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2015-05-04 10:20

Cape Town - Top-grossing British actor Daniel Radcliffe has slipped into Cape Town to star in a film about a video game tycoon and his controversial hit game.

On Friday, Radcliffe, the mega-wealthy face of the Harry Potter film franchise, was seen with a large beard and frumpy jeans sucking on hand-rolled cigarettes between film shoots at the Mother City’s Grand Parade.

He is the star of a new BBC movie titled Game Changer, which chronicles the success of Rockstar Games president Sam Houser.

Houser, played by Radcliffe, was the driving force behind the popular but extremely violent videogame, Grand Theft Auto.

The Hollywood Reporter has been rife with speculation about Radcliffe’s latest project – and now City Press can reveal that the production is well underway in South Africa.

Radcliffe was also spotted dining at popular Camps Bay seafood restaurant the Codfather on Monday night.

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Daniel Radcliffe on set in Cape Town

On set on Friday, the 25-year-old actor got to ride in a yellow New York taxi cab, which delivered him at a building where he elbows his way through a crowd of protestors.

The scene was filmed across the road from the Grand Parade’s iconic fish and chips shop, Texies.

At Texies, patron Mandy Geduld (26) gaped at the film shoot bustle. “Is that the Harry Potter guy, no way!” she said.

The Cape Town setting was dressed up to resemble Broadway in New York – complete with the yellow cab and a NYPD police sedan.

A man dressed like a New York police officer sat astride a black horse, pretending to keep the protesting crowd at bay.

The protestors were portrayed by about thirty “film extras” sourced from around Cape Town. They were paid R550 each to feature in the movie.

A film crew member told the chanting extras: “You South Africans know how to protest, now show us what you got!”

One extra on the set described Radcliffe as “very decent”.

“Well, he just apologised for bumping into me,” said the man, who lives in a Cape Town suburb coincidentally named Brooklyn.

Another extra from Nigeria told City Press that he has featured in “loads of movies” since 2012.

“It’s a great way of making some money on the side, you know. And it’s fun, we all kind-of know each other from shoots,” he said.

When the cameras stopped rolling, Radcliffe relaxed in a luxury trailer fitted with brown leather couches.

Next to Radcliffe’s trailer was that of Hollywood veteran Bill Paxton, who featured in the 1997 box office hit Titanic and more recently in the creepy Los Angeles thriller, Nightcrawler.

Paxton co-stars in Gamechanger as infamous Florida activist attorney Jack Thompson, who was disbarred for his attempts to squash Grand Theft Auto in 2008.

In the game the main character is a roaming criminal with missions including bank robberies and assassinations.

On Friday morning, Paxton arrived on the movie set holding shopping packages and a golf club, which staff quickly took from him.

The film stars were chauffeured to the set in a silver Mercedes Benz.

During the shoot the actors were offered cappuccinos and rice crackers with mashed salted avocado; while the extras had to make do with Ricoffy and toasted cheese sandwiches.

Radcliffe is said to be worth more than $100m, according to Britain’s Heat magazine’s celebrity rich list.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” he said in an interview last year. “I got paid incredibly well for doing a job that I adore.”


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