Fokus magazine interview

A new interview is published by Fokus magazine (part of the Tages Anzeiger) in Switzerland.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.


Daniel Radcliffe, you live in New York. How do you experience staying at home since the outbreak of the pandemic?
I'm in a very happy position: I'm not alone, I'm with my girlfriend and we don't have any children that we have to teach at home and maintain non-stop. We are all healthy. So with us everything is so far, so good. I knock on wood to keep it that way.

Which sides does your girlfriend, the actress Erin Darke, get now that the outside world hardly sees you?

I do not know. Probably my fears and neuroses. She probably gets more from them than anyone else.

What are your fears?

The usual insecurities that affect life and work. Like any actor. I haven't met anyone, no matter how successful, that isn't somehow insecure. I don't think you can ever get rid of these doubts.

Did you develop new talent during the lockdown?
No, I'm definitely not one of those people who learned a new profession during this time. I have great respect for those who sew or bake now.

How do you spend the time otherwise?
I do a lot of things with Lego: Time flies by, it's meditative and in the end you have put together something great. I've already worked my way through the Jurassic Park and Stranger Things sets. We also look at all of the seasons of Schitt's Creek and a list of films that we have never seen.

For example?
Pan's Labyrinth, Barefoot in the Park, It happened one night; Films that we both think are must-see films. But I also read a lot and yesterday I finally started writing.

What are you writing?
I am trying to write scripts. I think every day: Today is the day when I put something productive on paper, but nothing happened for weeks. All actors want to write something and I am one of them. One day I want to write a script and also direct it.


What is your script about?
I don't want to give too much away, but it's more black comedy.

You've been doing some weird comedies lately, like the cult movie Swiss Army Man in which you play a corpse. Where does it come from?
Yes, I have a reputation for preferring films that are a little bit crazy, but I also do naturalistic films like the thriller Escape from Pretoria. It also had historical elements. With Swiss Army Man I didn't know how to play the corpse. Every role I play is a challenge. sometimes the role itself is challenging, sometimes the shooting situation. For example, that you only have 16 days of shooting and have to learn fifteen to twenty pages of dialogue every day. I like that pressure. And in between I mix something that is just fun.

For example the interactive Netflix film Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend . The audience has the opportunity to make decisions about which direction to turn the story. Do you need special concentration to play different variants and to tell them apart?

We actors just had to learn the different versions of the scenes. But it's like a Rubik's Cube: I don't know how everything was cobbled together for scripting and editing. Or what the director has to consider. All respect for the performance! I would recommend going through everything and choosing the options that a morally sincere person would choose. And then again from the perspective of a bitch who only wants to see evil. What is more fun?

Netflix is everywhere right now. As an actor, what do you think of the transition from film and television productions to streaming providers?
People talk about Netflix very differently today than they did five years ago. There are worlds in between. One in eight Americans is said to have seen Bird Box on Netflix. Not me because I don't watch films that instill fear (laughs). You have to imagine such a statistic! It's an incredible platform. More shows are produced and people watch a lot too. That is ultimately positive for us. With indie films, however, there is good news and bad news.

What do you think?
I once had a meeting with a producer in a large film studio. He said if one day I want to make a movie that costs less than a million dollars or over 100 million dollars, I should come to him. Everything else in between doesn't make sense. I have never forgotten that. Netflix made the space for movies that fall between those two numbers. It's an interesting time. The industry is on the move.

What do you prefer to stream yourself?
Cartoons and documentaries. The animated series Bojack Horseman is one of my favorite shows of the past few years, and I'm not just saying this because I had a role in it. And I watch pretty much every documentary Netflix makes.

In addition to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend there is also the anthology series Miracle Workers in which you play a helper of God, played by Steve Buscemi. If you could have a conversation with God in human form, who would you want?

You know what? I would probably choose Michael Gambon - he played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. He has a certain aura. And it looks a bit like you're imagining God I guess. On the other hand, he's also a prankster. So if I go to heaven and Michael Gambon waits there as God, I would be pretty happy.

Another Potter Throwback: Rupert Grint, who played the redhead Ron Weasley, recently became a father. Are you still in contact with him?
Yes, I wrote to him as soon as I heard about it. I'm incredibly happy for him. He and Georgia have been together for a while and I'm sure he's a great dad. Actually crazy: in my head we are 16 years old and we have only just met.

