, hour-long stuff. Just, I can't."

Radcliffe's love of animation is evident in his list of credits: he's voiced roles in animated series like "The Simpsons," "Robot Chicken," "BoJack Horseman," and Rick and Morty."

"I think it does probably in part stem from growing up on 'The Simpsons,'" Radcliffe said of why he loves the genre. "I was watching 'Jeopardy!' the other night, and one of the contestants credited a ton of his trivia knowledge to 'The Simpsons.' That's absolutely true of me as well. There are so many weird facts and things, from my general knowledge of the world to my sense of humor, [that] were formed in some way by 'The Simpsons.'"

Radcliffe has appeared three times on "The Simpsons" to date. In the season 22 "Treehouse of Horror" episode, he played a young vampire named Edmund; in season 25, he played Diggs, a transfer student with a love for falconry who befriends Bart; and in season 29, he voiced himself in an episode.

He went on to explain why cartoons that touch on mature themes wouldn't work if they were live-action.

"I think a lot of 'BoJack Horseman' would be just too fucking bleak and sad if it wasn't a talking horse," Radcliffe said. "The classic example is Homer strangling Bart in 'The Simpsons.' In a live-action [series], that's just like a horrendous act of child abuse that there's nothing funny about whatsoever, whereas it's a running gag in 'The Simpsons,' and it's funny because of what Bart's neck does."


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