HALEY JOEL OSMENT AT WITCH SCHOOL?
After 8 feature films and 10 years of magic in cinema, it’s hard to imagine an actor other than Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Harry Potter. And yet, before the first two parts of the saga are entrusted to Chris Columbus, it is the young actor of Sixth Sense who was approached to play the famous wizard under the leadership of … Steven Spielberg. The director of Jurassic Park had also initially intended to combine several volumes of the literary saga to make an animated film before dropping the project to devote himself to another feature film (much darker): AI Artificial Intelligence, always with Haley Joel Osment. The latter was therefore replaced by Daniel Radcliffe: a British actor, as JK Rowling wished.
GLASSES AND SCARS
On the entire Harry Potter saga, Daniel radcliffe will have used about sixty pairs of glasses, and about 5,800 scars will have been applied to his forehead as well as to those of his linings. In order to create the most realistic brand possible – which JK Rowling had to describe in more detail to the director because the first literary works lacked precise details on this subject – special models were first attached to the front of the actor, and the scar was then drawn over it, as if on some kind of stencil.
During the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, fourth installment in the magical saga directed by Mike Newell, Daniel radcliffe had to overcome several challenges (like his character who found himself facing the trials of the Triwizard Tournament). One of the most complicated sequences to shoot was undoubtedly that of the Black Lake. For the needs of the stage, an artificial pool was thus completely built to accommodate the actors and film crews. Daniel Radcliffe had to evolve 6 meters deep, in the dark, and pretend to fight against imaginary creatures that would later be added in post-production. All without letting any air bubble escape in order to match the fact that Harry is equipped with gills during this ordeal. In all, the young actor had to spend 41 hours and 38 minutes underwater in just 3 weeks. Another challenge (certainly much less demanding but noticeable all the same): the sequence of the ball for which, due to a very busy schedule, Daniel Radcliffe was only entitled to 4 days of preparation, against 3 weeks for the other actors.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the return to Hogwarts has a bittersweet taste for the young wizard, who recently witnessed the death of Cedric Diggory, killed at the hand of Voldemort, resisting once again the dark mage and illustrating himself more than ever as “the boy who survived”. To succeed in transmitting this complex state of mind and this feeling of guilt in his acting, Daniel radcliffe made several visits to a psychologist prior to the shoot in order to better understand what is called “survivor syndrome”. In the same logic, before the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (third opus of the saga), the director Alfonso Cuarón had asked the three main actors to each write a text to describe their point of view on their character. Daniel Radcliffe thus completed a page, while Emma Watson returned a 16-page assignment! Rupert Grint, meanwhile, preferred to do without exercise.
DIVIDED BY 7
As we know, the number 7 is of particular importance in the Harry Potter saga. In addition to the fact that young wizards spend 7 years on the school benches, that a Quidditch team has 7 players or that there are 7 children in the Weasley family, Daniel radcliffe had to play 7 different characters in the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows released in 2011. In the first sequence of the film, he leaves the house of his uncle and his aunt, accompanied by Fred, George, Mondingus Fletcher, Nymphadora Tonks, Ron and Hermione. As many characters that the actor had to embody himself, given that to cover their tracks, they had all ingested Polynectar, thus taking on the features of Harry. For his penultimate film in the magic saga, the time of a sequence, Daniel Radcliffe was able to play 7 roles for the price of one.
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