Daniel Radcliffe on Becoming Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg in KILL YOUR DARLINGS
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role in HARRY POTTER, has taken on a braver, more bohemian one for his latest film. In KILL YOUR DARLINGS, which premiered last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, Radcliffe plays famed Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Radcliffe confesses the fame of POTTER has empowered him to take on bolder roles, hoping that fans will open their minds, and come see something that's perhaps a little different,
"I don't care why people come and see film," Radcliffe said. "If they come and see a film about the beat poets because they saw me in HARRY POTTER fantastic. That's a wonderful thing. 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, directed by John Krokidas, tells the untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation - their Beat revolution. In the film, Ginsberg begins to accept his homosexuality.
According to Krokidas, Radcliffe threw himself into the role, wanting to do the iconic poet justice. But the young actor has proven, with his Broadway debut in EQUUS, that he's not afraid to go in Brave directions.
"There was a generation of people who maybe wouldn't have Gone to see a production of EQUUS, had I not been in it, that came to see EQUUS," Radcliffe told AP. "Even if they came for the wrong reasons, you know, we got them there, and they stayed, and they watched. And they stayed for the right reasons."
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