TIFF 2019: Day 2, Vuuzle TV interview

Exclusive Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) interview with Daniel and Samara Weaving in promotion of Guns Akimbo, recorded on Tuesday 10th September. Vuuzle TV shared a clip in which they talk about social media.

Watch below (Spanish version of the Scoop Network video) or at vuuzletv.com

Social media wasn’t a thing until after I finished high school, so I don’t think it was necessarily a really big part of my life growing up, had to play outside and read books, haha… …But yeah, I strangely am not addicted to it when I’m fortunate enough to do that. I don’t know why.
Yeah, I feel the same. I feel like I just missed it for whatever reason. I mean, it existed and people were on it, but I feel lucky to have not got hooked on it when I was a teenager, because I have quite an addictive personality, and I haven’t become addicted to phones, but I definitely had to stop playing video games for awhile, because I was just not doing anything else, and so I can relate to getting into a cycle of behaviour with something, but yeah, not so much with my phone, thankfully.

Updated: Harry Potter Throwback: First day of principal photography

Huntley Film Archives has Harry Potter footage online from back in 2000. The first day of principal photography for Daniel and the rest of the cast. It includes the Hogsmeade scenes, flying lesson scene and more. Plus Daniel doing a magic trick between shots.

Mugglenet.com shared two videos so take a look behind the scenes: video 1 | video 2.
Watch the full videos: number 1 - number 2 - number 3.

Update: Full videos below.

BriefTake interview

BriefTake's exclusive interview. They spoke to Daniel  in promotion of Guns Akimbo at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). For the full interview (Miracle Workers, Swiss Army Man, Horns, The F Word and more) visit brieftake.com.

When you were at the Guns Akimbo premiere you said something like: “The best piece of advice for actors is be nice to everyone on set”. Do you abide by this?

Yes, I do. Not that you have to be [chuckles] you know, I think that there are some basic things that actors should do and not assuming that you are…because yeah, in a way actors are the people that people tend to focus on in the film, but you don’t, you’re like the last person to arrive on set in the day, you’re one of the first people to leave. There are parts of your job that are challenging, but there are parts of everyone’s job that are challenging. Nothing will ever drive me quite as crazy as seeing something and it’s subtle things, it’s not necessarily like big freak outs all time, like if I see an actor for example, like if the boom mike falls into shot in one take, or if we have to go again because focus was on the camera and you know, actors, if I see an actor getting annoyed by that I want to shake them and say “How many times have you screwed up a line and you made a mistake and everyone…and it’s fine, it’s not an issue”. And 90 per cent of actors are really nice and the 10 per cent [chuckles] tend to get a lot more attention or take up a lot more brain space, because it’s personally hard for me to be around that kind of attitude.

Guns Akimbo is your first action movie in a while, isn’t it?
Well, yeah, absolutely. I mean that’s the thing, the Potter films you don’t really think of as straight action films. But they really do include a lot of that stuff, so I was exposed to a lot of that when I was young, which was fun. But there is something great about being able to do it, and the reason that I don’t do it a lot of the time is that I [pauses] struggle to believe myself as an action hero kind of character. I feel like if I have that credibility problem with myself, then maybe other people will, but with this particular character, I was like: “No, I can definitely play this guy!”. The kind of idea of the reluctant action hero, really does not want to fight him with much, would rather run away, was something that I could feel like I could get into.

Can you speak about your work with LGBT rights as well as what can be done in the fight against homophobia?
From a practical standpoint, I think that getting a service like The Trevor Project or The Trevor Project into more countries around the world is going to be the next step in that. But there’s so much to unpack about how we can start being kinder to each other and what my influence adds and where and if social media comes into changes in our behavior in the way you relate to each other. I do think that something has been inspired by the last few years, I do know that I have become more active in certain things and helping in volunteering and it’s hard to pick good sides out of the last few years of sort of world chaos, but there does seem to be a general capacity of people to want to give up more of their time and be more active in things, which I think is a very good development.

