Daniel Radcliffe says it's 'pretty undeniable' that Hollywood is racist, slams Donald Trump

Daniel Radcliffe thinks the film industry has a lot of work to do when it comes to equality.

The 27-year-old actor recently sat down with the BBC to talk about his role in Imperium, in which he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a racist skinhead to infiltrate a group of white supremacists suspected of planning a terror attack. When asked if he thought Hollywood was racist, Radcliffe didn't hold back.

"I think it's pretty undeniable," the former Harry Potter star said. "We like to think of ourselves as being a very, very progressive industry, but we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas."

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Radcliffe also talked U.S. politics during the candid interview, and slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Notable people who have spoken out against Donald Trump

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Mayor did not hold back in this tweet:

"I didn’t realize this was in question. Behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist…of course @RealDonaldTrump is a racist."

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Martha Stewart

In an interview win CNNMoney Stewart said "There is so much to know and so much to learn and so much diplomacy and kindness and introspection that goes with that kind of job, and it does not exist in the world of Donald Trump."

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John Oliver

The host of the Last week Tonight dedicated 20 minutes of his show to completely annihilate everything Trump stands for.

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J.K. Rowling

The beloved author took to twitter and compared him to the worst of the worst, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."

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Robert De Niro

At the  22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Robert De Niro made his opinion very clear on what he thinks of Trump. "It's crazy that people like Donald Trump . . . he shouldn't even be where he is, so God help us"

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Mark Ruffalo

 Ruffalo and many more stars have signed a petition entitled #UnitedagainstHate to stand against Donald Trump

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America Ferrera

America Ferrera wrote an open letter on the HuffingtonPost to Donald Trump thanking him for his portrayal of Latin immigrants. In her letter she states "You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones — marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!"

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"It's fascinating and terrifying, and there's part of me that just kind of can't believe that this unbelievably wealthy, privileged man has somehow managed to convince people he's not part of the elite, and that he's a man of the people," Radcliffe said.

This isn't the first time the British actor has criticized Trump. In June, he revealed that he got some advice from the controversial businessman back when he was promoting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, when they both had scheduled appearances on the Today show.

"They marched me over to him, and I remember having some idea of who he was but not really a full concept," Radcliffe recalled to host Seth Meyers during his appearance on Late Night, adding that he admitted to the mogul backstage that he was nervous about his TV interview. "He just said, 'You just tell them you met Mr. Trump.'"

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"To this day, I can't even relate to that level of confidence," Radcliffe quipped. "Imagine if I said, 'Oh, just talk about me during your interview.' Like, I'm interesting enough to be everyone's story."

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