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Calendar: Jungle

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26 October 2017

Update: Jungle is nu te zien via VoD

Vandaag zou Jungle via distributeur Splendid Film ook op DVD verschijnen, maar de release is verschoven naar (dus ik heb deze post ook even aangepast) vrijdag 10 november 2017, vrijdag 17 november.

De film is nu wel via de volgende Video on Demand aanbieders te bekijken: Pathé Thuis en Splendid Film VoD op YouTube.

Update: 3 november 2017. Ook te zien op Digital HD via iTunes en Ziggo.

Splendid Film VoD's trailer:


Updated(4): Jungle press junket interviews (UK)

More footage from the Jungle press junket in London. I did already add clips in this post.

Update: 3rd November 2017. Daniel's message to fans in Norway.
Update: 4th November 2017. TV 2 Norway interview.
Update: 8th November 2017. Daniel's message to fans in Denmark.
Update: 10th November 2017. Daniel's message to Sweden and Finland.

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Scandinavia/Nordic region footage
Does Daniel celebrate Halloween?
Does he ever dress up as Harry Potter for Halloween? and more.

25 October 2017

Men's Journal interview

Men's Journal's interview with Daniel about Jungle.

What were your thoughts when you first heard Yossi’s story?
The story was so insane. I went in assuming that some of it had to be bullshit. I just didn’t know how much. I am a skeptic in that way. If I see “based on a true story” my guard goes up immediately. Sometimes you look at a script like that and want to ask the writer, “Are we sort of lying here?” Then I read Yossi’s book and found that if anything the script is actually just a taste of what actually happened. There are events that happened that you couldn’t put into a film because first of all, there is probably a limit to the punishment you are allowed to put onscreen, and there are things that happened to him that you wouldn’t buy at all.

What was the most shocking part of the journey to you?
There is a moment in the movie where I become aware that there is this ever-growing bump on my head, which I am forced to lance and cut my skin open. I pull out this creature that has been burrowing away in my skin. In the script that was stomach churning to read and just awful to think about, and then you read the book and find out that Yossi had about 20 of them under his skin that he had to take out. That is insane.

Did you speak with Yossi before starting the role?
I got to chat with him over Skype for hours. If you talk to Yossi about his time out there, he will tell you that he did not sleep for the entire three weeks. Now you and I can’t believe that. How can you not sleep? And to communicate that level of stress in a film is incredibly hard.

How did that translate into the filming process?
Listen I don’t want to go on talking about how much I struggled, because I was on a movie set and this actually happened to a guy. I got to go back to a nice hotel at the end of the night. That being said, it was a tough shoot for the cast, the crew, and myself. Going in I don’t think anyone expected for it to be a walk in the park.

How were able to get into the character’s mindset?
I was trying to make myself uncomfortable the entire time, and I mostly did that by eating virtually nothing. I knew that there is a psychological effect that happens when hunger become a permanent state, that allowed me to understand what he was feeling. I would have felt horrible doing these scenes, and then going back to the hotel for a steak dinner.

How little were you eating?
There was a three-week span where I was having one protein bar and a skillet of white fish with an unreal amount of hot sauce. For the last two days I didn’t eat at all. I don’t know if it truly shows on screen, but I was feeling it and that helped me get to where I needed.

What was it like to shoot in the locations you traveled to?
The places where we were filming were very difficult to get to, especially with camera equipment. Trucks couldn’t get there, so the only way to get our gear up there was by hiking it up or by donkey. It was crazy. The group got close very quick because of this experience in Colombia and Australia.

Did you take precautions for being in those environments?
One day we were filming near rapids, and we hired a group of guys who were part of the Colombian national kayaking team. They were probably the fittest people I have ever seen in my life. If a piece of equipment fell into the river they would jump from a waterfall into the river, chase down the equipment and then paddle against the current back to our location. It was amazing to watch. Then we had a safety supervisor on set, named Sam Elia, whose job was to jump in and take care of dangerous creatures when they were around. So on that day that there were snakes around, or any other sort of threat, he would just jump in and take care of it. I was glad we had him around. [Laughs]

source: mensjournal.com

Gruemonkey interview

Gruemonkey's Ani interviewed Daniel regarding Jungle. They asked him what his favorite scary movie is and more. And yes that's a link to danieljradcliffe.tk's Twitter page on their website ;).

Read more at gruemonkey.com.

ANI:  How was it shooting in an actual Jungle?
DR:  It was great! It was definitely a tough shoot though, particularly for the crew. There were parts of the set inaccessible to trucks which meant that all the camera equipment had to be lugged out by the camera crew or on the backs of these donkey’s we had, which is one of the only animals that could travese those sort of roads. But, yeah it was a kind of crazy, tough filming experience but it was really enjoyable and the cast and crew were great and we like, just kinda got in there together and dug in. It was good!

