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From wizardry to fact-checking for 'The New Yorker,' is there anything Daniel Radcliffe can’t do?

From wizardry to fact-checking for 'The New Yorker,' is there anything Daniel Radcliffe can’t do?

Daniel Radcliffe has been working at The New Yorker to better prepare himself for his next role

Daniel Radcliffe, who is most well known for his role of Harry in the cult classic Harry Potter, is now about to be on Broadway in a new show called “The Lifespan of a Fact.” Radcliffe is playing the role of a magazine fact checker with a zeal for accuracy. In order to prepare for the role, Radcliffe got himself a (temporary) job as a fact checker for The New Yorker. 

 Illustration by Joāo Fazenda

Illustration by Joāo Fazenda

According to The New Yorker on his first day at the office, he arrived and passed a wall that displayed recent New Yorker covers. Radcliffe said that the display put him at ease because in rehearsals for the play they had “talked about whether an editor would have loads of covers in their office.” He then joked saying, “I’m going to go back and say, ‘Yes.’”

Radcliffe reported to Peter Canby, who is the head of the magazine’s fact-checking department. Radcliffe mentioned that his character in the “The Lifespan of a Fact” has no ability to differentiate between things that matter and things that don’t. Canby said that fact-checking is less of a science and more of an art. 

 Photo courtesy of Broadway Direct

Photo courtesy of Broadway Direct

According to Canby, the first step for fact checking is to underline what needs to be checked on in the text. The next step is to call a source that can verify the facts, but the fact checker must remain confident on the line. To that, Radcliffe replied he was more nervous to call a source than he was to go on stage and perform. Despite his nerves, Radcliffe continued with the phone call, double checking facts in regards to a review of a new Mexican restaurant. 

Radcliffe is not reporting to work at The New Yorker every day, but he is fact-checking daily on Broadway in “The Lifespan of a Fact.” Will you be making your way to see this show? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Radcliffe news and other entertaining reads.

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