You are now 31 years old. You have gone from being a blockbuster hero to being a character actor. How did you experience the transition?
The fact that I made the big boxes early in my career was liberating in a way. I have a lot of friends who would love to play in big blockbusters. And I understand that too. You're great, but I also know: you're not the beginning and the end of filmmaking and acting. I want to be a character actor in the lead role. Like James McAvoy.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I just want to keep working. As an actor and as I said, hopefully one day as an author and director. I know that's a simple and boring answer. But that's my goal.

You also act in theater and have appeared in several productions on Broadway. What do you find fascinating about stage acting?

Broadway is a great place to work. The acting community is fantastic and so is the audience! I hope theater is part of my career as long as I have one.

What do you think of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
I did not see it. It wouldn't be a relaxed affair for me. I can sneak my way into other performances relatively well without anyone recognizing me. With this piece I doubt that no one will notice that I'm there. I know Emma Watson left. I know many who have seen the play. But I would just sit there and feel watched all the time. That wouldn't be a nice evening for me.

If you had a wand now, what would you do with it?

At the moment the answer is very obvious: I would rid the world of the coronavirus.

source: fokus.swiss

La Gazette du Sorcier: 20th anniversary

French Harry Potter website La Gazette du Sorcier celebrates 20 years online. They shared the following video today featuring Wizarding World actors and actresses wishing them a very happy 20th anniversary including Daniel. His message was recorded earlier this year during the run of Endgame at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Daniel Radcliffe reads the worst tweets of 2020

Daniel reads the worst sports tweets of 2020 for the new sports and culture website Defector. An ex–Deadspin writer started this website with old colleagues.

2020 has been an unbearable year for so many reasons. The tweets have not helped. But we can’t just ignore them. To help chronicle the year in bad online outbursts, Defector correspondent Daniel Radcliffe joins us to read some of the worst tweets of 2020 so far.
source: defector.com

Updated: Reforma article

Mexican newspaper Reforma published an exclusive interview with Daniel (plus Jason Lei Howden and Samara Weaving) in promotion of Guns Akimbo (Manos a las Armas). It can only be read if you are a subscriber. You can find the link via this site's Facebook page.

Guns Akimbo is now playing in Mexico. It's an extended interview by Juan Carlos García who spoke to him at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2019.

Update: Just found the full article via eldiariodeparral.mx. A translation from his quotes:

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

“We live in a time when everything is polarization, fights, hatred. It is not very far from reality and in this macabre, sinister and very well told game, there is a purpose: to kill the one who knows the most. I think Skizm is very significant today - it's a network that runs in the nether worlds and in these struggles, between criminals and psychotics who fight to the death, there is a lot of symbolism, especially in the digital age"

For Radcliffe this was an opportunity to prove himself on another acting record:

“I have always wanted to make characters diametrically opposed to those of a magician. In the case of this film, I approached her because of the treatment, the visual proposal and the narrative that Jason gave me, ”




source: reforma.com

On set of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 A look behind the scenes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone set photos in promotion of the release in China (哈利·波特).



picture source: Warner Bros

Le Parisien interview

French interview in promotion of Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2). The series premières on Warner TV in France today.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

After heaven in season 1, Miracle Workers takes place this time in a medieval village. What makes this season 2?
The jokes are really successful. I'm delighted that a show can exist being silly and ridiculous while being smart with a lot of emotion. It is a real tour de force of the authors. And the sets are crazy. The exterior already existed, but the interiors were created for Miracle Workers. It's crazy to think that this is the setting for a small comic series! It's a bit like having the Game of Thrones sets and the Simpsons jokes. A combination as cool as it is weird.

What was your impression the first time you entered these settings?

This is the biggest film set I have known since Harry Potter. Every time I opened a door, I thought there would be nothing behind it, but what if: another room, a hallway, a courtyard… it never ends!

You play an incredibly stupid prince. What is easier to interpret as an actor: intelligence or stupidity?
Intelligence, I think. Because if it's well written, you just have to say your text correctly and you look smart. I hope I pretend more when I play stupid (laughs). When you think of famous silly characters like Joey in Friends, for example, it's a brilliant, incredibly nuanced performance by Matt LeBlanc. Either way, it's the most fun to play.


As in season 1, Miracle Workers remains a satire of the world today, taking place even in the Middle Ages ...
Yes, the series is a reminder of how much humanity has always faced difficulties. We are not special today.