 ANI:  Hey, till the wheels fall off, that’s what I always say. Let me switch gears for our final question. You have a few notches in your acting belt when it comes to horror, but what is YOUR favorite scary movie?
DR:  My favorite scary movie…I think…I think the thing that I remember being really absolutely terrified by as a kid was probably ’The Shining’.  I saw that when I was really quite young and like, a lot of the imagery in that film has that great quality of just being fucking terrifying even though you don’t quite know why and the fact that it’s all so hard to understand makes it even more terrifying. In terms of creating a sense of evil being all around you, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a film like that so well done.

But yeah, my natural inclination is for much less good horror than that, like B movie Syfy channel horror movies, that’s my happy place where I can really relax and watch them. I’m probably into a lot less good horror than you are. ::Laughs::

source: gruemonkey.com

24 October 2017

Daniel signs lawnmower while filming Jungle in Australia

Daniel signed a lawnmower while he was in Australia filming Jungle. John Muccignat had the idea of letting Daniel sign his lawnmower when the crew was filming on his neighbours’ Tamborine Mountain property for a week, early last year.
“Daniel was such a good bloke, he said it was the first time he’d ever been asked to sign a mower, he thought it was a bit funny.”

“They were here for seven days filming on the neighbours’ property and the only way to access the site was through our property,” he said.

“My wife and kids went down to the set one day and it just so happened that he (Radcliffe) wasn’t filming that day so he sat down with them and had a chat for a good half-hour or so.

“The next day I bought a good permanent marker on the way home because I knew what I wanted him to sign.”

Daniel took time out of his schedule in between takes to sign the mower.
“He said ‘I’ve never been asked to sign one of these before’ and if you didn’t know who he was you’d think he was a regular bloke,” he said.

”His bouncers kept saying he had to go but he said ‘no’ and took a photo with us as well.

“I still use the mower in the garden, but the writing has started to fade a bit.”
source: goldcoastbulletin.com.au

23 October 2017

Jungle clip

A new Jungle clip is online. It's called Come With Me.

"You want to be like every other tourist?"

22 October 2017

Newsweek interview

Newsweek has published their interview with Daniel in promotion of Jungle.

I recently watched Jungle. To be honest, I'm glad you're OK after going through that filming experience.
Um, yeah [laughs]. Thank you.

It looks like it was terrifying.
It was a tough shoot. And it should have been a tough shoot. In the middle of Jungle, we had a week off between filming in Colombia and filming in Australia. I did an interview in that time in person. A few months later, I saw an article that had been written about it. It starts off by saying, "Daniel Radcliffe. Looks. Awful." I went, "What!" I was meeting this interviewer halfway through the film. I had lost loads of weight and I had a thick beard. I did not look like a well person!

You spent a lot of time filming in dangerous river rapids. How was that?
There are no scenes that take place by river rapids where you're just, like, chatting casually. Every scene that takes place by river rapids, you are fucking screaming at somebody. There were two days where we filmed all the stuff where me and Kevin are on the raft pressed up against the rocks. Whenever you're filming in water, everything slows down by at least 20 percent. Also, however safe you are—and there are great stunt people around us—you're still filming by rapids. Everybody's a little bit on edge and stressed.

But the crew were the guys who [worked hardest]. There were some sets that were three miles deep into the jungle... so the camera crew had to walk in with all their camera equipment on their backs or on the backs of donkeys.

Between this film and Swiss Army Man, it seems like you've been drawn to fairly masochistic movie choices. Can you talk about the career choices you've made?
It's not intentional, I promise. When I was doing the scene where I was sinking into the pit of mud, I was like, "I'm fairly sure this is at least the second, possibly the third pit of mud I've sunk into in my career." I feel like it's a weird trope to end up having in your career as an actor. But I do keep doing films where I end up covered in mud or blood or both. I don't know what it says about me. You're welcome to read into that and make an assessment if you like.

After Harry Potter ended, you were quoted as saying you had a "massive chip on your shoulder" after landing that role at such a young age. Do you feel pressure to prove that you can act in the most physical and punishing possible form?
No, I don't. I wouldn't say that. I certainly felt pressure to show as wide a range as possible. I think there is probably something in me that likes a physical challenge to go with a role. It's less about proving that to other people as much as it is proving it to myself.

Was the Israeli accent a challenge for you?
Definitely. Israeli accents are tricky for an English person, and Yossi's is even more specific than your average Israeli accent. I think I went to a slightly Israeli-American thing when we started filming.