Can you talk about your upcoming project as well?
Absolutely! I filmed a movie called Escape from Pretoria, which is the truly amazing true story of three guys who escape from a maximum security prison in South Africa in the 1970’s, and yeah, I learned the accent. I think that it was good for the time, it’s definitely one on which I feel very rusty right now. But yeah, it’s an amazing film. I loved the director of that film (Francis Annan) so much. He is a young, hungry director from the U.K. and this is his first feature and I think he’s really, really talented, and I’m very excited to see what he’s done with the film.

source: brieftake.com

Guns Akimbo photo

Guns Akimbo producer Tom Hern shared the following photo on Instagram.

I'm back from the #gunsakimbo premiere in Toronto . Shout outs to all you fantastic punks from our cast and crew who helped make this film and/or starred in it. Tu meke. 🎥
Two mean peeps in this 📸 The very talented, and equally kind, Dan Radcliffe. I loved working with him. A class act!!
And, my homie @puffybee aka Hopetown aka Hopey aka Thuglife. You're a good one homes...a force to be reckoned with and a buddy up for a laugh through thick and thin, rain, shine and the rest. ✊🏼
Films continue to be an awesome framework for all sorts of learning for me.
Each one is kind of like a giant trellis that my knotted and gnarly ole tree weaves in and around for a couple of years (or a few, depending), as it grows up, reaching towards the sun... An opportunity to learn more about my work and craft, always.. . But also an opportumity to learn all sorts of life/human stuff along the way.... about people and about me. On the mountaintops and in the valleys.

I'm grateful for every film I get to be involved in, for the people I meet, and for what they each teach me and this one is no different.
The bombastic, fantastic, batshit crazy ride that is GUNS AKIMBO will hit screens around the world in the coming months...
And when it does... you better strap in real good for the ride! 🔫 🔫 🔫

TIFF 2019: Day 2, Collider interview

Collider's interview with Daniel, Guns Akimbo director Jason Lei Howden and Samara Weaving recorded on Tuesday 10th September during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

source: collider.com

Daniel signs mini brain for the Baycrest Foundation

During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) the Baycrest Foundation was located at the Los Angeles Times portrait studio.

Daniel was one of the celebrities who signed one of their mini brians to show their support for brain health. They will be auctioned off with proceeds supporting the foundation. If more info on that appears I'll update.

Photo taken on Monday 9th September:

Update: TIFF 2019: Variety portrait

Photo taken in promotion of Guns Akimbo at the Variety Studio during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Monday 9th September.

Update: 18th September 2019. There is a second one. group photo.

source: variety.com
picture source: Caitlin Cronenberg

Updated: TIFF 2019: People/Entertainment Weekly portrait

Photo taken at the People/Entertainment Weekly (EW) portrait studio taken at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Monday 9th September in promotion of Guns Akimbo.

Update: There is a second one.

picture source: Celeste Sloman

"Guns Akimbo" portrait session (Toronto International Film Festival)

Below you find photos from the Guns Akimbo portrait session with director Jason Lei Howden, Samara Weaving and Rhys Darby during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) at the Intercontinental Hotel on Monday 9th September. Another photo via Facebook.

picture source: Gareth Cattermole

Updated(3): TIFF 2019: Guns Akimbo premiere

The Guns Akimbo premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), 9th September.

Update: 7th October 2019. 90 Minutes interview.
Update: 1st January 2020. Red Carpet News interview.
Update: 14th March 2020. Review Nation interview.

90 Minutes

This video is also shared on Facebook.

Red Carpet News

Review Nation

If more videos appear online I'll add them.

Guns Akimbo dinner party at Lavelle:


This video is also shared on Facebook.

Here are more premiere photos:

picture source: Amanda Edwards

TIFF 2019: Los Angeles Times portrait

Los Angeles Times portrait taken at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) yesterday, 9th September in promotion of Guns Akimbo.


Via Twitter:
source: latimes.com
picture source: Jay L. Clendenin

Updated: TIFF 2019: Pandora portrait

Photo taken at the Pandora Portrait Studio (in partnership with Elle Canada) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) yesterday, 9th September. Shared by ET Canada.

Update: 2nd March 2020. Another photo.

Oh and there is this via Jason Lei Howden's Instagram:

source: etcanada.com
picture source: Saty And Pratha

TIFF 2019: Deadline photoshoot and interview

Deadline's interview at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and a portrait photo which was taken yesterday, 9th September.

