Former Hollywood stuntman David Holmes is reflecting on “the perfect job on the earth” within the forthcoming documentary The Boy Who Lived.
“You’re consistently being examined — risking all of it,” Holmes stated within the HBO movie’s trailer, launched on Wednesday, November 1. “I used to fly. Nothing’s prefer it man.”
Holmes was Daniel Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) stunt double for nearly the entire Harry Potter films, till an accident on set of of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Half 1 in 2009 left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“I knew I used to be going to be a stuntman,” Holmes stated. “Then I received the perfect job on the earth, lead stunt double for Daniel within the Potter movies.”
Radcliffe, 34, referred to Holmes as “a cool older brother” on the film’s set. “He would do probably the most harmful bodily stuff,” the actor — who’s the chief producer of The Boy Who Lived — recalled.
Radcliffe stated it was “unfair” what Holmes needed to undergo, reflecting on the accident that precipitated the stuntman to interrupt his neck. Earlier than the incident, Holmes stated his life was about being “cool,” however now he spends extra time being “current.”
“This horrible factor occurred to Dave, however I don’t wish to discuss as if his life is a tragedy,” Radcliffe added. “The was life has affected the lives of individuals round him means it’s the furthest factor from that conceivable.”
Within the years following Holmes’ accident, the Harry Potter forged arrange an “annual Slytherin vs. Gryffindor cricket match to lift cash for the Royal Nationwide Orthopedic Hospital, the place he was handled,” Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) wrote in his Past the Wand memoir, which was launched in October 2022.
Just like Radcliffe, Felton additionally struck up an in depth friendship with Holmes on the Harry Potter set.
“Holmesey was Daniel’s stunt double from the start and likewise mine from the second movie onwards. Given the assorted escapades of Harry and Draco, it meant he was saved very busy,” Felton wrote. “In the course of the filming of Deathly Hallows it was introduced house to us all that stunt work isn’t an exercise to be approached naively.”
Felton recalled the day of Holmes’ accident, explaining that they had been “rehearsing with a stunt that concerned him flying by means of the air and hitting a wall.” Whereas he was sporting a harness, “one thing went incorrect.”
Holmes knew “instantly” that one thing had gone incorrect after he “hit the wall far more durable than he ought to have,” per Felton. The previous stuntman was rushed to the hospital the place it was decided that he can be paralyzed for the remainder of his life with “restricted use of his arms.”
Felton referred to Holmes as “the bravest, most strong-willed particular person” he’s ever met, calling the previous stuntman — who has since opened his personal manufacturing firm — a “beacon of sunshine.”
David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived premieres on Max Wednesday, November 15.