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

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