At the end of the Harry Potter films, we got to see Daniel Radcliffe happily grown up with a family of his own. In the new mini-series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Radcliffe faces his less congenial grown-up self head on in the form of Jon Hamm.
“I am the envy of every woman ever,” Radcliffe, 23, told the Sun of playing a med school grad who’s sent to run a hospital in an isolated Russian village in 1917 opposite the 42-year-old Mad Men star.
Only the relationship between the younger and older doctor isn’t exactly friendly, and at one point the pair stare angrily at each other from opposite ends of a metal bath tub.
“I got to take a bath with Jon,” Radcliffe told The New York Times. “I got to wrestle him, and throw a punch at him, too, which was all fun.”
Radcliffe had been looking forward to filming the scene with Hamm, but admits it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as he’d imagined as they sat shirtless for hours in a tub full of freezing water.
“At the time I thought: ‘Oh, I like baths, that will be a fun scene’ – then the water went cold and we were sitting there shivering, and then the hot water failed and the crew had to fill it up with water from the tea and coffee stand!”
The four-part miniseries, which debuts on the Ovation channel this fall, is based on the book by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. It isn’t a comedy, but the writers inserted gags to explain the height difference between Daniel (who’s 5’5″) and 6-foot-tall Jon. “Jon is actually really small, he just wears heels,” Radcliffe joked.