Tell me about the leech scene. It is particularly gruesome.
There's always something very satisfying when you finish a scene and you cut and the crew looks disgusted. It's like, "OK, good. We did it, and we did a good job." Because you all know this is makeup, and you still look like you did something foul. We [changed] that scene a little bit from the book. In reality, Yossi cut out somewhere between 15 and 20 of those [leeches] as he got out of the jungle. I just don't know if we can subject an audience to that. They would think that we're stretching the truth.

What did you think of The Revenant?
I thought it was an amazing achievement. I don't think I got as emotionally involved as a lot of people did in the movie.

Do you have any favorite survival movies?
One of the ones I think about first and foremost is Cast Away. If I can plug my own weird survival movie for a second, Swiss Army Man is (one) that I'm very partial to. Obviously, Jungle is a traditional version of a survival movie and there is not a dead farting corpse being lugged around the whole time.

source: newsweek.com

21 October 2017

Google+: Jungle featurette "Becoming Yossi"

A new Jungle featurette has been shared via Daniel's official Google+ page. It has the title "Becoming Yossi".

Updated: Jungle: stills

The following Jungle stills were shared by director Greg McLean on Twitter.

Update: 23rd October 2017. Another one.


Updated: Daniel Radcliffe on Capital FM's Drivetime

Earlier this week Daniel promoted Jungle on Capital FM's Drivetime with Will Manning. The interview aired today (95.8 FM).

Daniel Radcliffe reviews this year's biggest anthems:


Update: 22nd October 2017. Daniel also talked with Jimmy Hill (his show airs on Sundays) and did a dramatic reading of Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes. Plus there is a photo shared by presenter Aimee Vivian.

When Daniel Radcliffe reads Sam Smith lyrics, he reads them epically!:



Photos (some also via Twitter)



source: capitalfm.com

TIME magazine interview

TIME magazine sat down with Daniel in London to talk about Jungle. You can find more US interviews here.

TIME: What drew you to Jungle?
Daniel Radcliffe: The story itself is a survival story, but the thing I found very moving is the notion that there is this kernel inside people that refuses to die. Obviously in this situation, it is in a man surviving alone in the jungle, but I think this indestructible will to live applies to people in war or under terrible regimes and immense hardships around the world. I like to think there is something fundamental in all of us which can get activated when you’re really pushed to an extreme.

How would you survive if you were lost in the jungle for three weeks? I'd probably last 15 minutes.
I hope to God I never will be thrown into that situation. Like you, I'd probably survive really badly. I didn’t ever do the Boy Scouts, I can’t light a fire… If I got lost with somebody who was experienced with that kind of stuff I feel I would survive very well — I’d be a good helper. But if you were lost with me you’d be without a hope, really, especially if we were somewhere near water as I would probably drown.

Can you not swim?
I’m not a strong swimmer at all. I can swim, but I can’t float or tread water. You know those films like Open Water and stuff? That’s my actual worst nightmare.

So you’d never do a shark film?
I’ve done a lot of filming in water so I don’t mind being in and around it. But I don’t think I could do a shark film. The amount of water work that would be required and the amount of time in the open water — I don't think I'd be happy about that.

How much time did you actually spend in the jungle when making the movie?
We spent about three or four weeks in the Colombian jungle and about three weeks in Australia. It was a tough film for the crew; they had to lug heavy camera equipment in and out of the jungle, which was about a two-mile trek. There’s something bonding about hard shoots like that, when you feel like you’re all in it together.

Where did you stay for most of the filming?
In Colombia we stayed in one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been in. It felt like the lair of a Bond villain, in the least evil way possible.

Did it feel strange going from being on set to these luxurious surroundings?
Yes, very. I’m not a method actor at all, but I just felt like it would feel weird, too incongruous, to be playing this guy who went through this very harrowing time while living this incredibly comfortable, beautiful, luxurious life when not on set. So, while I was staying in the hotel I tried to not eat just to keep my general energy a bit down.

How closely did you work with Yossi Ghinsberg, whose memoir Jungle is based on?
Prior to filming we spoke for about four hours on Skype over separate conversations, where I just picked his brains. Yossi was on set a lot, particularly for the filming in Colombia. When you’re making a film about somebody’s life, that person would be well within their rights to step in and say, "I didn’t do it like that" or "that didn’t happen like that," but he didn’t. He was really supportive of the whole process and accepted that certain things were going to be changed from how they were in reality.