Yet you are special yourself because of your popularity. Difficult to keep your feet on the ground?

No, I am not special. Believe me, I live with myself every day (laughs)! I grew up on movie sets and that taught me a lot. When I was 10-11 years old, the teams around me talked all the time about two types of actors: those who work normally by treating everyone the same and those who think they are above others. The choice was quickly made on the kind of person I wanted to be. I have always been aware that I was treated differently from the average person, but I try to do the opposite. I am not comfortable with preferential treatment.

What did the series bring you?

The chance to meet high quality comedy writers and see how they work. I got to spend time in the writing room in season 1 and even more time in season 2. They don't just write jokes, they build the whole structure of the narrative, the relationship between the different stories is fascinating. .

Steve Buscemi, your onscreen partner, directs an episode. Are you also planning to go behind the camera?
Yes, this is a direction I would like to take. Without giving up comedy, but I would like to do both in the next few years. I've been talking about it for a long time now, I would have to get started!

What kind of project would you like to do?
Something I would have written. Probably a black comedy. I would take all my friends there, I would use my connections from the last twenty years to convince everyone I have played with in the past (laughs).

Have you been writing for a long time?

For five or six years. It's something that has always attracted me, but I find it difficult to complete a script. I have finished one which does not seem very nice to me. There I am working on another one that could give something better. The more I meet authors, the more I take the opportunity to observe them. I'm still learning on this side.


What other comedy series would you recommend?
Fleabag.
The first episode of season 2 is one of the best written things I have seen in my entire life. The entire series is masterful in its combination of sad emotions and laughter.

source: leparisien.fr

Télécâble Sat Hebdo interview

An interview with Daniel is featured in French TV magazine Télécâble Sat Hebdo in promotion of Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2). The series premières 18th August on Warner TV in France.


Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Why did you choose the Middle Ages to stage season 2 of Miracle Workers?

A context that has nothing to do with that of season 1 ... When Simon (Rich, creator of the series) wondered where and especially when the next season of Miracle Workers could take place, he said to himself that the period of the Middle Ages had the greatest comic potential.

To what extent?
You should know that Simon is passionate about history and that some things, very funny or even completely crazy in season 2, are based on historical facts. This is the case, for example, with animal tests that actually existed. We tried to exploit some of these practices that were common in the Middle Ages in a comical and wacky way in Season 2 of the series.

Isn't it something troubling for you to change things so drastically from season to season?

Not at all. I knew that with Simon I was in good hands. He is an intelligent, intelligent and cultured person. I think it takes all of these qualities to pull off a show as absurd and wacky as Miracle Workers. Changing the context completely was no problem for him and his team. You know, Simon is one of the few people in the business that I can say, "Whatever you write for the next few years, I'll be happy to be a part of it."

How would you describe Prince Chauncley that you play in this new season?

Initially, Chauncley is a particularly stupid lone prince. He has no sympathy for anyone. But over the course of history and certain encounters, he will become more and more human and realize that he doesn't have to be like his tyrannical father.

It seems that initially, the idea of ​​having to play a character from the medieval period did not enchant you more than that. Rumor or truth?

I have to admit that before discussing this with Simon, I was very worried. I was afraid I would have to ride a horse and use a sword. So let's be honest, since the character I'm playing is a huge coward, I - thank goodness! - escaped thunderous cavalcades and fratricidal sword fights.

On the other hand, you have not escaped the ducks with which your character seems to have a great affinity. Is it complicated to play with this type of animal?
(He bursts out laughing.) It's not easy. With time and patience, you can get your ten ducks to stay in roughly one place. Otherwise, it's very, very complicated. There was a disconnect between what the writers had imagined and what we actually got from them on set during filming. The first day of filming with the ducks was intimidating.

Other than the ducks, how did the ten week shoot in Prague, Czech Republic go?

I hadn’t seen such huge sets since Harry Potter. It was gigantic. Every time you walked through a door and thought it was the end of the film set, it opened up to something even bigger. It was truly breathtaking.

How was the atmosphere?

I know it sounds cliché to say this, but it's true, filming season 2 was like summer camp with a good group of friends. It was really just happiness.

Would you be ready for a season 3?

Yes of course ! But at the moment, it's unclear whether the series will be renewed. (It is recently  announced that there will be a season 3).

