Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Two Men in a Tub: Daniel Radcliffe Dishes on Bath Time With Jon Hamm
Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm in
You've seen the photo: "Harry Potter" hero Daniel Radcliffe in a bathtub with "Mad Men" anti-hero Jon Hamm. It's a scene from the A-listers' new TV collaboration, the darkly funny British miniseries, "A Young Doctor's Notebook." And now, the rest of the story.
It's not a romance thing. In fact, the series — an adaptation of Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov's autobiographical short stories — finds Radcliffe and Hamm playing fresh-out-of-med-school and older versions of the same character, so the bathtub scene is actually each actor bathing with ... himself?
"It was a very funny scene to film," Radcliffe tells Yahoo TV. "It was also one of those scenes where you just go, 'This photo is going to go everywhere.' As soon as the photographer came in to take the shots, we were like, 'Yep, this is the shot. This is the shot for the series.'"
Radcliffe, whose character is officially known as "Young Doctor" to Hamm's "Older Doctor," plays the newbie doc who is sent off to care for the residents of a remote Russian village in the early 1900s. The lack of medical technology, his own inexperience, and the staff's current reminders of their old boss (Leopold Leopoldovich) make him a nervous wreck. He eventually deals with his often dark (and just as often darkly funny) situation — as we learn via the narration of Hamm's older version of the character while he reads his own notebooks about his experiences — by taking an ever-increasing amount of drugs.
As the four-episode first season of "A Young Doctor's Notebook" unfolds on Ovation, Radcliffe talked to Yahoo TV about some of the series' grossest moments, his chemistry with Hamm, and whether he would consider starring in an American TV series.
Oh, and no one's feeling too sorry for him for that bathtub scene with Hamm — Radcliffe assures us that he did get a cool memento of their bath time (which happens in Episode 4).
"I actually have the loofah from that scene still," he says. "I was given it as an end-of-series present [after Season] 2. I shall treasure it always."
You were incredibly abused by every manner of bodily function in this series.
Yes, really, I'm just covered in all kinds of blood and throat and eye pus at any given moment in "A Young Doctor's Notebook." It's not pretty.
Were you at all squeamish about that? Because there are a couple of scenes that definitely make you cover your eyes.
Oh yeah, but that's what's fun about doing those scenes, is that you see what goes into them. You see the air pump being rigged up to squirt the blood out. You see the practicality behind the grossness, which allows you to enjoy it more at the time.
I love working with prosthetics people, because basically there are two kinds of prosthetics people. There are people that love making monsters and crazy stuff that doesn't exist, and there are people that love making stuff that is totally real and lifelike and gory and terrifying. That's what we obviously called for in [this series]. Vicky [Voller], our prosthetics artist, is amazing, and is always coming in with a bowl of innards for someone to carry around or something terrible.