Happy New Year, 2018!

2018! The year is almost over as I'm writing this. Well what can we expect from Daniel in 2018? He has a guest role again on The Simpsons (which episode and when isn't announced yet), Beast of Burden and ofcourse Miracle Workers which he is filming currently.

I made a top 5 of Daniel J Radcliffe Holland's most viewed posts in 2017 and you can take a look at the list on Facebook.

Well now I have nothing else left to say besides: Happy New Year to all of you! And thank you for your support by visiting the website!


2018 will hopefully bring loads more interesting news about Daniel's career.

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Total Film magazine: 100 greatest movie characters ever

Total Film magazine created a poll back in August to let people vote for the 100 greatest movie characters ever. Every character has it's own limited edition cover for their December 2017 issue. And.. Daniel's most famous character Harry Potter ended up on number 19 of 100!.

The collector's edition cover:


source: gamesradar.com/totalfilm/

The Huffington Post interview

Daniel talked on the phone with The Huffington Post about being executive producer on Circus Kid, now streaming on Sundance Now, and more.
“Sorry if I sound out of breath,” a panting Daniel Radcliffe told HuffPost on the phone recently. “I accidentally didn’t notice that I got out on the wrong floor of the building I’m staying in and fully just ran into somebody else’s apartment ... thinking that it was mine.”

“Luckily they weren’t in there. I suddenly just sort of walked in and said somebody’s done something ... and where are all my things? And then just fully sprinted out of the room in blind panic,” he added.
Daniel met Lorenzo during Equus on Broadway:
“I can probably tell this story now because at the time my parents didn’t know that I smoked, but they do now,” he said. “At the time when I was in theater, I would sneak up to Lorenzo’s room and ask if I could jump out on his fire escape to smoke. Again, maybe I shouldn’t be saying this.”

Pisoni wasn’t smoking, Radcliffe clarified. “He was literally like, ‘Yeah, fine, you can use my fire escape.’ I had had my first cigarette before that, but I won’t say when. I will spare my parents’ retroactive disapproval.”

After Radcliffe learned Pisoni grew up in the circus, the former “Harry Potter” actor couldn’t stop pestering his co-star about it. Radcliffe eventually attended an early version of Pisoni’s show, “Humor Abuse,” in which he told the story of his childhood. That sparked the idea behind ― and eventually led to the creation of ― “Circus Kid.”

“He’s had this incredible life, but he’s incredibly grounded and has a level of self-awareness that is not always common in people that kind of know they’ve had extraordinary lives,” Radcliffe said.
Regarding growing up in a circus:
Radcliffe recalled a moment he and Pisoni were onstage for “Equus” during a preshow check and both of them were above a grate where a smoke machine was being tested. “Now, I would assume that to most people the smell of onstage smoke would not be pleasant, but this puff of smoke came up and both me and Lorenzo went, like literally in sync, looked at each other, and went that is the smell of my childhood,” he said.

“Lorenzo was backing trucks up and parking like massive 18-wheelers when he was 12, 13 years old. I wasn’t doing that, but I was doing other weird shit,” said Radcliffe. “I think there is a lot of common ground there, and I think we both recognize that, yeah, our childhoods are weird, but we also wouldn’t have had them any other way. We loved them and they made us the people that we are.”
Regarding Harry Potter, casting director Janet Hirshenson told The Huffington Post that Daniel got the title role because other contenders were “not going to have the balls” for it.
“I don’t know what that means,” Radcliffe admitted, reflecting on Hirshenson’s words. “I’m really grateful for [them],” he added. “I like to think I sort of kept that attitude for my career even if I didn’t know I had it when I was 10.”
Why did he think he was right for Harry Potter?
“The thing that I will always say about myself is I was not the most gifted child actor. When I look at other young actors, like when I look at the kids on ‘Stranger Things’ or shows like that, I’m just like, ‘Holy! My god! How are you doing that?’ It’s amazing,” he said. “The thing I think I really was good at, and the thing I had, which was a huge advantage for me, was I just loved it.”

“I loved being on set. I was good at being on set,” he continued. “I loved learning how to be helpful. The greatest thing about being on set is you get to be part of a team. That’s the most special thing about it, and you get to feel like with everyone else you are making this thing together, and I loved that feeling straight away. I think that was definitely what made me a great fit for those films.”
source: huffingtonpost.com

Google+: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays message

A new post appeared on Daniel's official Google+ page. It's a message from Daniel wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thanks Daniel! Let's hope that he also will have a relaxing Christmas with everything that he could possible wish for :).


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

Yahoo! Entertainment interview

A new interview regarding Daniel as executive producer on Circus Kid. The documentary film premiered yesterday exclusively on Sundance Now (US). Miracle Workers is also mentioned (in which he plays an angel but he is also an executive producer for that project).
Circus Now is fantastic. It left me wanting to know even more about the Pisoni family.
Oh, good, that’s great! We’ll do a sequel.