What are your immediate plans?
Nothing specific yet, apart from the fact that I'm dying to go back on stage in London or Broadway. Sooner or later I know it will happen eventually.

source: telecablesat.fr

Cinépolis interview

Escape from Pretoria (Fuga de Pretoria) is now playing in cinemas in Mexico. Below you find a video released by Cinépolis Mexico.

A conversation with Daniel Radcliffe - Latin America interview.

This video is also shared on Facebook.

El Sol de México interview

El Sol de México interview with Daniel on the phone in promotion of Escape from Pretoria (Fuga de Pretoria)'s release in Mexico.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

An excerpt:
“We are living in a time when it is important to tell the stories of people who have heroic qualities that should be celebrated, of people with enormous courage, but who at the same time have great principles and sacrifice so much for their ideals. That is always something important as an actor ”
Daniel talking about Tim Jenkin

“We talk a lot about what it meant to grow up in South Africa and what the social awakening to apartheid was like. He told me the day to day of the protests, what it was like to get to prison and the step-by-step plan of the escape; that helped me to have practical details of how and where he hid the tools to sand the wood or the technique to do it, among many other things. It was very strange to hear all these stories coming directly from him ”
There's more at elsoldemexico.com

No College Republicans for Daniel

Short news: Deadline has announced that Logan Lerman and Asa Butterfield are set to star in College Republicans, which replaces Daniel and George Mackay who were originally cast. So Daniel is no longer attached to the project.

The film was formerly knows as Young Americans. Production will begin next spring or summer. For more information visit deadline.com.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Daniel Radcliffe is a bad girl

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend interactive special clip featuring Daniel as Prince Frederick via Netflix on TikTok. Now streaming on Netflix!
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Playmobil: The Movie NL DVD & Blu-ray artwork

Hieronder vind je de DVD en Blu-ray artwork van Playmobil: The Movie. a.k.a. Playmobil: De Film. De film was al uitgebracht op 2 december 2019 maar Belga Films heeft recent een nieuwe tweetalige versie uitgebracht. Die is verkrijgbaar sinds juli 2020. Hieronder afgebeeld is de artwork van de eerste versie.

Synopsis:
Wanneer haar broertje Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) plots verdwijnt in het magische PLAYMOBIL-universum, begint Marla (Anya Taylor Joy) halsoverkop een gevaarlijke zoektocht naar hem. Dit avontuur leidt haar naar fantastische, nieuwe werelden en wel héél verrassende vrienden, zoals de gladde vrachtwagenchauffeur Del (Jim Gaffigan), de charmante geheime agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), een schattige robot en een extravagante fee (Megan Trainor). Tijdens hun wonderlijke reis leren Marla en Charlie dat werkelijk alles mogelijk is, zolang je maar in jezelf gelooft!

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NL trailer

De Nederlandse trailer voor de interactieve special Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. Vanaf woensdag 5 augustus (met Daniel als prins Frederick) te zien op Netflix (ook in België trouwens).

Escape from Pretoria: NL DVD & Blu-ray artwork

Hieronder vind je de Escape from Pretoria DVD en Blu-ray artwork. Dutch Filmworks heeft de releasedatum gezet op 7 augustus.


Synopsis:
In hun strijd tegen de apartheid verspreiden Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) en Stephan Lee (Daniel Webber) illegale ANC pamfletten onder de Zuid Afrikaanse bevolking. Ze worden op heterdaad betrapt en veroordeeld tot een jarenlange gevangenisstraf in Pretoria Central Prison. Eenmaal onder de vleugels van politiek activist Denis Goldberg besluiten ze om, samen met medegevangene Alex Moumbaris, een ingenieus plan te bedenken om te ontsnappen. Al snel blijkt de uitvoering een stuk ingewikkelder dan gedacht, en moeten er nog vele hindernissen genomen worden...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone returns to the big screen in China

Warner Bros has announced that Harry Potter (哈利·波特) and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) will return to cinemas in China. They will release the movie in a restored 4K/ IMAX 3D version in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Harry Potter (book) series to China. It's scheduled to be released on 14th August 2020 nationwide.



Character poster:


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Promotional photos, including two I haven't seen before



picture source: Warner Bros

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe! (31!)

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe
!. Today is Thursday 23rd July and and that means that Daniel turned 31. Let's hope he has a wonderful day.

Feel free to also wish him a Happy Birthday via Daniel J Radcliffe Holland's Twitter, Facebook or simply add a comment below. As usual on his birthday I have a lot of mentions on Twitter. I will be going through them throughout the day and retweet a part of it.

