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…


DVD artwork

German promotional one sheet for Guns Akimbo

A German promotional one sheet for Guns Akimbo via Universum Film/Leonine. The film will be released in Germany on 25th June 2020.

Daniel Radcliffe on the Today Show (Australia)

Today Show Australia's exclusive interview via Zoom (because of the coronavirus pandemic) in promotion of Escape from Pretoria which was shot in Adelaide, Australia.


Photo via Richard Wilkins' Instagram

Throwback: Harry Potter crew photo

Chris Rankin shared the following Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 crew photo on Twitter.

10 years ago today, I wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt2. TEN YEARS AGO. Where does time go?!

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