While you were shooting, some photos of emerged of you in a bathrobe, with two guns strapped to your wrists and furry monster slippers on. Care to explain?
Yeah, you probably need some context for that [laughs]. My character, Miles, is a very non-violent person, but somebody who spends a lot of time and gets drawn to the darker parts of the internet. He gets in an online fight that has very real implications for him.

It’s such an insane film to talk about, but there’s basically a terrorist organization called Schism that pits normal people against each other in a fight to the death. I am basically forced into a fight to the death with a much more experienced fighter called Nix, played by Samara Weaving. The majority of the film is Miles doing everything he can to avoid being killed by her. And then we join forces towards the end of the film to defeat a larger enemy.

As far as that picture goes, my character wakes up after having been kidnapped by this awful organization, and he realizes that they have screwed and bolted two guns to his hands—including his index fingers, which are screwed to the triggers. He gets sent into a waking nightmare where he doesn’t really want to kill anybody or do anything particularly violent, but he’s forced into fighting for his life as the film goes on.

What I really enjoyed about it is it’s a crazy, very funny action movie. It has a great sense of humor. It does one of the things that I really enjoy in films, in that it can veer wildly from some genuinely great, exciting, really cool action sequences, into some very intense moments, into stuff that is just ridiculous and silly and fun, all very, very quickly.

Ned Dennehy plays Riktor, who is the main bad guy of the film. He gives an amazing performance that’s equal parts psychotic and hilarious. And Samara is incredible as Nix. I feel like Jason [Lei Howden] created an amazing character there. It’s just a really cool world. I’ve only seen a rough cut so far; it’s being tinkered with right up to our premiere in Toronto. But it goes a hundred miles an hour in the best possible way.

One of the moments I fell in love with it is, obviously, you can have somebody who has guns for hands, and it’s like, “OK, that’s a cool premise, but what are you going to do with that?” Three pages into him getting the guns on for the first time, there’s a scene with him trying to negotiate how to use the toilet in his new situation. That was the moment, reading the script, where I was like, “OK, I love this.” You’re fully exploring what it would be like to have guns for hands in a way that’s both funny and pathetic. I had an amazing time working out how to do lots of very stupid stuff, like working out how to dress with guns for hands. Those kinds of challenges were a lot of fun.

DEADLINE: Something for the resume. “Can dress with guns for hands.”
Yeah [laughs]. I’m sure there’s got to be loads of other uses for that, right?

DEADLINE: Tell me about the mad genius behind this film, Jason Lei Howden, who wrote and directed.
When I first talked to Jason, you could tell there was a lot of him in the character of Miles. Jason comes from visual effects—really painstaking work—and I think he feels about himself the same way Miles feels about himself. Miles is a vegetarian, Jason is a vegan. He’s this really interesting split between this guy who is incredibly gentle, incredibly sweet, just a super chill dude, and then the films he makes and the games he plays and what he loves. Jason is all about metal, and really into gaming in a way that I don’t even feel fully qualified to talk about, because I’ll just get it wrong. There’s a scene in the film involving Twitch; Jason had to explain Twitch to me. I didn’t know what it was.
I think this is a film really born out of Jason’s love of ’80s action movies; Schwarzenegger and Van Damme—and shoot-’em-up games. It’s like a Jason Statham movie directed by Edgar Wright. Insane action and violence, but directed in this swanky, pop-art way. It reminded me a lot of making Swiss Army Man and Horns. Every day you get to work and they would have figured out weird, cool shots that really let the cast and crew and everybody know, “Oh, we’re working on something that could be really, really cool.”

DEADLINE: You mention those two films there. It’s definitely of a piece. It seems like you’re drawn to this stuff.
 I do love finding those scripts. They’re few and far between. I’ve read a lot of weird stuff that has been weird for the sake of being weird, but that doesn’t really have anything tying it together. But the lovely thing is, I’m at the point now, in my career, where I have a bit of a reputation for liking this kind of material, so I’m definitely on the list of people who get sent those kinds of more out-there scripts. You’ll read five that are like, “What is this?” But every so often there’s a Guns Akimbo or a Swiss Army Man, where you think, This is so crazy it might just work.

DEADLINE: Jason is from New Zealand. That sense of humor has always suited a British palette, but it’s becoming more international.
Absolutely. Rhys Darby is in this film and he goes full New Zealand, even though it’s set in America. If you don’t know what kind of film you’re watching before, you will do when you get to Rhys Darby’s scenes [laughs].

