In ‘Jungle,’ Harry Potter star Radcliffe plays Israeli lost in Amazon
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In ‘Jungle,’ Harry Potter star Radcliffe plays Israeli lost in Amazon

Based on the book 'Back from Toichi,' film tells of the real-life adventures of Yossi Ghinsberg

Actor Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame was set to tackle the Amazon rain forest in a film hitting theaters this month based on the true story of Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg, who was lost in the Bolivian jungle for several weeks in 1981.

Directed by Australian Greg McLean, “Jungle” follows Ghinsberg’s character as he meets three travelers and ventures into the rainforest, only to get lost.

Back from Toichi

The movie — which sees Radcliffe battling rapids, sinking into mud, enduring snakes, tigers, and armies of ants and cutting a parasitic worm out of his forehead with a knife — is based on the book “Back from Toichi” by Ghinsberg.

Ghinsberg, from the coastal city of Ramat Gan, was lost in the Bolivian Amazon for three weeks 36 years ago.

Since then, he has promoted a sustainable lifestyle and gives lectures all over the world.

In 2014, the Ynet news site reported that the book had been translated into 15 languages and still serves as the guide for many Israelis on their post-army trips to South America. (Ynet also reported at the time that Kevin Bacon had been signed for the lead role.)

“Jungle” premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. It was set to show in US theaters starting on October 20.

Other than the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe, whose mother is Jewish, has starred in 12 films, including “Kill Your Darlings,” where he played Jewish-American poet and Beat Generation icon, Allen Ginsberg.

Yossi Ghinsberg (Narwhalco / Wikipedia)
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