Daniel Radcliffe has made an emotional confession about his David Holmes stunt double, saying he was “very protective” of it and didn’t sit down to “talk” about the incident until the documentary was filmed.
Speaking exclusively at the premiere of new Sky film David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, Daniel revealed that he had not “processed properly” what happened when he was “so young”.
While rehearsing for a stunt during the seventh Harry Potter film, David broke his neck in an accident and was left paralyzed for life.
Speaking about working on the documentary, Daniel shared with Express.co.uk and other press: “We realized during filming that myself, Dave, Marc [Mailley] and Tolga didn’t sit down in a room together and talk about this.
“Through no one’s fault – we were all just young and did not know how to process these things.”
Daniel and his fellow stuntmen came together to support David and his family after the incident in January 2009.
It wasn’t until 14 years later that they came together to tell David’s story through personal footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips.
“I found him very protective [David],” said Daniel. “At the premiere in New York, I said ‘I’ve done a lot of things and I don’t care about myself in them at all.’
“So I was like, ‘No, get away from Dave!'”
The film, directed by Dan Hartley, firmly shows that David and Daniel were close friends on the Harry Potter series.
So much so, that when he heard about the accident Daniel flew out of New York as soon as possible.
Despite his horrific injuries, David decided not to pursue legal action and did not feel the need to blame anyone.
In the film, he said: “I was like, ‘What are people really going to change? You’re paralyzed. You’re not going to fix it.’
However, during an interview, Harry Potter stunt coordinator Greg Powell said that he bears some of the guilt for what happened.
“I still blame myself, because I was there,” he says in the documentary.
David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived premieres Wednesday, November 15, on HBO. It will also be available to stream on Max.
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