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THE MOVIE: December Boys

THE STARS:
Daniel Radcliffe • Lee Cormie • Teresa Palmer
DIRECTOR: Rod Hardy

Christian Byers as Spark, Daniel Radcliffe as Maps and Lee Cormie as Misty THE CONCEPT:
The story of four orphan boys being brought up in a Catholic convent in the Australian Outback during the 1960s. While on a holiday at the seaside, they meet a couple who long for a child, and competing to be the most adoptable strains their friendship, ultimately teaching them the true meaning of family and love.

U.S. RELEASE: September 14 2007, Limited
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Maps):
Daniel Radcliffe as Maps“I really wanted to do something between Harry Potter Four and Five. It just so happened this was the best script I read, and it was an indie movie. If I hadn’t believed in this script I wouldn’t have done anything. It was very important that I didn’t just do something for the sake of doing it.”

TERESA PALMER (Lucy):
Teresa Palmer as Lucy“This is going to sound really weird, but I actually didn’t know who Daniel was, because I hadn’t seen the Harry Potter films. Someone said, ‘Harry Potter, hellooooo!’ I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ But everyone around me made such a huge deal about it that I couldn’t help but be really nervous when I first met him. I was shaking. It was such a huge thing to have him onboard.”

RADCLIFFE:
“People were saying, ‘Who do you think is more rebellious, Harry or Maps?’ I absolutely think Harry is, because Harry rails against things more, where Maps really has nothing to rail against, I see him as being bored and having nothing else to do.”

PALMER:
“Daniel is such a delight to work with. He’s so brilliant and talented. At the same time, he has all this amazing success and fame and all these things which, you would think, he would be very affected by it all but he isn’t. He’s very unaffected and unassuming. Just like a regular 18-year-old guy. He really brought that to the set and made the younger boys, who obviously idolize him, feel so comfortable. They were all like brothers hanging out. I felt like the sister. It was such a good experience.”

RADCLIFFE:
“The kids were almost totally unphased by me, if they were intimidated they hid it bloody well. That was never really an issue, they were a really good bunch of kids and I really loved working with them, they are very cool people.”

PALMER on doing the love scene with Radcliffe:
“Obviously a scene of that nature is always going to be very awkward and I was a little nervous. I had done a sex scene before, whereas Daniel had never done one. I remember him saying, ‘I’m a little bit nervous.’ We both admitted it to each other, and laughed about it.”

RADCLIFFE:
“We started filming the love scene at 11 o’clock in the morning of December 23rd and finished at 4:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve. So it was a very long day and we filmed the sex scene at about 8 at night, so I wasn’t too tired yet [he laughs]. But I was definitely nervous. Being the first love scene that I had ever done it was not exactly imposing, but you were always going, ‘Oh God, what do I do, what don’t I do?’ Stuff like that really, and luckily Teresa was very good at helping me to just chill out and have a laugh – that’s what it is about.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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