You worked with Lorenzo in Equus on Broadway. Is that when you became friends and heard his story for the first time?
Yes, we worked together [on Equus], and I was 19 at the time, and just thought he was the coolest person I had ever met. And he’s cool without trying to be. He’s just a lovely human being, but he’s also extraordinarily talented. He thought on Equus that he was going to be getting, for the first time in his career on Broadway, his own dressing room. And that would have been really nice for him. But, unfortunately, he had a 19-year-old groupie call me, who just, like, invaded his dressing room for the duration of the run. We became very, very good friends. And he’s somebody that helped me; he helped me on that show, but he helped me in my personal life too. He’s been somebody that I’ve often gone to, to talk through things and help keep my sanity. And I like to think that I’ve sort of been a useful sounding board for him at times throughout the years. But also, professionally, he’s somebody that, because he’s obviously, as you’ve seen, somebody so extraordinarily talented physically, whenever I’ve been doing parts that require a sort of physical element to them — the two I’m thinking of are Victor Frankenstein and Swiss Army Man — he was somebody that I would go to to work through ideas with, because I know I don’t mind making a total fool of myself in front of him.

When we were doing Equus together … he doesn’t hide his circus past at all. But he didn’t flaunt it. At some point, we were talking, and we had very different childhoods, but I think we both came from a place of having childhoods that were, that other people would probably regard as strange or abnormal in some way, but that, I think, we’re also both very proud of and very attached to, and I think we wouldn’t change anything in either of our lives, because it made us the people that we are. When we were doing [Equus], he was working on the first incarnation of this film, which [started] as a stage show called Humor Abuse, which was done in a circus tent — I can’t remember exactly where, but I think somewhere near the river in New York. We went there, and it’s only like 100 people watching, and it’s still one of the most amazing … and the show changed a lot by the time it got to its off-Broadway run and by the time it went to Los Angeles. But that first show is still one of the most special theatrical experiences I’ve ever had, because it was an amazing show and partly because I knew the guy in it, and I was friends with him, and I was learning all this stuff about him, about his life and his past. And I also learned, Lorenzo is the kind of person who will be like, if you say to him, “Can you dance?” he’d be like, “No, not at all.” And then you go, “You actually can tap dance. You’re just saying you can’t dance because you think of dancers as people who can dance, and you don’t regard yourself that way. But you actually are a really good dancer.” … I think I knew Lorenzo for a couple of years before I learned that he speaks multiple languages and plays multiple instruments. He’s sort of so talented that he doesn’t regard them as talents anymore. And he’s also incredibly grounded and levelheaded and self-aware and you would never … if I had that much talent, I’d be f***ing telling everybody. I’d be like, “Come in here, I’m gonna play something on guitar and do a backflip at the same time because I can!” But Lorenzo doesn’t do any of that stuff. He’s just, he’s a very lovely, reflective, smart human being, and that’s what I loved about the [Humor Abuse] show and what I love about the film: all the fun of learning about the circus and the crazy, talented people that work there, while also getting this very poignant, beautiful story about fathers and sons, and parents and children.

And it’s also a history of the Pickle Family Circus, and why entertainment like Cirque du Soleil exists now.
We say in the film that the Pickle Family Circus was one of the, really the first circus in North America, to not use animals in the show. Also, clowns are not having the best time in terms of their public image at the moment, in terms of It and those Derry [Ireland] people dressing up and wandering around freaking people out. I’m hoping this film kind of does something to remind people that, actually, clowning is a very beautiful art form, and there is something fundamental to all comedy that stems from that world, the fact that clowns are [using] simple suggestions and simple situations and feelings, and often feelings that kind of relate to our quite sad situations. … Comedy is derived from fear of pain and fear of living a life that you don’t want to live and fear of anxiety or fear of social environment, and it sometimes forms into something hysterically funny and there’s something healing about that. I’m sorry, I know I’m getting into very pretentious-sounding characterizations now, but I do think there’s something really interesting about the fact that the origins of a lot of comedy comes from clowning, and Lorenzo’s dad, Larry, in particular, is a real exemplar of that in the modern world.

No, I think that’s lovely, and one of the standout moments from the documentary is when they’re talking about Larry’s history as a clown, and how he got to a point where he was very depressed, but that the more depressed Larry became, the funnier his clown persona became.
Yes. And I’m not somebody who subscribes to the view that you need to be a tortured artist to produce good art. I don’t think that’s the case. But, I think it can be. I think you can also use some of the… I think it is probably true that, on the whole, you learn a lot more from bad times or from pain than you do from just happiness. I think it would be great to just be happy all the time. But I’m not sure how much I would have grown as a person over the years if I hadn’t had a couple of darker days. And I think that probably goes for everyone. You actually illustrated my point with a perfect quote from the film, so anything else I’m saying is pretty redundant. [Laughs.]
In interviews Lorenzo has done, and certainly, in Circus Kid, he appears very honest, but also still sort of private about his complicated childhood, his complicated relationship with Larry. And, as you describe him, he appears to be very grounded, after a childhood that was unusual. I always think of you as a similar example of someone who is very grounded and self-aware, after such a public childhood and starring in one of the most beloved movie series ever. Is that something you and Lorenzo bond over?
I’ll tell you the story that most illustrates in a very sort of tactile, sort of physical way, how connected we were. We were standing on stage for the pre-show checks during Equus at one point, where they check the lights and the sound and all the effects and things. There’s a point during those pre-show checks where they would have to check the smoke machines, which are under the stage, and would puff a bit of smoke up onto the stage. And, I don’t know, but I imagine that most people who are unaccustomed to the smell of a petrol or gasoline smoke machine, would probably not find it to be a particularly nice smell. But this smoke came onto the stage, and me and Lorenzo both immediately were cast back to our childhoods. And, we talked about how that smell to both of us is very nostalgic because it was what was in the wings for him in the circus. It was what was on every Harry Potter set for most of the films because even when you don’t see smoke in the scene, they often use smoke machines to light the scene to give it a sort of hazy, lovely feel. And so there’s a lot of overlap, and we would talk about that … and, I think we’re both very grateful for all the people that we’ve met and spent time with. I think some people will watch this documentary and go, “That kid should not have been allowed to just travel across the country at 12-years-old. Crazy!” And, a lot of time when people talk to me, they don’t say it out loud, but often the implication of some questions or, even from people I work with, is that a film set is not a good place for a kid to be. And I really don’t think that’s necessarily the case. For me, it was a lovely place to be. I think it broadened my experience of what the world could be. And it broadened Lorenzo’s, in his childhood, as well. I feel like we both recognize that, yeah, we have comparatively different, outside of the beaten path of what most people do in terms of regular school. But Lorenzo was always part of his dad’s juggling act … when he was 6-months-old, [he was] a thing that was juggled. So, I think we both accept that there are things in our childhood that other people would regard as strange or abnormal, but we’re both very grateful for it because it made us the people that we are. And I’m definitely becoming more OK with the person that I am. I can’t speak for Lorenzo, but I can speak about him, and I think he should definitely be very, very pleased with the person he is, because he’s just an incredibly fantastic human being, and one of my best friends. I’m fortunate enough to know him and his partner and their now 16-month-old son. They’re a wonderful family, and I certainly can’t imagine what my life would be like without Lorenzo now. I’m just very proud of my friend and the film that he’s made and the fact that I was able to sort of help him and support him in that process. It was very special to me as well.