Your recent movies have been relatively low-budget. Was it a conscious decision to move away from big studio films and pursue these more indie roles?
I’m in a position where I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to; the only reason I have to do a script is because I’m passionate about it and I’m of the opinion that the majority of the really interesting scripts I read at the moment are not being done by studios. This is good because you get a huge amount of creative freedom, but bad because indies are frustratingly hard to actually get made. I’ve had a couple of genuine disappointments in the years since Potter, but I’ve been really lucky with things like Kill Your Darlings, Swiss Army Man and Imperium.

Are there any particular directors you'd like to work with?
I have a wish-list of directors like Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Martin McDonagh and Quentin Tarantino — although I don’t know what role there is for me in a Tarantino film, but hey, who knows! Equally I love working with first-time directors, like Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan on Swiss Army Man and John Krokidas on Kill Your Darlings.

Are there genres you'd like to try?
I’m signed on to do a movie called Guns Akimbo, which is the first time I’ll have done a proper action movie. Generally speaking, I don’t think there’s role for me in a lot of action movies and ones I feel like playing. But I read this one and it felt perfect. It’s the way a guy like me can fit into an action movie and it’s really good fun.

What do you mean by a guy like you?
I mean like not someone like Dwayne Johnson or the Hemsworths, who as well as being really good actors are just made to be action movie stars. Although I am fit and strong for my height, generally when I read scripts about some guy who beats the sh-t out of loads of people with his bare hands, I just don't know whether an audience would buy me doing that.

Could you see yourself getting involved with another big franchise in the future?
I absolutely could see myself doing another, but it would depend on the script. It would be fun to do another one of those crazy studio movies. It was amazing to start off with Potter and there’s also a lot that I don’t miss about [it]. I would never balk at going into a franchise, but I’m not racing to get there now either.

If asked, would you make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts?
I don’t think so? But again, if it was something that I thought would be fun to do and I’d enjoy, then great. Again, I’m not racing to go back there.

Are you beginning to get recognized for more than just Harry Potter?

Most people recognize me for Potter, I’m under no illusions about that. But I do get people saying how much they enjoyed Swiss Army Man or Imperium and that’s always really pleasing.
I have to say, I was watching John Oliver the other night and he was doing a whole segment about Equifax, where he said something like, "Equifax sounds like a production of a play where Daniel Radcliffe plays a horse which f-cks a fax machine," referring to my 2007 play, Equus. The fact that me doing Equus 10 years ago has become enough of a cultural reference made me genuinely super happy. I was like, "That’s a joke about me that’s not a Harry Potter joke. I’m very appreciative of that!"

What's it like when you hear yourself referenced like that?
You always have a little moment of tensing and feeling like, "Oh God, what are they going to say?" and then you go, "Ah no, it's fine." It’s funny and odd, but I also find that kind of thing weirdly flattering as well. There's this Cards Against Humanity card which features my name in a fairly sort of dirty context and I’ve signed that card a lot for people at stage doors. I find all that stuff genuinely really funny.
The John Oliver joke was very funny and I certainly didn’t see it as it being mean at all. I’m sure people have made those jokes about me but I haven’t really seen them, thankfully. Generally speaking, if that’s the stuff you were getting angry about, you’re getting angry about the wrong things.

You're not on social media. Why is that?
Well, I’m on Google Plus, but I don’t know if that counts and it’s a stretch to say I’m even on that. I don’t have Twitter because I am too opinionated and would get angry with somebody if they were saying something sh-tty about a friend. I would get into fights with people. I’d be one of those people.

My girlfriend’s on [Twitter] and I went down a rabbit hole on her account the other day. She had retweeted somebody political and I started looking at their tweets, and they’d been in a fight with somebody so I started looking at that fight, and then I ended up finding this super right-wing Twitter account and it was so depressing.

I know that stuff’s there and I think it’s important to acknowledge and talk about, but to actually see how many people out there are being really hateful to each other is exhausting and depressing. And particularly if you’re a girl, whether famous or not famous, social media seems like fresh hell.

source: time.com

US interviews

All US interviews with Daniel over the phone in promotion of Jungle.

Collider

Collider:  When you read this script, did you do so knowing that Yossi was a real person? And what was it that most stood out for you and made you want to sign on?  
DANIEL RADCLIFFE:  First of all, when it’s a true story and you read it and the story is very affecting, you go, “Yeah, I want to be a part of further spreading this story, out into the world. I want to be a part of this story becoming more widely known.” The thing that I find really moving and powerful about it and that really attracted me to it was that I think there’s something really moving about how hard it is to get a human being to give up on their life. He’s up against a jungle and nature and he’s on his own, but it could also apply to somebody in war or battle. The struggle to just keep going is something that I find incredibly moving and powerful, and this sort of story seemed like a wonderful distillation of that into a heightened and intense three-week period. 
 

