The Harry Potter story has been seen (and read) by millions of people over the past 20 years. But the filming part of the saga has been little known until now: David Holmes, the understudy for the actor who plays Harry Potter, had an accident in the last film that left him in a wheelchair. The story will now be told in a documentary film, David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived.
Holmes, a gymnastics prodigy, was cast as a teenager to understudy Daniel Radcliffe in the first Harry Potter film. Over the next decade, the two developed a great friendship. “Stunt acting was my calling, and being a stunt double for Harry Potter was the best job in the world,” Holmes reflected in an Instagram post about the documentary.
But in January 2009, he had an accident that changed his life. Holmes was working Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 When an explosion during a rehearsal knocked him to the ground and injured his back, he was paralyzed from chest to feet. “The documentary tells not only about my achievements in front of the camera, but also about the challenges I face every day and my attitude towards life after breaking my neck,” says Holmes. “In this tumultuous world we live in now, I like to quote Harry: ‘The more united we are, the stronger we are, and the more divided we are, the weaker we are.’
The film is backed by Sky and HBO Documentary Films, and Daniel Radcliffe himself is an executive producer. Holmes thanks her for her support over the years: “I want to thank you for your willingness to help me tell my story and for your support, friendship and love over the years. “We’re very proud of our work on the Harry Potter films and the joy and comfort they bring to watching them.”
Source: El Diario