This was your first project as a producer, but you’re also a producer on your upcoming TBS comedy, Miracle Workers, right?
Yes. It’s all very strange to be thinking of myself in those terms. And I certainly won’t be doing it on everything that I do. But on these couple of projects where I’ve been sort of involved since the beginning stages of them, I’m very happy to be involved in that capacity as well.

Have you started filming on Miracle Workers?
Yeah, we’re filming. I just actually finished my first week. And it’s one of those things where I’m slightly having to pinch myself, and going, “This is all too good to be true.” I’m having so much fun. I think it’s also going to be really, really good. I’m such a huge fan of our writer and show creator, Simon Rich [Saturday Night Live and Man Seeking Woman]. He and all the writers on this show have done something extraordinary with these scripts and I’m just so thrilled to be a part of it. I had a moment last night after we finished our first week, going, “I’m either insane, or I have no taste, or this is going to be great,” because I love it so much. And if it comes out and everyone’s like, this sucks, then I’ll like, “OK, well, I need to reevaluate what I think good is because I’m so in love with this project.”

What is it you love about it? It’s based on Simon Rich’s book, What in God’s Name? Is the show in the same tone and spirit of the book?
It’s very much in keeping with the spirit of the book. Things have been expanded and changed in order to sort of fit this over a long period because the book is very short. So things have been expanded in the world a little bit and changed in places. But the thing I love about it most is that it is, it has, a lot of very dark comedy, a lot of very funny, dark humor, but it’s also very kind. There’s a huge amount of compassion, and I think it’s really hard to write comedy that ultimately has nothing but compassion for all of its characters, and, I know, this is going to sound very overblown, but really for all of humanity.  … Simon Rich articulates something about my worldview that I would never have been articulate enough to say myself. So, when you can find projects that you think project something you really feel about the world, that feels like a very special opportunity.

I’m also excited to see you and Steve Buscemi together.
I’m really excited about that too. I’ve done some rehearsals with Steve, but we haven’t filmed anything together yet. But, yeah, I mean, I for a long time have regarded Steve as one of the best working actors around. I think he’s so special, and so to be working with him is just really a dream.

source: yahoo.com/entertainment

Fox News interview with Daniel Radcliffe

Fox News talked with Daniel about his role as executive producer of the documentary film Circus Kid. It captures the real-life tale of Lorenzo Pisoni’s unique childhood with The Pickle Family Circus. Circus Kid available exclusively on Sundance Now (US), starting today.
“We became very good friends,” Radcliffe told Fox News. “I started learning about his life… and then I became the most annoying [person]… Like, ‘Oh, you were in the circus?! Can you juggle?’ It was annoying I’m sure, but he was very sweet and humored me."
How the spotlight had impacted them over the years:
“I think I'd be hard-pressed to find parallels in our families and how we dealt with it all,” explained Radcliffe. “Lorenzo’s parents are separated. I’m very lucky my parents are still together and are a wonderful team. And Lorenzo went off on his own for a lot of his childhood. I was generally chaperoned by one or the other of my parents… But it all just made sense.

When you’re living in a life where there really isn’t a blueprint for it, there’s nobody you can look to, there wasn’t a family my parents can go and say, ‘OK, so what’s it like when your kid gets involved in a massive franchise?’ You just have to go, ‘Let’s do this ourselves.’… I certainly wouldn’t change anything about my life or how I grew up because it made me the person that I am. I’m actually becoming more and more OK with that person.”
About his parents and supporting him through the years:
“From my point of view, I feel like my parents set a ridiculously high bar for me when I become a parent,” he admitted. “I just look back and go, ‘Man, they really made things easy for me and comprehensible and not scary.' I don’t think they were ever thinking, ‘We have to do this.’ I think my mom and dad were just parenting very instinctively. Not that I’m saying I’m an amazing person, but I just feel like they did a really good job.”
On his choice of roles:
“I think I wanted to try as many different things as I possibly could,” he explained. “You know, to find out what you’re good at, to find out what you like doing… I think this is something I’ve become better at [doing] in the last few years… [Just] really trusting my instinct.

