Stunt doubles have crucial roles on movie sets. They perform certain scenes so that a main actor doesn’t go in harm’s way. After all, if the lead suffers an injury, then there’s a possibility production would have to suspend indefinitely, putting many people’s jobs at risk. But sometimes, actors get a chance to show what they’re capable of and perform stunts on their own.
For the ET piece, Radcliffe discusses one of the times he performed a dangerous stunt for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” He talks about being set up on a wire while he was in a 40-foot free fall. He was partly scared to do it, but he recalls the conversation he had about it beforehand: “I worked a lot with the stunt department by then, and they were like, ‘You can do this. Do you want to try it?’ And I said yes. But then I got up there and was absolutely terrified.”
It may have been frightening in the moment, but in hindsight, the actor looks back on being able to do such an impressive stunt himself fondly. He goes on to say, “I’ve realized since that that was very special circumstances in that set, and I will never be allowed to do something like that again.” It sounds like Radcliffe probably won’t take the Tom Cruise approach to filming action movies any time soon, but as long as he continues selecting strange roles that continue to surprise, no one will complain.