Not only were you portraying a real person for this, but that person is alive and was around and available for you to talk to. How did you find that experience to be most beneficial? Were there things that you only could have gotten from Yossi that weren’t in the script?  
RADCLIFFE:  Definitely! He said a really depressing thing about hope, which I’m loathe to keep repeating, even though I have been. I found it fascinating because it never would have been what I’d assumed. I’d been working on the assumption that, when you’re in that situation, the hope that you’ll be found and get out is what keeps you going. But he said, “Actually, no, hope breaks you more than anything else.” He said that the moment he was the lowest, in the three weeks, was the moment a plane flew over and he really, for a second, fully thought that he was going to be rescued, but then the plane kept going and left him. He said he’d been really fine, up until then. He hadn’t been giving into despair, at that point. But to suddenly have hope both given and then taken away in an instant was worse than having never had it, in the first place. That, to me, was a very unexpected thing that you can only get from asking somebody who has lived through this. 

You do really tremendous work in this. There’s a level of intense physicality to this role and you also decided to lose weight, which is shocking to see. What was the most challenging scene for you to shoot and what was the most rewarding scene for you to shoot?RADCLIFFE:  It’s hard to pick a scene that was the most rewarding, only because the shoot, as a whole, was quite a tough shoot, physically, for both me and the whole crew. We were filming in the jungle and it was a three-mile hike into the set, every day, with no roads. We couldn’t get trucks in there, so the camera guys were lugging tons of equipment back and forth, every day, in the heat and humidity. It was a challenging shoot for everybody, so when you complete a shoot like that and you do it together, it gives you a real sense of achievement and it makes you feel very proud to have done it. Some of the hardest stuff to shoot was all of the stuff in and around water. Everything slows down about 50% because of safety, and it’s hard. 

The most heart-breaking moment that I had during the shoot was when we had to postpone the end of the shoot. I tried to lose weight to make myself look more frail and emaciated towards the end and we were filming the last scene that I had to look that way on a Monday. I thought I’d go home that night and have the big, massive chocolate bar in my fridge, along with a steak. And then, the night before we came to film that scene, we got word that the river that our set was next to had flooded and the level of it had raised by eight feet in a night and our set was washed away. So, we had to postpone that scene and I had to postpone my chocolate bar and steak for almost a week. We were almost there and almost done, and it was taken away again. That was a moment where I was like, “Oh, man!” I was slightly heartbroken, at that particular moment. Not that every film I ever do will present physical challenges like this one, but it’s nice, as an actor, to get to the end of the day and feel, physically, like you’ve worked that day. 

When you do a film like this, does it affect what you want to do next? Did you want to go find a light-hearted comedy to do?  
RADCLIFFE:  Yeah, you do get a bit like, “Oh, man, whatever is next, I’m going to find something not quite as harrowing.” Although, I can’t quite remember what the next thing I did was. I guess it would have been Beast of Burden. I remember when I did a movie that was called The F-Word in Canada and England and What If in America, it was a really nice romantic comedy where nobody got covered in blood. Half-way through that, I was like, “This is great! Why don’t I take projects like this, all the time?” But I’m pretty sure I’d get bored with that, too. 

Do you know what you’re going to do next?  
RADCLIFFE:  I’m doing a TV series, starting this year, and I’m pretty sure it will come out next year. It’s my first time doing an American TV series, which I’m excited about. It’s called Miracle Workers, and it’s written and created by a guy called Simon Rich. Lorne Michaels is producing it. If you don’t know Simon’s work, then you have a huge treat ahead of you. He’s written a bunch of short stories and novels that are some of the most fun, wonderful, incredibly funny, but also very beautiful short stories and books. He’s an amazing writer, and he’s assembled a team of amazing writers. If I had something that was the thing I’m most attracted to, it’s really good writing. When you get the chance to work with somebody like that, I’m so excited about it. So hopefully, that will be out next year. I could not be more excited about it.


What kind of character are you playing in that?  
RADCLIFFE:  I don’t want to say. There is a book that the first [season] is based on, called What in God’s Name. The character I play is in that book, but we are changing quite a few things for the series. You can get a sense of my character from that book, but it will be different. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know how much has been said publicly about any of it, but I’m very excited. 