"Having a good time with the [film] I’m doing now is the most important thing for me. Because I don’t watch myself back. I might see [the film] once or twice when they’re not finished so I can go and take a note of something… my experience of something is going to be the experience that I had making it. That’s ultimately the thing you’re left with. That’s my drive now. Will I enjoy this or won’t I?”
About wanting to direct at one point in his career:
“I would love to direct at some point down the road,” he said. “I’ve been saying this for years. I will get around to it eventually. I’m still really enjoying acting and I’m finding lots of projects that I really want to do. For the moment, I’m very happy to do and keep working. There’s no rush.
"I would also love to write. Ideally, I would like to write and direct, but… I don’t want the first thing I make to be s----y. I want to make sure the script is right. I’m going to take my time working on those things.”
Harry Potter:
“I think I felt a lot of that pressure in the beginning,” said Radcliffe. “I don’t know what the percentage is, but there’s a percentage of people who will absolutely be willing to see me as different characters. There’s a percentage of people, probably smallish, that already do. But there’s a percentage of people who will never see me as anything other than Harry Potter. And I’m not going to worry about that.

"I’m also very happy with that. I loved the part. And if that’s the way I will remain in some people’s minds until the end of time, then that’s fine… The fact that I’m able to do stuff that I’m proud of, if I just carry on and do the things that I want to make, hopefully they will reach more and more people.”
source: foxnews.com

Collider's interview with Daniel Radcliffe

The documentary film Circus Kid is available exclusively on Sundance Now in the US starting today, 21st December. Below you can read Collider's interview with producer Jennifer Westeldt and Daniel, who's executive producer together with Karen Lehner.

Collider:  How did you get involved with Circus Kid?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Lorenzo and I first worked together when I did Equus in New York. I think it was the first Broadway show in which he had ever had it in his contract that he would have his own dressing room, which is always a nice thing for an actor. And then, he didn’t get to enjoy that because I invaded his dressing room for basically the entire run. I just thought he was amazing and I wanted to hang out, so he had me, as a 19-year-old groupie going, “Tell me more stories about the circus!

Can you juggle?”
He became a huge part of my life, specifically my life in New York, and has become an incredible friend who I’ve turned to for advice and sanity, at various points in my life. I’d like to think that I’ve been a sounding board for him, as well, sometimes. Personally, I adore him, but professionally, he’s somebody that I’ve gone to because his physical work is so amazing. I’ve gone to him when I was doing Frankenstein and Swiss Army Man, and quite physical roles. I go to him to work on ideas with him because I know I can fall on myself in front of him and I don’t mind. Also, I am in the process of writing a script, which I haven’t in many years, and when we’ve done readings of it, he came and read one of the main parts for me. He’s somebody who’s supported me in my career, and particularly my post-Potter career.

So, when we were doing Equus, I saw Humor Abuse, which was the play that he did that pre-existed the documentary. It was a wonderful show, but it was a very physical show. Lorenzo is at a point, in his career, where he’s still very capable and he can still do a standing back flip, if he needs to, but he would prefer not to have to. So, I saw the very early version of the show and I saw the final version when it was in L.A., but after that was done, he wanted to continue telling the story and tell a version of the story that focused even more on his relationship with his dad, in a way that reached more people. The first few years of my relationship with Lorenzo, I would describe as ice packs and tiger balm. He’s an amazing performer. Circuses are incredible and the range of talent in there is so extraordinary.

So, to have something that combined all the fun of the circus with this very reflective, self-aware man, who was also willing to go in-depth on his childhood and on his relationship with his parents was really beautiful. Both of us have had what other people would probably regard as a slightly abnormal childhood, but we’re both really grateful for it because it made us how we are. The range of experience and the range of people that we encountered was a big influence on both of us. Of course, there were difficult times in Lorenzo’s life, but he’s always been incredibly grateful for what that childhood gave him, as I have been, as well.

Daniel, how did you originally find out about Lorenzo’s previous life in the circus? Is it something that he readily shares with people?
RADCLIFFE: He doesn’t shy away from it, but he doesn’t promote it about himself. When I met him, Lorenzo was transitioning from mainly circus and physically-based stuff into more straight acting, but he wasn’t shy about it. When we did Equus, there’s one role that was double cast, which is the main horse, Nugget, that Alan has a particularly intense relationship with and there’s a physical relationship with him. So, I was literally on Lorenzo’s back, and standing up and carrying me around that stage was a lot of his job on that show. All the while, he’d wear these insane stilts that he would have to balance on while carrying me. He played that part, and he played the young horseman on the beach, which is another part of the play where he had to put me on his back.

On day one of rehearsal, we were split into two groups. There was the horse group, who were learning their choreography in one room, and then all of the actors were in another room, doing the body of the play. Lorenzo was the one going between both rooms. At one point, I went into the other room to look. All of the horses had been cast because they were dancers, and I think Thea [Sharrock], our director, thought Lorenzo was a dancer, as well. I went in there on the first day, and all of the dancers were walking around on these stilts and being amazing, and Lorenzo was panting and like, “Oh, my god, this is hard! I’m not a dancer. I don’t know if Thea knows that.” But like with everything in Lorenzo’s career, a physical challenge is only a physical challenge for as long as he hasn’t mastered it, and by the end of the week, he had. I would go up to his room, all the time, and find out more and more about his life and how extraordinary it was.

