Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Mobbed by Fans in Restroom

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Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 01:39 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Three years after "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" finished J.K. Rowling's teen wizard movie franchise, fans still go crazy over its star Daniel Radcliffe, as in the crowds pushing to get to the star during his Sunday Venice Film Festival appearance.

BBC News reported aggressive fans brushed past bodyguards to get to a bathroom stall Radcliffe was in.

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"Thankfully, it's not always like this," Radcliffe, 24, told journalists at the festival as a crowd outside thumped on the walls and rattled the windows trying to get in, according to BBC News. "I've been dealing with it in various ways since I was 11."

Radcliffe was at the film festival to promote his current movie, "Kill Your Darlings," in which he played a young Allen Ginsberg of the Beat Generation poets. The movie explores drug use and homosexuality.

"I love poetry and it was fantastic to get the part and have the opportunity to dive into (Allen) Ginsberg's life," he told journalists. "The diaries he made when he was young gave me an amazing insight into his character. I'm incredibly grateful for the swirl of support behind me. My fans seem excited by the unconventional path I am taking."

Radcliffe will travel to Canada for the Toronto Film Festival to promote three movies, "Kill Your Darlings," "The F Word," and "Horns."

"Killing Your Darlings" will make its debut in U.S. movie theaters on Oct. 18, and it also stars Elizabeth Olsen and "Dexter's" leading man Michael C. Hall.

Despite his new movies, Radcliffe will likely always be connected to his boy wizard Harry Potter character, as the world watched him grow up through his long-running role.

As a whole, the films grossed more than $7 billion at the box office, according to Warner Bros. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" alone grossed $1.3 billion worldwide.

"Harry Potter" is the highest grossing franchise of all time, according to Reuters.

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