BriefTake interview - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


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

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.


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