Daniel Radcliffe was determined to do Tim Jenkin’s story justice in Escape from Pretoria

Daniel Radcliffe gave his “blood, sweat and tears” while filming Escape from Pretoria because he was so determined to Tim Jenkin’s story justice.In the new drama, the Harry Potter actor plays Jenkin, an anti-apartheid activist who escaped from Pret…

Daniel Radcliffe gave his “blood, sweat and tears” while filming Escape from Pretoria because he was so determined to Tim Jenkin’s story justice.

In the new drama, the Harry Potter actor plays Jenkin, an anti-apartheid activist who escaped from Pretoria prison with Stephen Lee and Alex Moumbaris in 1979 by replicating prison keys out of wood.

The real Jenkin was on set for the shoot and that made Radcliffe work much harder to get his portrayal of the political prisoner just right.

“Tim’s lovely and really, really kind and was very encouraging of all of us on set,” the British star told Fox News. “And I think now that we’ve finished the film as well, he’s really happy with it, which thank God. But yeah, when you become aware of we’re actually just actors in costumes playing at your life and you actually lived this, it’s a very strange feeling, but I think it does motivate you, or certainly me, it motivates you to work even harder and to sort of just invest more of your sort of blood, sweat and tears into doing justice to his story.”

The 30-year-old explained that he was attracted to the role because he loves prison break stories but had never heard of Jenkin’s experience.

“It was the chance to be a part of telling this incredibly cool story about these guys who did something really audacious and amazing and crazy,” he replied, when asked what appealed to him about the movie. “And because they are in prison for incredibly honourable reasons so you can really root for them escaping as well, you really want them to get out.”

Escape from Pretoria is in cinemas now.

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Daniel Radcliffe in ‘no rush’ to reprise Harry Potter role

Daniel Radcliffe is “no rush” to play boy wizard Harry Potter again.The 30-year-old rose to fame as a child star when he was cast in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s hit novels in 2001, and he reprised the role for seven more films until the fra…

Daniel Radcliffe is “no rush” to play boy wizard Harry Potter again.

The 30-year-old rose to fame as a child star when he was cast in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s hit novels in 2001, and he reprised the role for seven more films until the franchise ended in 2011.

The Harry Potter universe has continued with the spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the hit stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and when asked if he could see himself playing Potter in one of those properties, Radcliffe made it clear he was done with the character.

“I don’t think so. I don’t like to say no to things, but it’s not something that I’m rushing to do. I feel like those films have moved on and they’re doing just fine without us,” he told Variety, referring to his co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. “I’m happy to keep it that way. I like what my life is now. I’m not saying that I’ll never go back into any franchise, but I like the flexibility that I have with my career now. And I don’t want to get into a situation where I’m signed up for one series for years in advance.”

Since he finished playing Potter, Radcliffe has starred in a wide variety of weird and experimental projects such as Swiss Army Man, Horns, and the upcoming Guns Akimbo, and he told the film publication that he didn’t pick them just because they were strange.

“There’s nothing I’ve shied away from. But I wasn’t like, ‘Find me the weirdest thing out there.’ I wasn’t picking projects that were weird for weird’s sake,” the actor insisted. “I think people saw me play one thing for so long that it seems more notable that I do loads of different stuff now.”

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Daniel Radcliffe defends gun violence in Guns Akimbo

Daniel Radcliffe isn’t worried about the impact of gun violence in his new film Guns Akimbo, insisting it is unlikely to incite “copycat” shootings.The Harry Potter star appears alongside Samara Weaving in the Jason Lei Howden-directed film, about a vi…

Daniel Radcliffe isn’t worried about the impact of gun violence in his new film Guns Akimbo, insisting it is unlikely to incite “copycat” shootings.

The Harry Potter star appears alongside Samara Weaving in the Jason Lei Howden-directed film, about a video game developer who becomes a participant in a real-life deathmatch that streams online.

Yet, Radcliffe has now insisted he didn’t worry about the production’s violent themes because outside of the U.S., mass shootings are uncommon.

“I didn’t think about it until I was on set, which is maybe slightly a bad thing to say,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “This film is made by Jason; he’s from New Zealand. Samara’s from Australia. I’m from the U.K., and this was before the mosque shooting in New Zealand as well.”

The Christchurch, New Zealand shooting in March 2019 left 51 dead after a gunman opened fire on a mosque.

But Radcliffe insists that since gun violence isn’t as prevalent in Britain, or Weaving and Howden’s native countries, the project is unlikely to inspire shooting incidents.

“All of us are from countries where it was not present enough in any of our minds,” the 30-year-old commented. “Nobody’s going to copycat this in England.”

Radcliffe also noted that many of the key scenes do not feature guns.

“Look, there are some incredibly cool action sequences in it and fight sequences, some of which involve guns, but actually not all of them do,” he added. “I very much want to emphasise that nobody should be taking their moral compass from this film. It’s just a fun, crazy action movie.

“Maybe I should have thought about it more, but then you can get into a larger conversation about culture informing art and all that stuff.”

