Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says Hollywood is ‘undeniably racist’

The actor has his say on #OscarsSoWhite.

Daniel Radcliffe shaves head for Imperium
Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Radcliffe shaves his head for Imperium. Image Signature Entertainment

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has spoken openly about the movie industry, saying that Hollywood is ‘undeniably racist’.

Daniel was discussing his new film Imperium, in which he plays an FBI agent going undercover in a neo-Nazi group, when the conversation turned to diversity in film.

The actor said that despite Hollywood being seen as “very, very progressive,” it’s actually “lagging behind in all kinds of areas”.

Talking to BBC News’ Victoria Derbyshire about the #OscarsSoWhite diversity scandal, Daniel said the industry is “pretty undeniably” racist.

Daniel Radcliffe wields his Harry Potter wand
Daniel as Harry Potter The actor said the movies industry is “pretty undeniably” racist Image Picture Warner Bros

He also spoke about the pressures on gay actors, speculating that people might be reluctant to come out publicly in fear of being typecast.

The 27-year-old said that if actors come out “people just want to cast you as gay”.

Donald Trump also came up in conversation during the course of the interview, with Radcliffe saying the presidential candidate had “stirred up” feelings of “fear and hatred”.

Daniel is currently starring in Imperium, and he recently told loaded that he got mistaken for Elijah Wood throughout the whole movie. Awkward…

Watch the loaded interview with Daniel Radcliffe below:

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.