September 2015 - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


Updated(2): Behind the scenes: Sarah Dunn photoshoot (Victor Frankenstein)

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Updated(2): Behind the scenes: Sarah Dunn photoshoot (Victor Frankenstein)
In promotion of Victor Frankenstein there are two new videos released. Number one is a behind the scenes video from the Sarah Dunn photoshoot (it's featured in Empire magazine) he did together with co-star James McAvoy. Sarah Dunn did post that her behind the scenes video will be online on 1st October. Maybe that will be another one. The second video is an interview with Daniel called "Daniel Radcliffe. Piece by Piece". Oh and you could have missed this photo via Facebook.

Update: 30th September 2015. The videos which Sarah Dunn posted today (earlier than announced) are the same.
Update: 25th November 2015. There's also All Film magazine.

Victor Frankenstein
comes out on 4th December in the UK and 25th November in the US.

source: 20th Century Fox

"The girl who lived" tattoo

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"The girl who lived" tattoo

Daniel signed autographs for fans in Hopewell where he is filming Imperium. He also signed Sheri Bradshaw's leg. She then immediately had his signature tattooed. "The girl who lived" because she almost died trying to save a wrecked and injured motorist along Interstate 95 South. More info via Facebook.

Scans: Empire magazine (UK)

Marion 24 September 2015 0
Scans: Empire magazine (UK)
Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy are featured in the November 2015 issue of Empire magazine. Below you find part from the interview plus photoshoot in promotion of Victor Frankenstein. A behind the scenes video from this photoshoot will be online 1st October.
How did you both feel about the idea of doing Frankenstein?
“Then when I heard Dan was involved, I thought, “It’s gonna be good”, because Dan’s work has been so interesting and of such a high quality so I got really excited.” - James McAvoy
“But when I met James… I had grown up watching Inside I’m Dancing, Atonement, The Last King of Scotland… he was somebody I always really looked up to so I think easily the first week or two it was just a lot of me being like, “Oh my god, he’s so good.” - Daniel Radcliffe 

Had you met before being cast?
“I don’t think we had. I just watched you.” - Daniel Radcliffe
“I remember there was a time when we were making X-Men: First Class in Pinewood and you came by - I think to say hi to Nick (Hoult) and I saw you there, but I didn’t want to come over because I had this weird thing, like, “Ah, man, he always gets crowded, I don’t wanna be crowding him.” I think we first met when we were rehearsing with Paul (McGuigan, director) in New York.” - James McAvoy
“Yeah, going through the script.” - Daniel Radcliffe 
“It was a really, really good week.” - James McAvoy

source: (scans via
picture source: Sarah Dunn

Google+: First look of Daniel Radcliffe as FBI agent Nate Foster in Imperium

Marion 22 September 2015 0
Google+: First look of Daniel Radcliffe as FBI agent Nate Foster in Imperium
A new post regarding Imperium on Daniel's official Google+ page. A photo of him as FBI agent Nate Foster, which includes a shaved head. Talking about Imperium, you also could have missed this on set photo via Facebook and a photo via Twitter.
Hi Everyone

Here's the first look of me as FBI agent Nate Foster in IMPERIUM. We began filming the movie this week. I'm very excited about it and will tell you more about it soon!


Photo Credit: Barking Duck 
The Google+ link at this page is Dan's post shared via this site's Google+ page.

The Gamechangers: Radio Times magazine interview with Daniel Radcliffe (UK)

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The Gamechangers: Radio Times magazine interview with Daniel Radcliffe (UK)
Daniel Radcliffe is on the cover of the latest Radio Times magazine. It features an interview in which he talks about BBC Two's The Gamechangers, television and more.

What are your childhood memories of TV?
I remember running home to watch The Simpsons. I’ve been on The Simpsons now. That was a real moment for me. And I loved Live & Kicking. The first time I’d ever been near a camera or a studio was when I was in the audience for that. I’ve met Jamie Theakston since and he always reminds me my on-screen debut was with him.

What’s your TV guilty pleasure?
The show I miss when I’m away, weirdly, is Come Dine with Me. I watch a lot of it. It’s all down to the voiceover guy, Dave Lamb. Other versions in different countries just aren’t as good.