It’s not necessarily the most mainstream kind of comedy in America, but Flight of the Conchords had a massive following here, and Taika Waititi is everybody’s favorite director of Marvel movies. One of the nice things about the fact that films are coming from more places now is that our sense of humor—the British and New Zealand sensibility—has become homogenized in a good way, where we can all get each other’s jokes a bit more.

DEADLINE: You’ve been fortunate in your career to have those poles between crazy comedy and then the dark drama of an Imperium or Kill Your Darlings. How important is that mix?
I try to find it as much as I can. If I ever felt I was doing the same thing again—or doing one thing for too long—I would start to feel like I was resting on my laurels a little bit or getting complacent. I think it’s how I enjoy my job the most. The more variety you can find, the more fulfilling your work as an actor.

Frankly, I’ve been lucky to have started my career in the way I did with Potter, and to have the opportunities it gave me from then on. For every director out there who didn’t want to cast me because they felt there was too much baggage from Potter—which I can understand and totally get—there was another that was excited for the chance to do something weird and unexpected with me that people wouldn’t have seen before.

I’ve been lucky to have had those opportunities—like doing Endgame at the Old Vic at the end of the year. That’s the Samuel Beckett play, by the way—I have to say that now, since Avengers came out [laughs]. As long as people are going to keep giving me opportunities to try different, weird stuff, I’m going to keep grabbing them.

DEADLINE: Has the call of the other side of the industry been felt? You’ve produced a little bit. Would you write or direct?
I’d be very interested in writing and directing. It’s getting to the stage where I’ve been thinking that for so long that I had better do something about it. I always used to have it in my head that I’d pop off for a month or two and direct something in between projects. Now, I have a much better understanding of what the reality of that is. So if I find a project I want to direct, I know I’ll have to say, “OK, no acting for me for the next year. I’m just going to focus solidly on pre-production to get this made.” I wouldn’t want to half-heart it. You hear a lot of stories about actors who direct who just suddenly turn up on set and everyone else has to make the film around them. I don’t want to be one of those people.
Producing interests me. I am a producer on Miracle Workers. But I’m only really involved in a producorial capacity before we start. As soon as filming begins, I’m just an actor, pretty much. I’m into the casting and the writing process, but once we start production I feel I’m an actor more than anything else.
I love being on set so much, and I love working with all the different departments in my capacity as an actor, so I’d love to work with all those departments as a director. I think I’d be OK at it. It’d be a learning curve, obviously, but I think I’d be all right.

DEADLINE: You worked with an actor who directed for the first time. Woody Harrelson, on his movie Lost in London, which was a feature film shot and transmitted live, in real time. It blows my mind he chose that for his first feature.
Yeah, it was a military operation. I don’t know Woody as well as a lot of people know Woody. It’s crazy that anybody did this, but I think it’s crazier that Woody did it. But Woody is hyper f*cking intelligent, but he’s also so f*cking chill. The stress of organizing… I think it was 30 different sound guys alone, without even considering how many camera people there were…

My bit of it was actually really easy. It was all pre-recorded. The story of that night with Woody is, the day after the story took place in real life was the first time I met Woody, aged 12, when he came out to the set of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The day after he left, all these stories came out in the papers of this crazy night he’d had in London. At some point that came up between Woody and I, and he was like, “Would you just tell that story as the epilogue to Lost in London?” So I had the easiest job on the entire film.

I wonder if we’ll see more of that kind of stuff, or if it was so hard to do that it’ll never be a real business proposition for anybody. But Woody is a really cool guy, and he’s very special. Ever since I did Now You See Me 2 with him, literally every single piece of theater I’ve done since then, he has come and he has supported. He’s just incredibly kind and loyal.

source: deadline.com
picture source: Chris Chapman

Updated: TIFF 2019: Day 1, interviews

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) interviews and photos in promotion of Guns Akimbo on Monday 9th September.

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ET Canada Lounge (picture source: Ryan Emberley)

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Calii Love (another photo shared via this site's Facebook page)

Update: 28th December 2019. More Calii Love photos shared by Brian Leonard: Photo 1 | Photo 2.

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People/Entertainment Weekly - rescue puppies at the Social Studio (picture source: Ben Trivett)

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