Daniel Radcliffe attends “Horns” press conference at SDCC
Daniel Radcliffe appeared at SDCC today to discuss his upcoming film Horns, set to be released on October 31 and based on the novel by Joe Hill. MuggleNet was there, and we’ve got the full report for you!
Dan portrays Ig Perrish, who awakens one morning after the brutal murder of his girlfriend Merrin to find that he has horns growing from his head. Ig soon discovers that these horns give him supernatural abilities, and since Ig is suspected of committing Merrin’s murder, he sets out to find her true killer.
MuggleNet’s own Sierra Davenport attended this afternoon’s press conference, where she had the chance to ask a question of Dan, author Joe Hill, and director Alexandre Aja:
SD: The film is a fine balance between the darkness of Ig’s new demonic persona and also his attempt to prove his innocence. From each of your three perspectives, having had a different hand in the film, how did you try to balance between those two, or how did you want to upset that balance?
JH: I think the story is less about a murder mystery, less of a whodunit, and more of a thought problem. What would it be like to know the worst in the people you love? To be faced with their worst – their worst secrets, their ugliest secrets and temptations – what would that do to you? Could you hold on to your decency? Could you still love them? And in the course of the story, Ig suffers a lot from the things he learns about the people around him. He endures a lot of punishment. But I do think decency is resilient. Even though the film and the story take us to some pretty dark places, I do think there’s a suggestion there that you can love people even when you know their worst, and maybe not in spite of, but because of. Because of their flaws. So I think that’s sort of hopeful.
AA: Yeah, you were talking about the demonic new personality, but he is in fact not changing himself. He is physically transforming into the devil, but he’s the only character that stays himself through the whole movie, and that’s very interesting because it’s the world around him that turns into hell, and not himself. And that’s really about that trip through the fire that I think is really interesting for the character.
DR: I totally agree with everything that’s been said. For me, there is always something more interesting about a part that is multifaceted and has a dark side, and it’s more true to life, even in this very heightened world that we’re in in the film. He’s a true antihero, and he is absolutely good, and you should root for him, and you should be with him all the way, but that’s not to say he doesn’t do some questionable things, but even he questions them. It’s not without consequence. And as he says, he learns from that so that he can be, in some sense, redeemed by the end.
JH: I just want to throw out there that one thing that you see in a lot of film today is movies and stories that really only take you to one place, that do just one thing. Horror movies that are just scary and action films that are only about buildings exploding. It’s interesting to me that in the course of the novel Ig experiences a lot emotionally – grief, rage, despair, delight, madness – and the film took him to all those places and refused to stay in one box. And the other thing I’d say that’s kind of amazing is that Ig covers this huge emotional landscape in the course of the book, and Dan went to all those places in the course of his performance and made it look easy. I always think whenever you see an artist do something difficult and make it look effortless, you’re seeing the result of someone who’s worked very, very hard – harder than the people around him. So I count us as very lucky that Dan decided he wanted to take on the part. It’s a big reason why the film is successful.
You can listen to the entire press conference below:
A number of stills and new posters for Horns were also released. You can view them in the gallery below:
And be sure to read Sierra’s full report below!