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Daniel Radcliffe stars as gay poet in new film 'Kill Your Darlings'

Actor Daniel Radcliffe continues to make career choices that make his first alter ego 'Harry Potter' but a memory.
October 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Daniel Radcliffe continues to make career choices that make his first alter-ego "Harry Potter" but a memory.

Radcliffe stars as poet Allen Ginsberg in the fact-based drama "Kill Your Darlings." The film is set in the 1940s and looks at the early college years of Ginsberg and his fellow "beat poets," Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

"They're not as widely taught in England, but I mean, I definitely knew, I sort of read the most famous thing by each of them," said Radcliffe.

"Kill Your Darlings" also sees the young men coming to terms with their own sexuality. Radcliffe knows a lot will be made of "Harry Potter" playing a gay poet.

"It's a headline, and it's an easy thing, and particularly in the context of what I've done in the past, being mainly marked at a younger demographic. It makes it something easy for people to write about," said Radcliffe. "This is a film about two men who are in love. A lot of people are calling it a gay love story. And it's like, well, it's kind of just a love story."

Radcliffe has made a conscious effort to avoid any boy wizard typecasting. He told us he enjoys a challenge and has been fortunate enough to have had some great role models.

"All the actors that when I was young I admired and a lot of the ones I got to work with were people who, A, had very varied diverse bodies of work, and B, kept that attitude of I'm always here to do my job but I'm always here to learn as well," said Radcliffe.

"Kill Your Darlings" also stars Michael C. Hall and is in theaters this week.