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21 February 2018

The Talks interview

Interview with Daniel by The Talks in promotion of Beast of Burden. There are also two audio segments from the interview which you can listen to below.

Mr. Radcliffe, is there a certain thrill in the moments before the cameras start rolling on a film set?
There isn’t really! You don’t ever just get that adrenaline naturally handed to you — maybe if you’re doing a stunt or if you’re doing a really pumped up scene, but it’s not in the same way that you do when you step on a stage. With movies, you’re also helped by the fact that you can do multiple takes or even very long takes, so sometimes you can work yourself into that state of frenzy or adrenaline… But normally you don’t feel that in film.

You once said that you have a kind of stillness that can be really good for certain roles — is that where it’s most useful?
I think that was something I said in regards to my earliest Harry Potter auditions, right? I never really rated myself as a child actor at all. And I still don’t, particularly! So when I look back on that, I don’t see myself feeling like I have to overact. I could have done with a bit of overacting at times probably but that was the one thing I think I can see in my young self where I’m like, “Yeah, you’re not terrible at that.” (Laughs) But stillness, I think… That’s the joy of being on film. You can be really subtle and the camera will see that. It will certainly see if you’re not doing that, as well, but it does have a way of capturing that stillness.

Do you experience that kind of stillness in your life outside of acting?
Probably not nearly as much as I should. My parents meditate, but I don’t think I can operate at that kind of chill pace. I’m not very good at just slowing down! So for me, I try to just take deep breaths, focus on my breathing… It’s funny, in Beast of Burden, I was sort of doing the opposite because one of the challenges of the film is that my character is in this perpetual state of panic, so keeping that up for the whole film… You’ve got to give yourself somewhere to go in those moments, mentally.

Kevin Kline said he feels most alive when he’s acting, that it’s like capturing lightning in a bottle.
On stage, you definitely get this great adrenaline rush because of the pure fear of stepping out in front of people… It’s so acute that I think you will always have that. When it comes doing something like a song and dance number — like, I danced at the Oscars and that was terrifying — you sort of just have to remind yourself that you know how to do this. You’ve been rehearsing, so just do it. Stop thinking about it. Those are the moments I get the most nervous about because it’s both terrifying and exciting. And the feeling of making it through every night is what’s unique to theater.

There are no second takes when you’ve got an audience.
Exactly, absolutely. And that feeling never goes away! The last thing I’m thinking every night before I go on stage is about how wrong it could all go! (Laughs) Every time I do a play, I’m like, “Ugh, why do I do this? This is so scary!” And then you start doing it and you’re like, “Oh, this is why,” because when it goes well, it’s really, really fun. 🔊And there’s something really exhilarating about overpowering those fears and getting through the entire performance and being like, “Okay, we did it. Everyone’s alive.”

Is it just as exhilarating when something does go wrong?
You know, actually, there is something incredibly powerful about the first time you are on stage when something really does go wrong and somebody forgets a line and you get like 10 seconds of utter silence on stage… It happens and then it’s over and you’re like, “Oh. We just carried on.” Maybe the audience noticed but frankly, maybe they didn’t. It’s a good thing.

Most of your previous roles have been more physical — how does these kinds of mentally grueling roles compare? Is it just as exhausting?
It is, but it’s in a different way. You certainly aren’t going home and socializing in the evenings, you know? You have to have your wits about you because it can be really long spells of concentration.

Do you think that kind of mental strength or calmness is the most important quality for an actor?
No, I don’t know if I think that! You know, I think for me in my life, the most useful thing that I aspire to be is just being as self-aware and as honest with myself as possible. I think if you’re doing that then probably everything else will follow, you know? I realized sometime in my twenties that that calmness will come if this sort of self-awareness is your natural state of being.

What do you mean?
Okay, so it probably had a lot to do with my quitting drinking and then quitting drinking for the second time, which is the time it actually stuck. 🔊Alcohol is a very quick and easy way to go about not addressing your feelings or your self or what worries you. And so, removing that made me go, “Oh, I have to actually ask and answer some questions I have about myself! What am I actually like? And what do I want to be like?” And I think I’ve got closer to finding some of that stuff in more recent years, which has been nice! I have definitely felt that I’m letting people down at times… But recently, I feel like released of a lot of the pressure of having to try to be something that I think I’m not, and that’s what I felt a lot when I was in my late teens, early twenties.

Has it gotten easier to trust yourself since then?
Yeah, I do think I’ve gotten better at trusting myself a little more but I don’t think I ever particularly had a problem with that. I always kind of went on instinct! I’m comfortable with who I am now though… And now that I’m a little older, I have more of a sense of what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I think I’ve got firmer in my beliefs about what I want to do with my career and how I want to pick things.

