Belfast Telegraph

Radcliffe calls 3D 'a gimmick'

Daniel Radcliffe is relieved that movie bosses have dropped plans to make the next Harry Potter film in 3D.

Filmmakers Warner Bros announced last month that they were no longer converting Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, to 3D after running out of time.

"If any film doesn't need a gimmick, it's these ones, and that's for me what 3D is," Daniel said. "For me, 3D adds nothing to the story."

The star added: "What I'm hoping is that this film will get a good enough reaction so they all go, 'Maybe we don't have to do the last one (Part 2) in 3D. People don't miss it.' That's what I'm hoping for but it's sort of not in my control."

He said of James Cameron's ground-breaking 3D film: "Avatar, sure, it looked amazing, but not more amazing than (sci-fi blockbuster) Inception, and I thought about Inception for so much longer because it was a better film, because it was a more interesting film. I don't think that technology is a substitute for story, which I think is how 3D can sometimes be used."

Harry Potter producer David Barron said of the decision to abandon 3D: "We lavish a huge amount of attention and care on the 2D version, the normal version of the film. We were just not prepared to throw off what you might call some half-a**ed version just for the sake of trying to generate more money."

Daniel's comments come as George Lucas plans to release 3D versions of all six Star Wars movies, while Titanic is also being converted for 3D release.

Some critics argued that 3D added little to recent hits such as The Last Airbender, Clash Of The Titans and even Tim Burton's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.


From Belfast Telegraph