BBC Media Centre has released an interview with Dan ahead of the premiere of The Gamechangers on BBC2. Read some highlights below, and head to the source for the full interview.
On making the decision to join the project:
When I was growing up there was more of a division between film and television. Now, that’s gone out of the window entirely but regardless, I’ve always believed that a good script is a good script and I’ve never wanted to limit myself to one medium because of a misplaced sense of what I should be doing. That’s how you miss out. Particularly in the current climate where it’s really hard to get films made.
Owen (the director) and I were saying that one of the most attractive things about The Gamechangers, other than that it was a great script and a chance to do something that we really loved, was that it was
definitely happening. That is something that you can’t really say for many films ever. The Gamechangers was kind of the reverse as it was so fast as to be frightening! So it was bit of an adjustment from the
usual way of thinking about doing a film in six months’ time and start preparing. This was great, it was there, it was happening and had this fantastic script.
Talking about stunt work:
I did one really cool stunt where I got to walk out in the middle of the street. Cars screeched to a halt either side of me and then another car was speeding straight towards me. I had to watch it speed right up to me and just hoped that it stopped in time!!
I can’t say too much as it’s the last scene of the film but there was an awkward moment because I got so in to it. We rehearsed the stunt during the day when we went for a take later on, I assumed it was the
same stuntman (as both were bald!) but after the take, he seemed a bit shaken so I asked him if he was OK and he said “No mate, can you actually not throw me?” Then I realised it was a totally different stuntman who had no idea of what I was about to do!
On creating the character of Sam Houser:
I read a lot, though I feel that the Housers will be pleased about how difficult they are to research! There’s not much info out there about them; there’s precious little video footage of Sam and there’s a little bit more of Dan talking.
So the two clips I found I really latched on to. I found myself thinking that we’re not that dissimilar – not in terms necessarily of how we interact with people, but how we are. I saw someone who talks pretty quickly, very specifically with a lot of energy and gesticulation and not that different from me in that way.
We’re from very similar backgrounds – he grew up one postcode away and also has one parent who is an actor, and grew up around the entertainment industry. Our schools played each other at football – that’s how close we were. In New York, we live in a very similar area so I’ve since been walking around feeling like I going to bump into him and if I see him I won’t be able to resist saying hello! I’m coming at this film as someone who loved the games and who thinks they’re really cool.
A written introduction by the writer, James Wood, has also been released, and he had this to say about working with Dan:
We’ve been incredibly lucky to have Dan Radcliffe play Sam Houser. He’s perfectly caught Sam’s mixture of drive and wit and obsession. I genuinely think it’s his best performance in a film.
The Gamechangers airs Tuesday 15th September at 21:00, on BBC 2.