Hot Daniel Radcliffe talks about Kill Your Darlings in Out magazine and is adorable.
I saw Kill Your Darlings at Sundance and an incredible film thats exciting as it is heart wrenching and so well acted that the Academy will need to be charged with crimes against humanity if they ignore it. The cast is also extremely attractive, which only adds to the story visually, but doesn’t distract from the story at large.
This was one of my favorite films from Sundance, so its likely I’ll be bringing it up again and again. And again.
Here’s a part of the interview from Out Magazine:
On the evidence of his recent projects, Radcliffe may get to fulfill his dream. Those who know him only from Potter will be astonished by what he brings to the screen in Kill Your Darlings, a movie by first-time director John Krokidas in which Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg at a formative moment in his life. Based on a long-hidden murder case that brought Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs together at Columbia University, Krokidas has compared it to Capote in the way it focuses on a single event — in both cases a murder — as a transformative experience in the lives of the people around it.
The film — which also stars Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, and, as Ginsberg’s parents, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and David Cross — has been widely viewed as a litmus test of Radcliffe’s ability to evolve beyond Potter. On the evidence of the generous reviews at Sundance, where it premiered on January 18, any speculation is now firmly laid to rest. London’s Independent praised him for a “defining performance.”Hollywood.com singled out the romantic relationship between Radcliffe and DeHaan as the motor of the entire movie, “eventually swelling to a burst of passion.” For many, the unflinching scenes of gay sex were further evidence, if it was needed, of the distance Radcliffe has travelled in a few short years. “The Boy Wizard never pinned his knees behind his ears,” snickered The Hollywood Reporter — a harbinger, one suspects, of many such jokes to come. Radcliffe himself remains unfazed, saying only, “You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.”
For Krokidas, the glowing reviews are a validation of his instinct to pick Radcliffe over the usual list of matinee boys. He recalls wrestling one night with the question of who might best unlock the particular complexities of Ginsberg’s character when Radcliffe flashed into his mind. “I thought to myself, this role is about a young man who has played the dutiful son his whole life, and who has only shown the world a certain aspect of his personality, and who, during the course of this movie, finds the strength to show the world so much more than they expect of him — he becomes a young artist and a rebel.”
The more he thought about it, the more Krokidas was sure that Kill Your Darlings would appeal to Radcliffe. There was just one problem. “Before I sent out the script, I said, ‘Oh shit, Daniel’s not Jewish,’ and my boyfriend said, ‘Of course he’s Jewish — everyone in the world knows that. Didn’t you see the shots fromEquus? He’s only British from the waist up.’ ”