English actor Daniel Radcliffe was recently on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in order to promote one of his upcoming films, “Horns,” which will hit theaters on Oct. 31, 2014. The man best known for portrayal of the title character in the “Harry Potter” film series takes on an anti-hero role in “Horns,” in which his American accent is put to the test.
One of the topics that Radcliffe and Fallon discussed was their abilities to pull off accents outside of their native region. Fallon had heard that Radcliffe learned an American accent by watching WWE programming during its cultural dominance in the late 1990s, commonly referred to as the “Attitude Era.” This prompted Fallon to ask Radcliffe to elaborate on how WWE helped him hone his American accent.
Radcliffe would admit that he frequently watched WWE during the Attitude Era, and studied the promos from various WWE Superstars. Radcliffe talked about acting out matches, such as a Royal Rumble, with his action figures, and giving them all their own accent. He mentioned some stars by name: The Rock, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Kane. Radcliffe went on to state that his favorite wrestler was The Rock, and expressed his desire to star in a film with Dwayne Johnson, possibly a buddy cop movie.
Watch Radcliffe and Fallon’s discussion below:
Awesome, the video is worth the watch.