You’ve chosen some quite adult roles in the past – Equus, Kill Your Darlings and Woman in Black. Is it a deliberate attempt to shake off Harry Potter?
I choose scripts by asking: what is the experience that is going to make me most happy? I’m very lucky, but there’s no grand career plan. Outside of Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, those kind of films that have a built-in fan base, it’s impossible to know if a film is going to be successful. So you just have to pick those you feel passionate about.

You’re back on TV in The Gamechangers. What’s it about?
It’s the story of the computer game Grand Theft Auto, which was a huge part of my life growing up. I play Sam Houser, one of the guys who invented it. But I never had any idea about the detail of the trouble the guys got into, or even that it was such a British story.

Did you meet Houser as part of your research?

No, this isn’t something that’s been done with their authorisation. We had to do it without them. I’d love to have talked to him. It probably does give you more subjectivity not to talk to someone you’re about to play, though. He’s made himself amazingly hard to research; there’s little about him online – really impressive considering how massive those games are.

Were you a big gamer as a child?
Yes, although I was never very good at games. I still play Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. I got back into it when I was preparing for this role; it was a good excuse.

Is there a role out there you wish you could play?
I don’t think so. I’m quite pleased with the roles I’m offered. Once you become known for picking interesting roles, you get an everwider choice. I’ve just finished a film called Swiss Army Man, and it’s 100 per cent the weirdest thing I’ve ever done. And I wouldn’t have been sent that script if I didn’t have this reputation for doing weird stuff. The flipside is you also get sent really bad stuff.

The funniest person on TV?
There’s a very funny guy called Stephen Colbert in America, and I like Louis CK. In Britain, I’m a rabid fan of David Mitchell.

What makes you turn off?
American Wheel of Fortune annoys me. The answers are so random, and I can’t understand how the contestants are getting it right. We do the best quiz shows in the world in Britain.

If I made you do a reality show, which would you do?
I guess Strictly, because at least my mum and dad would be proud. But it’s not an option!

picture source: Joe Alblas

The Gamechangers: Behind the scenes

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The Gamechangers: Behind the scenes
BBC has released another promotional video for The Gamechangers: A look behind the scenes. The Gamechangers airs today. 9pm, BBC Two.

“What they brought to gaming was this ethos of make it like a film. Make it as good as the best films.”We go behind the scenes of new drama The Gamechangers, telling the story of the epic moral and creative battles over British gaming success story Grand Theft Auto.The Gamechangers. Tonight. 9pm.
Posted by BBC Two on dinsdag 15 september 2015

This video is also shared on Facebook.


Updated: InStyle Man magazine photoshoot (Russia)

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Updated: InStyle Man magazine photoshoot (Russia)
Photos from Russia's InStyle Man magazine photoshoot in promotion of Victor Frankenstein are online. You could already view the cover on Facebook, it's the Autumn edition, and then here's Dan's Thank You note. ("Thank you for having me. AND making me look way better than normal! Love Daniel Radcliffe") Via Instagram there's a behind the scenes photo and this photo from Man Made London.

Updated: 16th September 2015. Another photo/scans via Daniel's official Google+ page (link via this site's Google+ page)

picture source: Alan Clarke

The Gamechangers: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe

Marion 14 September 2015 0
The Gamechangers: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe
There's another -this time a video- interview released by the BBC via their media website in promotion of The Gamechangers. The video also features a few clips from the film.

“The fact that it was a huge British cultural phenomenon that we don’t give ourselves credit for…we can definitely celebrate that a bit more.”In advance of The Gamechangers, we hear from Daniel Radcliffe on his starring role portraying Sam Houser, the British creative force behind Grand Theft Auto who battled with moral campaigners in the US.The Gamechangers. Tuesday. 9pm. BBC Two.
Posted by BBC Two on dinsdag 15 september 2015

This video is also shared on Facebook.


Signature Entertainment acquired UK distribution rights to Imperium

Marion 14 September 2015 0
Signature Entertainment acquired UK distribution rights to Imperium
There's a UK distributor for Daniel Radcliffe's upcoming Thriller film Imperium. Signature Entertainment has acquired the rights according to ScreenDaily.

