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Radcliffe teams up with injured stunt double for TV documentary

two separate photos showing Daniel Radcliffe with David holmes

You probably have no clue who David Holmes is, but we are pretty sure you have seen him on screen and he’s about to become the star of a new TV documentary.

Holmes was Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in all but the final two Harry Potter movies, but his career was cut short on set of the penultimate film.

The stuntman broke his neck on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 2010 leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

A new film, David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, puts Radcliffe’s stunt double in the limelight with the film star coming out in support of his friend.

The movie’s official logline reads: the “film is a coming-of-age story of stuntman David Holmes, a prodigious teenage gymnast from Essex, England, who is selected to play Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the first Harry Potter film, when Daniel is just 11,

“Over the next 10 years, the two form an inextricable bond, but on the penultimate film a tragic accident on set leaves David paralysed with a debilitating spinal injury, turning his world upside down. As Daniel and his closest stunt colleagues rally to support David and his family in their moment of need, it is David’s extraordinary spirit of resilience that becomes their greatest source of strength and inspiration.”

HBO, who are behind the documentary, said the movie features “candid personal footage shot over the last decade, behind-the-scenes material from Holmes’ stunt work, scenes of his current life and intimate interviews with David, Radcliffe, friends, family, and former crew,”  The network adds, “the film also reflects universal themes of living with adversity, growing up, forging identities in an uncertain world, and the bonds that bind us together and lift us up.”

British filmmaker Dan Hartley directed the documentary a few years after launching the Cunning Stunts podcast with Radcliffe in 2020.

“I think there’s a myth around stuntmen that they are just superhuman in some way,” Radcliffe said at the time.

“When the public sees 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.

[ David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived is available on Sky Documentaries and NOW from 18th November ]

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