At one point, during Equus, he was doing that very early version of the stage play and he invited us to see it. It was a 90-minute show in a circus tent, down by the river and in front of maybe a hundred people maximum, and it was still one of the most special theatrical experiences and memories I’ve ever had. I think I knew Lorenzo for years before I found out that he speaks a couple of other languages, plays multiple instruments, and tap dances. I went up to Lorenzo and said, “I thought you weren’t a dancer!” And he said, “Well, I can do a bit of tap.” He’s one of those obscenely talented people that has got so many talents that he doesn’t even really regard them as talents anymore. One of the lovely things about him is that he doesn’t really know how special he is. He’s an incredible performer.

This is such a deeply personal story that is also unique, touching and absolutely fascinating. What did you learn about Lorenzo, from watching this film?
RADCLIFFE: I think there’s something very brave about going to your parents and asking them the questions that you’ve always wanted to ask them. Not necessarily because the answers will be bad, but because there are probably answers in your head that you want to hear and the likelihood of actually hearing them is very, very slim. That’s why my admiration for him went up, even more. I’ve met his mom, in real life, a couple of times, and she’s a wonderful woman, but it was very funny and sweet to watch her having this moment of realization and saying, “Yeah, I guess it was weird when we sent you off at 13 to work. That’s not something that would happen now.” I’ve not met Lorenzo’s father, so watching that interview, for the first time, was really special. I think there’s a certain amount of catharsis for anybody, male or female, who’s ever gotten the opportunity to ask a parent those questions. I talk about this film in terms of fathers and sons because that’s a big dynamic. I do think, for any child of any parent, there’s something about watching anyone go and find out what was going on in their past.

source: collider.com

Daniel Radcliffe's holiday book suggestion

MarketWatch asked a number of notables the following question: What book do you like to recommend or give as gifts to friends and family over the holidays? And yes, Daniel also answered their question.

Daniel Radcliffe, star of “Jungle”:
“The one book that I have to recommend to everybody at the moment because it’s changing a lot of how I see things, frankly, is a book called ‘Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story’ by Angela Saini. I feel like you’ll read it and probably buy it for a lot of other people because that’s what I’ve been doing with it. My friend Jesse, who is a female physicist, bought it for me. It’s basically about scientists all the way back to Darwin. A lot of the research that has been done into and about women has been filtered through a very male, sometimes deliberately, sometimes not deliberately, sexist filter of biases. We like to think of science as being above bias but of course it’s not because it’s just human beings. It’s an amazing story of this research and what the information itself is, but it’s also the story of how scientific research is done, how it gets published, how it gets to be in the newspaper. It’s just a fascinating look at that world and I can’t recommend it enough.”
source: marketwatch.com

Celebrity Martini glass auction

Throwback to January: Daniel signed a glass for the celebrity Martini glass auction which took place earlier this year, 13th January, in Naples, Florida (US), or well let's say at the beginning of this year ;). The CMGA supports local non-profit organizations such as PAWS Assistance Dogs by raising funds at the auction.

Harry Potter glass:


Signature procured by: Jay & Patty Baker
Celebrity Glass sponsors: Margaret Cole Russell & Steve Russell
Artist: Marjorie Pesek
This unique event features a roster of martini glasses that are autographed by celebrities or American heroes and then designed by noted artists in keeping with the personality and accomplishments of the signer.
source: naplescmga.com

Updated(2): Circus Kid is set to premiere exclusively on Sundance Now

You might remember the news about Circus Kid back in 2016. The documentary, executive produced by Daniel Radcliffe and and Karen Lehner, will exclusively premiere on subscription video on demand service Sundance Now (US) starting on 21st December.

Update: 13th December 2017. A post on Daniel's Google+ page.
Update: 19th December 2017. A photo on Daniel's Google+ page.

Trailer:


From the press release:

The documentary captures Lorenzo Pisoni’s unique childhood and showcases Pisoni’s father, Larry, his mother Peggy, his sister Gypsy (who recently created the circus work in the Tony-winning Broadway smash Pippin), and original Pickle Family Circus member, Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle and many others in The Pickles.

“Lorenzo has made a film, ‘Circus Kid,’ about his life experience that is at once incredibly unique, touching, and engrossing while also inspiring anyone who sees it to unlock their own coming of age story,” said Daniel Radcliffe, Executive Producer.

To stream all Sundance Now content via web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, visit SundanceNow.com and sign up for a free trial.

Jungle PL poster

The Polish poster for Jungle (Dżungla) has been released via distributor Kino Świat. The cinema release for Poland is set on 22nd December 2017.

Daniel Radcliffe presents at the 2017 Deadspin Awards

The 2017 Deadspin Awards took place yesterday and Daniel joined them again to present the award for Worst Tweet via video (recorded during the press junket for Jungle)


source: deadspin.com

Ford Anglia signed by Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe

At the last edition of the Hero Festival in Marseille, France (11-12 November 2017) visitors could see a Ford Anglia as featured in the Harry Potter movies. The sun visors of the car are signed by Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Daniel.

To Gérôme. Happy Travels! Daniel Radcliffe
(photos: Facebook)

Daniel signed the sunvisor during the run of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Jungle: UK DVD & Blu-ray artwork

I did already mention on Facebook that Jungle will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 1st January 2018, courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Below you find the artwork. Special Features: Making of featurettes, cast & crew interviews.

It will arrive on digital platforms from 22nd December 2017.