Talking about this film, principal photography will start 21st September in Richmond, Virginia. Duration: 5 weeks.


Updated: The Big Issue magazine interview (UK)

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Updated: The Big Issue magazine interview (UK)
Daniel Radcliffe is on the cover of this week's The Big Issue (UK) with the title The Ascent Of Dan. Below you can read a part of the interview in which he talks about politics, Donald Trump, meeting Jeremy Corbyn and more.

Update: 21st September 2015. The full interview is added below. Also more about the upcoming projects such as Young Americans (shooting starts by the end of the year) and Brooklyn Bridge.

You have been away a few months – have you noticed a change in the country?
I am fresh to it all but it is incredible what is happening with the Labour leadership election. It is so nice to have people excited about somebody. We are so used to politicians lying. For my entire lifetime, I have never looked at a politician and thought what they were saying was true. Even when they are being sincere, it feels so scripted. This show of sincerity by a man who has stuck to his beliefs long enough that he knows them and doesn’t have to be scripted is making people sit up and get excited. I read Tories were signing up to Labour to vote for Corbyn. I hope it blows up in their face – an amazing display of arrogance.

Last time we spoke you were underwhelmed by every politician on offer.
It is generally underwhelming but I feel like I left for two months and walked back into a country where people were excited about politics again. The parties got so close, not just in terms of their policies but of the background of the politicians. It was so similar I think a lot of people didn’t feel that voting would effect change. But now there could be a real choice. I am just happy that young people are excited by a politician, which is something I didn’t think I would see again.

Does this mean you are Team Corbyn? You do sound quite enthusiastic.

 No. It’s just that when I was about 16 I gave an interview where I talked about the LibDems, and the next day they wrote that I was a LibDem. A few years later I mention Labour, and they wrote that I had defected. So I am going to read a lot more before I weigh into this one. I am just happy that young people are excited by a politician, which is something I didn’t think I would see again. It happened in America in the most amazing way with Obama, and that politicised a whole generation of people. It would be really exciting if that happened here. In the only casual interview I saw with Corbyn, he talks about his allotment and making jam. He reminds me, in the loveliest way, of my English teacher, who is someone I am very, very fond of – so he has a fast track to my heart…

Were you able to keep up with the UK news while you were in New York?
 When you live and work in America, it is easy to not hear about anything that is happening in another country. We were filming Gamechangers around the time of the general election. But I probably know more about the American presidential election than the Labour leadership race at the moment.

Presumably you are backing Donald Trump…
Hahaha. No. NO! But do you want to hear about my favourite political conspiracy theory?

Of course!
I’m not into conspiracy theories but I find the people who are into them fascinating. My recent favourite is that Donald Trump is running a false flag campaign for Hillary Clinton. If Trump was secretly working for Clinton to help her win, what would he be doing differently? He is galvanising the crazy right-wing loony end of the Republicans, while turning away the moderates. And if he doesn’t get the nomination he will run as an independent and split the vote. Also, his daughter is best friends with Chelsea Clinton. So much of it makes sense. Do you want to hear the story about when I met Donald Trump when I was 11?

Again, of course!
He said a fantastically Donald Trump-ish thing. I was going on The Today Show in America during the first press tour for Harry Potter. I hadn’t done much live TV before. Trump was on before me and when he came off someone thought it would be good to introduce him to the kid who plays Harry Potter. I told him I was nervous because I didn’t know what to talk about. He just said, in a very charming way, and I mean that, "You just tell them that you met Mr Trump!" And I think I probably did.

You mention filming Gamechangers during the general election – what was it that made you want to tell the story of the creators of Grand Theft Auto?
I was obsessed with GTA around the time of Vice City. Those graphics now look quite primitive but I was blown away. I couldn’t believe something so cool and real-looking existed. It is a game I played a lot growing up but I never realised its origins were entirely British. I see Sam Houser, who I play, as a Quentin Tarantino figure, who absorbs so much about films and American culture from a young age. It is like another language to him, and it is one that he is fluent in. It is this amazing story of their drive and creative force – and in this film creativity is coming under fire.

