David Holmes was Harry Potter’s stunt double for 7 movies. Then something went wrong.

It comes a couple of years after Radcliffe and Holmes launched Cunning Stunts, a podcast series having conversations with the UK stunt community.

“I think there’s a myth around stuntmen that they are just superhuman in some way,” Radcliffe said in an interview with Deadline. 

“When the public see something really painful or horrible, they think it was a visual effect or that there’s some clever, safe way of doing it. Often that’s not the case.”

“There’s no way of faking, for example, falling down the stairs. When you get hit by a car, you’re still getting hit by a car, even if it’s going slower than it would. They find the safest way of doing it, but it can still hurt.”

The pair also discussed the need for recognition in the stunt community by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“I literally broke my neck because people sit in front of a screen and want to go, ‘that was a good stunt’.” Holmes said in the same Deadline interview. 

“We risk our lives for the sake of entertainment, so it’s a bit ridiculous when all other departments get recognised and we don’t.”

This post was originally published on March 19, 2018 and has been updated.

Feature Image: Warner Brothers + Instagram.

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