The Gamechangers interview

The BBC have released a short interview with Dan ahead of tomorrow’s premiere of The Gamechangers. In the video, Dan talks a little bit about the TV film and his character Sam Houser. We also get to see a few brand new clips from the drama which airs tomorrow on BBC Two at 9pm.

And another gentle reminder:

The Gamechangers

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BBC Media “The Gamechangers” interview

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.

First trailer for The Gamechangers

The BBC have released a first-look trailer at The Gamechangers, a 90 minute drama starring Dan as Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as Jack Thompson, a lawyer from Florida who fights the game makers due to it’s violent nature.

The Gamechangers airs on BBC Two in the UK on 15 September 2015 at 9pm, make sure to tune in!

First Look at Dan in Game Changer!

Edge magazine have a first look at Dan in Game Changer.There is also a small accompanying interview with Dan, where he discusses playing Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser for the drama which also features Bill Paxton.

Take a look at the scans below for the picture and interview.

Game Changer is due to air this September on BBC Two. As soon as we know the date and time, we’ll let you know!

On set pictures of Dan filming Game Changer

Entertainment site Channel 24 has photos and a report on the filming of Game Changer, which is currently shooting in Cape Town (standing in for New York).

Dan, in costume as Rockstar’s CEO Sam Houser, can be seen chatting to crew members on the set of the BBC2 production, which is set to air this coming September.

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Channel 24 also reported that Dan was involved in filming a scene where Houser has to elbow his way through a group of people protesting (presumably outside Rockstar Game’s New York HQ). You can read the full report here.

Dan to possibly star in “Grand Theft Auto”

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan is currently in talks to star as Sam Houser in the BBC Films production Grand Theft Auto (a.k.a Gamechanger, a.k.a Rockstar Games), based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto  by David Kushner. Filming is due to start 20th April, from a script written by James Wood, with Owen Harris directing.

Houser, producer and eventually creator of the video game series Grand Theft Auto, found himself targeted by Jack Thompson, a “moral activist” who spent his time attacking companies he deemed to be promoting violence and sex. The film will show how Thompson took on Rockstar Games, determined to bring them down, but was ultimately unable to stop the game achieving the most successful entertainment product launch ever, despite the controversy surrounding the game.

At the moment, it’s not entirely clear whether Grand Theft Auto will be a cinema release or a television production; as of 12th March, it was planned to be a 90 minute BBC 2 drama airing this September to tie in with the BBC Make it Digital initiative, which aims to inspire the next generation to get creative with coding, programming, and technology.

Polygon posted the following synopsis:

Grand Theft Auto (BBC Two)
This special 90-minute drama will tell the story of arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park — the triumph of the computer game Grand Theft Auto.

Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley – it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration —GTA:V — earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.
Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.

Casting for the role of Jack Thompson is currently under-way. We’ll keep you posted!