daniel radcliffeDaniel Radcliffe is aware that starring in the "Harry Potter" franchise as the titular boy wizard opened doors for him -- but that doesn't mean he has to like his performance in the flicks.

In an interview with the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday, Radcliffe admitted that it's painful for him to watch certain installments in the series because his acting -- at least in his mind -- is so poor.

"Doing 'Potter' was an incredible blessing because it gave me this opportunity to start a fantastic career. But then the moments I'm not as proud of, mistakes other actors get to make in rehearsal rooms or at drama school, are all on film for everyone to see," Radcliffe told the paper. " ... And that's why it's hard to watch a film like 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince,' because I'm just not very good in it. I hate it. My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn't come across."

That's some pretty harsh criticism, though Radcliffe did say that he felt he did his best work in the series on the fifth film, "The Order of the Phoenix," because he could "see a progression" in his acting skills.

While we tend to disagree with Radcliffe's self-flagellation, it's bound to be awkward for adult actors to look back on their childhood work without some embarrassment. And Radcliffe has been known for his candor in recent years when discussing the "Potter" experience, and all the growing pains that went along with it, so these remarks aren't terribly surprising.

Radcliffe has made a point to make his adult filmography as varied as possible, so we hope he's happy with his work today. But if it's alright with you, Daniel, we'll continue to love "HP" anyway.

[via Mail on Sunday, h/t Vanity Fair]

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