Young Israeli Yossi Ghinsberg (Radcliffe) leaves a safe future behind to chase an improbable dream in the mysterious depths of the Amazon rainforest. When he and two fellow adventurers, Kevin Gale (Alex Russell; Chronicle, Unbroken) and Marcus Stamm (Joel Jackson; TV’s The Wrong Girl), meet the charismatic Karl Ruchprecter (Thomas Kretschmann (The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Central Intelligence) and follow him into the jungle, what begins as the realisation of a dream soon turns into a harrowing psychological fight for survival.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Imperium) gives a mesmerising and transformative performance as Ghinsberg, with the physical and mental ravages the star and his real-life counterpart experienced visible for all to see. Radcliffe is joined by Thomas Kretschmann as the magnetic yet sinister Ruchprecter, and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue) directs, ratcheting up the tension to nightmarish levels as the jungle starts to take a horrifying hold.

Based on Ghinsberg’s own book, ‘Jungle: A Harrowing True Story Of Survival’, Jungle delivers a Radcliffe we’ve never seen before and a thriller like no other, not to mention a stark warning as to what lies in the dark depths of the Amazon for anyone planning to go off the beaten path…

Updated: Imperium DVD & Blu-ray FR release date

News for French fans. Imperium will appear on DVD, Blu-ray and VoD on 9th January 2018 Distributed by Universal Pictures Vidéo. Below you find the trailer plus the artwork.

Update:
9th January 2018. A post featuring a few new stills via the official French Facebook page.


The Art of Harry Potter coffee table book

The Art of Harry Potter is a new coffee table book by Marc Sumerak that takes fans into the wild world of concept art created for all eight films. It will be released on 21st November in the UK and US. Entertainment Weekly shared a few exclusive images including this one of Harry.

"Dermot Power depicts Harry Potter lost in throught after flying to the opposite side of the lake from Hogwarts. This scene was not realized for the screen."
source: ew.com

Jungle: Behind the scenes photos by Thomas Kretschmann

A look behind the scenes: Daniel's co-star Thomas Kretschmann has shared two new photos from the set of Jungle on Instagram. If you missed the ones he shared back in August, click here.

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The Wall Street Journal: Daniel Radcliffe on his Harry Potter specs, his favorite time killers and iPhone imperatives

The Wall Street Journal has put a new article online in which Daniel talks about his Harry Potter spectacles, one of his favorite Podcasts, Fantasy Football, and more. The text is edited from an interview by Chris Kornelis.

On his Favorite Podcast
The “How Did This Get Made?” podcast is one of my favorite things to listen to. It’s three very, very funny people talking generally with other very funny people. It’s a dissection of crazy movies, not even necessarily bad ones—though a lot of them are bad movies. What I think I love about it is there’s a lot of respect in the way they talk about the film. They have an appreciation for the fact that getting any film made is basically a victory. They do make fun of them, obviously, but there’s a feeling of celebration about it, which is really lovely. Everyone should listen to it.

On Fantast Football
I’ve got all my fantasy football apps on my phone: NFL Fantasy Football and Yahoo Fantasy Football. And I’m on them fairly constantly. I was going to say from Thursday to Monday, but then I realized that it’s an all-week thing. I’m in two leagues. I know people who are in so many more than that, and I have no idea how they cope. The level of stress it brings into my life as it is…I don’t know how anyone could possibly deal with more than two leagues.

On running socks
I feel like a good pair of running socks is essential. When I first started running, I got a lot of blisters. The Wrightsock Running II socks have this sort of double layer inside them. They save my life.

On his Harry Potter glasses
I did take a pair of the glasses with me [from the “Harry Potter” set]. But they are not practical. It amazes most people to find out that they did not have lenses in them most of the time. I don’t keep the glasses out, but if anyone really wanted to try them on, they could. No one’s ever asked, which I’m unhappy about.

I’m in, as most actors are in some way, a sort of a semi-long distance relationship a lot of the time. I don’t know how people did it before Skype and FaceTime existed. Even if the signal is bad and the image is freezing, you’re still getting to see the other person’s face. That’s very important.

On the new iPhones
I have one of the new iPhones without the headphone jack, which I’m still very distressed about. The headphone jack adapter that allows you to plug your old headphones into your new iPhone is an actual tech essential. I just can’t quite bring myself to wear the wireless AirPods, or whatever they’re called. They look a bit silly, but it’s more that I know I will lose them and that’s really annoying.

On the app Word Warp
My app for killing time is Word Warp. You just have to find as many words within a six-letter word as possible. Though it’s probably a complete illusion, I feel like doing anagrams helps my brain do something more productive than playing other games.

source: wsj.com

Daniel Radcliffe on BBC World Service Radio's The Arts Hour

Daniel was on BBC World Service Radio's The Arts Hour today talking about Jungle. If you missed it you can listen to the episode via iPlayer. Interview starts at 01:45. Daniel talks about method acting and this BBC interview by Samira Ahmed did already air in October.

Daniel Radcliffe: 'I am not Method at all'


source: bbc.co.uk

Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter Horcrux theory "I feel like that one ― that’s definitely a good one.”

During the press junket for Jungle The Huffington Post brought up this Harry Potter Horcrux theory which popped up online years ago and asked Daniel if it could explain why the Dursleys were so mean to Harry.

Here's what he said:
Oh OK, so it affects the behavior of people around it,” he said. “That’s interesting, yeah.”

Radcliffe continued, “Yeah, that’s definitely the first time I’ve heard that one. It’s definitely interesting because it sort of posits a world where these people only known to be a certain way. Actually if you remove him from the situation, [they] would have been quite a nice, friendly family.”