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ADR for Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Below a photo taken during the ADR session (additional dialogue recording) for Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2). The photo was shared on Facebook back in February.

Harry Potter Throwback

Harry Potter Throwback via the official Harry Potter Twitter account. Daniel talking about being away from home.

Extras Throwback

A photo by photographer Rich Hardcastle taken on set of BBC's Extras (aired in 2006).

TBS launches Emmy Awards campaign

TBS has launched an Emmy "for your consideration" -FYC- campaign. Below you find their poster in promotion of Daniel as Prince Chauncley in Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2).

Let's hope he will be one of the nominees for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. The nominations will be announced later this month, on 28th July. For more info on the Emmy Awards visit emmys.com.

A Throwback Thursday photo - The Lifespan of a Fact

Throwback Thursday: The Lifespan of a Fact backstage photo (2018) shared by Sandy Binion. She was Daniel's dresser at that time.

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Daniel Radcliffe on Nova's Smallzy's Surgery

Australia's radio station Nova 96.9 interviewed Daniel on the phone during the show Smallzy's Surgery. In promotion of Escape from Pretoria (filmed in Adelaide) which is out now on VoD (DVD and Blu-ray soon, 15th July) in Australia. They also mentioned the coronavirus hoax again, plus game apps and more.

This basically was the rest of the interview that didn't air back in March. If you missed it, listen to it below (or via iTunes). There are also clips: Adelaide, If he wasn't famous.



Headline Busters

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What would he do if he wasn't famous

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Guns Akimbo: Firing range

A short video which was originally shared on the Guns Akimbo Facebook page. I just realized that the page has been deleted.

Behind the scenes: Daniel preparing for his role on the firing range.

TIFF 2019: Day 2, Leute heute interview

Germany's Leute heute interview aired on Monday 29th June (ZDF) and was recorded at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) back in September 2019 in promotion of Guns Akimbo. Below a clip in which he talks about addiction.


This video is also shared on Facebook.

Empire magazine interview (UK)

The new Empire magazine features an interview with Daniel in promotion of Escape from Pretoria. You can read a part of it below.

How Daniel Radcliffe broke out of prison

CHECK YOUR POTTER PRIVILEGE
“This was one of those scripts that you read and you’re like, ‘How is this not more widely known?’ With my specific career, Potter has afforded me to do my own thing, and I wanted to be part of helping to tell this story. That was enough of a reason for me.”

LEARN FROM THE REAL DEAL
“Tim [Jenkin] is a really fascinating guy. I was very intimidated by him because I really wanted to do his life justice. He’s actually in the film — he came on set for a few days, and we were filming in a real prison, and they put him in prison clothes again. I was like, ‘I guess this is nice?’ But he was totally up for it.”

ACCEPT THAT THE TRUTH CAN BE TOO STRANGE FOR FICTION
“In the film I have to forge a key, so I make a mould and there’s a whole process behind it. But that didn’t actually happen in real life — Tim just looked at the key he needed, went back to his cell and drew an outline from memory. He’s such an amazing guy. [But] we just didn’t think that anyone would believe that in a film.”

Alle Harry Potter films terug in de bioscoop!

Distributeur Warner Bros heeft vanmorgen bekend gemaakt dat alle acht Harry Potter films deze zomer opnieuw in de Nederlandse bioscopen te zien zullen zijn. Het is de eerste keer dat ze allemaal te zien zijn op IMAX formaat. De eerste twee delen worden vanaf 16 juli weer vertoond daarna komen er elke week twee delen bij. Begin juni verschenen klassiekers opnieuw in de bioscoop waaronder ook Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 en Part 2. O.a. bij Pathé en Vue.

Vanaf 16 juli:
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) &
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Vanaf 23 juli:
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) &
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005)

Vanaf 30 juli:
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007) &
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Vanaf 3 augustus:
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) &
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)


foto: Warner Bros

Channel 24 interview

TNT Africa will launch its first TNT Original production from the brand-new movies slate. They start with Escape from Pretoria tomorrow, Saturday 4th July.

Website Channel 24 interviewed Daniel about the film.

Daniel says it is an added pressure when the person you're playing (Tim Jenkin) is going to see your work on set.

"It's intimidating, but it's also very useful. These were people who sacrificed a lot and were willing to risk a huge amount for what they were fighting for, for their principles.