So there are no regrets about the roles you’ve turned down?
If a regret is something I wish I didn’t do or that if I could go back and change it, I would… Then I don’t really have any regrets. Everything I’ve done has at the very least been something I’ve learned something very valuable from. I wouldn’t change anything. I have to say — and I’m sure, now that I’ve said this, something I’ve turned down will go on to win massive awards — but over the years, I’ve been right about the scripts I’ve turned down… So far so good.


20 February 2018

ScreenAnarchy interview

ScreenAnarchy had the opportunity to briefly chat with Daniel regarding Beast of Burden.

ScreenAnarchy: Taking a look at your post-Potter films, you’ve played an eclectic bunch of characters, from Igor (VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN) to Allen Ginsberg (KILL YOUR DARLINGS), to a multipurpose corpse (SWISS ARMY MAN) and now even a drug mule. Have you always embraced the notion that diversity is the spice of life or did you deliberately start looking for projects that are radically different from one another to show off your range?
Daniel Radcliffe: I think when I first finished Potter, it was obviously something I had thought about and was something I wanted to show: that I could do more than just play that character but I think, actually, as I’ve gone on I have the same desires that any actor has and most actors just want to do as great a variety of work as they possibly can. That's the same for me.
I have the most fun doing my job when I’m doing a wide variety of things. So yeah, I think I am a ‘variety is the spice of life’ kind of person, certainly work-wise anyway. What is interesting is I’m really not particularly that way in my personal life. I’m a creature of habit and routine in almost everything else that I do, but in my work I’m a little more adventurous.

What are you looking for when selecting a new project and what made BEAST OF BURDEN stand out to you?
I’m looking for something that I find interesting. Just going by the test of 'I want to make things that I think I would want to watch as an audience member'. But I also never want to repeat myself. I want to find new things for myself to do, either in terms of genres or different kinds of acting challenges or styles or whatever it is. But also, as it very much was with this, I really liked the script, love this director and I thought the combination of this script and director could be something very very interesting. That was what drew me into Beast of Burden.

With the exception of the climax and a number of flashbacks, you are confined to a single location, i.e. your plane, and only interact with other actors by way of aviation communication. How do you prepare for a part in which your co-stars are not physically present? Did you have someone to react off of?
[Laughs] I don’t think it’s something that I really factored into my preparation for the film. I was very lucky that Grace Gummer was actually there on set for a huge amount of filming and was kind enough to do on camera work for me.

But yeah, it’s definitely a strange one, being in the one location the whole time, but what it also meant is we were able to film very, very long takes, which I’d never done before. We were doing 25 to 30 minute takes and it meant that after a while you really did forget that the cameras were even there and what else was going on. You just became a person reacting to whatever was being phoned at them. That was a really fun way of working.

Without giving away too much, the film sort of plays like a riff on ‘how far would you go to save a loved one?’. An important part of the film is the relationship between Sean, your character, and Jill, Grace Gummer's character. If the audience is ever to care about your mission, we sort of have to be willing to root for this couple. How do you go about building a believable relationship in a movie if you only have one or two scenes with the actress playing your girlfriend?
Yeah, those are the moments where it’s really important to know or have sort of thought about some sort of backstory, so you know for yourself what’s going on. So Grace and I had a couple of days of rehearsal where we could talk about that kind of stuff. And I think I was sort of lucky on this film ’cause she’s a fantastic actress and a lovely person and she came to set to … We both came to set with a similar mindset, which is that we were going to have to build up and sort of discover this relationship very quickly. I think we both came in with an attitude of ‘let’s just be really open with each other’. Grace is an incredibly generous actress and I hope I was the same way with her. It made it easy to kind of try and build that chemistry quite quickly.

You’re something of a risk-taker it seems because KILL YOUR DARLINGS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, SWISS ARMY MAN, IMPERIUM, THE GAME CHANGERS, these are all films that were directed by relatively inexperienced people when it came to helming a feature length project. All of your recent films, including BEAST OF BURDEN, have been indies as opposed to big budget productions. Ever worried that such creative risks might not pay off artistically?
Well yeah, that is the worry … that the gamble won’t pay off artistically, but you’re probably not gonna get to very many interesting places without taking any risks. Swiss Army Man is a great example of something that in the wrong hands, yeah, would’ve been terrible but when you meet the Daniels, the directors, you just know immediately that these guys are gonna make something amazing.