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Guns Akimbo release to go ahead following director’s controversial tweets

Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie Guns Akimbo will still be released on Friday despite director Jason Lei Howden getting involved in a Twitter scandal. The future of film, which stars the Harry Potter actor as a video game developer who inadvertently becom…

Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie Guns Akimbo will still be released on Friday despite director Jason Lei Howden getting involved in a Twitter scandal.

The future of film, which stars the Harry Potter actor as a video game developer who inadvertently becomes the next participant in a real-life death match that streams online, was cast into doubt when Howden got caught up in a Twitter scandal in which he allegedly targeted film critics of colour who he accused of cyberbullying.

However, representatives at film distributor Saban Films have issued a statement declaring that the movie will still be released in U.S. cinemas on Friday despite the controversy.

“We are releasing Guns Akimbo this Friday, February 28,” they told IndieWire on Monday. “While we do not condone, agree or share Mr. Howden’s online behaviour, which is upsetting and disturbing, we are supportive of the film and all the hard work and dedication that has gone into making Guns Akimbo.”

The controversy started earlier this month when film journalist Dilara Elbir came under fire for using a racial epithet in a private Twitter message. She subsequently posted an apology video which implied a suicide attempt.

Howden then targeted specific writers, particularly women of colour, and accused them of cyberbullying. For example, he tweeted to writer Valerie Complex, “You bullied a woman until she tried to commit suicide, I hope no film site ever works with you again.”

He later posted a picture of Complex and another female journalist and tweeted, “These toxic, disgusting ‘film writers’ bullied Dilara Elbir from Much Ado About Cinema until she attempted suicide Remember their names.”

His Twitter account has since been taken down. However, he has been accused of using the official Guns Akimbo Twitter account to continue tweeting the writers.

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Daniel Radcliffe has no desire to star in any Hollywood remakes

Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no interest in starring in any Hollywood remakes. The British actor shot to fame playing the eponymous boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, and spent the next 10 years making the movies a…

Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no interest in starring in any Hollywood remakes. 

The British actor shot to fame playing the eponymous boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, and spent the next 10 years making the movies adapted from J.K. Rowling’s books alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 

Radcliffe has steered clear of big-budget movie franchises since wrapping his last outing as the wizard in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011, and in a new interview with Yahoo!, explained that he isn’t a fan of film reboots, with the likes of It, Charlie’s Angels, The Craft, and Dune currently being rehashed for a new generation of cinemagoers.

“Most of the films that I love, I don’t think I would want to see remade. And I certainly don’t think that I would want to be in the remakes of them,” he shared. 

In recent years, Radcliffe has favoured roles in independent films, including Swiss Army Man and What If. 

Elsewhere in the interview, the star also touched upon the huge response to him making a joke about playing Wolverine after Hugh Jackman hung up his mutant claws in 2017’s Logan. 

“There’s going to be a new Wolverine movie, in which it starts off with Hugh Jackman being put into a hot wash. And then when he comes out, it’s me. So yes, I’m very happy to announce that here,” he said in an interview with Wired earlier this year. 

However, he told Yahoo! that his joke backfired, especially when people began to believe he would be playing the iconic Marvel mutant.  

“I got on to set on this next job in Australia and they were like, ‘You’re playing Wolverine, that’s awesome, man!’ I was like no, no that was a joke!” the 30-year-old laughed.

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Daniel Radcliffe ranks Swiss Army Man as hardest film role to date

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Wo…

Daniel Radcliffe put his trust in the Swiss Army Man directors when he signed on to play a dead body.

The English actor has managed to shake off his Harry Potter tag over the past eight years, starring in a diverse line-up of films such as horror The Woman in Black, crime drama Imperium and offbeat fantasy Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In it he played corpse Manny, opposite Paul Dano as a man stranded on a deserted island who befriends his character.

“I did a Broadway musical for 11 months once and honestly, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on. Doing a musical eight times a week, that was a real physical challenge,” he told StarLifestyle when asked to name his most challenging role.

“In terms of acting and the performance side of things, Swiss Army Man is probably up there just because there’s nothing you can base that on. Every role I’ve ever done, I could prepare for it. That one I didn’t know what to do for preparation, so I went out there and just trusted the directors knew what they wanted, and they did.”

The 29-year-old also touched upon why he hasn’t appeared in any blockbusters since the final Harry Potter wrapped in 2011.

Admitting it’s not a deliberate decision, Daniel explained that he simply says yes to projects where he likes the script.

“It’s hard to get anyone to spend money on (scripts that are) too big of a risk. A lot of the big studios, I find the scripts are not as challenging or weird or interesting as the stuff they make in the indie world or even in the TV world,” he said. “So the things that I gravitate to, so far they just happen to be in the indie world.”

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Daniel Radcliffe: ‘I’m not the last Harry Potter’

Daniel Radcliffe is certain he won’t be the last actor to play Harry Potter on the big screen.The 29-year-old starred as the boy wizard in eight movies based on J.K. Rowling’s world-famous books, with the franchise coming to an end with Harry Potter an…

Daniel Radcliffe is certain he won’t be the last actor to play Harry Potter on the big screen.

