Daniel Radcliffe on why New York audiences rock

MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The one thing Daniel Radcliffe always has to adjust to whenever he's onstage in America is how happy Americans are to see Daniel Radcliffe onstage.

The former "Harry Potter" star is consistently greeted by a burst of applause when makes his entrance on Broadway, no matter if it's a musical or a drama. The first time it happened was in "Equus" in 2008 and he had to stop himself from laughing.

"It's just something we are so unaccustomed to in England," Radcliffe said. "Obviously, it's a sign of being very liked and that's lovely. It's just something I don't think I'll ever get used to."

He'd better try: The actor is starring in Martin McDonagh's barbed comedy "The Cripple of Inishmaan," playing the disabled orphan Billy in 1930s Ireland who harbors an unlikely dream of Hollywood stardom.

Broadway audiences -- regardless of their trigger-happy love of applause -- have a special place for Radcliffe, now 24. They took a chance on him after he emerged from eight "Harry Potter" films.

"At a time when everyone else was saying, 'Oh, he's only going to be Harry Potter,' New York just said, 'Well, let's see. Let's let him try to do something else.' That's a very cool thing to be given that opportunity."

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