La Nación interview (Argentina) - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


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

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.


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