The 29-year-old starred as the boy wizard in eight movies based on J.K. Rowling’s world-famous books, with the franchise coming to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

The interest in the stories hasn’t waned though – with play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child still a sell out in England, America, Australia and Germany.

And reflecting on the current trend for rebooting classic movies, Daniel told IGN that he believes it’s just a matter of time before someone tries a new take on the tales.

“I’m sure there will be some other version of it; I know I’m not the last Harry Potter I’m gonna see in my lifetime – we’ve already got a few more,” he said, referencing Jamie Parker and Gareth Reeves playing Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

“It will be interesting to see how long those films stay… it feels like there’s a sacredness around them at the moment, but that’ll go, the shine will wear off at some point. It’ll be interesting if they reboot them and just do the films again or do a series; I’m fascinated to watch.”

Since starring in the Harry Potter movies, Daniel has gone on to appear in films such as Swiss Army Man and Jungle.

But while he continues to book work long after his wand-waving days, the actor is well aware that some directors may be hesitant to cast him because of his links to the Potter franchise.

“Any project that the script is good for, I would be into,” he explained. “I can completely understand why some directors would be hesitant about putting me into a franchise because I have a lot of baggage from another franchise, so I can see why that would make people not want to do that necessarily. But I would be very happy to.”

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Daniel Radcliffe cameo plans cut from Lego Movie sequel

The Lego Movie 2 director nixed a cameo by Daniel Radcliffe in his new animated sequel, because he didn’t want to upset the legions of Harry Potter fans. Radcliffe was game to voice the character Gary Potter – Harry’s cousin – in the new film, but Mik…

The Lego Movie 2 director nixed a cameo by Daniel Radcliffe in his new animated sequel, because he didn’t want to upset the legions of Harry Potter fans.

Radcliffe was game to voice the character Gary Potter – Harry’s cousin – in the new film, but Mike Mitchell decided it would be a bad idea to poke fun at the boy wizard.

“Gary was an unlicensed character. He didn’t make it in,” the filmmaker explained to Entertainment Tonight. “We were definitely going to go out to Daniel, and he was game, but unfortunately his character got cut.

“I don’t remember why it happened. I think it was because we didn’t want to upset any Harry Potter fans. They have such a following, so we decided to upset the Mary Poppins fans (instead). We just made Larry Poppins.”

There are still plenty of voice cameos in the film, popping up alongside stars Chris Pratt and Tiffany Haddish – Jason Momoa and Gal Gagot represent their superhero characters Aquaman and Wonder Woman and even top U.S. judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows up.

“We just decided, ‘Who would be not only the strangest person to invite to the wedding (scene), but a really fun person to add to the wedding?'” Mitchell said, “We’re like, ‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why not?'”

Bruce Willis also appears in the sequel: “I thought that was pretty great, that he was willing to poke fun at himself,” the director added.

And Momoa was on board before he was even invited to be part of the Lego Movie sequel: “Jason Momoa was ready to go before we were even ready to go,” Mitchell laughed.

“Just to dip our toe in the water, we did a little Comic-Con piece… and Jason made an appearance just because it was going to be shown at Comic-Con. So Jason came in and right away just started embracing that character as crazy as he is. He kind of created that character, and we’re like, ‘That was so great, let’s pull that into the movie’.”

The new Lego Movie opens in theatres next month (Feb19).

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David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe among The Weinstein Company creditors

Late rocker David Bowie and actors Daniel Radcliffe and Keira Knightley are among those owed money by The Weinstein Company bosses after filing for bankruptcy protection. Executives at the production firm listed all of their creditors in court papers …

Late rocker David Bowie and actors Daniel Radcliffe and Keira Knightley are among those owed money by The Weinstein Company bosses after filing for bankruptcy protection.

Executives at the production firm listed all of their creditors in court papers filed on Monday (19Mar18), after months of trying to secure a new buyer or investor to save TWC following the downfall of its co-founder and co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced producer was fired from the board in October (17) after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The documents, obtained by TheWrap.com, reveal officials have yet to pay actors like Radcliffe, Knightley, Pierce Brosnan, Seth Rogen, Alexis Bledel, B.J. Novak, Geoffrey Rush, and Aziz Ansari for various work, as well as directors such as Michael Bay, Tom Hooper, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino.

Other notable mentions include musician David Bowie, who died in 2016, and late horror master Wes Craven, whose classic movie Scream was distributed by Dimension Films, an offshoot of TWC, which was founded by Harvey’s brother, Bob Weinstein.

Meanwhile, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter Malia Obama, who interned at TWC early last year (17), before the sexual harassment and abuse scandal broke in October (17), has a claim for unpaid cash too.

The lengthy list of creditors, which runs for 394 pages, also features unpaid bills for the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the same hotel where a number of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, including Ashley Judd, claim to have experienced his inappropriate behaviour over the years.

The news of the TWC bankruptcy filing emerged as executives announced they had struck a deal with financiers at an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners, who had agreed to buy the company once it had been approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court officials in Delaware.

They also agreed to release all victims of, or witnesses to, alleged sexual misconduct from non-disclosure agreements which had previously prevented them from speaking out.

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