"You do have a certain duty when you're telling these kinds of stories. It lights a fire in you to give it your all, every day."

The South African accent is a notoriously difficult one to master. With the help of an acting coach Daniel prepared for this aspect of the character.

"I'd go through the script and I get somebody with a proper South African accent to say everything to me.

"And then I write it down phonetically next to the line in a way that will make me repeat those sounds. Repetition and then hoping for the best."

For Daniel, what this movie means for him, and what he hopes viewers take from it is that it's one thing to believe in equality, but begs the question: What are you willing to do?

"What are you willing to sacrifice? We all like to think that we would be on the right side of history if we are placed in a certain time period. But the reality is, you know, very few people are. And Tim is one of the people who was. I think it's a story that, as you say, now is a good time for it."
source: news24.com

Paley Front Row series presents Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Paley Front Row has released their Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend panel with the cast online. Watch the conversation below.

The Paley Front Row series is part of Paley@Home Presented by Citi. Teaching and learning continues at home during the coronavirus pandemic. To learn more about the program, visit The Paley Center’s website.

The South African interview

TNT Africa will launch its first TNT Original production from the brand-new movies slate. They start with Escape from Pretoria on Saturday 4th July.

Tom Head from The South African interviewed Daniel about the film.

On the South African accent:

“I have a very specific way of doing accents. If you saw my notes, they’d look stupid… But I go through the script and write my lines out phonetically. Then I get someone with a South African accent to read those lines back to me while we go through the dialogue. I then have to work out how that sounds for me, and how I can recreate that noise.”

“Then it’s a matter of time and practice. Plus, Tim’s accent is quite Anglican so it wasn’t a big transition. But I would still rather do South African over Israeli any day. Now that was tough… But for Escape From Pretoria, I did have to rely on my accent coach [Jenny], because I would not have been able to do this film otherwise!”

Read more at thesouthafrican.com.

Bangkok Post interview

The newspaper Bangkok Post interviewed Daniel by phone in promotion of Guns Akimbo's release in cinemas in Thailand. This interview took place earlier this year while he was still in London performing in Endgame (so before the coronavirus pandemic).

“Oh, man, if you could have presented me with this when I was 20, as the 10 years that would follow Potter, and said, ‘This is what it will be like’, I would’ve bitten your head off. But I also would’ve been very happy and a lot less worried.”

“I feel like I’ve been very lucky in that people have followed me from project to project. Obviously I had an amazing start with Potter, and then I’ve also had the luck of having a few directors take chances on me and let me do something wildly different in their films than I’ve done before. They’ve let me show the different sides of myself.

“I’m very, very happy to be where I am,” he concluded. “Long may it continue.”

About Escape from Pretoria:

“I didn’t have an in-depth knowledge of apartheid, but I was familiar with it, the basic facts. But I was completely unfamiliar with Tim Jenkin and his story. When I read it I thought, ‘This just seems so remarkable’, and the fact that it was not more widely known seemed amazing and crazy to me. Sometimes you get a chance to be a part of telling a really incredible story, and that’s what this felt like.

“Tim is an amazing human being. There were not many white ANC members. There were some, but by no means a large constituency. Tim says himself, he doesn’t know why he or any of the other white guys chose to join, what it was particularly that made them able to see the situation from the outside. They grew up in apartheid, so, as Tim said, they didn’t know apartheid existed — it just was a fact of life.

“It takes someone with not just a remarkable brain, but also a very deep moral sense, to be able to see it for what it is, as a sort of tyranny you are the beneficiary of. That’s a remarkable characteristic in him and all the guys we feature in this film. It’s good to highlight people like that.”

He understands that in a challenging marketplace a hybrid theatrical/VOD release is a major win for a smaller-scale, commercially limited project such as Escape From Pretoria:

“I’m thrilled with that. I absolutely, totally get that directors want their films to be shown in cinemas. That’s where most of the current generation of directors grew up watching films, and so it is very natural for them to want that kind of release for their films too. I’m just very happy that people have a chance to see things.

“And I think the most important thing, ultimately, is that this story is more widely known,” he said. “The fact that this movie will be in theatres and also going straight into people’s houses as well is … yeah, great for that.”

Guns Akimbo is even more insane than its trailer suggests:

“It is. The script was great, so much fun. I think it was page 10 where Miles gets guns bolted to his hands and then, by page 12, there’s a scene with him going to the toilet for the first time with guns for hands. It set up this premise and then it really dug into the mundane, dayto-day things of that premise.

