Goldene Kamera interview (DE) - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


Goldene Kamera interview (DE)

A new interview has been published online by Goldene Kamera, the German Golden Globes - Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The interview took place at the Miracle Workers press conference in New York back in 2018. Miracle Workers premieres tonight in Germany on TNT Comedy.

Daniel with correspondent
Anke Hofmann.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Do you believe in miracles?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: It depends on what you mean by miracles. The fact that I - or humanity in general - exists at all is a miracle to me. (laughs) But do I believe in healing a sick person through touch or things like that? Rather not!

What interested you then in Miracle Workers?

I'm an absolute comedy fan. My TV consumption consists mostly of funny series. Time to play in a real comedy, was my dream for a long time. But like every dream, this one was to be treated with caution, because a TV series has the potential to be a commitment for several years. All my concerns vanished when I heard that Miracle Workers was written by Simon Rich. I am a huge fan of him! And when I was told that Steve Buscemi was playing God, it was like Christmas and Easter at once!

To what extent has Steve Buscemi as God influenced your own idea of the almighty creator?
Since I see myself more as an agnostic, this idea has neither hurt nor delighted me. With this show we want to turn the general ideas about God and the hereafter upside down. In Miracle Workers, God is going through a crisis and wants to start all over again. That speaks against any idea of a God who has everything under control - and that's the source of a lot of humor.

If you could really meet God, what form should he take?

Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in Harry Potter. Michael looks like God in general. But inside he is funny and silly. So if I was to go to heaven and then meet Michael as God, I would be overjoyed. (Laughs).

In the series you fulfill wishes. What wish has been fulfilled in your life?
Towards the end of Harry Potter I wished that I would continue to work as an actor, because I love this job.

Speaking of Harry Potter: Do you sometimes regret that you started your career with a big hit? Usually actors have to work their way up ...
The fact that I started with a hit was very liberating for me because it taught me that a blockbuster is not the be-all and end-all of filmmaking or acting. I wish all my colleagues and friends that they can play in a big movie once. But I love that now I have the artistic freedom.

How many times are you still being addressed as Harry Potter?
If I wear hat and beard, less often. But as soon as I open my mouth and hear my British accent, people switch from "The guy looks like Harry Potter" to "That's Harry Potter!" (laughs) Luckily, Harry Potter is so popular, so the fans are always nice to me.

picture source: Theo Kingma

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