Are you still a gamer?
Doing this film, I got GTA5 and played for ages, pretending it was research. I enjoy games but I am really crap. That saves me from becoming obsessed – I reach a point where I am so crap that I can’t get any further.

Do you see games like GTA as a force for good?
For me it is just escape. But a lot of people use games more creatively. People have recreated the opening titles of The Sopranos, shot for shot, in the GTA world. They do mad, cool, weird stuff. I don’t buy into the idea that games with violent aspects encourage violence. In the same way I don’t believe that me enjoying Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas will lead to me doing the things he does. If somebody is going to kill someone in a horrible way, they are going to do that whether or not they have bought a game. Every art form is accused of depicting inappropriate things. It is normally a sign of the growth of that medium.

JK Rowling wished James S Potter (Harry Potter’s son) a happy first day at Hogwarts and it was retweeted 120,000 times. The world of Harry continues to grow.
It is not an active part of my life any more but it is so funny how often it comes up. I was walking down the street yesterday, eavesdropping for about five minutes as a six-year-old kid pestered his mum about when he could watch Harry Potter. She said it was too scary. And a young girl was reading one of the books for the entirety of my flight back from America. It was like the Dead Sea Scrolls. The spine was broken, the pages were scuffed, it was so well-loved. If you created that world, it would be fun to be able to play in it and reimagine it. There is such a yearning to go back into that world. It is great Jo is doing the Fantastic Beasts film. It is a testament to how successful our films were at mattering in people’s lives.

The idea of having to make a creative decision every second of the day is something I relish

Will you be making your own films any time soon?

I have written something that I’m working towards directing. But it is terrifying. I become aware of aspects of this industry that, despite working in it for a long time, I have no knowledge of. I am not going to rush but I would love to direct a film before I am 30. The idea of having to make a creative decision every second of the day is something I relish.

What are your plans for your time in London?
I’m just trying to see as many friends as I possibly can. I saw one of my godsons last night, which was awesome. When I am filming I fall off the map a bit. People ask what I do with my time off and expect me to be leading a very exciting life. It is exciting to me but that’s because I get excited about seeing my friends, which is what I’m doing every evening I am here. My girlfriend lives in New York but we both have time off – so she can hang out and watch quiz shows in England. Exciting times.

You’ve spoken in the past about supporting The Big Issue – are you still a fan?
Oh yes, I buy it whenever I see it. I can absolutely say that with 100 per cent confidence.

And for my next trick…
Daniel Radcliffe highlights some exciting projects on his horizon.

Victor Frankenstein
(out in October)
If you’re a Sherlock fan, this is the perfect film for you. Everybody’s there. Andrew Scott plays another very dark character – his eyes look like black whirlpools on camera, yet he is a really sunny, nice guy. He is phenomenal, and James McAvoy was great fun to work with.

Swiss Army Man
Hands down the weirdest thing I’ve ever done. So bizarre. A guy has run off into the woods and finds a dead body, who he becomes best friends with. I’ve just finished – and it could be one of the best things I ever do.

Imperium (filming soon)
I’m about to shoot this. Daniel Ragussis wrote it with a former FBI agent. It is about a guy who goes undercover with a terrorist group. A lot of movies introduce a character as smart but when it goes wrong solve the problems by them turning into Jason Bourne. But if you are undercover and you fire a gun, you’re probably the worst agent ever.

Young Americans (shooting is to start by the end of the year)
I still call this film College Republicans. Young Americans makes me think of the David Bowie song. I have been working on it with John Krokidas for two years. I play Lee Atwater, who advised President Reagan. He did a reprehensible thing, a lot of people really hate him, but my God he was so charming.

Brooklyn Bridge (next year’s big project – with Ben Kingsley)
We are making a film about a bridge, so it can be hard to raise the money. But it is really about the people who built Brooklyn Bridge, and it is one of the most extraordinary, inspirational and terrifying tales you can imagine.