The folks who work with you, both in front of and behind the camera, talk about your incredible ability to separate being an actor and being a star. Is that something you’ve always been conscious of, or is that something you had to learn, over time?  
RADCLIFFE:  I think it’s something that I’ve gotten a bit better at. Just after we finished Harry Potter and I was doing other things, and people would mention Potter to me, there was a part of me that obviously was very proud, but there was also a part of me that was worried that that meant they didn’t care what I was doing now, and there’s all this stuff going on in your head. Now, I realize how amazingly special the relationship that people have with Potter is. When you meet kids or you meet people and you’ve been a big part of their life, you do have a certain responsibility, even if it’s only a 10-second interaction, to try to give them the best possible experience of you that they can have. I think it’s important. Frankly, it’s one of the coolest thing about my life is that, just by virtue of being me sometimes. I met a kid on the street in London, the other day, with his dad, and they were freaking out and were really happy. I didn’t have to do anything to make that happen. I just had to stand there and not be a dick. When just saying hello to someone is going to make their day a little bit better, that’s nice. I don’t think of myself as a star. I don’t ever frame it in those terms. But I do appreciate the fact that people have a very long-standing relationship with watching me, and I always want to try to honor that, as much as I can. 

Parade magazine


Is this the most taxing and difficult film shoot you’ve ever done? 
Practically speaking, yeah. Absolutely. There were some sets that were a two-mile hike to get through. The poor camera crew had to transport their equipment by hand—and actually by donkey, too. A lot of the camera equipment was going to set by donkeys when we were in Colombia because those were the only animals sturdy enough to traverse the jungle with all that weight on their back. We were filming by rapids, we were filming in tanks full of mud; it was very rare that you got to set and thought, Oh, this is a nice easy day!
It would have felt wrong if it were an easy shoot. I went into this shoot knowing it was going to be tough and demanding, for sure. I could give myself a nice, humbling reminder that a guy actually lived through this and I was going to a hotel every night. You know, don’t complain; it could be worse.

What are some of the biggest challenges you had to go through in preparation for this role?  
One thing was obviously learning the Israeli accent. It’s an accent so different from my own, and so different from any accent I’ve ever done. That was a challenge. One of my pet peeves is when an actor is promoting a thing based on a true story and they talk about how their own process was so hard or whatever. I don’t want to do that because Yossi actually lived through this.
If I were going home to the hotel every night and having steak and chips, it would have made my job a lot harder. So I just kind of stopped eating a lot. I cut down massively on eating just to create that sort of tiredness that goes through your bones when you haven’t eaten properly in a while. Obviously that’s not exactly what Yossi went through, but I found just to get a sense of that was really helpful.
There was one particularly heartbreaking moment for me. I was eating, say, a protein bar every day. Or a chicken breast and a protein bar every day. We were supposed to be filming the final scene on a Monday. In my hotel fridge, I’d saved a massive bar of chocolate and a steak. I had my meal all planned out. Then we got word that a rainstorm caused a river to rise and it washed our set away. The scene had to be postponed for a week, which meant that I was like get the chocolate bar out of my room, I can’t be around it, I’ve got another week to wait!

All of the stuff in the water was very intense to film. We had the best safety crew in the world, and they were amazing. Still, we were filming by a racing river. It required a lot of concentration, and it was quite stressful.

Have you met the real Yossi Ghinsberg? 
Yes! I talked to him on Skype for about four and a half hours in the lead-up to the film. Then Yossi was out with us in Colombia and Australia for a lot of the shoot. I have to say, he was lovely. There’s a lot of ways you could be unhelpful when you’re the real person something is based on walking on to a set. He would have been perfectly within his right to come up between takes and say things like, “I didn’t do it that way,” or “I never said that.” He was really welcoming and generous, and incredibly kind. He was happy the movie was getting made and the story was being told.

What can you tell us about working with Greg McLean?
I really enjoyed working with Greg a huge amount. For the film he had to get made and the conditions he made it in, he always seemed so calm, chill and fun. That’s very useful when you’re shooting a really intense film. He and our director of photography Stefan Duscio were just great. Greg obviously had such an appreciation for the horror moments in the film. Obviously it’s based on a true story, but there are moments that wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film. Having someone with an appreciation for that aspect of the film, as well as the survival element I was talking about just made it clear he had a vision for the film.

Your work on stage and in film in recent years has been so eclectic and adventurous. If it’s possible to even sum up, could you tell us what you look for in a role? 
The thing that most excites me is any kind of originality–something that I haven’t done before. I’m not as excited about scripts that make me feel like I’ve seen it a million times before.
I’ve heard some people say Swiss Army Man is a weird movie or Horns is a weird movie. I don’t think of them as weird choices; they all make perfect sense to me. What I’m really drawn to–and you’re not always going to be able to find it, though I really felt this way about Swiss Army Man— is something that kind of reflects the way I think about the world; compassion and empathy being this force that exists to all of the most positive things that we can possibly portray in film. When you can find films that reflect the way you feel about the world and you feel it’s an important thing to communicate to people, that’s an exciting thing to do.