Having been there for Richard Griffiths’ (Vernon) and Fiona Shaw’s (Petunia) performances,” Radcliffe said, “I feel like it was more they just hated having this kid around.”

“But I think that’s definitely a cool theory,” he added. “Has anyone asked Jo Rowling what she thinks of that one yet? I feel like that one ― that’s definitely a good one.”
J.K. Rowling doesn’t mention if Harry being a Horcrux contributed to the Dursleys’ hatred, but has written about the Dursley’s dislike for Harry on pottermore.com.

source: huffingtonpost.com

Update: Jungle is nu te zien via VoD

Vandaag zou Jungle via distributeur Splendid Film ook op DVD verschijnen, maar de release is verschoven naar (dus ik heb deze post ook even aangepast) vrijdag 10 november 2017, vrijdag 17 november, vrijdag 1 december.

De film is nu wel via de volgende Video on Demand aanbieders te bekijken: Pathé Thuis en Splendid Film VoD op YouTube.

Update: 3 november 2017. Ook te zien op Digital HD via iTunes en Ziggo.

Splendid Film trailer:


Updated(5): Jungle press junket interviews (UK)

More footage from the Jungle press junket in London. I did already add clips in this post.

Update: 3rd November 2017. Daniel's message to fans in Norway.
Update: 4th November 2017. TV 2 Norway (tv2.no) interview.
Update: 8th November 2017. Daniel's message to fans in Denmark.
Update: 10th November 2017. Daniel's message to Sweden and Finland.
Update: 5th January 2018. Flickering Myth's interview.

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Men's Journal interview

Men's Journal's interview with Daniel about Jungle.

What were your thoughts when you first heard Yossi’s story?
The story was so insane. I went in assuming that some of it had to be bullshit. I just didn’t know how much. I am a skeptic in that way. If I see “based on a true story” my guard goes up immediately. Sometimes you look at a script like that and want to ask the writer, “Are we sort of lying here?” Then I read Yossi’s book and found that if anything the script is actually just a taste of what actually happened. There are events that happened that you couldn’t put into a film because first of all, there is probably a limit to the punishment you are allowed to put onscreen, and there are things that happened to him that you wouldn’t buy at all.

What was the most shocking part of the journey to you?
There is a moment in the movie where I become aware that there is this ever-growing bump on my head, which I am forced to lance and cut my skin open. I pull out this creature that has been burrowing away in my skin. In the script that was stomach churning to read and just awful to think about, and then you read the book and find out that Yossi had about 20 of them under his skin that he had to take out. That is insane.

Did you speak with Yossi before starting the role?
I got to chat with him over Skype for hours. If you talk to Yossi about his time out there, he will tell you that he did not sleep for the entire three weeks. Now you and I can’t believe that. How can you not sleep? And to communicate that level of stress in a film is incredibly hard.

How did that translate into the filming process?
Listen I don’t want to go on talking about how much I struggled, because I was on a movie set and this actually happened to a guy. I got to go back to a nice hotel at the end of the night. That being said, it was a tough shoot for the cast, the crew, and myself. Going in I don’t think anyone expected for it to be a walk in the park.

How were able to get into the character’s mindset?
I was trying to make myself uncomfortable the entire time, and I mostly did that by eating virtually nothing. I knew that there is a psychological effect that happens when hunger become a permanent state, that allowed me to understand what he was feeling. I would have felt horrible doing these scenes, and then going back to the hotel for a steak dinner.

How little were you eating?
There was a three-week span where I was having one protein bar and a skillet of white fish with an unreal amount of hot sauce. For the last two days I didn’t eat at all. I don’t know if it truly shows on screen, but I was feeling it and that helped me get to where I needed.

What was it like to shoot in the locations you traveled to?
The places where we were filming were very difficult to get to, especially with camera equipment. Trucks couldn’t get there, so the only way to get our gear up there was by hiking it up or by donkey. It was crazy. The group got close very quick because of this experience in Colombia and Australia.

Did you take precautions for being in those environments?
One day we were filming near rapids, and we hired a group of guys who were part of the Colombian national kayaking team. They were probably the fittest people I have ever seen in my life. If a piece of equipment fell into the river they would jump from a waterfall into the river, chase down the equipment and then paddle against the current back to our location. It was amazing to watch. Then we had a safety supervisor on set, named Sam Elia, whose job was to jump in and take care of dangerous creatures when they were around. So on that day that there were snakes around, or any other sort of threat, he would just jump in and take care of it. I was glad we had him around. [Laughs]

source: mensjournal.com

Gruemonkey interview

Gruemonkey's Ani interviewed Daniel regarding Jungle. They asked him what his favorite scary movie is and more.

Read more at gruemonkey.com.
Edit: The link above is gone, find the interview here.

ANI:  How was it shooting in an actual Jungle?
DR:  It was great! It was definitely a tough shoot though, particularly for the crew. There were parts of the set inaccessible to trucks which meant that all the camera equipment had to be lugged out by the camera crew or on the backs of these donkey’s we had, which is one of the only animals that could travese those sort of roads. But, yeah it was a kind of crazy, tough filming experience but it was really enjoyable and the cast and crew were great and we like, just kinda got in there together and dug in. It was good!