Stars including Daniel Radcliffe introduce BBC's Make it Digital season

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Stars including Daniel Radcliffe introduce BBC's Make it Digital season
BBC has released a video to introduce their Make it Digital season. The Gamechangers is one of the nine programmes that are part of this season. The video features Daniel and more stars including Dara Ó Briain, Clara Amfo and Evan Davis. 
Daniel: "This will hopefully help to show people that coding is incredibly important and is the future"


Google+: Victor Frankenstein press day

Marion 12 September 2015 0
Google+: Victor Frankenstein press day
There is a new photo posted on Daniel's official Google+ page featuring him and James McAvoy. They are having a press day for Victor Frankenstein today. On Facebook there's another photo of him with a journalist who interviewed Dan for L'Officiel Russia.

The Google+ link at this page is Dan's post shared via this site's Google+ page

The Gamechangers: Metro interview with Daniel Radcliffe

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The Gamechangers: Metro interview with Daniel Radcliffe
Today's Metro (UK) features a new interview with Daniel Radcliffe in promotion of The Gamechangers. There's also a section with his favourite Special Effects sequences and a section called 'Daniel Radcliffe's Tech Scepticism' where he talks about the Apple Watch. I did download Metro's e-edition which you can view below (and another promotional still).

picture source: Joe Alblas

Google+: World Suicide Prevention Day

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Google+: World Suicide Prevention Day
Daniel Radcliffe's official Google+ page is updated with the following message regarding World Suicide Prevention Day:
"Hi Everyone. Today people around the world will raise awareness of World Suicide Day. Please check out the link below to see the tremendous work of The Trevor Project. You'll immediately help by learning more for yourself and spreading the word to others."
The link:

The Google+ link at this page is Dan's post shared via this site's Google+ page

Updated: L'Optimum magazine photoshoot (Thailand)

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Updated: L'Optimum magazine photoshoot (Thailand)
You could already see L'Optimum magazine Thailand's September 2015 cover and a photo on Facebook, but there are now more photos online from the photoshoot in promotion of Victor Frankenstein.

Update: 3rd October 2015/2020. The rest of the outtakes are added. (I added more on Facebook including an outtake).


source: (via
picture source: Eric Silverberg

The Gamechangers: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe

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The Gamechangers: Interview with Daniel Radcliffe
The BBC has released an interview with Daniel Radcliffe online via their media website in promotion of The Gamechangers.

Is The Gamechangers your first BBC Project? 
Actually my first ever job was playing young David in David Copperfield for the BBC in 1999. It was amazing, the cast was phenomenal: Emilia Fox, Pauline Quirke, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Imelda Staunton, Paul Whitehouse, Ian McKellan, Zoe Wanamaker… the list goes on and on.

Lots of people that I ended up working with on Harry Potter years later. It was an amazing starting ground and for a lot of people would have been the best cast they ever worked with. One day on set, the director told me, “Dan, you’re never going to be in something with this level of cast ever again.” I’ve reminded him of this several times since! He just got really unlucky as he could have said that to anyone else and he'd have been right! Maggie (Smith) played my aunt in it and she was the person who recommended me for Harry Potter initially.

So that might explain your reason for deciding to take on the part of Sam in The Gamechangers?
When I was growing up there was more of a division between film and television. Now, that's gone out of the window entirely but regardless, I've always believed that a good script is a good script and I've never wanted to limit myself to one medium because of a misplaced sense of what I should be doing. That’s how you miss out. Particularly in the current climate where it’s really hard to get films made.

Owen (the director) and I were saying that one of the most attractive things about The Gamechangers, other than that it was a great script and a chance to do something that we really loved, was that it was definitely happening. That is something that you can't really say for many films ever. The Gamechangers was kind of the reverse as it was so fast as to be frightening! So it was bit of an adjustment from the usual way of thinking about doing a film in six months' time and start preparing. This was great, it was there, it was happening and had this fantastic script.

