Daniel Radcliffe Is Producing A Documentary On His Harry Potter Stunt Double Who Became Paralysed On Set
By Kelsey Nagel
Daniel Radcliffe, known for his iconic role as Harry Potter, steps into a new role as executive producer for the upcoming documentary “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived.” The documentary focuses on David Holmes, a former stunt double for Radcliffe, who suffered a life-altering accident while filming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”
During a stunt intended to send Harry Potter flying, an explosion went awry, leaving Holmes paralyzed from the chest down. The documentary offers a personal look at Holmes’ journey, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of his stunt work and glimpses into his current life. Radcliffe, who shares a profound bond with Holmes, provides insights and perspectives.
The documentary’s synopsis captures its essence: “The film tells the story of David Holmes, a gymnast from Essex chosen as Radcliffe’s stunt double at age 11. A tragic accident during the penultimate film left Holmes paralyzed. As Radcliffe and the stunt team support Holmes and his family, it’s Holmes’ resilience that becomes a profound source of inspiration.”
More than a decade after the accident, Holmes maintains a close relationship with the Harry Potter cast, particularly Radcliffe, who emphasizes the importance of Holmes in his life.
“I’ve got a relationship that goes back many, many years with Dave,” Radcliffe told The Mirror in 2021.
“And I would hate for people to just see me and Dan and go, ‘Oh, there’s Daniel Radcliffe with a person in a wheelchair’ – because I would never, even for a moment, want them to assume that Dave was anything except for an incredibly important person in my life.”
“David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” is a compelling and emotional documentary that delves into friendship, resilience, and the unbreakable bonds that transcend adversity. With Radcliffe as the executive producer and a central figure, it promises to be a touching and heartwarming story that resonates with many.
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