n-tv interview (DE)

German n-tv channel's Anna Meinecke interviewed Daniel in promotion of Miracle Workers. The series premieres tonight in Germany on TNT Comedy.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

The world is lost, but two angels continue to fight to save them. A beautiful message in a time when many no longer count on the good. Is Miracle Workers the series we all urgently needed?
Daniel Radcliffe: It's definitely the series I urgently needed. As an actor, you are always on the lookout for projects that allow you to express something that you could never have put into words yourself. Right now, people feel that humanity is doomed to fail. We have always been lost and will be lost forever. However, there are many reasons for love and joy along the way - until we destroy each other. (laughs) That's an exciting and very liberating message.

Almost everyone has an idea of heaven - regardless of religion. What has influenced you and changed your work by working on Miracle Workers?In my childhood, the images I had in mind were inspired by Gary Larson and his "The Far Side" comics as well as the Simpsons. One of the best films in which heaven occurs is "The Afterlife" with David Niven. So my idea of life after death has always been composed of bits and pieces of cultural representations. I like how Simon designed the sky in Miracle Workers. The world is a chaotic mess and the sky reflects that - not least in God himself.

You were already a fan of the book. How did you get introduced with it?
My girlfriend gave it to me. She inspired me to Simon's work. Thank you all for being allowed to play in his series now. I read the book and loved it. So I asked for a meeting with Simon. I said to him, "The thing is, I've fallen in love with your book, so if you ever want to do it, I'd like to be there, I'll sit down and cook tea - anything I can do." He called me a few months later.

What inspired you in the story originally?
On the one hand, humanity as such is very frustrated, but on the other hand it is the love of the individual. It's hard to make a comedy that's warm, sweet, and well-intentioned at heart, but also nervous and dark. It's hard to hit the right note.

Costumes and scenery at Miracle Workers are obviously elaborately designed. But there are certainly some design details that are not immediately catching the eye, right?
I would pay attention to the book titles. Whenever there is a book somewhere in the background - especially in my office, there is always something to discover. Sometimes you can also recognize the notes with the prayers of the people. If there's a picture on it, it's always someone from the crew.

Because you were involved with Miracle Workers from the start, you were also allowed to make casting decisions. What was it like to take the other perspective?
It was great. I have never had more respect for actors! For the role Laura, I looked at about 30 to 40 casting shots. The bulk of it was really, really good. But then suddenly there was Sasha . Not only did she do everything right, she did something completely different than the others, something we did not expect. That was really intoxicating! She got the role, of course.

At some point someone must have felt that way with you ...
Probably yes. It'll be a while, but someone will have seen a video of me and said to his colleagues, "Him and no one else!" It's nice to know that.

Your character Craig is neurotic in a very loveable way. He rewards himself with small mustard packs, for example. Did that make the shoot rather unappetizing for you, or maybe even particularly pleasant?

Ha, they even had to stop me from eating so much mustard! Once close-ups of my colleague Geraldine were being shot someone from the team called out to me, "Daniel, you do not have to eat mustard anymore, you're not being filmed right now." But I was unstoppable. I love mustard - not necessarily from small packs, but I'll take a spoon or invite me to the plate, when everything else is already eaten. The best are Dijon or Hot English. With the smooth, yellow mustard from the USA, the consistency is not right.

In recent years, you have been filming in mud and water or listening to Nazi slogans all day long. Compared to that, the working conditions of Miracle Workers were certainly much more comfortable, right?

There is a scene when I sit bearded in the mud and eat some! The most relaxed movie I've ever made, though, was The F Word - no blood, no sweat, no mud.

Actors want to play as many roles as possible. They seem to cover a particularly broad spectrum. Harry Potter, Allen Ginsberg, undercover in Imperium and a farting corpse ... Where is it even too colorful for you?
Actually, I'm up for everything. I do not do classic action movies anymore - just because I do not see myself as a credible hero of any of these stories. Otherwise I have the reputation of being open to niche projects. If someone has an unusual script, he sends it to me. I get really strange stuff to see. And I have a few more years to work. So it can be much more strange. I can not wait any longer!

source: n-tv.de

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