So you were on board instantly?
It was a very, very easy choice when it came along. I thought that the script was great and that it was very cool that the BBC were making it. Also, that this is capable of getting an audience way bigger than just the UK, because the game has an in-built global audience. Owen had exactly the same aspirations for authenticity, which was why we were so lucky to get such a big American actor like Bill Paxton. I still can't quite believe it. Bill was fantastic. He's like a cheerleader on set. I meet people half his age who are jaded so it's wonderfully refreshing to meet someone who still clearly loves being on set. Here’s my favourite fact about Bill… he's the only actor who's been killed by an Alien, a Terminator and a Predator! Isn't that a great thing to be able say?!

So a lot of the film was shot in South Africa?
It was one of those odd situations where you tell people you're filming in South Africa and they say, "So it's set in South Africa?” and you say "No, it's set in New York” and they say "What? How?!" So much shoots out there now; it's a combination of affordability and great crews. Any film now with a great stunt sequence seems to have a Cape Town Unit in the credits. You can lock off big sections of streets and are a lot more free to do ambitious things there. The crew was fantastic and it was incredibly chilled out for such a fast-paced shoot. It was just lovely. We didn't get to experience much of SA beyond great seafood restaurants, but it was a really fun and friendly time.

Did your character have any big stunts out there?
I did one really cool stunt where I got to walk out in the middle of the street. Cars screeched to a halt either side of me and then another car was speeding straight towards me. I had to watch it speed right up to me and just hoped that it stopped in time!!

I can't say too much as it's the last scene of the film but there was an awkward moment because I got so in to it. We rehearsed the stunt during the day when we went for a take later on, I assumed it was the same stuntman (as both were bald!) but after the take, he seemed a bit shaken so I asked him if he was OK and he said “No mate, can you actually not throw me?” Then I realised it was a totally different stuntman who had no idea of what I was about to do!

Any other funny moments?

Quite a few. Running jokes... I'm 5 foot 5, so in some shots I need to be on a box and that's something that I'm very used to. But, in this film, I’m on a box in so many scenes with Joe Dempsie, who’s a couple of inches taller than me, the joke was like, everyone knows I’m really short, so everyone's going to think you're tiny for this entire film!

Did you form close bonds with the cast?
It's lovely when you're playing a bunch of friends and everyone arrives on set with the same attitude and wants to find how you can get close to the characters’ relationships in a short amount of time. We all got on really well, Bill, Ian, Joe, Mark and me.

Any particular challenges?
I think generally that the amount we had to do in a short space of time was the main challenge. There was one week that was set in an office and basically, in this film, if I'm in an office then I'm delivering a big monologue. The main issue with this job was the sheer quantity of line learning. As always, your challenge is to capture the character and there were some scenes that were more intense than others, so what we were striving for in those scenes was challenging but hopefully they'll work.

How did you approach the character of Sam Houser?
I read a lot, though I feel that the Housers will be pleased about how difficult they are to research! There's not much info out there about them; there’s precious little video footage of Sam and there's a little bit more of Dan talking.

So the two clips I found I really latched on to. I found myself thinking that we're not that dissimilar - not in terms necessarily of how we interact with people, but how we are. I saw someone who talks pretty quickly, very specifically with a lot of energy and gesticulation and not that different from me in that way.

We're from very similar backgrounds - he grew up one postcode away and also has one parent who is an actor, and grew up around the entertainment industry. Our schools played each other at football - that's how close we were. In New York, we live in a very similar area so I've since been walking around feeling like I going to bump into him and if I see him I won't be able to resist saying hello! I’m coming at this film as someone who loved the games and who thinks they're really cool.

The games are one of the UK's greatest cultural exports. As a country, why do you think we're so good at exporting culture? 
We're well rounded as a nation and the fact that these games, that are so American in their make up but created by British people, is proof of that. I think from Shakespeare, to the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols, any number of writers and filmmakers, we have always been trailblazers in terms of culture, art and poetry. I don't know why it is, but I'm really glad it is. Culture is our greatest contribution to the world and what a cool thing to contribute.

The BBC’s Make it Digital campaign hopes to inspire a new generation to be creative with coding. Why is this important for the future?
Because I don't understand it and there's a lot of 'me's out there, and if the future population of the country is like me, we're doomed!! Don't be like me… Make it Digital!!!

