Daniel Radcliffe is taking a bold new step in his acting career by taking a role as young gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance premiere “Kill Your Darlings.”
Radcliffe doesn’t hold anything back in the new role, going fully nude for a sex scene with another man on camera and making out with co-star Dane DeHaan. As if that wasn’t enough, Radcliffe appears in another sex scene with a female library clerk while DeHaan’s character watches.
Just like his Broadway debut, Equus, Radcliffe is hoping his star power from the Harry Potter movies translates into people coming out and checking out the new Kill Your Darlings film.
“I don’t care why people come and see films. If they come and see a film about the beat poets because they saw me in ‘Harry Potter,’ fantastic. That’s a wonderful thing,” Radcliffe said in an interview alongside DeHaan. “I feel like I have an opportunity to capitalize on ‘Potter’ by doing work that might not otherwise get attention. If I can help get a film like this attention, that’s without doubt, that’s a great thing.”
“Kill Your Darlings” director John Krokidas said Radcliffe hurled himself into the role and treated the nudity and gay love scenes as just another part of the job, with no qualms or anxiety.