Daniel Radcliffe’s sad admission about Harry Potter stuntman paralysed on set

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Daniel Radcliffe made an emotional confession about his stunt double David Holmes, saying that he was “very protective” of him and that he hadn’t sat down to “talk” about the incident until filming the documentary.

Speaking exclusively at the premiere of the new Sky film, David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, Daniel revealed that he hadn’t properly “processed” what had happened as 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 paralysed for life.

Speaking about working on the documentary, Daniel shared to Express.co.uk and other press: “We realised during filming that myself, Dave, Marc [Mailley] and Tolga never actually sat down in a room together and talked about this.

“Through nobody’s fault – we were all just young and didn’t know how to process these things.”

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Daniel and his closest stunt colleagues rallied to support David and his family after the incident in January 2009.

It wasn’t until 14 years later they came together to tell David’s story through personal footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips.

“I did find myself getting very protective of him [David],” added Daniel. “At the New York premiere, I said ‘I’ve done those things a lot and I don’t care about myself at all in them.’

“So I was like, ‘No, get away from Dave!'”

The film, which is directed by Dan Hartley, firmly establishes that David and Daniel were close friends on the Harry Potter set.

So much so, that when he heard of the accident Daniel flew out from New York as soon as possible.

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Despite his horrific injury, David decided not to pursue legal action and didn’t feel the need to blame anyone.

In the film, he said: “I was like, ‘What is people getting sacked really going to change? You’re paralysed. You’re not going to get fixed.”

However, during an interview, the Harry Potter stunt coordinator Greg Powell said he carries 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 premiered on Wednesday, November 15, on HBO. It will also be available to stream on Max.

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