What did you watch on television when you were growing up?
The Simpsons, 6pm on BBC Two every night, and I used to really be into Neighbours. The Demon Headmaster, The Queens Nose, all those great BBC kids’ shows. And then of course there was Live And Kicking which I was actually on twice as an audience member. I think that clip has appeared on a 'Before they were Famous' show. I asked exactly the same question three weeks apart to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Chuckle Brothers, which was, ‘What would you do if you didn't do what you were doing?’ I believe that The Chuckle Brothers said ‘Miners’, and even at the time remember thinking, is that a bit heavy for a Children’s TV show?

picture source: Joe Alblas

Updated: The Gamechangers stills

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Updated: The Gamechangers stills
Stills from The Gamechangers have appeared online. The BBC Two promotional photos featuring Daniel as Sam Houser can be see below. Some via Glowing Radcliffe.

The Gamechangers trailer

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The Gamechangers trailer
There's a trailer released by the BBC for The Gamechangers (Yes a title change, it was titled Game Changer) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton.

The 90-minute drama airs 15th September 2015 at 9pm on BBC Two.

This 90-minute factual drama goes behind the scenes of the hit video game Grand Theft Auto, arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park. In Autumn 2013, the game’s latest iteration – GTA: V – earned $1bn in just three days, becoming the fastest-selling entertainment product in history. But this drama goes back to 2002, to tell the story of a three-year period of intense controversy in the history of this iconic game's development. It happened when two passionate men on either side of a high-stakes cultural divide clashed. This conflict, between the creative genius behind the game and a self-styled crusader for American morality, escalated into a fight for the hearts, minds and freedoms of an entire gaming generation.

The fastest-selling entertainment product in history comes not from Silicon Valley, but is driven by a bunch of British game designers. Friends since their school days, they are led by the game's mastermind-designer, Sam Houser. By 2002, Sam and his creative team have constructed for their fans a vast virtual world, teeming with a high-octane mix of criminal characters, lethal weapons and outrageous storylines. Here you can even shape and sculpt your avatar, crafting their character and appearance to your personal preference.

Within this fantasy landscape, some players choose to take part in a series of dangerous missions, while others become immersed in a sprawling criminal underworld, killing cops, hijacking cars and running over pedestrians. And it's this that increasingly drives opposition to GTA. Because the game's violent gameplay leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about its impact on children; from politicians, fearful of its influence; and, above all, from campaigners fighting to prevent the game being played by minors.

At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable Christian lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of the game and its influence on children. The Gamechangers tells the story of how British game designers pushed boundaries into uncharted territory, of how those fighting GTA became consumed by a battle which overwhelmed their lives, and how the subsequent fallout threatened to bring down leading players on both sides.
This drama is for an adult audience and has not been authorised by the producers of Grand Theft Auto. Rather, it is based on court documents and interviews with many of those involved in the real events behind this compelling story.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, A Young Doctor's Notebook, The Woman In Black) plays Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton (Texas Rising, Nightcrawler, Hatfield and McCoys, Titanic, Apollo 13) plays Jack Thompson. The drama is written by James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors), directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends, Black Mirror, Holy Flying Circus) and produced by Jim Spencer (Pride, All Stars, Monsters).

It is executive produced by Mark Hedgecoe (The Challenger) and James Wood. It is commissioned by Tom McDonald.

The Gamechangers is a BBC in-house production made by BBC Scotland Science. The film is co-produced with the Open University and is part of the BBC Making It Digital Season.

Updated(5): GQ Style magazine photoshoot (Germany)

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Updated(5): GQ Style magazine photoshoot (Germany)
Daniel Radcliffe is on the cover of Germany's GQ Style magazine, the autumn/winter issue promoting Victor Frankenstein. On sale tomorrow. Digital Assistant Victora Zschommler shared a photo via Instagram.

Update: 3rd September 2015. Three more photos added.
Update: 13th September 2015. The interview is online.
Update: 31st December 2015. A behind the scenes photo from hair stylist Keisuke Terada.
Update: 9th January 2017. Outtakes via Driu & Tiago.
Update: 29th October 2018. Outtakes via Dant Studio on Instagram.

Outtakes. One more here.


picture source: Paul Wetherell