Blogbusters interview - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


Blogbusters interview

Website Blogbusters talked with Daniel during the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) in promotion of Swiss Army Man.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

What was your first thought when you read the script about a farting corpse?
The farting body is only part of it. I read the whole script and realized how wonderful it works as a whole. The summary of the script was roughly: A suicidal man becomes the best friend of a dead body. (Laughs) When I found the said scene with the farting jet ski on page 2, my reaction was something like: "That's terrific!" It was not just a weird idea, but damn well written. I read a lot of strange scripts and the difference is instantly recognizable. This is not just trying hard at an angle. The authors approach the subject with intelligence and humanity. I also watched their music videos and thought, "If anyone can film that script, it's those guys."

Is that your own kind of humor?
Woody Harrelson said yesterday that you're working on a script with a pretty coenous humor. (laughs) It's very generous of him to compare me to the Cohen brothers. I am sure they are not very happy about it. I have a pretty good sense of humor. In Swiss Army Man, the humor ranges from extremely clever to extremely extreme, extremely stupid and I think that's great. The movie has some Monthy-Python-like in itself. The combination of very intelligent and absolutely stupid things. I think I have a pretty dark sense of humor. But I let you decide for yourself, if you have seen film. (Laughs)

Which scripts do you currently work on?

I do not want to betray too much. I'm working on a very small script for a few actors with just a few sets. That would be feasible for my first attempt as a director. On the other hand, I'm working on something with some friends who are really professional writers. And right now we're writing the most expensive movie ever made. (laughs) Besides, I'm adapting a short story that I'd like to direct. It also made me write, my desire to direct. If it turns out that I'm a terrible director, at least I'll just use my own script.

Question about your career. After your great success with the Harry Potter films, was it clear to you from the beginning what direction your career would take?

I always knew that I wanted to stay an actor and work in the film industry. I already knew that at the age of 14 years. I just did not know what that would look like. I did not know how big my chances were, especially towards the end of Potter. In interviews, people used to say things in the sense of, "How do you feel now that your life is over?"

If you keep hearing that at 19/20 years, you will internalize that at some point. I was worried that maybe they were right. But the end of Potter was also a big energy boost for me. Potter was a great start. But at some point I had to work out how to develop my career and what kind of actor I want to be. For me, it was important to think as if I would start from scratch, as if this was the start of my second career.

For those people who said, "He'll be Harry Potter forever now," there were those who thought, "Hey, let's see if he can do something else."

At the age of 17 you played in the play Equus, how important was this for your career?
That was VERY important. That I have a career at all, I owe Harry Potter. But to get the career I wanted, Equus was the most important thing. Some directors have told me that Equus was the thing that showed them, "Okay, he really wants to be an actor, he means that seriously.

In Swiss Army Man they have played almost all scenes yourself. What was the hardest scene people would probably think was a doll anyway?
Probably those in the water, at the very beginning, as we surf the waves. Everyone thought it was just a dummy, but that was me. Paul Dano really rode on me. There was a boat and a pole moored to the boat. At this pole, a board was tied with a cable. And I was lying on this board, I held on to the side and bent my back to gain as much distance between me and the board. Paul sat on me and so they pulled us by boat through the water. (Laughs)

And was that in a river or in a pool?
In a pool, fortunately. Water scenes are a bit of the hardest thing there is and it was nice to be in a warm pool and not in an icy river. (Laughs)

I believe that the two fall in love in the end. So there's the message in the movie that love is just love, regardless of the circumstances.

Yes, I think that's the point. It is not specifically homosexual or heterosexual love, but simply love. Hank learns about Manny's love. That's one of the beautiful aspects of this movie.

Is there something that drives you every day? Being an actor is not always easy.

To be part of something to use your imagination. Movie sets are always like small, temporary, traveling communities. Doing a job that needs teamwork is very satisfying. It's like sitting in the middle of an orchestra and feeling how it all comes together. And especially with this film, this was very special. At the end, I told the two directors: "Never change the way we make movies for you, you make people feel special. Everyone on this set feels unique and that's great if you can give that feeling to people. "I love my job.

What would be your dream role in a movie?

That is very difficult to answer. But yesterday I talked to Woody (fellow actor Woody Harrelson, editor) about what it's like to see Martin McDonagh (the director of the upcoming Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri movie, in which Woody Harrelson stars). Red.) because I had already played in a play by him. I do not care what part, but I would like to be in a Martin McDonagh movie. I think he is one of the best living authors and becomes one of the best directors.

Did you go out with Woody Harrelson in Zurich yesterday?
Woody gave me some advice yesterday. He said, "Come dude, let's go out". And I was like, "No, I have press events tomorrow morning." Then he looked at you, Vanessa (the rental operator), and said, "WHY are you forcing him to get up so early?" And then he looked at me and said "Dude, you NEVER start working before 2pm the day after your own premiere."

But also: I do not drink anymore. I love to go out with my friends when they are drunk. I love to make them drunk (laughs). But if there are a lot of strangers around and you do not drink yourself, then it's a little less funny.

Was there a special occasion that made you stop drinking?
Not really a special occasion, more an accumulation of dreadful events. It's been 3 years now and definitely better for me, though I'm terrible at making others drunk.

At one point in the movie, you say, "My body is repulsive." The movie makes you feel your body more, how did you feel it during the movie?
If you analyze in detail how your own body actually works, it is quite repulsive. The inner life of our bodies is repulsive. But that's the wonderful thing about the movie, it forces you to explore the relationship to your own body and loneliness. And at the same time, he gives you permission to feel all these things. The point of the film is: "Shame keeps us from love."

All the farting, the erections, the masturbating or the mental things, how to feel lonely or as an outsider, these are all universal, human things. But we are taught to be ashamed of it. So yeah, it's a repulsive movie, with a beautiful message about love and acceptance.

At the Sundance Film Festival, many people walked out of the cinema during the screening. There is a point at the beginning of the film where many viewers decide whether to stay or not. But when you stop, something completely different than you would expect.
I think if you leave a movie in the first 15 minutes, you can not say you did not like it. You can just say you left and that was it.

What was the last movie you walked out of?
This was a romantic comedy that is terrible. I stayed for an hour. The name was He's Just Not That Into You (2009). I mean, the life of these women in the movie is all about men, and that's not true. I felt insulted on behalf of all women. The second movie I had to stop was Daredevil (2003) with Ben Affleck. I was a big Daredevil fanatic and I felt deceived after the movie.

How can you describe Swiss Army Man as short as possible?

Deep stupid and profoundly smart. He is full of contrasts and working together is the big miracle on the film for me.


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