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I first met Dan when he was 13 going on 14 — or 13 going on 50, really. He was? a brilliant boy, way beyond his years. ?He was focused, committed, and hardworking, and he had an absolutely killer sense of humor. He wasn't just some little kid who got a lucky break and ?was messing about.
Dan dares to get up on the high wire. There's risk involved in the work that he's choosing. I can't think of many 17-year-olds who would expose themselves — and I don't mean just in the physical sense — and risk everything by going on stage and doing Equus, as Dan did a while back.
What I admire most about him is that he doesn't rest on his laurels. He doesn't think the world owes him because he's played Harry Potter. He took lessons and learned to dance and sing, because he knew that once Potter was over, he would be swimming in the stream with all the other salmon. I was sad to see Potter go, but happy, too. It was not goodbye. Dan is going to continue to work and mature and develop his skills. And, I think, continue to dazzle. —Gary Oldman
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Josh Lucas Joins The Firm
Josh Lucas comes to prime time Jan. 8 on NBC's The Firm, a series that picks up 10 years after the events of John Grisham's 1991 book (which became a feature film in '93). This time, Mitch (Lucas) and wife Abby (Molly Parker) get caught up in another conspiracy when he joins a D.C. firm. 'The Firm is very much about a guy in a suit, running as fast as he can,'' says exec producer Lukas Reiter. ''That energy, that spirit, that adrenaline rush is what we're going for.' —Lynette Rice