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How he judges a film's success

“Honestly, the way I judge how a film has been successful for me is: What was the experience I had on set? Was it good? Did I have a good time? Was I happy? And, am I happy with the final film? I have no control on what people see and what people go and see at the box office. There’s a huge disposition on people judging a film by its opening weekend and whatever. There’s a place for that and that is important.”


“I did ‘Imperium’ a couple of years ago. It came out and did well critically, but it didn’t do huge business, and nor did I expect it to. Then earlier this year I was doing a play, and suddenly everybody was talking to me about ‘Imperium.’ And I was like, ‘What the hell? How has everybody just watched it?’ And I guess it had just come out on Netflix or iTunes.”

“As long as it finds an audience eventually that doesn’t really matter to me. As long as you do good work and make good movies, that for me is its own reward. I’m in a position at the moment where I don’t have to worry about the box office. And I can’t control that so I shouldn’t worry about it. I used to stress about it a lot more but I have moved away from that.”

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You’ve played everyone from Harry Potter to the zombie Manny in Swiss Army Man. What’s the challenge of bringing a real person to life, whether it’s Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings or Yossi Ghinsberg in Jungle?
It’s interesting talking about that, in that you’re right, the most useful comparison is actually Allen Ginsberg – because that’s the other time that I played somebody who was real and actually in the living memory of a lot of people, but not actually alive. I think that’s a huge difference, playing somebody where the resources that you have are things that they wrote a long time ago, which is amazing and is what I had with Allen. In a lot of his poetry and his diary he certainly wore his heart on his sleeve … like he let you into his psyche a lot of the time.

With Yossi, obviously, his book exists, which is a very accurate replaying of what happened in the jungle. But to get a chance to actually get to talk to Yossi, which I did for probably about four-and-a-half hours’ worth of conversation before we started filming, was great. That is the cool thing about being an actor sometimes, you play these roles and you get to talk to these remarkable people about their lives.

What was it like having him on set?
I feel like that could have gone either way. I didn’t know how that was going to be before we started the film, whether he’d be coming in and being like, “Hey, I didn’t do it like that,” or “You’re making me look stupid.” But he was actually really collaborative. He was very happy to be there and help, but he was very aware as well that we were making a movie. So it’s not going to be his entire story. We were condensing over three weeks of his life into a two hour movie. He came to the set with a really great, helpful attitude, where we could turn around to him at any point and say, “Hey man, did you do it like this? How did you do in this situation?” He was a really great resource to have on set.

How did the physical nature of the Harry Potter films help prepare you for what looked like a very grueling and physical shoot in the Australian jungle?
To be honest, the stunts on Potter and the physical nature of Potter have sort of set me up amazingly for a lot of the films I’ve done since. Sometimes the frustrating thing is that I was allowed to do a lot of stunts myself [on Potter] because the stunt coordinator knew me really well and he knew I could do a lot of it and I was up for it. And then going to other sets with people that don’t know you as well, they are understandably a lot more nervous of letting you actually do stuff for yourself.

But on this one, we had a great stunt coordinator and a great stunt double named Toby [Fuller], and they very quickly got that I wanted to do as much as they would let me do. So that was really fun, because I like doing physical stuff.
It’s nice because you don’t always get to feel as an actor that you physically worked at the end of the day, rather than just sat around talking while other people moved lights and heavy pieces of equipment.

Jungle has some intense whitewater sequences.  How did filming those compare to the 41 hours in water that you spent filming Goblet of Fire, and how has your swimming expertise improved since then?
It hasn’t, but fortunately, I haven’t really had to. The water stuff is always hard to film. Like you always slow down by at least 30 percent just because of safety issues and other stuff that starts coming up. But there is also something about being in the rapids for a few hours each day. It was definitely slightly grueling for me and for the crew and for everybody else that was there, but it’s one of those things that gives you a really nice sense of achievement when it’s done. When you’re finished with it and you look around at the camera guys and the other actors, it’s like, “Yeah man, we did that. That was really tough and we got through it.”
Whenever something is really challenging and arduous, those dangers exist, but they also present you with the feeling of accomplishment once you’ve managed to do it. It’s always very much worth it.

Were you much of a hiker or outdoorsman before this film project came about, and how has it changed your perspective on Mother Nature?
No, I was not, and I don’t think I would be. That’s the thing about what happened to Yossi that was completely amazing — he didn’t end up hating nature. He said for the first week he was there, he viewed nature and the jungle as an enemy that was trying to kill him, and then at a certain point he let go of that and was able to see himself as being a part of nature. And while there was a lot of pain and anguish and loneliness while he was in the jungle, he also had some of the most serene and joyous moments of his life there. That’s remarkable for him.