I think when you can sense that off somebody it doesn't particularly matter if it’s a first-time or whatever it is; you just get a sense. So far I’ve been very lucky. Certainly all the first-time filmmakers I’ve worked with have been amazing and actually some of the most fantastic experiences I’ve had on set have been with first-time filmmakers. So I’m definitely not shy about working with people like that.

Of all the post-POTTER films, is there one that you feel didn’t get a fair shake? Either because it didn’t perform well at the box office or because it sort of flew below the radar.
Not particularly, but there’s still a part of me that thinks ... I did a movie called What If that was also called The F Word and I think that’s one where the trailer did it a bit a of a disservice and made it look like a very cheesy, corny romantic comedy and I don’t think it was that. That’s one where I go like ‘oh, I wish more people had seen that’ because I think it’s a lovely film.

There's some films I make like Swiss Army Man or Kill Your Darlings, to a certain extent, you know there’s a certain audience for this and you don’t expect it to particularly go beyond that, but What If is one where I was hoping that it would find a bit more of an audience. I think the change of title, which was forced because of very silly reasons in my opinion, and some of the trailer maybe didn’t do justice to it. [...] It’s a very trivial thing to think that a title could make that much difference but I actually do think that on that occasion the title does make a difference. What If is not what I would’ve chosen.

One final question about one of your upcoming projects. Is there anything at all you can tell us about GUNS AKIMBO and the character you’ll be playing in it?
[Laughs] I don’t wanna say too much about it because I’m sort of very superstitious about these things and, you know, until we’re actually on set, making it, I just don’t wanna jinx it in case it falls through, but it is looking good … Hopefully, I’m gonna get to that later this year and I’m very excited by it. It’s a crazy script that’s incredibly funny and absolutely mad. I have never done a film like it before in terms of the amount of pure action there is in it. So I’m really hoping it happens ’cause I love the script, I love the director [Deathgasm's Jason Lei Howden] [...] I'm excited about the prospect of making it and fingers crossed that you’ll hear more about that later in the year.


Google+: Beast of Burden clip

A new Beast of Burden clip released via Daniel's official Google+ page. It's called Passport.

Exclusive clip! The risk is high, but the tensions are even higher. #BeastofBurden In select theaters and on demand this FRIDAY.

19 February 2018

Beast of Burden clip

A new Beast of Burden clip has been released exclusively via It's called Start the Car.

18 February 2018

W magazine interview (US)

W magazine's interview with Daniel in promotion of Beast of Burden which comes out in the US in one week.

Drug smuggling is a pretty bold subject. What drew you to this role?
I guess I didn’t think of it as being a movie about drug smuggling—it kind of seemed incidental to me. It was more this kind of fun, very straight line story, literally about taking a guy from A to B and seeing how much awfulness we can throw at him in between. And I did a bit of research into the interesting way Jesper Ganslandt, the director, works, which seemed like it'd continue with this one, since I’m in the plane for so long, and it did. I had earpieces in and he was directing me live, saying, like, This person’s calling, and now this person’s calling, and now we’re going back to that one… We ended up doing huge chunks of scenes at one time, like half-hour long takes. It was the most like doing a play I’ve ever done on camera, just because you were able to go for so long and cover so much of the story in one hit. I really loved working with him. And I’m definitely an expert in fake-flying a plane now.

Do you have any experience with actually flying a plane? Did you try to study up?
I did—I took two lessons, just so that I had some sense of what it was like and how much you needed to move things to make things happen, so I wasn’t looking like I was trying to race a go-kart when I was trying to fly a plane. So, yes: I flew a plane for 15 minutes. My first lesson, they just gave me the controls, and it was terrifying. It did not feel like a thing that should have happened.

Was it ever terrifying when you were filming, too?
I don’t know, man. I was about to say, I get freaked out when I have to fire guns, which is kind of true. I don’t enjoy particularly doing it on set. Even though it’s obviously just blanks, you can still do some damage with a blank, and I’m always slightly nervous about that stuff, like, How far away are the camera guys? But I'm hopefully about to do an action movie where there’s a lot of shooting, so I probably should not have said that. That’ll come back to haunt me.

It does seem like you’ve been doing a lot of action movies recently.
Does it? I can’t really think of any others, though I dunno what I would define an action movie. There’s some action in Imperium, but it was mostly in the trailer—it was more of a talky thing. I did get used as a sort of jet ski in Swiss Army Man [which stars Radcliffe as a corpse], so that’s action of a kind. But I haven’t done a proper all-out action movie yet, and that’s what I’m probably going to do next—I hope. I just finished filming [the show] Miracle Workers literally in the last few days, and I loved it—it was one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever done, so hopefully that’ll be a pleasure for people to watch. There’s also a possibility of doing some theater later this year, but I’m going to wait to see how everything shakes out. I’m very lucky—I’m at a stage in my career where I’m getting really interesting, weird, cool stuff offered a lot. I’m open to all of it, and trying to get all of it made.