“What would it be like to get dressed with guns for hands?,” Radcliffe asked rhetorically. “What would it be like to try and get out of your apartment? It ticked all those boxes, and then it was irreverent and funny and has just crazy action, ridiculous stuff.

“I’d never done a film like this before. I thought, ‘This is probably the most fun version of this film I will ever get a chance to do.’ So I jumped at it.”

He sounded excited about his immediate future, the long run and something — possibly — in between:

“I’ve been going quite steadily since the middle of last year, and we’ve got six weeks left of the show, so I’m basically reaching that point where I’m like, ‘Oh, I could not do any work for a few weeks and that would actually not be a bad thing, maybe. So I’m probably just going to chill out for a little bit before I decide what’s next.”

“Long-term, at some point, I want to write and direct. In 10 years’ time, like that period of after Potter to now, if I have done a bit of both of those things, I’d be very happy with that. I don’t know when, but I’m giving myself that window.”

He also talked about the Moon Knight rumors:

“I keep hearing about it too. I know nothing about that. I’ve said that I know nothing, but people keep saying, ‘He’s playing Moon Knight.’ All these people saying this know way more than I do, because it was new to me.”
Is he interested in joining another mayor franchise?

“If it was the right one and if it was something I really liked, absolutely, I’d do it. I think it would probably have to cross an even higher threshold than other scripts. Just because it’s something that could last multiple years, if I’m going to say yes to something, you really want to know that you’re going to love it the whole way through.

“But it’s not something, at the moment, that I’m having to think about in any real way.”

Variety Streaming Room Q&A: Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Variety has introduced their Streaming Room during the coronavirus pandemic. Check their Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2) Q&A video with the cast (Daniel, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni, Geraldine Viswanathan and Jon Bass) and creator Simon Rich below. It streamed already yesterday (it was not live) for everyone who registered.



source: variety.com

Swiss Army Man Throwback

Hair stylist Anissa E. Salazar shared the following photos on Instagram. These were taken while filming Swiss Army Man.


For Dan’s character look, I did a trim with a feather razor for more edgy pieces. Used 3-4 products to build up the same idea of texture and grit. Hair powder, fiber pomade, oil, and hairspray. Using a rat tail comb to back comb a touch.
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There was a balance between keeping his front hair messy and undone, otherwise we were drifting into #lloydchristmas territory. Chasing bangs will keep you busy!.

A Throwback Thursday photo - Harry Potter

A Throwback Thursday behind the scenes photo via the official Harry Potter Instagram page.


Director Chris Columbus prepares a scene in Dumbledore's office, following Harry and Ron's triumphant return from the Chamber of Secrets.

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Deadline interview

Deadline interview: Daniel and David Holmes talk about their Cunning Stunts podcast.

Holmes started on Potter at 17, and due to his small stature, was a perfect double for an 11-year-old Radcliffe. But stunt coordinator Greg Powell also charged Holmes with helping Radcliffe get in physical shape to handle the stunts that would put his face front and center. “We were at Alnwick Castle and there’s a scene where Harry has to hit a ball with a bat,” Holmes recalls. “As soon as me and Greg saw Dan swing the bat, he just looked at me and went, ‘We’re going to have to do a bit of work with him, you know?’ It was just the way Dan was moving, you could tell he’d not come from any sort of athletic background.”

“That’s a polite way of saying it,” laughs Radcliffe. “Imagine being an 11-year-old boy and being told, ‘You’re going to run around on crash mats and jump on trampolines.’ It was kind of heaven. I do feel any actor who has an interest in doing stunts and wants to be involved in that stuff as much as they can, you need to build up a relationship with your stunt double, or at least the stunt department. If you don’t, they’ll never know what you’re capable of.”

On a 35-foot drop Hogwarts castle roof stunt for Goblet of Fire:

“They talked me through it and said, ‘It’s 35 feet. Do you think you can do that?’” Radcliffe recalls. “At 14 or 15, you’re full of bravado in front of a bunch of stuntmen, so I was like, ‘Yeah, of course I can.’”

“Dan was on a wire above a sloped, tiled roof,” Holmes explains. “He’s dropped from a static wire onto the roof, and then he starts his slide. The risk is the initial fall, which we padded him up for, and then the speed you build up as you slide down. Not only that, but he slid off the roof and pulled a broomstick over his shoulder to get it into his lap, and then landed on a crash mat at the bottom. It was a lot of things to think about in four or five seconds. But he was pukka; really good.”