I don’t think that I would get the same thing out of it. I think if I had survived three weeks in the jungle I would never have gone back to the jungle. But Yossi went back and made his life there for several more years. And he actually focused his life on saving the jungle that had almost ended his life. I don’t know if I would have had the same sort of very positive feelings about the outdoors if I had been in Yossi’s situation.

You’ve played a lot of very different characters on the big screen and on stage since the last Harry Potter film. What do you look for in accepting new acting challenges?
I know this sounds like it would be simplistic and obvious, like who wouldn’t be looking for that, but originality is the main thing. When I read Swiss Army Man or Horns, there was just that sense of, “Oh, I’ve never seen something like this before. That’s really cool. That’s really exciting. Let’s do it.”  That gets me very excited. And even if it’s not something that is completely original to the world of film, but it’s something that I feel I haven’t done before, or a theme or a character that I haven’t had a chance to play before, that can be really exciting.

I think it’s fairly well-documented about me now that I like weird. Weird is good. And I like stuff that sometimes demands a little more of an audience. I’m thinking of Swiss Army Man specifically in that case, in terms of you needing to take a little bit of a leap into the world that we’re inhabiting as an audience member. But if you do, then it becomes incredibly rewarding as a film to watch. So I suppose that’s the kind of stuff I respond to, just like the chance to do something different.

And Jungle definitely was a different role for you.
Yeah, absolutely. Jungle was and Swiss Army Man both were, and I’m going to try and keep things as fresh that way as I possibly can.

20 October 2017

Updated(2): Jungle: New clip, UK TV spot with introduction from Daniel and more

Jungle is out now in select cinemas and on Digital HD (iTunes) in the UK and US!

I have posted new UK clips on social media: a special TV spot with introduction from Daniel and a press junket interview clip. (thanks Fetch Publicity!). But you also find another Jungle update below.↴

Update: 25th October 2017. Two more clips via Signature Entertainment.
Update: 27th October 2017. Another clip via Signature Entertainment.

UK TV spot via danieljradcliffe.tk's Facebook page


UK press junket interview clip via danieljradcliffe.tk's Twitter
Another one - The toughest part of filming

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Via Instagram - script

Parasitic worm scene (clip here)

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There's also a new clip via express.co.uk.
Warning:
Contains graphic content you may find distressing.

Empire magazine: The Empire Film podcast

Empire magazine's Empire Film podcast: Daniel talks about Jungle. Below the audio via Soundcloud.

(interview starts at 32:15)


source: empireonline.com

Daniel Radcliffe on Radio X's The Chris Moyles Show

Daniel promoted Jungle on Radio X's The Chris Moyles Show yesterday. The podcast is available on iTunes. Or listen to it below.

Podcast 101: Does Daniel Radcliffe drink Um Bongo?. Daniel's part starts at 0:46:50. Also in the podcast: Daniel records the "address jingle" for the show.

"Dom from The Chris Moyles Show On Radio X asked #DanielRadcliffe the one question we've all been dying to ask...does he like Um Bongo?"

Daniel Radcliffe tries to teach Dom how to do the "double take".
He does not succeed. 👀



source: radiox.co.uk

19 October 2017

Updated: Daniel Radcliffe on BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Daniel was on BBC Radio 4's Front Row tonight to promote Jungle. The broadcast just finished. If you missed it, listen via iPlayer and there's also a free download.
Daniel Radcliffe on #Jungle, martyrdom and tips from Gary Oldman on suffering for the camera
Update: 21st October 2017. A clip.


Photo via Twitter, Samira Ahmed


source: bbc.co.uk

Jungle clip

A new Jungle clip has been released via movietickets.com called The hidden world.

Daniel Radcliffe on Lorraine

Daniel on ITV's Lorraine this morning to promote Jungle. Spencer Soloman shared this photo on Instagram. And there is also a photo via Lorraine on Instagram.

Are the rumours of him surviving on just an egg a day true?













picture source: Ken McKay

Daniel Radcliffe on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw

Jungle promotion: This morning Daniel was on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.  Spencer Soloman shared a photo via Instagram. You can listen to the episode via BBC's iPlayer (29 days left), Daniel's interview starts at 1:42:06.

Photo booth (Instagram) also shared on Daniel's official Google+.


Sound clip - Daniel Radcliffe and the “one egg a day” rumour


Egg clip

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Daniel Radcliffe reacts to YouTube comments for the Jungle trailer


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source: bbc.co.uk