Getting into the culture questions, what’s the first thing you normally read in the morning?
Probably either Deadspin or Jezebel, and all the various offshoots of that site, like Splinter. That’s where I get a lot of news.

You like Gawker!
Oh yeah, I was absolutely all over Gawker. That documentary [about Hulk Hogan's privacy lawsuit against the media group, which the billionaire Peter Thiel funded and resulted in the company's bankruptcy is one of the more terrifying documentaries I’ve seen in the last couple of years. What’s it called? I want to say "Don’t Speak," but that’s a No Doubt song.

Nobody Speak?
Yes, you know the one. And then during the football season, it’s probably the NFL website, but that’s over now, so I go straight to the news.

What TV show has been keeping you up at night?
Actually, going back to the morning, the first way I digest anything after waking up is I see what stories the Rachel Maddow Show has posted on YouTube from the night before. When I’m not in America, I miss her.

What books have you been traveling with, or are on your bedside table right now?
Probably the best book I’ve read this year—well, I was reading it for ages, because I got sidetracked—is Inferior, by a woman named Angela Saini. It’s all about how science has consistently kind of underserved and undermined women—female scientists and the female public at large—through male bias, even though it’s often not deliberate. She’s amazing at explaining how science makes it from a lab somewhere to the media and the public consciousness, and why certain studies get picked up and become influential, even if they were only done once. My friend Jesse, who's a female physicist, told me to read it, and I’d say everyone else should read it, too.

Have you always read so much about women? I love that you start off the day reading Jezebel.
I think it started with Deadspin. I started reading it in 2013 or something like that, and from there found Jezebel and then Gawker, and then when Gawker closed, by that point a lot of my favorite writers and people who I follow went over mostly to Jezebel and Deadspin, and now they’ve spread out again over a lot of the websites under that umbrella. I enjoy it—I have great admiration for newscasters and their ability to be very neutral at all times, but sometimes it's nice to read things by someone who’s going, What the hell is going on! and reacting just like the rest of us, but also doing so in a much more articulate and informative way. I spend a lot of time on those sites.

What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?
Three Billboards. That’s actually like the first time I’ve given even a relatively cool answer to that question. But the last time I tried to see a movie in theaters was in fact Geostorm, when I was filming in Atlanta, and we tried to see it at a drive-in but it was cancelled because of the weather, since fog rolled in in front of the screen. I was quite disappointed in that, because I like a big, crazy, kind of dumb action movie.

What’s the last song that you had on repeat?
I’ve been listening to a lot of an Australian band called Ball Park Music, especially their song “Struggle Street.” There's also a newer Hold Steady song I’ve been listening to a lot called “Entitlement Crew.”

It was quite a few years ago, but I know you were being bombarded with questions about rap for a while after your performance on The Tonight Show. Are they still plaguing you?
Yes. I still am getting those. It’s embarrassing, ‘cause I have a very average knowledge of rap and hip hop. I’m into it, and I like it, but my actual knowledge is very, very—I mean, I grew up listening to punk and all that kind of stuff, so that’s the stuff that I know really well. But doing “Alphabet Aerobics” definitely caused people to think I was way more knowledgeable than I am.

Last thing: What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Listen to some podcast. If it’s not This American Life or Radiolab, it’s probably going to be some grizzly true crime thing. I do a lot of those—more than I should probably admit to, but I’m definitely guilty of getting into one of those. Or 10.

Does that mess with your dreams at all? I've heard that can be a bit unsettling.
You know, I don’t really have dreams. If I do, I don’t remember them. The only thing is I listen to a guy called Dan Carlin a lot, who does Hardcore History. Sometimes I just listen to it, but sometimes I have it on when I’m going to drift off at the end of the day and it sort of fires up the imagination. But the latest episode is literally about all the horrific things human beings have done to each other in the name of entertaining themselves over the years, so that’s been a very hard one to relax to.


17 February 2018

Mistral Gagnant: Elizabeth meets Emma Watson

Elizabeth got to meet her idol Emma Watson thanks to the Mistral Gagnant association in Brussels, Belgium which realizes the dream of sick children. She went to Leavesden studios back in March 2010 where she did also meet more Harry Potter cast members including Daniel. You find screencaps from this video, which was released two days ago, below.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: