British actor Daniel Radcliffe in 'Jungle,' based on a true story of survival in the Bolivian rainforest. British actor Daniel Radcliffe in 'Jungle,' based on a true story of survival in the Bolivian rainforest. British actor Daniel Radcliffe in 'Jungle,' based on a true story of survival in the Bolivian rainforest. (Photo: Jungle)

Daniel Radcliffe gets lost in the 'Jungle' for next role

The actor stars in a new movie, based on a true story, that's drawing comparisons to 'The Revenant.'

When last we spoke with Yossi Ghinsberg – an Israeli adventurer, author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker – Hollywood was on the verge of filming an adaptation of his best-selling survival memoir "Jungle." What Ghinsberg couldn't reveal, however, was the actor who had signed on to portray him during his epic adventures in the Bolivian rainforest decades earlier.

"He is the best I could ever dream to portray me and by all means he is my favorite," Ghinsberg told From The Grapevine in 2015. "However, I am not allowed to say his name yet."

A little over two years later, we now know that the beneficiary of Ghinsberg's praise is none other than British actor and "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe. In a new intense trailer that debuted yesterday online, Radcliffe expertly conveys the emotional highs and frightening, near-death lows that Ghinsberg recalled in his struggle to survive a jungle nightmare.

As a heavily bearded Radcliffe told GQ last summer while filming in Colombia, "It's sort of like 'The Revenant,' but humid."

To prepare for the intense physical transformation necessary to convey a man on the edge of starvation, Radcliffe drastically slashed his diet four weeks before filming. Once on set, he became even more determined to eschew the normal catering perks of being a Hollywood star. "I'm not in any way a method actor, but if I'm playing a guy who's starving and I'm going home at night and tucking into a f**king pizza, I'm making it much harder for myself to do my job," he added to GQ.

Yossi Ghinsberg and Daniel Radcliffe in Columbia during the 'Jungle' shoot. Yossi Ghinsberg and Daniel Radcliffe in Columbia during the 'Jungle' shoot. (Photo: Yossi Ghinsberg)

Ghinsberg, who served as a consultant on the film and spent several months on the set working with Radcliffe, says his dedication and performance was nothing short of extraordinary.

"He is a great actor, but more importantly a real down to earth, smart and authentic person," he told us. "While being watched by bodyguards 24/7, he is quite relaxed and accessible. He is the most iconic figure of our times and I am utterly privileged and honored to have him portray my character in a movie that does justice to my story."

"Jungle" will premiere in August as the opening movie at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival and, according to Ghinsberg, will have a wider release worldwide on Oct. 20.

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