 ANI:  Hey, till the wheels fall off, that’s what I always say. Let me switch gears for our final question. You have a few notches in your acting belt when it comes to horror, but what is YOUR favorite scary movie?
DR:  My favorite scary movie…I think…I think the thing that I remember being really absolutely terrified by as a kid was probably ’The Shining’.  I saw that when I was really quite young and like, a lot of the imagery in that film has that great quality of just being fucking terrifying even though you don’t quite know why and the fact that it’s all so hard to understand makes it even more terrifying. In terms of creating a sense of evil being all around you, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a film like that so well done.

But yeah, my natural inclination is for much less good horror than that, like B movie Syfy channel horror movies, that’s my happy place where I can really relax and watch them. I’m probably into a lot less good horror than you are. ::Laughs::

source: gruemonkey.com

Daniel signs lawnmower while filming Jungle in Australia

Daniel signed a lawnmower while he was in Australia filming Jungle. John Muccignat had the idea of letting Daniel sign his lawnmower when the crew was filming on his neighbours’ Tamborine Mountain property for a week, early last year.
“Daniel was such a good bloke, he said it was the first time he’d ever been asked to sign a mower, he thought it was a bit funny.”

“They were here for seven days filming on the neighbours’ property and the only way to access the site was through our property,” he said.

“My wife and kids went down to the set one day and it just so happened that he (Radcliffe) wasn’t filming that day so he sat down with them and had a chat for a good half-hour or so.

“The next day I bought a good permanent marker on the way home because I knew what I wanted him to sign.”

Daniel took time out of his schedule in between takes to sign the mower.
“He said ‘I’ve never been asked to sign one of these before’ and if you didn’t know who he was you’d think he was a regular bloke,” he said.

”His bouncers kept saying he had to go but he said ‘no’ and took a photo with us as well.

“I still use the mower in the garden, but the writing has started to fade a bit.”
source: goldcoastbulletin.com.au

Jungle clip

A new Jungle clip is online. It's called Come With Me.

"You want to be like every other tourist?"

Newsweek interview

Newsweek has published their interview with Daniel in promotion of Jungle.

I recently watched Jungle. To be honest, I'm glad you're OK after going through that filming experience.
Um, yeah [laughs]. Thank you.

It looks like it was terrifying.
It was a tough shoot. And it should have been a tough shoot. In the middle of Jungle, we had a week off between filming in Colombia and filming in Australia. I did an interview in that time in person. A few months later, I saw an article that had been written about it. It starts off by saying, "Daniel Radcliffe. Looks. Awful." I went, "What!" I was meeting this interviewer halfway through the film. I had lost loads of weight and I had a thick beard. I did not look like a well person!

You spent a lot of time filming in dangerous river rapids. How was that?
There are no scenes that take place by river rapids where you're just, like, chatting casually. Every scene that takes place by river rapids, you are fucking screaming at somebody. There were two days where we filmed all the stuff where me and Kevin are on the raft pressed up against the rocks. Whenever you're filming in water, everything slows down by at least 20 percent. Also, however safe you are—and there are great stunt people around us—you're still filming by rapids. Everybody's a little bit on edge and stressed.

But the crew were the guys who [worked hardest]. There were some sets that were three miles deep into the jungle... so the camera crew had to walk in with all their camera equipment on their backs or on the backs of donkeys.

Between this film and Swiss Army Man, it seems like you've been drawn to fairly masochistic movie choices. Can you talk about the career choices you've made?
It's not intentional, I promise. When I was doing the scene where I was sinking into the pit of mud, I was like, "I'm fairly sure this is at least the second, possibly the third pit of mud I've sunk into in my career." I feel like it's a weird trope to end up having in your career as an actor. But I do keep doing films where I end up covered in mud or blood or both. I don't know what it says about me. You're welcome to read into that and make an assessment if you like.

After Harry Potter ended, you were quoted as saying you had a "massive chip on your shoulder" after landing that role at such a young age. Do you feel pressure to prove that you can act in the most physical and punishing possible form?
No, I don't. I wouldn't say that. I certainly felt pressure to show as wide a range as possible. I think there is probably something in me that likes a physical challenge to go with a role. It's less about proving that to other people as much as it is proving it to myself.

Was the Israeli accent a challenge for you?
Definitely. Israeli accents are tricky for an English person, and Yossi's is even more specific than your average Israeli accent. I think I went to a slightly Israeli-American thing when we started filming.

Tell me about the leech scene. It is particularly gruesome.
There's always something very satisfying when you finish a scene and you cut and the crew looks disgusted. It's like, "OK, good. We did it, and we did a good job." Because you all know this is makeup, and you still look like you did something foul. We [changed] that scene a little bit from the book. In reality, Yossi cut out somewhere between 15 and 20 of those [leeches] as he got out of the jungle. I just don't know if we can subject an audience to that. They would think that we're stretching the truth.

What did you think of The Revenant?
I thought it was an amazing achievement. I don't think I got as emotionally involved as a lot of people did in the movie.

Do you have any favorite survival movies?
One of the ones I think about first and foremost is Cast Away. If I can plug my own weird survival movie for a second, Swiss Army Man is (one) that I'm very partial to. Obviously, Jungle is a traditional version of a survival movie and there is not a dead farting corpse being lugged around the whole time.

source: newsweek.com

Google+: Jungle featurette "Becoming Yossi"

A new Jungle featurette has been shared via Daniel's official Google+ page. It has the title "Becoming Yossi".

Updated: Jungle: stills

The following Jungle stills were shared by director Greg McLean on Twitter.

Update: 23rd October 2017. Another one.



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