December Boys Presscall with Daniel Radcliffe for HP Fansites
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December Boys, NYC Junket with Daniel Radcliffe and Rod Hardy

by ClaireJul 10, 2008

Press: “In this film it’s a little bit more sexy. How did you approach that and how was that for you?”

Daniel: “In terms of the Harry Potter kiss it really sorted out the journalists last time. You could tell who had done their research cause the ones that said this is your first screen kiss in Harry Potter 5 had no idea that in December Boys I had kissed Teresa Palmer. I was actually very pleased that it was Teresa because she’s… in a way the dynamic of the characters in that film reflect how we were as actors on that day. Her character in the film, shall we say, is worldly, and Maps is sort of very nervous and fumbly and clumsy. Teresa, having done a few of those scenes in the past, and me never having done any, she was sort of guiding me through it as she does with Maps.”

Rod: “And by the way that scene was shot at about 3 o’clock in the morning too.”

Daniel: “Yeah, it was a very long day. We did all the cave stuff in one day. We started the cave stuff at about 4 in the afternoon and finished it about 4 a.m. ”

Press: “You mentioned you’re 18 now and you grew up doing the Harry Potter things. It seems like all 3 of you were very protected from the media, from being exploited or something. Now that you’re 18…”

Daniel: “I’m being exploited all the time.” (huge laughter)

Press: “Are you finding the media more interested in your private life or are you finding nothing’s changed really?”

Daniel: “To be honest, I’ve not been 18 for long, so I think we probably need to give it more time before we can gauge that situation. I don’t know if anything will change. I hope not, but I accept that it probably will a bit. I don’t know to be honest. We’ll see.”

Press: “Is there anything you would change if you do Equus on Broadway in the way you performed the character in any aspect in the West End?”

Daniel: “That’s a question that hasn’t come up yet. I haven’t… my mind hasn’t been on Alan Strang for a few months now. Probably close to the time when I need to revisit the play, I’m sure there will be differences, like when we were doing it in the West End it changed almost every night.”

Press: “And How do you feel about Harry Potter now that you can see that this is going to be the last two?”

Daniel: “Weird. It’s going to be very strange, I think, personally. But it’s exciting. I just don’t know how I’ll feel when they stop. It’ll be sad, but it’ll be good.”

Press: “You’re still sort of a boy at heart. Is Daniel Radcliffe grown up now, or are there still boyish pursuits he’d still like to enjoy?”

Daniel: “You mean like Monopoly? To be honest I don’t think I’ll ever properly grow up. I don’t think anybody does really. Everyone is still very young at heart. I know I certainly am. I don’t think I’ve changed all that much. It wasn’t like I suddenly hit 18 and started buying the Financial Times.”

Rod: “He’s always got a deck of cards somewhere in his hands.”

Daniel: “Yeah, exactly.”

Rod: “Now the next thing is whether he becomes a gambler or just a magician cause he loves to be a magician.”

Daniel: “Yeah, I do a lot of card tricks as well, which is a sign of youth, I hope.”

Daniel: “I think one of the things that’s great about this film is that, in an age where almost every film that’s made is either, from the way it’s made or from the script, it’s sort of from the beginning, targeting a demographic. Cause that’s the way things work along that road, and this film isn’t. It’s just telling a story. And there are bits in there that young kids will enjoy, and there are bits in there that people my age or older will relate to and love. We told all aspects of the story, and just balanced it out, and we haven’t tried to angle it towards any particular way of telling it.”

Press: “Daniel, the parts that you’ve played so far, outside of the Harry Potter universe, what kind of sexuality in some aspect your characters are discovering their sensuality. I’m curious if you’ve ever considered playing gay character from the aspect of being an actor.”

Daniel: “I’d never play a gay character just for the sake of playing a gay character. If the script was good, and it was a good gay character then, I’m 18, and so the parts I’m going to be getting will be open for around that age range. And around that age range is when people are exploring sexuality, so those are the parts I think I will be involved in.”

Press: “What do you think you learned from your character?”

Daniel: “Sorry, what Maps taught me about myself?”

Press: “Yes”

Daniel: “We talked about a lot very early on and I’ve got quite an enthusiasm for life and in some ways I’m quite excitable in conversation. And Maps is not that. He’s totally the opposite.”

Rod: “Somebody asked me today what was the advice I could remember I gave to Daniel. And there was really only one, and I gave it to him about 6 months before we filmed the piece, and that was that Daniel is a person in a way, and I say this as, and absolutely meant it as a compliment completely, who has his heart is on his sleeve. There’s an honesty and a truthfulness, and an enthusiasm for everything. But the character of Maps is like some poor little dog that’s been kicked a few too many times and responds accordingly. So Daniel took that away with him and took that to some of the darkest music you could ever imagine and listened to the lyrics and certainly sent me a CD of this dark lyric music, and I realized we were on the right path cause I wanted to scratch my wrist up.”

Press: “What was the CD?”

Daniel: “It was a lot of Elliot Smith and Willy Mason.”

Rod: “It’s eerie, eerie stuff.”

Daniel: “It was quite dark, Radiohead, Nine Black Alps, quite heavy stuff.”

Press: “Was this a pursuit for you to get Daniel in the movie? When you said 6 months before, was it because the Harry Potter shooting schedule maybe determined when he could do anything else.”

Rod: “The planets lined up completely. At the end of the day, the thought of Daniel… You’re doing an Australian film, the budgets aren’t always the biggest thing in the world, and for someone to say ‘how would you feel about having Daniel Radcliffe in your film’; which were exactly the words his agent said to me… I immediately jumped at it and said YES. And it just so happened at that time Daniel was looking for material as a Potter picture was coming to a close and there was some gap between the next one being made. So I was very fortunate that the planets lined up and we had the opportunity to work together.”

Press: “Did you feel the opportunity to nurture the inexperienced cast of December Boys?”

Daniel: “No, not really. I did feel slightly parental, older brother-type thing. When I was 12 and on a film set, I was having a great time, and I wanted these kids to have a great time. One of the ways of doing that, in order to have a really great time on the set, you have to work hard. Because if you don’t work hard, you’re just messing around, then the atmosphere on the set becomes incredibly tense. I always think it’s a bad sign when you look around the corner and see a director by the monitor like this (pantomimes something) as I did on one particularly long tense day. And so you know, the great thing about it is, there are some people and some kids at 12 you can talk and talk and talk to them and it wouldn’t get through. Where as these three kids, they did actually listen. So if you did say to them, ‘look guys it’s 1 a.m., we need to go home in a bit and we really need to concentrate now’. They would just do it.”

Press: “What did you make of Australia?”

Daniel: “Well I’ve been to Australia about 5 or 6 times and I just love it there. I remember we arrived at the remarkable rocks on KI, on Kangaroo Island, and they are amazing. They are these incredible formations. And I thought, why don’t they use these for films more often.”

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