“In retrospect, I look back on it and think it was pretty crazy that I was allowed to do that,” Radcliffe laughs. “35 feet is a lot higher than you think once you get up there.”

On the podcast interviews with stunt performers and coordinators:
“I think there’s a myth around stuntmen that they are just superhuman in some way,” Radcliffe says. “When the public see something really painful or horrible, they think it was a visual effect or that there’s some clever, safe way of doing it. Often that’s not the case. There’s no way of faking, for example, falling down stairs. When you get hit by a car, you’re still getting hit by a car, even if it’s going slower than it would. They find the safest way of doing it, but it can still hurt.”
They both feel it is past time the stunt community was recognized by the motion picture Academy with an Oscar category for the work they put in to do what they do:

“I literally broke my neck because people sit in front of a screen and want to go, ‘That was a good stunt,’” Holmes says. “Olivia Jackson lost an arm and paralyzed half her body on a Resident Evil production that didn’t have an insurance policy to cover her. We risk our lives for the sake of entertainment, so it’s a bit ridiculous when all other departments get recognized and we don’t.”

“If you can’t see the art of a brilliant stunt scene, you’re just not looking hard enough,” Radcliffe says. “I do think there’s a snobbery, but stunt work is an artform, and to do it well and do it safely is really, really hard.”

“But when you go through what happened with Dave or Olivia, or the many people we’ve talked to that have had severe things happen to them, you realize everyone has put their bodies on the line to make the things we love. It seems crazy not to acknowledge that.”

For the full interview: visit deadline.com.

source: deadline.com

The Woman in Black Throwback

Bluebell Railway shared the following photo online, taken while filming The Woman in Black back in 2010.

Daniel Radcliffe responds to J.K. Rowling’s tweets on gender identity

You probably have heard the news about J.K. Rowling's recent tweets on gender indentity.

Daniel has now showed his support for the transgender community via The Trevor Project, the confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth he supports for many years now, and addressed fans on social media who said they could no longer enjoy the Harry Potter series due to their disagreement with Rowling.

His statement:

8th June

I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now. While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.

Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I. According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.

I am still learning how to be a better ally, so if you want to join me in learning more about transgender and nonbinary identities check out The Trevor Project’s Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth. It’s an introductory educational resource that covers a wide range of topics, including the differences between sex and gender, and shares best practices on how to support transgender and nonbinary people.

To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.

Love always,
Dan

source: thetrevorproject.org

Harry Potter: Film Vault - Volume 4: Hogwarts Students

Below you find a look at Harry Potter: Film Vault: Hogwarts Students by publisher Insight Editions. It's out since 8th October 2019 and features a few new photos of Daniel as Harry.

This book is volume 4 of in total 12 editions.



Description:

Discover the filmmaking secrets that brought Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the other Hogwarts students to life on-screen.

A comprehensive guide that profiles and details Harry and his classmates, Harry Potter: Film Vault: Colume 4: Hogwarts Students gives fans an in-depth look at gorgeous illustrations, design sketches, and behind-the-scenes photography that helped to bring these iconic characters to the big screen. See how the magic happened through this display of the creative development of costumes, makeup, props, and more.

The Film Vault compiles the filmmaking secrets and visionary artistry behind the Harry Potter films into a series of twelve deluxe collectible volumes. Intricately designed and packed with gorgeous concept art and unit photography from the Warner Bros. archive, each volume in the series gives fans striking insights about bringing the Wizarding World to the big screen.

Included in each book is a collectible art print, making this series a must-have for all Harry Potter fans and collectors everywhere.

Lost in London: German DVD and Blu-ray

The German Lost in London (2017) DVD and Blu-ray release by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Out now, 4th June 2020.

Synopsis:

Wenn Woody Harrelson geahnt hätte, welche Folgen seine Drogennacht mit den schönen Mädchen haben würde…

Als die Katastrophe ihrem Höhepunkt zusteuert, trifft Woody zufällig seinen Kumpel Owen Wilson in einem Londoner Club.

Eine Kino-Comedy nach einer wahren Story. Auch Daniel Radcliffe („Harry Potter“) erinnert sich an Woodys irrwitzige Flucht durch London…


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