Daniel Radcliffe tackling 'fear of failure' with dancing

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Just shy of his debut in the Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1961 musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Daniel Radcliffe seems pretty candid about what's riding on his first post-"Harry Potter" move.

The 21-year-old tells The New York Times that his top priority right now is "to prove that a child actor can go on to have a career with longevity."

Opening Mar. 28 in New York, "How to Succeed" falls between the final two "Potter" films ("Deathly Hallows Part II" arrives July 15) and ahead of his film "The Woman in Black." Radcliffe sees all the pressure falling on his first musical.

"If I can actually do it," he says, "having been in one of the biggest franchises ever, then that can end the debate. It is possible. That's what's my mission is."

Accomplishing that mission has pushed the actor well out of his comfort zone, including grueling dance rehearsals -- like the one quite humorously portrayed above.

Song and dance clearly spook the actor even more than his turn in Broadway's "Equus," which required brief (but wildly publicized) nudity. The fate of the show seems test all of his fears. "Fear of failure," he tells the New York Times of his nerves right now. "Fear of mediocrity. Fear of not meeting the goals that I have set myself. Fear of failing in my mission."

Sounds like he has a mission.
Photo/Video credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times