Première magazine interview (FR)

French Première magazine reposted their interview with Daniel from back in 2015. This in promotion of a replay of Victor Frankenstein (Docteur Frankenstein), this Friday on TF1 Séries Films.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Films like Kill Your Darlings or What If had made us bet our shirt that you were done with the fantasy. It looks like we lost a shirt ...
I'm sorry, sometimes I don't quite understand the consequences of my actions.
(Laughter.) But it's true, I kind of dove back and, the strangest thing, I'm still not a horror or fantasy freak. Like the overwhelming majority of people who know Frankenstein, I haven't read the book. I don’t have geek tastes, I prefer to read things more deeply rooted in society. You talk about Kill Your Darlings: you could say I'm more Allen Ginsberg than Mary Shelley, if you will. I like crazy narrative postulates, twisted psychological sub-texts.

But, precisely, a myth like that of Frankenstein is built on a crazy premise and a twisted psychological subtext ...
Absolutely, that's probably why I always end up coming back to ghosts and Gothic castles.
They make it possible to convey breakneck ideas to the general public. Look at Horns: a criminal investigation led by a young horned guy, it would still be a pity to miss it because I refuse the fantastic! This is why, while I apologize for losing your bet, I do not apologize to those who moaned at the announcement of Victor Frankenstein. Yes, this is another Frankenstein movie, but come on! These people should know that we are aiming for something other than cheap thrills. No way to compete with that damn Annabelle or other stuff supposed to knock you off your chair.

It feels like the movie is all about your complicated relationship with James McAvoy. Everything Kill Your Darlings or Horns was already about the ambiguous relationships you had with other stars.
With James, we acted like a devious buddy movie that pits the doctor against Igor, the feverish assistant I play.
It’s true that the experience reminded me of the job with Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings: a charismatic guy confronts his more vulnerable double. Working in pairs does me a lot of good. But when you have played an eponymous hero of the saga, the tragedy is that you are relentlessly building films on your name alone. I love The Lady in Black but, frankly, walking around alone in a mansion has been a rather razor-sharp experience ...

Is sharing the poster also a way to blend Harry into the background once and for all?
No, I don't believe in that idea. It won't take a movie to forget Harry, only time will. It would be an illusion to seek at all costs the miracle counter-use which will suddenly reinvent me. I repeat to my actor friends: if you find yourself in a saga, take it.

But do you still advise them to think twice before making this choice?

On the contrary, I encourage them to sign! There are two types of franchises: first, those that only capitalize on success, without bothering to level up every step of the way. These die the day the audience resumes. Then there are those who engage with the public. When you've planned to string together seven episodes of Harry ..., every movie has to be flawless for the next to exist. From that point of view, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were a real game-changer. Previously, suites galore could afford to be crap.

But for you actors, isn't the burden heavy?
You have to be smart. Take Channing Tatum, he got himself two "small" franchises, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. They have nothing to do with each other and therefore attract two very different audiences, as if to convey a message: "Channing, he's the somewhat clumsy colossus of 21 Jump Street, but he's also his. exact contrary. In the end, these licenses broaden his panel. This is why the public will follow him everywhere and why he can work with producers who agree to lose a handful of millions for his beautiful eyes. (Laughs.)

Would you also like to find yourself in “risky” projects?

Yes, I would love to star in old school musicals, me screaming home alone while listening to Sufjan Stevens! (Laughs.) But I admit it's easier said than done. In the field of franchising, if a project costs less than $ 100 million, producers believe that it is not unifying enough and move on to the next. Finally, thank goodness I found my franchise to be successful a long time ago, so now I can flirt a bit and dabble in horny investigator stories or goth buddy movies. So I don't regret anything.

source: premiere.fr

TNT Latin America interview

A new video in promotion of Escape from Pretoria (Fuga de Pretoria). The film will be on TNT Latin America tomorrow, 26th October at 10pm. This interview via Zoom also features Tim Jenkin and director Francis Annan.


Promo

Archive video: Kanal D interview (2009)

A Flashback: Below you find Ayşegül Ekinci's press junket interview (Kanal D UK) with Daniel in promotion of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). It was already uploaded back in 2011 but I noticed I didn't have it on the website.


Second part (dubbed)

Miracle Workers series 3

We already knew that series 3 is coming for Miracle Workers. And here's more info: This time it takes place in the American Old West and will again have the cast members Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni and ofcourse Daniel.

TBS has announced the following today (press release):

“Set in the year 1844, the new season of ‘Miracle Workers’ will follow an idealistic small-town preacher (Radcliffe) who teams up with a wanted outlaw (Buscemi) and a liberated prairie wife (Viswanathan) to lead a wagon train west on the Oregon Trail across an American landscape which, much like today, is fraught with both promise and peril.”

“‘Miracle Workers’ is a perfect example of the fun, escapist humor that we take pride in delivering to our viewers,” said Sam Linsky and Adrienne O’Riain, co-heads of scripted original programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. “We can’t wait to see how this incredibly dynamic cast and talented group of storytellers hilariously rewrite 19th century history.”

“Getting to tell an entirely new story with this ludicrously talented cast each season is a dream come true,” said Mirk and Padnick. “We could not be happier that TBS has given us the reins on this unique and special show.”


This video is also shared on Facebook.

source: TBS

La Nación interview (Argentina)

Newspaper La Nación from Argentina interviewed Daniel on the phone exclusively in promotion of Escape from Pretoria (Fuga de Pretoria) which airs 26th October on TNT.

"If Tim had not been happy with my work, I would have been devastated"

Not much new info but below an excerpt of the interview, translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland. For more visit their website lanacion.com.ar.

Going back to the South African accent, did you have a coach on set?
Yes, Jenny, it was fantastic.
I also prepared a lot beforehand because in reality what I was avoiding was getting to the set and, at the time of filming, being too careful to say my phrases correctly and only on that. So having someone there to detect any errors was very helpful.

I read that before filming a scene you like to put music to tune yourself, what did you do in this case? I guess it varies from movie to movie.
Yes, you're right, I'm changing all the time. I'm not going to lie to you: sometimes you don't need to prepare for all the scenes you're going to do in a movie. That is, you memorize your parts, but it doesn't always require arduous preparation. Different is the case of sequences that carry wear, such as the scene of a panic attack or a state of frenzy, something that requires immersion in a certain experience. In general, I like to listen to songs that are related to the characters that I play or that make me feel something connected to the project I'm working on.

Escape from Pretoria is a film that relies heavily on gestures, how was that type of preparation, to communicate only with the face?
Our director, Francis Annan, made us see a French film called A Condemned To Death Has Escaped [Robert Bresson's 1956 film] before we started shooting. It was a great lesson that I learned because much of what is narrated there is based on close-ups or close-ups, and Francis took it as a reference. I enjoyed working that way, with those guidelines. If there was a reason I chose this project, it was because of Francis in the first place. His enthusiasm is contagious, he has a lot of energy, he was always passionate about history, which he knew very well. It was very clear that he already had the entire movie shot in his head before filming began.


If we leave aside the tough true story that is based on it, would you say that Petroria's Escape is also an effective film within the subgenre of prison breaks?
Yes absolutely. In fact, when I read the script I was surprised that it had not been filmed before, because as a prison thriller, it is also fantastic. I hope the audience takes it the same way.

How difficult is it to drop a character?
It depends a lot on experience. I think the hardest to let go of was Manny in Swiss Army Man. I missed him so much when filming ended, I had such a good time playing him, it was such a rare but sweet role. It was a fantastic role.

source: lanacion.com.ar

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